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🤖 China plans to mass-produce advanced humanoid robots
💤 AI bot fills out job applications for you while you sleep
📱 Epic targets Google app store after losing to Apple
👁️ Bored Ape NFT event attendees report ‘severe eye burn’
🔒 It’s shockingly easy to buy sensitive data about US military personnel
🤷♀️ Governments used to lead innovation. On AI, they’re falling behind.
🤖 China plans to mass-produce advanced humanoid robotsLINK
China has outlined plans to mass-produce advanced humanoid robots by 2025, according to a blueprint document published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The government aims to foster industry growth, set standards, cultivate talent, and boost international cooperation, eyeing breakthroughs in environment sensing, motion control and machine-to-human interaction.
Chinese startup Fourier Intelligence has already unveiled a bipedal robot prototype, signaling the plan's feasibility, causing shares in Chinese robotics companies to rise amidst the ambitious announcement.
💤 AI bot fills out job applications for you while you sleepLINK
LazyApply, an AI-powered service, provides a solution to automate job applications, capable of targeting thousands of jobs based on user-defined parameters.
Despite its potential inaccuracies by guessing answers, the overall efficiency and time saved by the bot are highly beneficial, applying for approximately 5,000 jobs which led to 20 interviews for one user.
The tool has received mixed reactions, with some recruiters viewing it negatively as a sign of an applicant's lack of seriousness, while others remain indifferent as long as the applicant is qualified.
📱 Epic targets Google app store after losing to AppleLINK
Google's dominant position and alleged manipulation of app developers' profits will undergo a significant legal examination beginning Monday, sparked by a lawsuit from Epic Games.
This case arises as a continuation of Epic Games' legal offensive against the two largest mobile software providers, previously confronting Apple in a 2021 courtroom face-off.
Taking center stage is the power Google holds over its App Store, which is being critically questioned by numerous mobile device users and developers.
👁️ Bored Ape NFT event attendees report ‘severe eye burn’LINK
Attendees of the Bored Ape Yacht Club's ApeFest in Hong Kong reported vision injuries, likely caused by ultraviolet stage lighting.
Yuga Labs, the company behind Bored Apes, confirmed that it was investigating and in direct communication with 15 of the affected individuals.
If the reports are correct, the probable cause of the injuries is photokeratosis, a condition similar to a sunburn but affecting the eyes, more commonly known as "snow blindness".
🔒 It’s shockingly easy to buy sensitive data about US military personnelLINK
Data brokers are selling sensitive private data of active-duty military members and veterans, with minimal vetting, for as low as $0.12 per record.
A year-long study by Duke University researchers, partly funded by the US Military Academy, highlights the extreme privacy and national security risks posed by these practices.
Researchers are calling for Congress to pass comprehensive privacy laws restricting the data broker industry to protect personal data and national security.
🤷♀️ Governments used to lead innovation. On AI, they’re falling behind.LINK
AI innovations are increasingly under the control of tech companies, not governments, leading to concerns about AI's potential to impact democracies and alter wars, often developed in corporate secrecy.
While tech leaders are advocating for regulations, these are largely on their terms. Despite calls for AI development halts, companies such as Tesla and OpenAI continue to advance their AI systems.
Whilst partnerships for AI safety tests have been agreed at a high profile summit, institutions like the U.S. AI Safety Institute face obstacles like underfunding and understaffing, potentially hindering oversight over the world's largest tech corporations' AI developments.
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