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Ambassador Rahm Emanuel slams Chinese ban on Japanese seafood

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel accused China on Friday of using "economic coercion" against Japan by banning imports of Japanese seafood in response to the release of treated wastewater from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean, while Chinese boats continue to fish off Japan's coasts. "Economic coercion is the most persistent and pernicious tool in their economic toolbox," Emanuel said in a speech Friday in Tokyo, calling China's ban on Japanese seafood the latest example. China is the biggest market for Japanese seafood, and the ban has badly hurt Japan's fishing industry.

Hands-on: Intel's radical new Core Ultra laptops running practical AI tasks


After this week, there's no question about it: AI will definitely be a big part of the future of PCs. That was shouted loud and clear during Microsoft's Surface event on Thursday, where the company spent the entire keynote talking about how AI will make Windows 11 smarter, make Office smarter, and make the Surface Laptop Studio 2 better. But while software will determine the AI PC's future, it's just part of the equation. This week, Intel formally unveiled its radically reconstructed, AI-infused Core Ultra processors, built using the Meteor Lake architecture. These mix-and-match chips were built from the ground up with AI in mind, and Intel is also providing plenty of API and framework support for developers to create applications that leverage Core Ultra's hardware to unlock new AI possibilities right on your PC, not in the cloud.

Your right to be forgotten in the age of AI


Earlier this year, ChatGPT was briefly banned in Italy due to a suspected privacy breach. To help overturn the ban, the chatbot's parent company, OpenAI, committed to providing a way for citizens to object to the use of their personal data to train artificial intelligence (AI) models. The right to be forgotten (RTBF) law plays an important role in the online privacy rights of some countries. It gives individuals the right to ask technology companies to delete their personal data. It was established via a landmark case in the European Union (EU) involving search engines in 2014.

Spotify's priciest lossless audio plan could sort playlists by "danceability"


Since 2017, there have been endless rumors and even a rescinded announcement of a HiFi tier at Spotify, but no option itself. A Reddit user has dug into Spotify's app and uncovered possible information about a Supremium tier (Spotify's new name for the HiFi option). Apparently, it could have 24-bit Lossless music, which the company claims is free from "lag and delays." Despite its uncertainty, some pretty fun features are currently floating around in that code, including the ability to sort playlists by "danceability." The option to determine how much you want to boogie could come alongside other arrangements like BPM and smart order, which would attempt to create an ideal playlist based on tempo and key.

Smarter AI Assistants Could Make It Harder to Stay Human


Researchers and futurists have been talking for decades about the day when intelligent software agents will act as personal assistants, tutors, and advisers. Apple produced its famous Knowledge Navigator video in 1987. I seem to remember attending an MIT Media Lab event in the 1990s about software agents, where the moderator appeared as a butler, in a bowler hat. With the advent of generative AI, that gauzy vision of software as aide-de-camp has suddenly come into focus. WIRED's Will Knight provided an overview this week of what's available now and what's imminent.

From lollipop-flavored Coke to digitally-made beef stew: The foods and drinks designed by AI on shelves this year- but would YOU try them?

Daily Mail - Science & tech

There is a lot of fear about AI - but it might do wonders for our taste buds. Around the world, major companies such as Mars are scrambling to use artificial intelligence to design better foods, with dozens of products already on sale. From sodas to alcohol and vegan food, firms want hope that AI's vast processing power will help invent recipes that we mere mortals have overlooked. Analyst Mordor Intelligence expects the market for AI in food production to grow to $35 billion worldwide by 2028. The limited edition Y3000 drink boasts that it is'futuristic flavoured' (Coca Cola) Coca Cola has released a new Zero Sugar drink'co-created' by human designers and AI which is designed to taste like a drink from the year 3000.

Chromebooks get a boost from Google. Will longer lifespan help users?

Los Angeles Times

Google's Chromebook has become ubiquitous in classrooms across the United States, often considered the go-to option for digital learning given its relative affordability and web-based programs -- a combination that proved even more valuable for distance learning during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Chromebooks' launch more than a decade ago as a cheaper alternative to tablets, their use has expanded exponentially in schools nationwide, providing more students a personal computer device -- including in many low-income districts. And although issues of internet connection and at-home access to devices persist, new improvements to the Chromebook could help stretch its lifetime and scope. Google recently announced plans to expand Chromebooks' automatic updates up to 10 years, maximizing the potential lifespan of the devices that have become key for both in-school lessons and after-school studies. Beginning next year, the change will automatically apply to all Chromebooks launched in 2021 or later, and for devices released before 2021 there will be an option to extend the updates to 10 years from the platform's original release, Google officials said.

What Microsoft and Intel's huge AI push means for the future of PCs


If the era of the AI PC is here, Microsoft and Windows 11 are leading the charge. It's worth stepping back and figuring out where everyone is headed. Just two days after Intel's Pat Gelsinger helped make the case for integrated AI on PCs with new AI-infused Core Ultra "Meteor Lake" processors, Microsoft unveiled new Surface hardware and its upcoming Windows 11 feature update at an event in New York. Windows 11's big fall 2023 update (which still doesn't have a formal name, yet), will be led by Copilot, formerly known as Windows Copilot. Now, everywhere that Microsoft has sprinkled AI inside Windows (from Windows to Edge and other places) will be known just as Copilot. And AI is everywhere within Windows 11 and its apps now.

The Morning After: Everything announced at Microsoft's Surface event


Microsoft, even without the usual face of its Surface announcements, had plenty to show off to the assembled media and industry guests yesterday. Unsurprisingly, it led with (and focused on) its latest AI developments. Its Copilot AI assistant is now graduating to assist with all things Windows 11, in an update coming September 26. It will appear in apps such as Edge, while browsing the internet, not to mention Microsoft 365 programs like Word and Excel. You activate Copilot with your voice or a right click and can use it for the sort of things you might not remember keyboard shortcuts for -- or just can't be bothered to do manually, like organize windows on your desktop, delete the backgrounds from photos or even generate a Spotify playlist.

A flood of new AI products just arrived -- whether we're ready or not

Washington Post - Technology News

Microsoft, a leader in the AI race, launched its first version of its Bing chatbot in February, pitching it as a potential replacement for search engines because it could answer conversational questions on almost any topic. Almost immediately, the bot went off the rails, accosting users, telling people it could think and feel and referring to itself by the alter ego "Sydney." The company quickly turned down the bot's creativity, which made it act more reservedly and limited the number of questions people could ask it at once, which Microsoft explained was allowing users to lead the bot in strange directions.