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In a groundbreaking development, an AI-powered bartender has been introduced that creates personalized drinks based on the customer’s mood. Gone are the days of trying to explain your preferences to a human bartender; now, all you need to do is input your emotions, and the AI bartender will concoct a beverage perfectly suited to your current state. Whether you’re feeling happy, stressed, sad, or adventurous, this innovative technology will create a drink that complements your mood, enhancing your overall experience.
AI companionship emerged as the unexpected star of CES 2024, with various vendors showcasing robots and devices that aim to provide non-human companionship. From Samsung’s rolling yellow ball, Ballie, to the anime-inspired robot Mirokai, there is a growing trend of seeking companionship from AI in a world filled with humans. As technology continues to advance, it provokes questions about the human need for companionship and the extent to which AI can fulfill that need.
OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT and DALL-E, has stated that it is “impossible” to create useful AI models without the use of copyrighted material. In a submission to the House of Lords in the UK, OpenAI explained that since copyright covers various forms of human expression, including blog posts, photographs, and software code, training AI models without copyrighted materials is not feasible. OpenAI’s defense is based on the legal principle of fair use, which allows limited use of copyrighted content under specific circumstances. OpenAI maintains that using publicly available internet materials for training AI models is fair use and crucial for innovation and US competitiveness.
AI is paving the way for advanced technologies, and a new AI ‘death calculator’ has sparked both curiosity and controversy. This tool claims to predict an individual’s expected lifespan by analyzing various health data and lifestyle factors. Some argue that this AI tool could be beneficial, as it can motivate individuals to make positive lifestyle changes. However, others express concerns, citing potential ethical dilemmas and the impact on mental health.
Cappella, a new subscription app, claims to have created an AI-powered translator for baby cries, which can accurately interpret their needs like hunger, discomfort, tiredness, or diaper change. The app, showcased at CES 2024, utilizes AI and machine learning to decipher infants’ cries with an alleged accuracy rate of 95%. Users also have the option to disagree with the app’s interpretation. Besides translation, the app can track sleep, feeding, and diaper changes. Cappella is working on incorporating temperature analysis and soothing techniques using AI-generated sounds.
Scammers are utilizing the power of AI to create deceptive product images to trick online shoppers. By using AI-generated images, scammers entice customers to buy products that may not look anything like what was promised. This alarming trend is becoming increasingly common as AI technology becomes more prevalent. These scammers create fake online stores listing products at incredibly low prices and then use AI-generated images to lure in unsuspecting customers. Even legitimate-looking websites can be misleading, as scammers take advantage of consumers’ short attention spans and the massive amount of ads they encounter daily.
Amazon is grappling with an influx of low-quality AI-generated ebooks that present themselves as the original works of renowned authors, using similar titles and content. Recently, AI researcher Melanie Mitchell discovered a sham version of her book, Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, on the platform. Another renowned computer scientist, Fei-Fei Li, also fell victim to this trend when an AI-generated summary of her memoir appeared on Amazon. The rise of AI technology has amplified scammy ebook summaries on the platform.
Humane, the startup behind the highly anticipated AI Pin, has laid off 4 percent of its employees as a cost-cutting measure. The move comes ahead of the company’s plan to release its first device in March, a screenless, AI-powered pin that aims to replace smartphones. The layoffs were described as part of a wider organizational restructuring, but sources indicate that the affected individuals were informed of the decision through verbal and written communication. Humane has garnered significant attention and funding from Silicon Valley investors, including OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. The layoffs raise questions about the company’s future prospects and ability to deliver on its promises.
According to the World Economic Forum’s annual risks report, the global economy faces a massive threat in the form of AI-driven misinformation and disinformation. The report warns that false information spread through artificial intelligence technology may influence upcoming elections, leading to riots, strikes, and government crackdowns on dissent. The report also highlights concerns over the persistent cost of living crisis and the intertwined risks of disinformation and polarized societies. Looking ahead, extreme weather events, climate change, and misinformation and disinformation continue to top the list of long-term risks. World leaders need to address these short-term crises and work towards a resilient, sustainable, and inclusive future.