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🤖 Ex-Google exec fears AI could create deadlier pandemics
👨‍⚖️ Musk contemplates suing ADL over X lost revenues
🚗 World's first solar-powered hybrid truck tested on roads
🎮 Actor's guild worried for video game workers due to AI
🔌 China's massive $40B investment in chip industry

🤖 Ex-Google exec fears AI could create deadlier pandemicsLINK

  • A former Google executive, Mustafa Suleyman, warns that AI could lead to the creation of more lethal pandemics.
  • Suleyman expresses concerns that AI-powered experimentation with pathogens could accidentally or intentionally result in more transmissible and deadly diseases.
  • He calls for stricter regulation and containment measures to prevent misuse of AI technology and access to dangerous materials.
  • 👨‍⚖️ Musk contemplates suing ADL over X lost revenuesLINK

  • Elon Musk accuses the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of causing a 60% decline in Twitter's ad revenue and threatens to sue them.
  • Musk blames ADL for contributing to Twitter's loss of value and claims they are responsible for up to $4 billion in damages.
  • Amid a surge of antisemitic posts on Twitter, Musk engages in conspiracy theories and hints at a potential lawsuit against ADL, while Twitter's decline in ad revenue is linked to Musk's controversial actions.
  • 🚗 World's first solar-powered hybrid truck tested on roadsLINK

  • Scania unveils a hybrid truck covered in solar panels that can provide up to 10,000 kilometers of range annually.
  • The solar energy generated by the panels decreases emissions and offers a driving range of up to 5,000 kilometers per year in Sweden, with potential for even more in sunnier countries.
  • Researchers aim to enhance solar energy generation using new perovskite solar cells, contributing to efforts to transition towards sustainable transportation solutions.
  • 🎮 Actor's guild worried for video game workers due to AILINK

  • The Screen Actors Guild authorizes members employed in interactive media at major game studios to strike due to concerns over AI impact on their work.
  • The existing agreement for interactive media workers expired, and the Guild demands AI protections, an initial 11% wage increase, and subsequent 4% raises.
  • The potential strike, overlapping with ongoing actors' and writers' strikes, could disrupt game production, impacting the gaming industry and holiday sales.
  • 🔌 China's massive $40B investment in chip industryLINK

  • China plans a $41 billion fund to boost its semiconductor industry in response to US trade sanctions.
  • The fund, backed by China's finance ministry and other contributors, aims to support chip manufacturing instruments.
  • Huawei's announcement of the Mate 60 Pro smartphone, featuring homegrown chips, contrasts with US efforts to restrict China's chip access.
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