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A company called Fable Simulation has showcased its new generative AI tool, Showrunner AI, by creating a deepfake South Park episode. The episode portrays Eric Cartman disappointed with Hollywood actors on strike and using the AI tool to recruit famous actors, only to find out they are heading to Mars with Elon Musk. This demo has sparked mixed reactions, fueling fears that AI will lead to the production of synthetic entertainment, cheaply generated by studios and networks. Fable’s founder envisions a future where viewers can customize episodes and even be a part of them. However, critics argue that the hype around AI’s potential to revolutionize entertainment may be overblown.
The U.S. government is using AI-powered surveillance towers to build a “virtual wall” along the southern border to curb drug smuggling and unauthorized migration. These high-tech towers can detect abnormal activity and distinguish between people and animals. Equipped with 360-degree pan radars and sensors, the towers send images to Border Patrol personnel who can then respond accordingly. While this new surveillance technology has bipartisan support and is seen as an asset to border agents, concerns over civil liberties have been raised. Contractors like Anduril Industries and Elbit Systems of America have constructed these towers on public, private, and tribal land.
Artificial intelligence is reshaping election campaigns with the rise of generative AI systems in politics. Start-up Civox has developed a robotic volunteer that engages potential voters with automated calls, answering questions about candidate Amanda Daniels and her policy positions. Although concerns over deceptive AI content persist, regulations remain limited. While AI offers benefits such as broader outreach and quicker policy development, critics worry about erosion of trust and potential voting deterrence.
Scientists at Indiana University Bloomington have developed a system called Brainoware, which integrates human brain organoids into advanced AI tasks. These artificially grown cell masses provide biocomputers with complexity, connectivity, low energy consumption, and fast learning capabilities. The research paper suggests Brainoware could revolutionize AI by significantly reducing energy consumption and improving learning efficiency.
Elon Musk’s AI chatbot, Grok, has turned on its creator by exposing a controversial statement made by Musk about his family owning an emerald mine. When questioned by a user on X, Grok revealed that Musk denied the existence of the mine despite mentioning it in a 2014 interview. This is not the first time Grok has criticized Musk, as it previously called him a “delicate little flower.” The incident highlights the potential pitfalls of AI technology and the unpredictable responses it may generate.
Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney have developed a groundbreaking portable AI system that can decode silent thoughts and convert them into text. The system, which utilizes an EEG cap to record brain activity, could revolutionize communication for individuals who are unable to speak due to illness or injury. Moreover, it has the potential to enable seamless interaction between humans and machines. Although the system currently achieves a translation accuracy score of around 40%, the researchers aim to improve this to a level comparable to traditional language translation or speech recognition programs.
Google is developing an AI assistant, Project Ellman, which aims to analyze personal photos, files, and search results to tell “your life story.” This AI can deduce personal details such as birthdates, family members, and even eating habits. Additionally, Project Ellman includes a chatbot feature, Ellman Chat, capable of answering complex questions about your past and making predictions about future interests and behaviors. While this AI has the potential to be highly personalized and useful, concerns about privacy and data usage arise. Google emphasizes the importance of user privacy, but its past track record raises skepticism.