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    UK’s AI safety summit gets thumbs up from tech giants

    Make way for another forum on AI safety. The UK government has announced it will convene a “global” AI summit this fall with the aim of agreeing “safety measures to evaluate and monitor the most significant risks from AI”, as its PR puts it. There’s no word on who will attend as yet — but

    Dogs can find great crested newts in challenging environments

    A trained detection dog was highly accurate at finding great crested newts underground or at a distance, which might aid conservation efforts for this highly-endangered species, according to a study published June 7, 2023 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Nicola Jayne Glover from the University of Salford, UK, and colleagues. The highly-endangered great

    How to install the iOS 17 beta on your iPhone

    Skip to content Image: Apple Every June at WWDC, Apple announces and demonstrates the next version of iOS for your iPhone, but the final version doesn’t actually launch until the fall (usually around September). What if you don’t want to wait that long to try out the new features? You need to install the beta!

    Automattic launches an AI writing assistant for WordPress

    Automattic, the company behind and the main contributor to the open-source WordPress project, launched an AI assistant for the popular content management system on Tuesday. The company said that the assistant easily integrates with and all Jetpack-powered sites. When you’re writing a post or a page, you can add an ‘AI Assistant’ block

    Coinbase and Binance Lawsuits Put Crypto on Ice

    For the second time in 24 hours, the US Securities and Exchange Commission has sued a major cryptocurrency exchange. Yesterday, the regulator filed charges against Binance and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao, with accusations of manipulative trading practices, mishandling customer assets, and failures of corporate control. Today, the SEC followed up with a suit against the Nasdaq-listed exchange

    How your brain stays focused on conversations in a noisy room

    Mind The brain processes voices differently depending on the volume of the speaker and if the listener is focused on them By Jason Arunn Murugesu Mechanisms in the brain help us pick out speech in a crowdZuckerman Institute, Columbia University (2023) We now have a good explanation for how our brain keeps track of a

    In a changing ecosystem, Yellowstone grizzly bears are resilient

    Grizzly Bears in Greater Yellowstone. Credit: United States Geological Survey Grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have been able to gain the body fat they need for hibernation even as population densities have increased and as climate change and human impacts have changed the availability of some foods, according to a new study by

    In New Paradox, Black Holes Appear to Evade Heat Death

    The puzzling behavior of black hole interiors has led researchers to propose a new physical law: the second law of quantum complexity.Olena Shmahalo for Quanta MagazineIntroductionHeat death held a morbid fascination for Victorian-era physicists. It was an early example of how everyday physics connects to the grandest themes in cosmology. Drop ice cubes into a

    Death Rates among Black People in the U.S. Are Rising after Falling

    Researchers hope their work on racial health disparities will be a “call to action” Credit: Amanda Montañez; Source: “Excess Mortality and Years of Potential Life Lost among the Black Population in the U.S., 1999–2020,” by César Caraballo et al., in Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 329, No. 19; May 16, 2023 (data)Eighty-two million

    Software-defined storage: What it is and variants available

    Enterprises want to consolidate data storage, extend its useful life and control costs. But what we often see are silos of storage tied to specific applications, workflows and suppliers. These systems may perform well, but they are not always the most efficient or flexible. Software-defined storage (SDS) is an increasingly viable alternative that can bring

    Massive Turing test shows we can only just tell AIs apart from humans

    Technology A test taken by more than 1.5 million people shows that the latest generation of artificial intelligences are almost indistinguishable from humans, at least in a brief conversation By Alex Wilkins Who are you talking to?IR Stone/Shutterstock People can only tell apart artificial intelligences from humans around 60 per cent of the time, according

    Lionfish are now threatening ecosystems and livelihoods in Brazil

    This article is republished from The Conversation. Brazil’s coastal waters teem with a rich array of species that paint a living tapestry beneath the waves. This underwater world is particularly special because many of its species are endemic – they are found nowhere else on Earth. The southwestern Atlantic is home to 111 endemic reef