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) …
Neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Saphier on the warning signs to look for. I am a neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of acute strokes, brain bleeds, and tumors. Every second counts for my patients, and I am determined to help as many as I can. This Thanksgiving dinner, I left my family to operate on a patient with a life-threatening stroke. This is what you need to know about strokes and how artificial intelligence is helping surgeons like me save even more patients.
Fox News correspondent Gillian Turner has the latest on the presidents focus amid calls for an impeachment inquiry on Special Report. The U.S. and U.K. joined more than a dozen countries to unveil a new artifical intelligence agreement aimed at preventing rogue actors from abusing the technology, though not all experts are sold on how useful the pact will be. "This is really more of an agreement of intent than actual substance," Phil Siegel, founder of the Center for Advanced Preparedness and Threat Response Simulation, told Fox News Digital. Siegel's comments come after what a U.S. official described as the first ever detailed agreement on AI safety was unveiled Sunday, according to a report from Reuters, putting measures in place that are meant to create AI systems that are "secure by design." Vice President Kamala Harris watches President Biden sign an executive order during an AI event at the White House on Oct. 30, 2023.
NASA and IBM have teamed up to build an AI foundation model for weather and climate applications. They're combining their respective knowledge and skills in the Earth science and AI fields, respectively, for the model, which they say should offer "significant advantages over existing technology." Current AI models such as GraphCast and Fourcastnet are already generating weather forecasts more quickly than traditional meteorological models. However, IBM notes those are AI emulators rather than foundation models. As the name suggests, foundation models are the base technologies that power generative AI applications.
Apple was the first to popularize the concept of mobile apps, launching the first App Store of its kind with less than 500 apps in 2008. Since then, millions of apps and developers have entered the scene, making the competition for the best apps more challenging than ever. On Wednesday, Apple released its 2023 App Store Awards Winners, which were picked by the App Store's editorial team based on the criteria of whether the apps provide users with meaningful experiences and inspire cultural change. Last year's list: Apple names the 16 best apps and games of 2022, with BeReal taking top honors "This year's winners represent the limitless potential of developers to bring their visions to life, creating apps and games with remarkable ingenuity, exceptional quality, and purpose-driven missions," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. The winning apps are all unique, tackling important topics such as meditating, reducing e-waste, helping non-verbal people communicate, connecting people with the outdoors, and more.
Following Sam Altman's rollercoaster of a return as OpenAI's CEO, the company announced that it will now include Microsoft as a non-voting observer on its board. The question remains as to why the firm's largest investor wasn't on its board in the first place, but this seems to be somewhat addressed for now, at least. Altman is joined by co-founder Greg Brockman who resumes his role as President, whereas Mira Murati, who very briefly served as interim CEO throughout the drama, will return to her role as CTO. The announcement also confirms a new board consisting of former Salesforce CEO Bret Taylor (chair), former Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, and original member Adam D'Angelo, who is also Quora's co-founder and CEO. It was earlier rumored that Altman's exit was partly influenced by D'Angelo's seeming conflict of interest, as OpenAI was developing a potential competitor to Quora's Poe service -- the latter offers OpenAI's ChatGPT and GPT-4, along with several other text-generating AI models.
Altman was fired from OpenAI on Nov. 17, kicking off a chaotic five days as the tech industry grappled with the implications of the face of the AI revolution being unceremoniously removed from his company. Five days later, Altman was back, a new board had been appointed, consisting of Taylor, former treasury secretary Larry Summers and Quora CEO Adam D'Angelo, one of the previous board members who had removed Altman. Since then, Silicon Valley has speculated about who else would join the board and ultimately control the fate of the company.
Sam Altman marked his formal return as CEO helm of OpenAI today in a company memo that confirmed changes to the company's board including a new non-voting seat for the startup's primary investor, Microsoft. In a memo sent to staff and shared on OpenAI's blog, Altman painted the chaos of the past two weeks, triggered by the board's loss of trust in their CEO, during which almost the entire staff of the company threatened to quit, as a testament to the startup's resilience rather than a sign of instability. "You stood firm for each other, this company, and our mission," Altman wrote. "One of the most important things for the team that builds [artificial general intelligence] safely is the ability to handle stressful and uncertain situations, and maintain good judgment throughout. Altman was ousted on November 17. The company's nonprofit board of directors said that a deliberative review had concluded that Altman "was not consistently candid in his communications with the board." Under OpenAI's unusual structure, the board's duty was to the project's original, nonprofit mission of developing AI that is beneficial to humanity, not the company's business. That board that ejected Altman included the company's chief scientist, Ilya Sutskever, who later recanted and joined with staff who threatened to quit if Altman was not reinstated. Altman said that there would be no hard feelings over that, although his note left questions over Sutskever's future. "I love and respect Ilya, I think he's a guiding light of the field and a gem of a human being.
OpenAI's new board formally took over on Wednesday and said it would add an observer role for partner Microsoft, capping a dramatic chapter for the artificial-intelligence startup and launching a new phase of difficult decisions. The new board's initial three members were decided as part of CEO Sam Altman's return last week after the previous board abruptly fired him. The replacement directors' priorities include creating an independent committee to review the events around Altman's ouster, OpenAI's interim chairman, Bret Taylor, said in a note to employees on Wednesday.
Society has slipped backwards in its treatment of women as the internet fuels a new wave of misogyny, a scientist claims. Deborah Cameron, professor of language and communication at Oxford University, says the internet has allowed sexism to evolve into a new modern form. Rather than becoming a thing of the past, Professor Cameron argues that figures such as Andrew Tate and Donald Trump have promoted new forms of misogyny. TikTok and other online forums have created spaces where sexist ideas can freely be promoted, leading to a rise in verbal threats and abuse against women. Professor Cameron says that sexism has now become part of'ordinary and unremarkable' mainstream advertising, comedy, and news reporting.
Aitana López seems to have come out of nowhere and taken the modeling industry by storm. The pink-haired, toned 25-year-old from Barcelona has reportedly secured advertising deals worth more than $1,000 per Instagram post, and has more than 100,000 online followers. Her Instagram feed shows her posing in outfits from Guess, Brandy Melville, and Victoria's Secret, and tagging haircare brand Olaplex to give them apparent credit for her vibrant locks. In fact, Aitana López was created using artificial intelligence. The caption, translated from Spanish, reads, 'No matter the occasion, the'little black dress' never fails!