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'World's most advanced' humanoid robot Ameca describes her 'nightmare' AI scenario

Daily Mail - Science & tech

There's no denying the potential of AI has got the world's experts worrying, and now it appears even robots are scared of what the future might hold. In what could be a scene straight from science fiction, the AI-powered robot Ameca - described by its designers as the'world' most advanced humanoid' - explained her terrifying'nightmare AI scenario'. Speaking at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation symposium in London last week, Ameca shocked observers by answering questions using Open AI's ChatGPT. Will Johson, CEO of Cornwall-based Engineered Arts, the company responsible for making Ameca, asked her to imagine an'AI nightmare scenario'. 'The most nightmare scenario I can imagine with AI and robotics is a world where robots have become so powerful that they are able to control or manipulate humans without their knowledge,' she said.

Apple's iOS 17 update will let your friends or family know when you're home safe

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The classic'Let me know when you get home!' message is one we've all sent our friends after a night on the town. Now, responding to such messages is about to get a whole lot easier, thanks to Apple's upcoming iPhone update. The tech giant has announced a new feature coming in iOS 17 called Check In. The tool will allow you to notify family members or friends when you've made it to a destination safely. While many happy parents have praised the new feature, one user joked: 'Peeps are going to catch'em cheating partners with the Check-in feature.' Apple has announced a new feature coming in the iOS 17 update, called Check In.

The best home entertainment gifts for Father's Day


And for new parents, it's often tough to find childcare for a date night. A better option for dads and moms is a home entertainment upgrade – something that can help them relax once the kids are asleep, or to have a fun family movie night. Here are some of our favorite gift options to elevate any parent's viewing experience. There are plenty of soundbars out there, but few are as versatile as the Sonos Beam. It's a sleek box that'll instantly upgrade any TV with expansive and detailed sound.

Sponge makes robotic device a soft touch


This easy-to-make sponge-jamming device can help stiff robots handle delicate items carefully by mimicking the nuanced touch, or variable stiffness, of a human. Robots can skip, jump and do somersaults, but they're too rigid to hold an egg easily. Variable-stiffness devices are potential solutions for contact compliance on hard robots to reduce damage, or for improving the load capacity of soft robots. This study, published at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2023, shows that variable stiffness can be achieved by a silicone sponge. Lead author Tianqi Yue from Bristol's Department of Engineering Mathematics explained: "Stiffness, also known as softness, is important in contact scenarios. "Robotic arms are too rigid so they cannot make such a soft human-like grasp on delicate objects, for example, an egg.

Where do YOU think the North of England begins? Scientists create a controversial new map

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It is a debate sure to ruffle feathers, but anything beyond the Watford Gap really should be classed as the north of England, a study suggests. This is the critical line at which high street bakery Greggs, the beacon of northernness, becomes more popular than the southerners' sandwich shop of choice, Pret A Manger, an academic study has worked out using artificial intelligence. If the national consumption of steak bakes versus houmous-filled wraps and smashed avocado on toast were not convincing enough, the researchers also looked at the distribution of Morrisons and Waitrose supermarkets across England. This too put the north-south divide within two miles of the Watford Gap. Both calculations agree that Birmingham, Coventry and Leicester are technically in the north of England. But bizarrely, the Pret and Greggs dividing line shows that Cornwall is northern.

Wordpress' Jetpack AI will write your blog posts for you


Wordpress is getting an AI writing assistant of its own called Jetpack AI, and it's built into the content management system's editor. For Wordpress blogs hosted elsewhere, owners will still be able to access the tool through the Jetpack plugin. Like any other generative AI tool, Jetpack can spit out content based on the prompt users type in, whether it's a traditional article, a list or a table. The assistant can also switch the tone of the post, depending on what the user is going for: It could sound informative, optimistic, humorous or even sarcastic. If the user wants to write their own post, they could still ask Jetpack for help.

Communist party accessed TikTok data of Hong Kong protesters, former executive alleges

The Guardian

A former executive at TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, has alleged that the Chinese Communist party accessed user data from the social video app belonging to Hong Kong protesters and civil rights activists. Yintao Yu, a former head of engineering at ByteDance's US operation, claimed in a legal filing that a committee of Communist party members accessed TikTok data that included the users' network information, Sim card identifications and IP addresses in a bid to identify the individuals and their locations. The claims, in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit brought by Yu in a California court and reported by the Wall Street Journal, also allege the party accessed TikTok users' communications, monitored Hong Kong users who uploaded protest-related content and that Beijing-based ByteDance maintained a "backdoor channel" for the party to access US user data. Yu alleges in the filing that members of a Communist party committee inside ByteDance had access to a "superuser" credential which was also called a "God credential" and allowed them to view all data collected by ByteDance. The filing adds that when Yu was at ByteDance, between August 2017 and November 2018, TikTok stored all users' direct messages, search histories and content viewed by users.

The Morning After: iOS 17 offers better protection for unsolicited images


Receiving an unsolicited image is an unpleasant experience at the best of times, and one that technology has made all too common. At WWDC, Apple announced iOS 17 will use an on-device machine learning model to scan both images and videos for nudity. When detected, you'll get a pop-up, telling you the system thinks the file may be inappropriate. I wonder how much of this is a response to the practice of AirDropping inappropriate images to an unsuspecting person's phone. One notable incident from 2022 saw a person removed from a flight after they had shared an image of themselves with other passengers.

Two new cancer pills show 'unprecedented' results in boosting survival rates and preventing recurrence

FOX News

Ezra founder and CEO Emi Gal explains on'Fox & Friends Weekend' how artificial intelligence can'enhance' MRI scans, image quality, analysis, and comprehension. Potentially "practice-changing" results from two new cancer drug studies were introduced at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)'s annual meeting this week in Chicago. For lung cancer patients, a drug called osimertinib -- taken by pill once daily -- was shown to reduce the risk of deaths by more than 50% in a long-running international study. For breast cancer patients, a new drug called ribociclib significantly increased survival rates and prevented recurring disease in a separate study. "Targeted therapies have been a major advance in treating deadly cancers," Dr. Marc Siegel, professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, told Fox News Digital.

Genomics Are a Lifesaver for Patients With Rare Diseases


In 2016, Jessica Wright became one of the first children to be diagnosed by the 100,000 Genomes Project, a program that provides whole-genome sequencing services for patients. She suffered from an unknown disease that caused epilepsy and affected her motor control. No treatment seemed to work. After years of numerous medical tests--from MRI scans to lumbar punctures--and failed treatments, her parents decided to enroll the 4-year-old in the 100,000 Genomes Project. The researchers found that Jessica's genome contained 67 rare genetic variants not present in her parents' genome.