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AI gold rush pits China vs US as possible microchip shortage looms: experts

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Fox News host Bret Baier has more on U.S. and its allies efforts to increase semiconductor manufacturing on'Special Report.' The world could face another chip shortage as companies and nations seek to lead the way with artificial intelligence (AI) development, having seemingly made few changes after the impacts of the 2021 supply chain crisis, experts said. "The answer is different for different segments of the semiconductor industry and the chip economy," Gregory C. Allen, the director of the Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Fox News Digital. "Companies that make these chips are building out additional capacity to a different extent and in different market niches," he said, adding that while the world is "headed to an oversupply of certain types of chips," there is "already a shortage" of more advanced chips, reflected in the "extraordinary cost of each of these chips." China enacted a series of extreme lockdown measures, known as "zero-COVID," to combat the coronavirus pandemic, which required cities to shut down and test every resident after officials detected just a few positive cases.

AI in 2023: A year of breakthroughs that left no human thing unchanged


In a year awash with groundbreaking technological leaps and profound ethical debates, we have witnessed AI's unprecedented influence in unexpected areas -- including some indelible marks on entertainment. From the debut of cutting-edge large language models (LLMs) to the innovative Humane AI Pin and the awe-inspiring creation of an entirely new Beatles song, this year has demonstrated AI's rapid evolution and expansive reach. AI has now integrated itself into the fabric of our lives, shaping our technology and profoundly impacting our culture and the arts. AI's profound transformation this year was marked by advancements in open-source AI, licensing debates, and the emergence of powerful generative AI models. Open-source AI development soared to unprecedented heights, reshaping the AI framework and model landscape.

Sam Altman

TIME - Tech

It was a strange Thanksgiving for Sam Altman. Normally, the CEO of OpenAI flies home to St. Louis to visit family. But this time the holiday came after an existential struggle for control of a company that some believe holds the fate of humanity in its hands. He went to his Napa Valley ranch for a hike, then returned to San Francisco to spend a few hours with one of the board members who had just fired and reinstated him in the span of five frantic days. He put his computer away for a few hours to cook vegetarian pasta, play loud music, and drink wine with his fiancé Oliver Mulherin. "This was a 10-out-of-10 crazy thing to live through," Altman tells TIME on Nov. 30. We're speaking exactly one year after OpenAI released Chat-GPT, the most rapidly adopted tech product ever. The impact of the chatbot and its successor, GPT-4, was transformative--for the company and the world. "For many people," Altman says, 2023 was "the year that they started taking AI seriously." Born as a nonprofit research lab dedicated to building artificial intelligence for the benefit of humanity, OpenAI became an $80 billion rocket ship. Altman emerged as one of the most powerful and venerated executives in the world, the public face and leading prophet of a technological revolution. On Nov. 17, OpenAI's nonprofit board of directors fired Altman, without warning or even much in the way of explanation. The surreal maneuvering that followed made the corporate dramas of Succession seem staid. So did OpenAI's powerful investors; one even baselessly speculated that one of the directors who defenestrated Altman was a Chinese spy. The company's visionary chief scientist voted to oust his fellow co-founder, only to backtrack. Two interim CEOs came and went.

Klarna freezes hiring because AI can do the job instead


Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski is betting so big on AI that he's instituted a hiring freeze. "There will be a shrinking of the company," said Siemiatkowski per The Telegraph. Last May, 10 percent of the fintech company's staff was laid off during a period of economic downturn for the tech industry. Instead, it is refraining from active recruitment with the expectation that AI can now handle many tasks that were previously performed by humans. The rise of tools like ChatGPT has created a cloud of fear and uncertainty around job replacement and its industry-disrupting potential. But now, we're starting to see what widespread automation might look like.

