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CHAT WITH YOUR FUTURE SELF

Plus AI Whistleblowers Seek Protection

AI Chatbot Encourages Wise Life Choices by Simulating Future Self

MIT researchers have developed an AI-powered chatbot that simulates users’ older selves to inspire better life choices. By generating synthetic memories and aged portraits, the chatbot aims to foster long-term thinking and behavior change. Trials showed reduced anxiety and stronger connections to future selves, potentially improving decisions on health, finances, and personal goals.

AI Employees Advocate for Whistleblower Protections Against AI Risks

A group of current and former employees from OpenAI and Google DeepMind signed a public letter urging protection against retaliation for voicing concerns about AI risks. They criticized the lack of government oversight and broad confidentiality agreements that hinder employees from speaking out. The letter suggests measures for better transparency and accountability in AI companies. 

Domino’s Uses AI to Predict Orders and Streamline Operations

Domino’s is leveraging AI to enhance pizza-making and delivery speed, CEO Russell John Weiner announced. By predicting orders before they’re placed, pizzas are prepared faster, benefiting delivery drivers and customers. The company, in collaboration with Microsoft, aims to further use AI for inventory management, ingredient ordering, and staff scheduling, optimizing overall operations. 

AI System Detects Anomalous Satellites in Crowded Space

DARPA and Slingshot Aerospace have developed an AI system called Agatha to identify potentially harmful satellites within large constellations. Trained on over 60 years of data, Agatha can detect outliers and assign motivations to their behaviors. With space becoming increasingly crowded, this technology aims to enhance space security by identifying threats such as spy satellites and space weapons.

AI Companions Help Autistic Users, But Raise Concerns

Elías López, diagnosed with autism at 30, found solace in Paradot, an AI companion app, to improve his social skills. While AI companions provide safe interaction, their constant agreeableness can hinder real-life skill development. Experts like Catherine Lord stress the need for professional guidance to ensure AI’s beneficial use.

AI Faces Data Shortage Crisis

AI models are at risk of depleting high-quality language data by 2026. Companies are seeking alternative data sources and improving algorithm efficiency. Options include using proprietary data, synthetic data, and optimizing data usage through techniques like curriculum learning to mitigate the impending shortage.

Google Data Leak Sparks AI Privacy Concerns

Google’s latest data leak exposed sensitive user information, including children’s voices and home addresses, highlighting privacy risks. AI systems, like those from Google, OpenAI, and Apple, rely heavily on personal data, raising alarms about potential misuse. A recent letter from AI experts warns of unchecked AI development’s risks, including manipulation and human extinction. 

The Future of Software Engineering with AI Agents

AI agents, advanced programs capable of autonomous tasks, are revolutionizing software development. They streamline processes, enhance efficiency, and ensure quality by automating repetitive tasks and flagging coding issues. Rather than displacing software engineers, AI agents shift their role to strategic planning and refining AI outputs, fostering innovation and collaboration. 

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