If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Fox News Flash top sports headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. "Three straight weeks on" and one week off is starting to catch up with a former wrestling superstar. "The Million Dollar Man," Ted DiBiase, said his days in what was then the World Wrestling Federation, now World Wrestling Entertainment, caused him "severe brain trauma." DiBiase says he hasn't been given an official diagnosis, but he has been experiencing memory loss.
In the beginning, even Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sounded a little tired of superhero movies. "OK, let's do this one more time," the 2018 movie's hero implored its audience, like an emcee trying to revive a sluggish crowd. Look, it seemed to say, we've all been here before: kid gets bitten by a bug, gets superpowers, has to balance the demands of an ordinary life with the responsibilities of a costumed crimefighter. But this time will be different, promise. It was different, and not only because this particular Spider-Man was an Afro-Latino kid from Brooklyn instead of a white kid from Queens.
Buying clothes in person can be a frustrating experience. You go to the fitting room, try on the item, and find you've picked the wrong size. You then have to get dressed, go back onto the shop floor, get the right-sized item, and go through the whole process again in the fitting room. Finally, you find the right item in the right size -- but now you have to wait in a long line to make your purchase. What you thought was going to be a quick and easy procedure has turned into a bit of a slog.
Microsoft launched Cortana as an AI assistant and the flagship feature of Windows 10 in 2015. Now, eight years later, Microsoft is pulling the plug. In a support document, Microsoft said that it's ending support for the Cortana app, Cortana's only remaining presence within Windows. Instead, Microsoft said it will encourage users to use other AI-powered features, whether it be within a standalone app or simply part of Windows or Microsoft Edge. Microsoft did say that Cortana will still be available within Outlook Mobile and various versions of Teams, including Microsoft's conferencing solution, Teams Rooms.
Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy joins'America's Newsroom' to discuss the'alarming' trend and encourages parents to monitor their children's social media. A 4-year-old girl in Florida was found dead near her family's vacation rental in Port Charlotte, Florida, officials said on Friday. The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office said the girl, 4-year-old Evelyn Geer, had been missing for "several hours" after wandering off from her family's VRBO vacation rental home. Deputies said that Greer was located along the water's edge down the canal behind the vacation rental home her family was staying in. Greer's body was found while officials were searching the area by boat.
Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter of the best New Yorker podcasts. Sam Altman, the C.E.O. of OpenAI, which created ChatGPT, says that artificial intelligence is a powerful tool that will streamline human work and quicken the pace of scientific advancement. But ChatGPT has both enthralled and terrified us, and even some of A.I.'s pioneers are freaked out by the technology and how quickly it has advanced. David Remnick talks with Altman, and with the computer scientist Yoshua Bengio, who won the prestigious Turing Award for his work in 2018, but recently signed an open letter calling for a moratorium on some A.I. research until regulation can be implemented. The stakes, Bengio says, are high: "I believe there is a non-negligible risk that this kind of technology, in the short term, could disrupt democracies."
One of the reasons Google's Gmail achieved mass adoption was because it found which email you were searching for, fast. Now Gmail is revamping the process, calling out the emails it thinks you're searching for--or should be. Google said Friday that Gmail will call out the most important emails inside a separate "top results" box, using "machine learning models [that] will use the search term, most recent emails and other relevant factors to show you the results that best match your search query," Google said in a blog post. Other results will appear below, in an "all results in mail" category, sorted by recency. Google referred to the new search option as a "highly requested feature," and it will be rolling out over the course of 15 days, beginning on June 2.
In a Friday afternoon news dump, YouTube inexplicably announced today that 2020 election denialism is a-okay. The company says it "carefully deliberated this change" without offering any specifics on its reasons for the about-face. YouTube initially banned content disputing the results of the 2020 election in December of that year. In a feeble attempt to explain its decision (first reported by Axios), YouTube wrote that it "recognized it was time to reevaluate the effects of this policy in today's changed landscape. In the current environment, we find that while removing this content does curb some misinformation, it could also have the unintended effect of curtailing political speech without meaningfully reducing the risk of violence or other real-world harm. With that in mind, and with 2024 campaigns well underway, we will stop removing content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches occurred in the 2020 and other past US Presidential elections."
The week after Memorial Day can sometimes be a little sleepy on the deals front, but this week we saw a good number of sales, particularly on audio equipment. The headliner deal, a rare sale at Sonos, takes up to 25 percent off some of the brand's most popular speakers. JBL is discounting a few of its better Bluetooth speakers, Sony's new WH-CH720N headphones are down to $128 and Apple's AirPods Pro have dropped back to $200. Solo Stove carried over its holiday sale to this week, in which you can save up to 45 percent on the brand's mostly smokeless fire pits or get $120 off one of our recommended pizza ovens. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today. Sonos' high-end Dolby Atmos soundbar is down to a surprisingly low price.
On Tuesday morning, the merchants of artificial intelligence warned once again about the existential might of their products. Hundreds of AI executives, researchers, and other tech and business figures, including OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Bill Gates, signed a one-sentence statement written by the Center for AI Safety declaring that "mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war." Those 22 words were released following a multi-week tour in which executives from OpenAI, Microsoft, Google, and other tech companies called for limited regulation of AI. They spoke before Congress, in the European Union, and elsewhere about the need for industry and governments to collaborate to curb their product's harms--even as their companies continue to invest billions in the technology. Several prominent AI researchers and critics told me that they're skeptical of the rhetoric, and that Big Tech's proposed regulations appear defanged and self-serving.