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Google's NotebookLM Aims to Be the Ultimate Writing Assistant


Steven Johnson has written 13 books, on topics ranging from a London cholera outbreak to the value of video games. He's been a television presenter and a podcast host. He's a keynote speaker who doesn't have to call himself that in his LinkedIn profile. And for over a year now, he's been a full-time employee of Google, a status that's clear when he badges me into the search giant's Chelsea offices in New York to show me what his team has been creating. It's called NotebookLM, and the easiest way to think of it is as an AI collaborator with access to all your materials that sits on your metaphorical shoulder to guide you through your project.

When You're Young, Lonely, and Chronically Ill, Online Communities Offer a Lifeline

Mother Jones

Like many students in the fall of 2020, the pandemic threw a wrench into LC Newman's university plans--not just socially, but physically. After a Covid infection, Newman, then a college sophomore in Tucson, Arizona, never got better. Her symptoms were wide-ranging: her heart felt like it was pounding out of her chest; she developed heat intolerance. That, and repeat infection concerns, led her to self-isolate from the few people she'd regularly spent time with. Newman then faced a challenge beyond getting health care: loneliness.

Kiltmaker uses AI to design a new tartan - and it's already been accepted onto the official Scottish Register

Daily Mail - Science & tech

In a year since its release, ChatGPT has already been used to draft essays, create beer, write best man speeches and even prescribe antibiotics. Now, a kiltmaker has used the artificial intelligence (AI) tool to design a new tartan – and it's already been accepted onto the official Scottish Register. Steven Sim, 52, a former graphic designer based in Arbroath, said he was simply'blown away' by the chatbot's intelligence. The creation features prominent red, to represent the'passion that drives AI development, and gold for'the brilliance and illumination AI brings to the world'. Also included in the swish design are several hidden references to AI and science fiction, including'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'.

British biotech races US's 'buff billionaires' for secret of eternal youth

The Guardian

About a decade ago, 125 amateur cyclists from all over the UK filed into the laboratories at King's College London. Aged between 55 and 79, they were there to participate in a long-term study examining how regular physical activity affects the ageing process. Janet Lord, professor of immune cell biology at Birmingham University, who conducted the study in collaboration with King's professor Steve Harridge, said the team were surprised by some findings when they examined the cyclists' bodies and took blood samples over several years. Her subjects, described as "very keen cyclists", were fairly fit, riding up to 60 miles a week. "We found things like increased fat in the body, which a lot of people tell you'oh, there's nothing you can do about that, that's part of ageing' – just were not true. They didn't happen in this group. We compared them with healthy older adults who were not regular exercisers. Our group did not lose muscle … and didn't lose much bone mass either," said Lord, who is the director of the university's Institute for Inflammation and Ageing, and a special adviser to the House of Lords inquiry into ageing, which published a report in 2021.

Apple Arcade exclusive 'Japanese Rural Life Adventure' is a surprising story of rebirth


For the third time in less than two years, I have COVID-19. Whenever an illness has forced me to stay in bed, my comfort food has been gaming. In 2009 I played through all of Assassin's Creed II in a feverish, swine flu-induced haze. When I was sick with COVID for the first time, I jumped into Red Dead Redemption 2 blind, and found a story about sickness and human mortality. Now, during one of the most stacked years in recent gaming history, I find myself under the covers not with Starfield, Spider-Man 2 or any of the other big fall releases.

China's spy agency claims 'gene weapons' that target specific races are being developed by 'certain' countries in eerie warning

Daily Mail - Science & tech

China claims terrorists have'armed' themselves with AI-created genetic weapons that target specific races. Ministry of State Security released a statement on WeChat announcing that'certain' non-governmental organizations recruited Chinese'volunteers' to collect biodiversity distribution data under the guise of biological species research. The statement noted that these foreign nations are engineering weapons that hunt out genetic differences associated with ethnicity or race. It comes after Independent presidential hopeful RFK Jr claimed Covid-19 was'ethnically targeted' to not effect Jewish or Chinese people in a bizarre rant. China's Ministry of State Security alleges these foreign nations could attack its people as the organization used Chinese people to steal species data, which was uploaded to a smartphone app (stock photo) 'Compared with traditional biological weapons and chemical weapons, genetic weapons are more concealable, deceptive, easy to spread and harmful in the long-term, and are difficult to prevent, difficult to isolate, and low-cost.

