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🤯 OpenAI fires CEO Sam Altman
🚀 SpaceX loses another Starship
🌊 AI to see a ‘major second wave,’ Nvidia CEO says
🌈 “Hallucinating” AI models help coin Cambridge Dictionary’s word of the year
📱 Apple to adopt system to improve texting between iPhones and Android device
🤖 Lawyer fired for using ChatGPT says he will keep using AI tools

🤯 OpenAI fires CEO Sam AltmanLINK

  • Sam Altman, co-founder and CEO of OpenAI, was fired and will also leave the board of directors after the board lost confidence in his leadership.
  • OpenAI's CTO, Mira Murati, will serve as interim CEO as the company begins its search for a new permanent CEO; meanwhile, co-founder Greg Brockman stepped down as president.
  • The board accused Altman of not being fully candid, and his termination sparked speculations about security issues and the lack of transparency, although the exact reasons remain undisclosed.
  • 🚀 SpaceX loses another StarshipLINK

  • SpaceX launched the world's tallest and most powerful rocket, Starship, but lost contact with it roughly 10 minutes after lift-off.
  • The flight test, meant to last 90 minutes, concluded prematurely when both stages of the rocket experienced failure.
  • Despite setbacks, SpaceX considered the launch very valuable for gathering data for future test flights.
  • 🌊 AI to see a ‘major second wave,’ Nvidia CEO saysLINK

  • Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang predicts a significant second wave in AI, emphasizing the need for sovereign AI to reflect unique cultural and industrial characteristics globally.
  • Huang highlights the growing adoption of AI across various industries, expecting breakthroughs similar to those in language processing in areas like digital biology, manufacturing, and robotics.
  • Nvidia's strategy involves developing 'AI factories' and advanced data centers to support a wide range of applications, from electric vehicles to generative AI services.
  • 🌈 “Hallucinating” AI models help coin Cambridge Dictionary’s word of the yearLINK

  • Cambridge Dictionary named "hallucinate" as its 2023 word of the year because of its new relevance to artificial intelligence errors.
  • The term reflects the broader conversation on the strengths and weaknesses of generative AI like ChatGPT.
  • While originally a technical term in machine learning, "hallucinate" has become mainstream, posing interpretative challenges regarding anthropomorphism in AI.
  • 📱 Apple to adopt system to improve texting between iPhones and Android deviceLINK

  • Apple may eventually end the separation between green and blue message bubbles on iPhones.
  • The company acknowledged that RCS messaging would enhance communication with non-Apple devices while maintaining that iMessage remains superior for Apple users.
  • Google and other companies are pushing for Apple's iMessage to be considered a core service, promoting interoperability under the EU's Digital Markets Act, but Apple is resisting.
  • 🤖 Lawyer fired for using ChatGPT says he will keep using AI toolsLINK

  • Colorado lawyer Zachariah Crabill was fired after using ChatGPT for legal document drafting, as it contained fake lawsuit citations.
  • The incident led to a denied motion and a report to the attorney oversight office, but Crabill is creating an AI tool for lawyers despite this setback.
  • While some legal professionals have faced issues using AI for legal work, reports suggest AI could automate a significant portion of legal tasks in the future.
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    MIT tests a new ingestible sensor that can track vital signs and detect sleep apnea comfortably from within the GI tract.LINK

    Sam Altman's departure as OpenAI CEO saw Worldcoin's WLD token fall by nearly 10%, amidst uncertainty about his ongoing involvement with the crypto project.LINK

    Crypto mining rig found beneath a Polish courthouse was covertly siphoning electricity, leading to contractor dismissals and contract termination.LINK

    Vietnamese woodworker crafts functional wooden Tesla Cybertruck in 100 days; Elon Musk acknowledges the impressive feat.LINK

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