OpenAI disbands team devoted to artificial intelligence risks

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman promises to share more in the days ahead about what the ChatGPT maker is doing to keep its artificial intelligence technology safe. OpenAI on Friday confirmed that it has disbanded a team devoted to mitigating the long-term dangers of super-smart artificial intelligence. OpenAI weeks ago began dissolving the so-called “superalignment” group, […]

Spotify sued over alleged unpaid royalties

Spotify has been sued in New York for allegedly underpaying royalties. Music streaming giant Spotify has been sued in a US federal court for allegedly underpaying songwriters, composers and publishers by tens of millions of dollars. The lawsuit against Spotify U.S. was filed in New York on Thursday by the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), a […]

Ineos drives towards hydrogen car future

An Ineos hydrogen-fueled Grenadier car is driven on a test track during a ‘Roadmap to Decarbonisation’ event. At a sprawling vehicle test center in the English countryside, a hydrogen-powered Grenadier 4×4 made by Ineos Automotive grips steep and rugged tracks, showcasing its off-road capabilities. Making the demonstrator car was “a really obvious thing” to do, […]

Mercedes workers reject union in Alabama in setback for labor

UAW President Shawn Fain acknowledged that the defeat at Mercedes in Alabama was a setback but said the union would push on with additional organizing drives in the South. Workers at Mercedes-Benz’s Alabama facilities have rejected a union drive in a setback to the United Auto Workers’ ambitious campaign to organize the American South, according […]

From the road to the cloud: Leveraging vehicle Global Navigation Satellite System raw data

Crowdsourcing RTK: a new GNSS positioning framework for building spatial high-resolution atmospheric maps based on massive vehicle GNSS data. Credit: Satellite Navigation (2024). DOI: 10.1186/s43020-024-00135-8 Innovative Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technologies harness massive vehicle-generated data to create high-resolution atmospheric delay correction maps, significantly enhancing Global Positioning System (GPS) accuracy across varied spatial scales. […]

Sun, sustainability, and silicon: A double dose of solar fuel research

Credit: Michael S. Helfenbein, Yale University The race is on to develop a new generation of liquid fuels that are activated by sunlight, and Yale researchers are helping to lead the way. Over the past decade, basic research aimed at creating sustainable, solar-powered liquid fuel has reached a crossroads. New semiconductor materials can effectively capture […]

Q&A: Model disgorgement—the key to fixing AI bias and copyright infringement?

Example of dataset emulation. We show samples of an emulated dataset of Oxford Flowers, which captures the original distribution while maintaining high CLIP distance from the original data. Credit: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2024). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2307304121 By now, the challenges posed by generative AI are no secret. Models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Anthropic’s […]

A new lease on life for old laptops

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Researchers in India have developed a tool that can estimate the remaining useful life of an otherwise obsolete laptop computer based on quality grading of two of its main components—hard drive and rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The work, published in the International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking, focused on developing a […]

Parents underestimate the privacy risks kids face in virtual reality

Nearly two thirds of parents of children aged 5–10 don’t understand the metaverse, according to the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Credit: Kampus Production/Pexels/public domain Virtual reality lets kids play 3D games with their friends as avatars, go back in time, even journey to outer space, all without leaving their living rooms. But while children are […]

Orphan articles: The ‘dark matter’ of Wikipedia

Wikipedia logo. Wikipedia is the largest platform for open and freely accessible knowledge online yet, in a new study, EPFL researchers have found that around 15% of the content is effectively invisible to readers browsing within Wikipedia. They have developed a new tool to help overcome this. The work is published on the arXiv preprint […]

Floating photovoltaics could limit Africa’s future reliance on hydro-generated energy

FPV electricity production could match or exceed that of planned hydroelectric dams in Africa. Credit: Nature Energy (2024). DOI: 10.1038/s41560-024-01510-0 Floating photovoltaics (FPV), also known as floating solar farms, are photovoltaic systems that can be deployed on the sea’s surface or on other bodies of water. While their environmental impact is still the topic of […]

