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🤖 Boston Dynamics uses ChatGPT to create a robot tour guide
🌍 UN creates AI advisory body to ‘maximise’ benefits for humankind
⌚ Apple could face an import ban on its watches due to a patent violation
💥 OpenAI forms team to study ‘catastrophic’ AI risks, including nuclear threats
🖼️ Shutterstock debuts an AI image editor for its 750-million picture library

🤖 Boston Dynamics uses ChatGPT to create a robot tour guideLINK

  • Boston Dynamics has integrated ChatGPT into their Spot robot dog, enabling it to respond to human input and engage in conversation.
  • The integration allows Spot to serve as a tour guide at the Boston Dynamics headquarters and adopt multiple "personas", such as a "precious metal cowgirl" and a "Shakespearean time traveler".
  • While the technology can make robots appear to comprehend or "understand" their surroundings and actions, the system is merely creating phrases to fit the prompted situation using voice and image recognition.
  • 🌍 UN creates AI advisory body to ‘maximise’ benefits for humankindLINK

  • UN Secretary-General António Guterres has introduced an AI advisory body to promote positive uses of AI and reduce its risks through global cooperation.
  • The advisory body will provide suggestions for governing AI internationally, understanding the risks, and potential benefits for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The team, composed of members from various sectors and countries, will contribute to the upcoming Global Digital Compact for an open and secure digital future.
  • ⌚ Apple could face an import ban on its watches due to a patent violationLINK

  • The U.S. International Trade Commission found Apple guilty of infringing on a patent owned by medical-technology company, Masimo, possibly leading to an import ban on some Apple Watch models.
  • Apple has the options to modify its software to avoid using Masimo's technology or negotiate a civil settlement with them to evade the ban.
  • This incident adds to Apple's history of accusations of patent violations, although the company never admitted any and claimed that most patents they are violated for are "overly broad".
  • 💥 OpenAI forms team to study ‘catastrophic’ AI risks, including nuclear threatsLINK

  • OpenAI has created a new team, called Preparedness, led by Aleksander Madry, to evaluate and mitigate potential "catastrophic risks" posed by future AI systems.
  • The Preparedness team will also consider more extreme scenarios, such as AI's involvement in "chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear" threats, and is encouraging community ideas for risk studies.
  • The group's tasks will include formulating a "risk-informed development policy" to guide OpenAI’s approach to AI model evaluations, mitigation actions, and governance structure, covering both pre- and post-model deployment phases.
  • 🖼️ Shutterstock debuts an AI image editor for its 750-million picture libraryLINK

  • Shutterstock has introduced new AI image editing features into its 750-million picture library, allowing users to add elements, change colors, and more to existing Shutterstock photos.
  • The new features include a magic brush for modifying images, a tool for generating alternate options of any stock image, and an AI Image Generator for creating ethically-sourced visuals.
  • Despite facing potential competition from other AI image generators, Shutterstock's approach differs by focusing its AI tools primarily on enhancing its existing imagery rather than creating new ones.
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    Intel boss Pat Gelsinger calls Arm's PC threat 'insignificant'.LINK


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