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Sight Extended review – unsettling tale is an eye-opener in our age of AI anxiety

The Guardian

This disturbingly real-looking artificial intelligence sci-fi was made a couple of years ago on what looks like a budget of small change tipped out of the film-makers' coin jars. It's getting a release now presumably on account of AI anxiety creeping up the league table of things that keep people awake at night. Like the Nosedive episode of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, the premise here is that in an apparently-near future people wear contact lenses that feed them information about the world. Andrew Riddell plays Patrick, who like everyone else wears dazzling blue contact lenses that fill the air around him with holograms. Patrick is an agoraphobic who hasn't left his apartment for over a month; he spends his time playing computer games, going hammer and tongs with 3D zombies.

Study finds regular peaceful coexistence between sharks, humans in Southern California waters

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on You're gonna need a bigger ... drone. Researchers at California State University, Long Beach-based Shark Lab used drones to study juvenile white sharks along the Southern California coastline and how close they swim to humans in the water. Turns out, it's pretty close.

Apple Vision Pro hands-on impressions make it seem cool, but not essential


After years of rumors, we finally know what Apple's vision (get it?) The iPhone maker formally announced its Vision Pro headset this week at WWDC, lifting the veil off a device that we knew existed for a good, long while ahead of time. So, with that in mind, does the thing even work? And if so, what can you use it for? We haven't gotten our hands on the Vision Pro yet, but some news outlets got to try it at WWDC.

Black Mirror written by ChatGPT: creator asked AI to write an episode of his hit Netflix show

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The creator of the darkly addictive sci-fi series Black Mirror saw it fitting to ask ChatGPT to conjure up an episode for Season 6 only to find the chatbot'is sh***.' Charlie Brooker, 52, said he typed in'generate Black Mirror episode' and received a story'that sorta mushed' all the other ones together. The first thing Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker did, when everyone was trying ChatGPT for the first time, was to type in'generate Black Mirror episode.' Speaking to Empire, Brooker found there was no real thought behind the AI-generated script, only that it read'plausibly.' Brooker -- who has been writing most episodes of the haunting, Twilight Zone-esque series since its first 2011 season on UK's Channel 4 -- said that his brush with an AI-generated doppelgänger of his own show did teach him to be less robotic himself. The Black Mirror creator's experience with ChatGPT has encouraged him to make bolder creative choices with future seasons of the dystopian anthology series. One upcoming episode'Beyond The Sea,' starring Josh Hartnett (above) takes place in an alternate 1969 ChatGPT was first unleashed in November, sparking excitement and alarm at its ability to generate convincingly human-like essays, poems, form letters and conversational answers to almost any question. 'I was aware that I had written lots of episodes where someone goes'Oh, I was inside a computer the whole time!''

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?

CNET's new guidelines for AI journalism met with union pushback


Nearly seven months after it began publishing machine-generated stories without disclosing their true authorship (or lack thereof) to readers, CNET has finally, publicly changed its policy on the use of AI in its journalistic endeavors. In short, stories written by its in-house artificial intelligence -- which it calls Responsible AI Machine Partner (RAMP) -- are no more, but the specter of AI in its newsroom is far from exorcised. The site indicates, however, that there are still two broad categories of pursuits where RAMP will be deployed. The first, which it calls "Organizing large amounts of information" provides an example that seems more authorial than that umbrella descriptor lets on. "RAMP will help us sort things like pricing and availability data and present it in ways that tailor information to certain audiences. Without an AI assist, this volume of work wouldn't be possible."

AI Could Usher in a New Era of Music. Will It Suck?


Michael Sayman has worked at Facebook, Google, Roblox, and Twitter. At 26, the software engineer has already published a memoir, App Kid. But until he began work on his latest project, he'd never built a website. "I made it in five hours over the weekend, out of frustration that there wasn't anything like this," he says. Sayman's site is AI Hits.

SAG-AFTRA passes strike vote that could shut down Hollywood


Thousands of film and TV actors may go on strike at the end of this month. Members of the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) have authorised the move, following the Writers Guild of America's (WGA) ongoing industrial action and the Directors Guild of America's tentative new deal(opens in a new tab). Almost 65,000 SAG-AFTRA members cast a ballot to determine whether to authorise a strike, amounting to approximately 48 percent of eligible voters. Polls closed at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, with just under 98 percent voting in the affirmative. To be clear, this doesn't mean Hollywood's actors are definitely going on strike.

Apple Vision Pro hands-on: A new milestone for mixed reality, but issues remain


That was the first thing I heard from one excited WWDC attendee as I waited to test Apple's Vision Pro mixed reality headset. That level is excitement is exactly what Apple is hoping for. Realistically, not everyone will be able to afford a $3,499 device. But if Apple can get mainstream consumers excited about the idea of spatial computing, then it'll be able to make a bigger splash when it inevitably unveils a more affordable follow-up. After spending thirty minutes with the Vision Pro, my reaction is more tempered than that excitable attendee.

Indiana Jones 5 gets slammed in reviews - but a new study says poor scores can mean big box office

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Professional movie critics aren't enjoying'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,' the hotly anticipated, and allegedly final, adventure for Harrison Ford as the whip-cracking archeologist. Pre-release reviews for the picture have lead to a'rotten' 50 percent score at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 46 reviews. And the aggregation site Metacritic gives the new Indy a score of 52/100, based on 24 reviews. But those failing grades could mean that'Indy 5' is shaping up to be a runaway summer sensation -- according to researchers at University of California Davis. Pre-release reviews for'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny' have lead to a'rotten' score of 50% at Rotten Tomatoes and a 52/100 at Metacritic.