Gen Z wants less sex in movies and television; experts say technology and delayed adulthood could be why

FOX News

PragerU personality Aldo Buttazzoni joins'Fox News @ Night' to discuss the dating trends among Gen Z men and shares how Americans feel about a bug-based diet. Gen Z teens and young adults are having less sex than past generations and want less sexually explicit content shown in the media they watch. A new study from UCLA found that Gen Z teenagers and adults are asking for fewer sex scenes in the television and movies they consume. The "Teens and Screens" report out of the school's Center for Scholars and Storytellers found that 51.5% of adolescents would prefer to see more content that portrays platonic relationships and close friendships. The study also found that 44.4% of youth surveyed felt that romance in media was "overused."

Cold and flu season is coming: Know the warning signs and symptoms now

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on "Game of Thrones" may be over, but winter is still coming. That means the dreaded cold and flu season is right around the corner. "A visit with a clinician has become increasingly common for upper respiratory symptoms since the COVID pandemic," Mark Fendrick, M.D., a general internist at the University of Michigan, who is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, told Fox News Digital.

'Rocky' star Dolph Lundgren has high hopes for AI's use in cancer research

FOX News

The'America's Got Talent' judge told Fox News Digital why he doesn't like AI technology in songwriting. "Rocky IV" star Dolph Lundgren is looking forward to seeing artificial intelligence used in the medical field. "AI I'm sure will be extremely useful," Lundgren told Fox News Digital. He continued, "They used it to find that COVID vaccine so quickly. And they've actually taken those same algorithms and used it in cancer research [I know] because I'm a little bit involved in that now. Earlier this year, CNBC reported that Moderna had partnered with IBM to use generative AI and quantum computing to advance mRNA technology, a key component in the company's COVID-19 vaccine. The agreement could help speed up Moderna's work on new vaccines and therapies. Last month, Insilico Medicine, an AI-driven biotech company based in Hong Kong and New York City, recently announced that its new AI-designed drug for COVID-19 has entered Phase I clinical trials, and could become an alternative to current antivirals like Paxlovid and Lagevrio. WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)? Dolph Lundgren hopes AI "will be extremely useful" when it comes to cancer research. Lundgren has been battling cancer since 2015 after doctors found a tumor in his kidney. He underwent surgery and was doing well until 2020, when additional tumors were discovered. In 2021, he was told one tumor had grown to the "size of a lemon" and was inoperable, but he later sought a second opinion, and alternative treatments were made available to the actor. Lundgren told Fox News Digital that he is now doing well, though still facing a somewhat tough road. "Last time I checked, you know, everything was good," he said. "There is no cancer, and they check the blood for cancer cells." Dolph Lundgren told Fox News Digital that he is doing well with his cancer treatments and lives "a normal life now." He continued, "I think I'll always have to be on some kind of treatment and be aware of this, but I live a normal life now.

The Morning After: Amazon expands its drone ambitions


We haven't heard much on the state of Amazon's drone deliveries, but the company still seems focused on exploring the possibilities. A report earlier this year said Amazon had made only a handful of deliveries due to FAA regulations. However, in the announcement of prescription deliveries in parts of Texas, Amazon said its drones "have safely delivered hundreds of household items in College Station [in Texas] since December 2022." Customers at College Station are now eligible for aerial deliveries of "more than 500 medications" for common conditions like the flu, asthma and pneumonia. Texas has established itself as a hotbed for drone delivery trials.