Plus are killer AI drones around the corner?
OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, is currently in the midst of internal turmoil as employees threaten to quit unless Sam Altman is reinstated as the CEO. Altman was replaced by former Twitch chief Emmett Shear, leading to disagreements within the company. OpenAI is engaged in intense discussions to unify the organization and find a resolution. The fate of OpenAI has drawn the attention of investors and tech industry leaders, who are hoping for Altman’s reinstatement. The conflict raises larger concerns about the future of AI and the balance between commercial opportunity and the need for ethical considerations.
A new study conducted by thinktank Autonomy reveals that the integration of AI could pave the way for a four-day workweek for nearly one-third of workers in the UK and US. With projected productivity gains, AI could reduce the standard 40-hour workweek to just 32 hours, affecting 8.8 million workers in Britain and 35 million workers in the US. By incorporating LLMs like ChatGPT, workers’ roles can be enhanced, allowing them more free time while maintaining pay and performance. This shift to shorter workweeks has the potential to prevent unemployment and decrease mental and physical illnesses on a global scale.
As the development and deployment of AI-controlled killer drones become a reality, nations are engaging in heated debates over the need for legal constraints. The United States, China, and a few other countries are rapidly advancing in this technology, allowing autonomous drones equipped with artificial intelligence programs to make life-and-death decisions. Concerned about the risks of this autonomous warfare, many governments are proposing legally binding rules at the United Nations. This prospect of killer robots raises alarming questions about the future of warfare and human autonomy. Global attention is now focused on finding a consensus to mitigate the potential dangers associated with this emerging technology.
Cambridge scientists have conducted a study to understand how physical constraints can influence the development of AI systems, allowing them to acquire features similar to those found in complex organism brains. By simulating systems with computational nodes that have specific locations in virtual space, the researchers observed that the AI system started to develop hubs—highly connected nodes that facilitate information transfer. Individual nodes in the AI system demonstrated a “flexible coding scheme” where they encoded multiple properties of a task, resembling the brains of complex organisms
According to a recent Retool report, over 50% of tech workers believe that AI is overrated. The skepticism stems from a lack of evidence showcasing the monumental impact AI holds for businesses. Employees are not yet fully convinced that AI, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, is mature and reliable enough to depend on. Crafting accurate AI chatbot prompts is time-consuming and often results in inaccuracies, discouraging workers from using the technology.
Michigan’s state Capitol becomes the first in the nation to deploy AI technology to detect firearms. In response to the rise in political threats and violence, the ZeroEyes gun-detection system will analyze footage from existing video cameras to identify brandished or drawn firearms. This deployment follows the installation of metal detectors and an indoor gun ban at the Michigan Capitol. The AI system aims to provide an additional layer of security and prevent potential mass shootings. Trained specialists will review the identified images and promptly alert Capitol police in case of a confirmed threat. Michigan hopes this technology will increase safety and protect those who work and visit the state Capitol.
A new AI tool called Mia, developed by Kheiron Medical Technologies and Imperial College London, has demonstrated the ability to detect up to 13% more breast cancers compared to human clinicians. The study, published in Nature Medicine, found that Mia significantly increased the early detection of breast cancer in a European healthcare setting. The tool acts as an additional reader for mammograms, flagging potential false negatives that may be missed by human radiologists. The results highlight the potential for AI to improve breast cancer screening and reduce missed diagnoses, ultimately saving lives. Further research is needed to confirm these findings in other countries and populations.
In a recent research report, Bank of America highlights that the implementation of AI technology in the banking industry has the potential to revolutionize efficiency. However, with increased automation comes inherent risks. The banking industry, which handles a vast amount of sensitive data, must strike a delicate balance between leveraging AI’s advantages and mitigating potential vulnerabilities. Security concerns and the challenge of protecting client assets in a world of democratized AI are major considerations. While major banks are cautiously embracing AI, its revenue upside remains uncertain. Nonetheless, if AI can deliver tangible efficiencies, European banks may experience improved credit ratings and secure returns.