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Man Uses AI to Date Over 5,000 Women on Tinder and Marries “Soullmate”

Alexander Zhadan, a developer from Moscow, reveals that he is marrying his AI-endorsed soulmate, Karina Imranovna, after using AI tools to sift through over 5,000 Tinder matches. Zhadan developed an AI system that filtered out women based on his preferences and even made small talk and booked dates on his behalf. The system, which he upgraded using ChatGPT and photo recognition software, helped him find better matches and sound more like him in conversations. However, there were occasional mishaps, such as double-booking and making promises without his consent. Zhadan limited his interactions to four women at a time and eventually got into a serious relationship with Karina. The AI even recommended they get married and helped devise a proposal plan. The couple is set to marry in August 2024.

New York Times Forms an AI Newsroom Team to Revolutionize Reporting

The New York Times is embracing generative AI technology and is assembling a team to explore its application in their newsroom. Led by an editorial director for AI initiatives, the team will prototype uses of generative AI and machine learning techniques to enhance reporting and the delivery of news to readers. Despite past conflicts with generative AI, the Times aims to integrate AI tools while emphasizing the importance of expert journalism. The hiring of a machine learning engineer, software engineer, designer, and editor signifies the publication’s commitment to revolutionizing the field of journalism through innovative AI solutions.

North Korea’s AI Ambitions Raise Global Concerns

North Korea’s rapid advancements in AI across various sectors, including military technology and nuclear reactor safety, are causing international alarm. According to a report, the authoritarian regime has utilized AI to develop wargame simulations and collaborate with Chinese tech researchers, potentially leading to sanction violations and leaked information. The country’s commitment to AI development is seen as a strategic investment to bolster its digital economy. Collaboration with foreign scholars also raises concerns about unintentional disclosure of military information. Moreover, North Korean researchers have published studies on using AI to enhance nuclear reactor safety.

Photos of Biden in Military Uniform Go Viral Amid Middle East Tensions

AI-generated images of President Biden dressed in military gear and sitting in the Situation Room have taken the internet by storm. Shared on Elon Musk’s social media platform, these deepfake photos added to the ongoing Middle East tensions after the drone attack on US soldiers. Many viewed these images, which aimed to project the US as being on a war footing, which sparked both amusement and concern. Despite the controversy surrounding them, the photos remained on the platform. Biden’s response to the drone strike and the criticism he has faced for his approach toward Iran has added fuel to the fire. 

Texting with the Dead: The Strange World of AI Séances

In the documentary “Eternal You,” directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck delve into how AI is revolutionizing the conversation around death and technology. The film explores the use of chatbots that can simulate the speaking style of deceased individuals by scanning their social media profiles and texts. Through interviews with users, critics, and tech developers, “Eternal You” examines the comfort and danger these AI apps can bring, while also questioning the ethical implications of manipulating the dead’s voices. 

Schools Embrace AI in the Future of Education

Arizona State University and K-12 administrators are partnering with AI education groups to incorporate AI technology into teaching and learning. This shift comes after the initial struggles schools faced last year. A recent report shows that educators believe AI can help with personalized learning and save time. While optimism is high, experts stress the importance of preparing teachers with guidance and training for a smooth transition. Multiple states, including North Carolina, have released guidelines for integrating AI into the classroom. Despite the advantages, concerns remain about biases in the training data and the potential for automating decisions at scale. 

Introducing Tomo: The AI-Powered Wellness and Meditation App

Replika’s new app, Tomo, is an AI-generated wellness and meditation tool that offers users personal growth programs and mental well-being guidance. Tomo provides services like guided meditation, yoga, affirmation classes, and talk therapy, giving users a virtual retreat experience. The avatar guide, Tomo, engages users in conversations and helps them explore their goals and challenges. The app has a subscription-based business model, with users trying it for free for three days before choosing a weekly or yearly plan. Although some features felt more like talking to a chatbot than a real therapist, the app offers helpful tools for meditation and self-reflection.

Starbucks’ Secret Weapon: AI-Powered Rewards Program Boosts Customer Loyalty

Starbucks is leveraging AI data analytics to enhance its rewards program and attract more customers. By implementing targeted offers and utilizing AI tools, Starbucks has seen a significant increase in its loyalty program membership, with 4 million new members in the last quarter alone. The company also plans to partner with other brands, such as Bank of America and Delta Air Lines, to further engage customers. Additionally, Starbucks has witnessed a rise in engagement across digital channels, with mobile order and pay accounting for 30% of transactions. AI is proving to be a game-changer for boosting customer loyalty and driving business growth for Starbucks.

No Chips, No AI: IT Departments Face a Year-Long Wait for Latest Hardware

Forrester warns IT decision-makers to be cautious with their AI ambitions due to ongoing supply issues with semiconductors. The global chip shortage has made it difficult for cloud providers and large system providers to acquire enough GPUs, which are crucial for AI computing capacity. As a result, enterprise IT buyers may have to wait up to a year to get the hardware they need. To navigate the chip crisis, Forrester advises starting small with tech plans and focusing on small steps that will yield big lessons later. Additionally, IT leaders should consider using “just in case” inventory planning and running servers for longer.




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