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🧠 Meta’s Chief AI and 70 others call for more openness in AI development
🤝 AI Safety Summit: China, US and EU agree to work together
🎵 Apple Music shuts down its Siri-only Voice Plan nearly two years later
♻️ The recycling of EV batteries is about to surge
😵💫 UK to create one of world’s most powerful AI supercomputers
🧠 Meta’s Chief AI and 70 others call for more openness in AI developmentLINK
At the AI Safety Summit, over 70 professionals, including Meta's chief AI scientist Yann LeCun, signed a letter advocating for a more open and transparent approach to AI development.
The letter argues that, despite risks, increased public access and scrutiny would make AI technology safer rather than concentrating control with a few companies.
The document highlights that openness in AI development fosters independent research, promotes public scrutiny, and lowers entry barriers for newcomers in the sector.
🤝 AI Safety Summit: China, US and EU agree to work togetherLINK
The AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park brought together tech execs, global leaders, and experts to discuss AI risks and mitigation strategies.
Representatives from over 25 countries, including the US, China, and EU, agreed to a "Bletchley Declaration" for a common approach on AI regulation.
China's Wu Zhaohui expressed willingness to cooperate on AI safety, indicating potential international collaboration towards an AI governance framework.
🎵 Apple Music shuts down its Siri-only Voice Plan nearly two years laterLINK
Apple has discontinued its Apple Music Voice Plan, which allowed users to access the Apple Music library via Siri across devices.
Users currently subscribed to the Voice Plan will have their auto-renew feature turned off by Apple.
With the Voice Plan gone, the most affordable Apple Music plan now is the Student tier which costs $5.99 per month.
♻️ The recycling of EV batteries is about to surgeLINK
In 2024, Redwood Materials, a company created by Tesla cofounder JB Straubel, expects some 250,000 aging electric vehicles ready for dismantling and recycling, representing a significant increase from the 150,000 to 200,000 anticipated this year.
Redwood Materials is seeking to recover valuable metals from electric and hybrid vehicle batteries, such as nickel, cobalt, lithium, and copper, to create components for new batteries.
While there's widespread agreement on the necessity of avoiding landfill disposal, opinions vary on regulation methods; dismantlers are already motivated by the resale value of old batteries, while Redwood calls for manufacturer recovery programs but opposes third-party oversight.
😵💫 UK to create one of world’s most powerful AI supercomputersLINK
The UK government is investing £225 million to construct Isambard-AI, a supercomputer with over 5,000 NVIDIA superchips capable of running over 200 quadrillion calculations per second, making it one of the fastest in the world.
The funding is a part of a £300 million initiative to establish a national Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (AIRR), with this supercomputer expected to contribute to areas such as robotics, big data, climate research, and drug discovery.
The investment will also link Isambard-AI to a newly announced Cambridge supercomputer, Dawn, preparing the grounds for an even more potent exascale machine set to be established at the University of Edinburgh in 2025.
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