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AI PASSES TURING TEST?

Plus Microsoft Announces AI PCs

Did AI Just Pass the Turing Test?

A UC San Diego study reveals that GPT-4 was mistaken for a human 54% of the time in five-minute text-based conversations, compared to ELIZA’s 22%. The study highlights the importance of socio-emotional persuasiveness over factual or logical reasoning in distinguishing human-like intelligence. As AI advances, balancing its benefits and risks, particularly in mitigating fraud and deception, becomes crucial.

Microsoft Announces AI-Enhanced Copilot+ PCs

At its Build developer conference, Microsoft unveiled Copilot+ PCs, integrating generative AI deeply into Windows 11. These PCs feature dedicated NPUs, boosting AI experiences like Recall, which helps users find past content. Starting at $999, these devices offer enhanced battery life and performance. Microsoft also launched new Surface devices and partnerships, including with Meta and Khan Academy.

Humane is looking for a buyer after the AI Pin’s underwhelming debut

Startup Humane seeks a buyer, valuing itself at $750 million to $1 billion despite the AI Pin’s poor reviews. The $699 wearable AI device, criticized for slow responses and inconsistent performance, runs on Humane’s CosmOS. Investors include OpenAI’s Sam Altman. Potential buyers like Amazon and Apple remain uncertain.

Stanford Study: AI Transparency Improves, But Secrecy Remains

A Stanford University reassessment found slight improvements in AI transparency since October. Major AI developers like OpenAI, Google, and Meta scored higher on the Foundation Model Transparency Index, averaging 58 out of 100, up from 37. Despite progress, significant secrecy remains in areas like copyrights, personal data, and downstream impacts.

Novelist Mauro Javier Cardenas Uses AI to Boost Literary Creativity

Mauro Javier Cárdenas’ novel “American Abductions” integrates AI into both its narrative and creation. Cárdenas trained an AI model using Leonora Carrington’s prose to enhance his storytelling. While some view AI as a threat to authors, Cárdenas sees it as a tool to elevate literary craft, pushing boundaries and fostering creativity.

AI Model Enhances Breast Cancer Metastasis Detection, Reducing Need for Biopsies

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center developed an AI model using MRI to detect axillary metastasis in breast cancer, potentially reducing invasive biopsies. The AI model identified metastasis with 95% accuracy and could avoid 51% of unnecessary biopsies. This advancement, validated on 350 patients, promises improved clinical outcomes and reduced patient stress and expense.

Students Aren’t Writing Well Anymore. Can AI Help?

New data reveals that 50% of U.S. eighth graders struggle with long-form writing. Declining writing skills are linked to infrequent writing practice, with overburdened teachers unable to grade frequent assignments. AI tools like ThinkCirca and ChatGPT offer real-time feedback and targeted support, potentially improving students’ writing skills despite concerns about AI-assisted cheating.

AI Helps Amazon Tackle Energy Demands Amid Climate Goals

Amid rising energy demands from data centers, electric vehicles, and homes, Amazon is using AI and machine learning to optimize battery storage systems paired with solar installations. These technologies predict when to store or dispatch energy based on weather and other data, improving carbon-free electricity management. Despite these advancements, AI’s energy consumption challenges remain, exemplified by a 30% emissions increase in Microsoft’s recent sustainability report. Amazon continues to focus on innovative energy solutions, aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

French startup H raises $220 million to develop artificial general intelligence

French startup “H,” rebranded from Holistic AI, raised $220 million to develop artificial general intelligence. Led by ex-Google DeepMind veterans, the company aims to achieve human-like AI capabilities, despite ongoing ethical and societal concerns. 

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