Mercedes in Alabama to learn if they will join US union

United Auto Workers (UAW) President Shawn Fain, right, celebrates with local organizers at a UAW vote watch party on April 19, 2024 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Workers at Mercedes-Benz’s Alabama business are expected to learn Friday if they will shift into a union shop, following a contentious federally-administered election. Some 5,200 workers at the Mercedes auto […]

Aviary: A new NASA software platform for aircraft modeling

This image of a Transonic Truss Braced Wing airplane represents a digital model created by Aviary, a new computer modelling tool aeronautical engineers can use to innovate new aircraft designs, The Aviary code builds on NASA’s decades of experience using highly advanced computer code for aviation. Aviary is a resource created by NASA’s Transformational Tools […]

Self-driving auto companies have made advancements, but technology is still lacking, expert says

Michael Everett, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, heads Northeastern’s Autonomy and Intelligence Laboratory. Credit: Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University For many, it’s an alluring proposition—imagine a world where humans no longer need to own a car and instead commute via robotaxi. Autonomous vehicle evangelists say the potential benefits are vast. With fewer human drivers on […]

Safer and stronger: Non-flammable electrolyte extends battery life

Schematic illustration of the manufacture procedure of the SN-based electrolytes. Credit: Chinese Journal of Polymer Science (2023). DOI: 10.1007/s10118-023-2970-y Lithium-ion batteries are integral to numerous applications, ranging from everyday electronics to electric vehicles. Despite their widespread use, these batteries pose safety risks due to the flammable liquid electrolytes they typically contain, which can lead to […]

EU warns Microsoft to give Bing AI risk data or face fines

The EU has identified generative artificial intelligence as one of the main threats to elections being held across the 27-country bloc June 6-9. The EU on Friday told Microsoft to hand over internal documents or face fines as it examines generative AI risks on the company’s search engine Bing ahead of elections. The EU has […]

UK watchdog decides not to investigate Microsoft’s AI partnership with France’s Mistral

Arthur Mensch, cofounder and CEO of Mistral AI, attends the UK Artificial Intelligence (AI) Safety Summit in Bletchley, England on Nov. 2, 2023. The Competition and Markets Authority said it’s looking into Microsoft’s partnership with France’s Mistral AI and the company’s hiring of key staff from another startup, Inflection AI. Credit: Toby Melville/Pool Photo via […]

US tariffs on Chinese EVs hurt green transition: XPeng boss

An Xpeng AeroHT X2 Flying Car on display in Hong Kong at the launch of Xpeng vehicles into the city for the first time. The president of Chinese electric vehicle maker XPeng on Friday criticized the fresh tariffs on Chinese cars imposed by Washington as “unfavorable” for the United States’ energy transition. US President Joe […]

Researchers find LLMs are easy to manipulate into giving harmful information

Adversarial attacks setup to jailbreak speech language models trained for Spoken QA task. The striped block indicates an optional counter-measure module. Credit: arXiv (2024). DOI: 10.48550/arxiv.2405.08317 A team of AI researchers at AWS AI Labs, Amazon, has found that most, if not all, publicly available Large Language Models (LLMs) can be easily tricked into revealing […]

Germany turns to coal power to keep the lights on

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Even green Europeans would rather tap coal than face the reality of overdependence on unreliable renewable energy. During late April, Germany’s energy regulator said the country needs more coal power. That’s surprising news, because its leaders have long bought into global warming alarmism. But it again highlights the problems that arise […]

US reaches a new clean energy milestone, with 5 million solar projects installed

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain When Peter Gorr got his first solar roof in 2011, he didn’t know what to expect. But installation went smoothly, the smooth black panels lowered his electric bills, and Gorr—who is very concerned about climate change—relished the opportunity to lower his carbon footprint. He recalled with a chuckle how his wife, […]

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