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Google turns 25! Tech giant celebrates its birthday with hidden surprises, Easter eggs and its iconic spinner

Daily Mail - Science & tech

In September 1998, Google was created in a garage by two Stanford University students – a humble beginning to say the least. Who would have thought a quarter of century later it would be the world's most used search engine with unprecedented access to our personal data? To mark its 25 birthday, Google has packed its site with Easter Eggs, including a new Google Doodle – a temporary alteration of its logo – with '25' in place of where the two Os would normally be. Meanwhile, if you enter'Google 25th birthday' into the search bar, colourful confetti will rain down over your results. The tech giant has also brought back its'birthday surprise spinner', which lets you play interactive games from its archives, including Pac-man, Snake and Tic-tac-toe.

North Carolina law enforcement using AI to combat increase in distracted drivers

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol has three rotating artificial intelligence devices to help track down distracted commercial vehicles. North Carolina Highway Patrol reports that it has seen an uptick in distracted truck drivers, and now the agency is using artificial intelligence devices to help crack down on the safety hazard. Distracted driving killed over 3,500 people in 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. A mom who's made safe driving her passion has felt the pain from a distracted driver two separate times. "At a stop light you look around, every single person is on their phone," said Jennifer Smith, whose mother was killed by a distracted driver.

This AI text and speech toolkit is just $40


TL;DR: As of September 27, get a lifetime license to the Jott Pro AI Text & Speech Toolkit for only $39.99 -- that's 80% off. While humans have always led busy lives, it seems with the advancement of technology, we are expected to do more and more within a single day. So, any tips and tricks for saving time are most welcome. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a way to cut out the tedious work of note-taking, transcribing, and translation so you might have a little extra time to relax? With the AI boom already here (according to The Wall Street Journal), some things have changed for the better.

A short guide to Multidisciplinary Research


This guide to'colliding opposite disciplines with your research' is intended to help students and researchers, or indeed anyone who might otherwise be looking for some ideas on how to approach research or methods for designing concepts and solutions, to broaden their thinking and approach to research. This guide is mainly focused on the disciplines of science and engineering with the idea of collaborating with other distinct disciplines. However, the overall principles remain for any multidisciplinary research. With the assistance of this guide, it will help to open new ways of thinking about research, highlight the'unseen' benefits of multidisciplinary approaches to research and how they can be extremely advantageous and can lend for an optimal delivery. It will help you to contemplate how, when, and why you should open up your research to other disciplines.

Nothing's budget-friendly brand CMF debuts a $69 smartwatch and $49 earbuds


CMF, the budget-friendly sub-brand Nothing announced back in August, has launched its first products: A smartwatch, a pair of earbuds and a GaN charger. The $69 Watch Pro comes with a 1.96-inch AMOLED display and built-in GPS. Its battery can last for up to 13 days, and it can make and receive calls, so long as it's connected to a phone via Bluetooth, but it doesn't seem to have access to an app store. The device is largely health-focused with various features that include monitors for real-time heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, as well as sleep and stress levels. It also provides hydration and movement reminders and the ability to set personalized goals.

Newspaper runs robot-written op-ed opposing AI in journalism

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Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in on how artificial intelligence can change the patient-doctor relationship on'America's Newsroom.' A St. Louis newspaper decided to take on the artificial intelligence debate by allowing a robot to pen an op-ed arguing against the use of AI in journalism. The article, featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was written entirely by Microsoft's Bing Chat AI program, according to a disclaimer in the article. The bot was instructed to "write a newspaper editorial arguing that artificial intelligence should not be used in journalism." The paper then let the AI platform take over from there.

The WGA strike ends with protections against AI set in place


The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has voted to officially lift its strike order, over half a year since it stopped work and demanded a better contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Writers can officially go back to work after 12:01 AM PT on September 27, even though the organization has yet to hold the final ratification vote. WGA's decision comes shortly after it held a series of negotiation sessions with producers and reached a tentative agreement, with one of the key sticking points being the use of generative AI. Now, the WGA has released a summary of the terms of its new contract, and it prominently features protections against the use of generative AI in the writing process. To start with, generative AI can't be used to write or rewrite literary material, and anything it produces cannot be considered source material. Writers can choose to use AI if the company or studio consents to it, but studios can't force writers to use AI software like ChatGPT.

Asteroid 'dust, debris' likely found as returned NASA space capsule opened

Al Jazeera

Scientists at the United States space agency NASA found "black dust and debris" when they opened the space capsule that recently returned to Earth with the largest asteroid sample ever brought back from space. NASA said on Tuesday that researchers discovered "dust and debris on the avionics deck of the Osiris-REx science canister when the initial lid was removed today". The space agency did not specify whether the materials discovered on opening the lid of the probe definitely belonged to the asteroid, though NASA said on social media that "scientists gasped as the lid was lifted from the [Osiris-REx] asteroid sample return canister". "A scientific treasure box," NASA Astromaterials said in a social media post. "Dark powder and sand-sized particles" were found on "the inside of the lid and base", NASA said.

Hollywood writers agree to end five-month strike after studio deal

BBC News

The writers' walkout began on 2 May, which members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) joined on 13 July, making it the longest strike to affect Hollywood in decades. They were striking in a row over pay and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the industry.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 581

Al Jazeera

Russia released a video reportedly showing Viktor Sokolov, commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, at a meeting with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and other military top brass a day after Ukrainian special forces claimed he was among dozens of officers killed in an attack on the fleet's Sevastopol naval base. Ukraine said it was clarifying information regarding Sokolov. The United Kingdom's defence ministry said "a dynamic, deep strike battle" was under way in the Black Sea after the Russian Black Sea Fleet suffered a series of major attacks. Kyiv said its air defences destroyed 26 of 38 Russian drones fired overnight but that some of the drones hit the Danube River port of Izmail, damaging more than 30 vehicles and injuring two drivers during a two-hour attack. The drone barrage also prompted the temporary suspension of ferry services to Romania.