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Communist party accessed TikTok data of Hong Kong protesters, former executive alleges

The Guardian

A former executive at TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, has alleged that the Chinese Communist party accessed user data from the social video app belonging to Hong Kong protesters and civil rights activists. Yintao Yu, a former head of engineering at ByteDance's US operation, claimed in a legal filing that a committee of Communist party members accessed TikTok data that included the users' network information, Sim card identifications and IP addresses in a bid to identify the individuals and their locations. The claims, in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit brought by Yu in a California court and reported by the Wall Street Journal, also allege the party accessed TikTok users' communications, monitored Hong Kong users who uploaded protest-related content and that Beijing-based ByteDance maintained a "backdoor channel" for the party to access US user data. Yu alleges in the filing that members of a Communist party committee inside ByteDance had access to a "superuser" credential which was also called a "God credential" and allowed them to view all data collected by ByteDance. The filing adds that when Yu was at ByteDance, between August 2017 and November 2018, TikTok stored all users' direct messages, search histories and content viewed by users.

Two new cancer pills show 'unprecedented' results in boosting survival rates and preventing recurrence

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Ezra founder and CEO Emi Gal explains on'Fox & Friends Weekend' how artificial intelligence can'enhance' MRI scans, image quality, analysis, and comprehension. Potentially "practice-changing" results from two new cancer drug studies were introduced at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)'s annual meeting this week in Chicago. For lung cancer patients, a drug called osimertinib -- taken by pill once daily -- was shown to reduce the risk of deaths by more than 50% in a long-running international study. For breast cancer patients, a new drug called ribociclib significantly increased survival rates and prevented recurring disease in a separate study. "Targeted therapies have been a major advance in treating deadly cancers," Dr. Marc Siegel, professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, told Fox News Digital.

Pence takes swipe at Trump as he launches campaign, two killed at graduation shooting and more top headlines

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ENTERING THE ARENA - Pence takes shot at Trump as he enters increasingly crowded Republican primary field. CAMPUS CHAOS - Two killed, several injured as gunfire breaks out after high school graduation, suspect in custody. TOP TARGETS - SPLC adds parents' rights groups to'Hate and Extremism' annual report. FAMILY MEN - America's men are poised to transform this nation for the better -- if we let them, writes Sen. Josh Hawley. BANKING ON IT - Industry responds to CFPB's warning on AI chatbots.

Blackburn calls for federal internet privacy standard as concerns about online AI use soar

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., shares her takeaways from Tuesday's AI hearing with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. She also reveals what next steps she and her colleagues are prepared to take to protect consumer data amid the AI boom. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is calling on Congress to pass an internet user privacy standard as a first step toward making sure Americans are knowledgeable and their data safe amid the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Blackburn is one of four Republicans on the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on intellectual property (IP). The panel is holding a hearing Wednesday afternoon titled, "Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property – Part I: Patents, Innovation, and Competition."

US, China competition for artificial intelligence dominance will 'dictate the future of humanity' warn experts

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Experts discuss what is at stake in the AI race between the United States and China, warning it could'dictate the future of humanity.' As artificial intelligence (AI) systems rapidly advance, the U.S. and China are both investing time and resources into developing the technology, but experts are divided on who controls the most advanced systems, who will be the front-runner to shape free speech and power in modern society. "The race between the U.S. and China, I think it's going to dictate the future of humanity," Dr. Michael Capps, the CEO of Diveplane, told Fox News Digital. "The Chinese government, Chinese military, and Chinese technology are all working in concert to win the AI race," he added. "In the United States, I would say that US technologists are working on it really hard, but not the government, and not the military. President Xi is 100% focused on it. Putin has said whoever wins the air race, wins World War III before it happens."

'What should the limits be?' The father of ChatGPT on whether AI will save humanity – or destroy it

The Guardian

When I meet Sam Altman, the chief executive of AI research laboratory OpenAI, he is in the middle of a world tour. He is preaching that the very AI systems he and his competitors are building could pose an existential risk to the future of humanity – unless governments work together now to establish guide rails, ensuring responsible development over the coming decade. In the subsequent days, he and hundreds of tech leaders, including scientists and "godfathers of AI", Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio, as well as Google's DeepMind CEO, Demis Hassabis, put out a statement saying that "mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war". It is an all-out effort to convince world leaders that they are serious when they say that "AI risk" needs concerted international effort. It must be an interesting position to be in – Altman, 38, is the daddy of AI chatbot ChatGPT, after all, and is leading the charge to create "artificial general intelligence", or AGI, an AI system capable of tackling any task a human can achieve.

We Asked AI to Generate News Quizzes Based on TIME's Archives. Test Yourself With the Results

TIME - Tech

The news quiz is a tradition at TIME that dates back to 1935. Iterations of the test were used in schools across the country to examine current-affairs knowledge, and it even came in a crossword version. Now, the recent removal of TIME's digital paywall has opened up a century of journalism for everyone, ripe for testing your knowledge about the people who shaped history. Since TIME's archive contains 200 million words, it's a task that's well-suited for the new generation of AI technology, which is able to analyze huge amounts of human-generated text in seconds. So what happens when you turn the power of cutting-edge AI to the task of generating news quizzes based on magazine articles?

Elon Musk's Neuralink wants people to control computers with their minds. How close are they?

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Neuralink is one step closer to selling brain implants that can transmit human thought. The neurotechnology company in May announced that it had received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch its first in-human clinical trial. A statement on its Twitter account said the approval "represents an important first step that will one day allow our technology to help many people." Cofounded by Elon Musk in 2016, Neuralink plans to implant devices in human brains that would allow people with neurological disorders to control computers or robotic limbs with their minds. Musk has said he also wants to "achieve a sort of symbiosis with artificial intelligence" and possibly enable telepathic communication with the device.

Governments worldwide rush to place regulations on artificial intelligence, a rapidly growing technology

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) such as Microsoft-backed OpenAI's ChatGPT are complicating governments' efforts to agree laws governing the use of the technology. The government is consulting Australia's main science advisory body and considering next steps, a spokesperson for the industry and science minister said in April. The Financial Conduct Authority, one of several state regulators that has been tasked with drawing up new guidelines covering AI, is consulting with the Alan Turing Institute and other legal and academic institutions to improve its understanding of the technology, a spokesperson told Reuters.

Rishi Sunak to pitch UK as world leader of AI during meeting with Biden: report

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WATCH LIVE: VP Harris meets with UK PM Rishi Sunak in Munich. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is reportedly hoping to pitch the United Kingdom as a world leader in artificial intelligence governance during his meeting with President Joe Biden. But a post-Brexit U.K. has been locked out of key discussions between the United States and the European Union, such as the fourth Tech and Trade Council (TTC) meeting in Sweden. The White House said both the U.S. and EU recommitted to deepening cooperation on setting AI standards in line with democratic values and universal human rights and work together on emerging technologies "with like-minded partners." Politico reported in March that the Biden administration, meanwhile, has quietly rebuffed British officials' repeated requests for greater dialogue between Washington, D.C., and the U.K. regarding setting AI standards.