China using AI to ease economic woes, but focus is to stand at the 'center of the revolution,' experts warn

FOX News

AI expert Marva Bailer tells Fox News Digital how the availability of artificial intelligence can have negative impacts and talks potential federal legislation to control it. China may rely on artificial intelligence (AI) to manage approaching economic troubles, but that is just one part of the spectrum of goals Beijing has for the burgeoning technology, experts told Fox News Digital. "Certainly, China has put artificial intelligence at the center of its economic and its military modernization efforts," Matt McInnis, senior fellow for the Institute for the Study of War's China program, said. "[China] sees artificial intelligence as a potential way to achieve economic and military superiority and potentially even help, you know, kind of provide a long-term foundation for much greater prosperity than it has been able to achieve in the past five years or decade. "I think China, in many ways, has almost put perhaps too many eggs in the AI basket, which I think is going to be concerning for them overtime, even though we all know that AI could be a real game changer in the world economy," McInnis added. "I don't think that's any different for China than it is for the United States.

Oh, Good, OpenAI's Biggest Rival Has a Weird Structure Too


This article is from Big Technology, a newsletter by Alex Kantrowitz. Life got interesting for Anthropic two weeks ago, when OpenAI nearly lit itself on fire. Anthropic had been operating comfortably in OpenAI's shadow, collecting billions in investment from Amazon, Google, and others as it developed similar technology with an increased focus on safety. Then, as the chaos rolled on, companies that built their products entirely on top of OpenAI's GPT-4 model looked for a hedge. And Anthropic was there, waiting for them.

Robot eel reveals how the strange fish swim so efficiently

New Scientist

Eels have been observed to swim for thousands of kilometres without feeding during their migration period, and experiments with an eel robot may help explain how they do it. They suggest eels can swim in a more energy efficient manner by changing the way they undulate their bodies.

Meta will enforce ban on AI-powered political ads in every nation, no exceptions


Meta says its generative artificial intelligence (AI) advertising tools cannot be used to power political campaigns anywhere globally, with access blocked for ads targeting specific services and issues. The social media giant said earlier this month that advertisers will be barred from using generative AI tools in its Ads Manager tool to produce ads for politics, elections, housing, employment, credit, or social issues. Ads related to health, pharmaceuticals, and financial services also are not allowed access to the generative AI features. This policy will apply globally, as Meta continues to test its generative AI ads creation tools, confirmed Dan Neary, Meta's Asia-Pacific vice president. "This approach will allow us to better understand potential risks and build the right safeguards for the use of generative AI in ads that relate to potentially sensitive topics in regulated industries," Neary told ZDNET in an email.

Why even billions in sanctions can't bring down the world's largest crypto exchange

The Guardian

The world's largest crypto exchange admitted to a range of violations in a massive US court action, including unlicensed money transmitting, sanctions violations and anti-money laundering (AML) violations. Its founder, Changpeng Zhao, near-universally known as CZ, personally pled guilty to his failure to maintain money-laundering controls. The failures "allowed money to flow to terrorists, cybercriminals, and child abusers through its platform", the US secretary of the treasury, Janet Yellen, said. As part of a guilty plea, Zhao agreed to pay a $50m fine and would be barred from any involvement in the business. Binance too agreed to plead guilty, accept the appointment of a monitor and pay a criminal fine of nearly $1.81bn as well as a $2.51bn order of forfeiture to settle three criminal charges.

China plans to mass produce humanoid robots in two years - here's how experts think the tech will change the world by 2035

Daily Mail - Science & tech

China has published plans to mass-produce humanoid robots by 2025, as Western companies including Elon Musk's Tesla race to produce their own humanoids. Goldman Sachs has predicted that the market for humanoid robots could be worth $150 billion a year worldwide within 15 years - and that humanoid robots will be viable in factories between 2025-2028 and in other jobs by 2030-2035. The technology will have a positive impact in many fields, believes Marga Hoek, author of Tech For Good, but people need to prepare for it. How will robots change the world of 2035? Hoek said that predictions suggest that up to a quarter of all jobs could be impacted by robotics and AI technology.