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BuzzFeed is the latest publisher to embrace AI-generated content

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CNet's AI SNFAU turned out to be merely the first pebble kicked down the slippery slope. In a Thursday morning internal memo acquired by the Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed Chief Executive Jonah Peretti announced plans to embrace AI in both editorial and business operations and utilize text generation systems similar to CNet's to produce, for example, the memeable quizzes that originally built Buzzfeed's following. Such AI-powered quizzes could provide more personalized answers based on the user's more specific responses rather than based on a score range or ranked choice system like they are today. Peretti envisions AI not only producing content on its own but drawing inspiration from human writers. We squishy meat sacks would serve as idea sources for AI text generators, or as Peretti described members of his own species, "cultural currency" and "inspired prompts."


'Fox News Sunday' on January 22, 2022

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Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., and Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., discuss the latest news emerging from the classified documents seized from President Biden on'Fox News Sunday.' This is a rush transcript of'Fox News Sunday' from January 22nd, 2022. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. A new round of classified items found in the president's home and new concerns about financial fallouts as the U.S. hits the debt limit again. JIM CLYBURN (D-SC): We've had these games before and it should not be done. KARINE JEAN-PIERRE, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: The president has been clear on this. It should not be used as a political weapon. BREAM: Swing district, moderate Republicans are calling for the president to drop the take it or leave it approach and come to the table. We'll sit down for a bipartisan conversation with two co-chairs from the Problem Solvers Caucus. Republican Brian Fitzpatrick and Democrat Josh Gottheimer join me to talk about how to find consensus on the debt limit, immigration and more. Then -- thousands of pro-life advocates come to the nation's capital for the first March for Life since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. We'll look at the legal state of play now that abortion laws are up to the states, and sit down for a conversation with prominent voices from both sides. And eight months after the unprecedented leak of a draft Supreme Court ruling, there are still no answers from the high court about the leaker. JIM JORDAN (R-OH): The only way you're going to stop this in the future is to make sure you find out who did it and hold them accountable. BREAM: We'll ask our Sunday panel if we will ever find out who did it. Breaking overnight, at least ten people are dead, another ten injured after a mass shooting near Los Angeles. It happened late last night at a dance club in Monterey Park, California, close to where a lunar New York celebration had been taking place. Authorities say they believe the shooter is male and at this time it appears that person is not in custody. Deputies say they are reviewing security video in that area. Monterey Park is about ten miles east of Los Angeles. We'll keep you updated on any developments we get in from there. Also breaking this morning, the Justice Department seized more classified documents from the president's private residence just this week. The news comes as President Biden prepares to speak in person with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to discuss the new Congress, a range of challenges there, where they disagree. And that, of course, includes the debt limit. Congress is facing a deadline to strike a deal or risk a financial crisis as the Treasury department steps in to avoid a government default.


1923 cartoon eerily predicted 2023's AI art generators

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In 1923, an editorial cartoonist named H.T. Webster drew a humorous cartoon for the New York World newspaper depicting a fictional 2023 machine that would generate ideas and draw them as cartoons automatically. It presaged recent advancements in AI image synthesis, one century later, that actually can create artwork automatically. The vintage cartoon carries the caption "In the year 2023 when all our work is done by electricity." It depicts a cartoonist standing by his drawing table and making plans for social events while an "idea dynamo" generates ideas and a "cartoon dynamo" renders the artwork. Interestingly, this separation of labor feels similar to our neural networks of today.


How to stop facial recognition cameras from monitoring your every move

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Apple's got a new helpful feature called "Safety Check" that'll guide you through what you've shared, with whom and how to revoke access. If you ever felt like someone was tracking you, be sure to review these settings. Are you concerned about facial recognition cameras monitoring your every move? Some large venues and arenas are using it as a security measure, claiming it ensures safety for guests and employees. However, the technology is also being used for surveillance and to block people from entering businesses.


How ChatGPT Will Destabilize White-Collar Work - The Atlantic

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In the next five years, it is likely that AI will begin to reduce employment for college-educated workers. As the technology continues to advance, it will be able to perform tasks that were previously thought to require a high level of education and skill. This could lead to a displacement of workers in certain industries, as companies look to cut costs by automating processes. While it is difficult to predict the exact extent of this trend, it is clear that AI will have a significant impact on the job market for college-educated workers. It will be important for individuals to stay up to date on the latest developments in AI and to consider how their skills and expertise can be leveraged in a world where machines are increasingly able to perform many tasks.


Red Ventures-owned CNET goes into damage control, pauses AI-written stories

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CNET will stop publishing articles written entirely by robots after receiving a copious amount of negative attention over the practice during the last few weeks. The affirmation was made on a conference call with editorial employees and executives at CNET's parent company, marketing firm Red Ventures, on Friday, about two weeks after the website Futurist exposed several AI-written articles on financial topics that contained severe, glaring errors. On Friday, CNET's editor-in-chief Connie Guglielmo said the publication's use of robots wasn't done "in secret," but was instead done "quietly," and affirmed CNET disclosed their use of artificial intelligence to readers on the affected articles. But that disclosure wasn't initially visible to readers unless they clicked on an article's byline. In most cases, the byline read "CNET Money Staff," and there was no visible affirmation that the story being read was written by a robot.


How AI Can Rid The Internet of Fake News and Bias

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There is always a chance that the information you hear or read may not be accurate, whether it comes from a physical newspaper or magazine, an internet source, or the radio. False information has existed for as long as human culture, but the sheer volume of information we receive from the linked, online world makes us particularly susceptible to inadvertently ingesting material that has been twisted or falsified. Garry M. Paxinos, CTO of netTALK CONNECT and NOOZ.AI, shares how AI can help tackle the issue of fake news and the complexities of bias. Consumers are accustomed to having their opinions influenced by what they read, see, and hear online, such as through influencer marketing or celebrity endorsements. Opinions have a lot of power, whether or not facts support them, and a lot of false news depends on stirring up strong emotions.


CNET used AI to write articles. It was a journalistic disaster. - The Washington Post

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Artificial intelligence has been deployed to handle facial recognition, recommend movies, and auto-complete your typing. The news that CNET had been using it to generate entire stories, however, sent a ripple of anxiety through the news media for its seeming threat to journalists. The robot-brained yet conversational ChatGPT can produce copy without lunch or bathroom breaks and never goes on strike.


AI and the Human Brain: How Similar Are They?

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Yoshua Bengio, a pioneer in deep learning and artificial neural networks, is careful to point out that AI is a model of what's going on in the …


California Berkeley university campus worker finds human skeleton in unused residence building: police

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Skeletonized human remains were found in an unused residence hall on the campus of University of California, Berkeley last week, officials said. The skeleton was found in the shuttered graffiti-ridden building on the Clark Kerr Campus on Jan. 10, but it remains unclear how many years the remains were there, police said. FILE: A view of the UC Berkeley campus is seen from this drone view in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.