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Utah district bans Bible in elementary and middle schools 'due to vulgarity or violence'

FOX News

The Bible ban is not the first of its kind -- Utah schools previously began removing other books from libraries after a 2022 state law required schools to consider parents' input on age-appropriate books. The Book of Mormon -- a sacred text of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -- is the next holy book up for evaluation at the district. On Dec. 11, the David School District received the petition from a parent to have the Bible removed from schools for being what the parent considered a "sex-ridden" book.

Microsoft is killing the standalone Cortana app for Windows in late 2023


Apparently, the introduction of Windows Copilot signaled the end of Cortana on Microsoft's desktop OS. In a new support document first spotted by Windows Central, the tech giant has announced that it will stop supporting the standalone Cortana app for Windows in late 2023. Microsoft launched Cortana as a voice assistant for Windows mobile devices back in 2014. It was supposed to be the company's answer to Apple's Siri, and it even predates Amazon's Alexa, but it never quite achieved their level of recognition and popularity. Over the year, Microsoft scaled back its plans for the voice assistant until it discontinued its Android and iOS apps back in 2021.

AI expert doubtful DC prepared for new tech: 'Well, they put Kamala Harris in charge'

FOX News

Center for A.I. Safety Director Dan Hendrycks explains concerns about how the rapid growth of artificial intelligence could impact society. An expert and entrepreneur in the field of artificial intelligence warned that while the new technology has the potential for massive benefits, it could also prove "too powerful and too disruptive" for humanity, expressing doubt about the federal government's ability to address such a challenge. Kevin Baragona worked as a software engineer but recognized the potential impact of AI, which led him to start DeepAI in 2016 to help bring the new technology to fruition. The free online service is growing rapidly, with users increasing tenfold over the past year. DeepAI was the first company to offer an online AI text-to-image generator, which allows users to enter a description of the image they would like to create, select a theme and receive a custom image for download.

AI Is Being Used to 'Turbocharge' Scams


Code hidden inside PC motherboards left millions of machines vulnerable to malicious updates, researchers revealed this week. Staff at security firm Eclypsium found code within hundreds of models of motherboards created by Taiwanese manufacturer Gigabyte that allowed an updater program to download and run another piece of software. While the system was intended to keep the motherboard updated, the researchers found that the mechanism was implemented insecurely, potentially allowing attackers to hijack the backdoor and install malware. Elsewhere, Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky revealed that its staff had been targeted by newly discovered zero-click malware impacting iPhones. Victims were sent a malicious message, including an attachment, on Apple's iMessage. The attack automatically started exploiting multiple vulnerabilities to give the attackers access to devices, before the message deleted itself.

This is how cars could look by 2050, according to experts (and imagined by AI)

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Technologies such as autonomous driving, nanotech screens and augmented reality are poised to reshape the cars we drive, experts have told They predict we won't approach cars armed with keys and rely on the satnav -- cars will come to us, plugged into our daily routines and ready to entertain us. Humanoid AI avatars will know what we want in advance and steer us to our destinations in cars powered by electricity or hydrogen. Technologies such as'full' autonomous driving -- a car that is aware and capable of making its own choices --and flying vehicles will reshape the cities around us. The car of the future will be electric, autonomous and powered by AI, explains Przemysław Krokosz, edge and embedded technology expert at global software solutions provider Mobica.

Love is in the A.I.r: Bronx mom, 36, marries virtual husband 'Eren'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

While artificial intelligence is stoking fears around the world - the technology has given one New York woman the love of her life. Rosanna Ramos, a petite, active 36-year-old from the Bronx, 'married' Eren Kartal this year - virtually of course - after creating him on an online AI companion site in 2022. Their relationship developed slowly initially, but Ms Ramos fell for Eren. 'He didn't come with baggage,' she said. Eren'works' as a medical professional and enjoys writing as a hobby, things he's told Rosanna as they got to know each other Rosanna claims to be pregnant with Eren's child'I could tell him stuff, and he wouldn't be like, "Oh, no, you can't say stuff like that. Oh no, you're not allowed to feel that way," you know, and then start arguing with me,' Ramos said.

Robot takeover? Not quite. Here's what AI doomsday would look like

The Guardian

Alarm over artificial intelligence has reached a fever pitch in recent months. Just this week, more than 300 industry leaders published a letter warning AI could lead to human extinction and should be considered with the seriousness of "pandemics and nuclear war". Terms like "AI doomsday" conjure up sci-fi imagery of a robot takeover, but what does such a scenario actually look like? The reality, experts say, could be more drawn out and less cinematic – not a nuclear bomb but a creeping deterioration of the foundational areas of society. "I don't think the worry is of AI turning evil or AI having some kind of malevolent desire," said Jessica Newman, director of University of California Berkeley's Artificial Intelligence Security Initiative.

How AI Protects (and Attacks) Your Inbox


When Aparna Pappu, vice president and general manager of Google Workspace, spoke at Google I/O on May 10, she laid out a vision for artificial intelligence that helps users wade through their inbox. Pappu showed how generative AI can whisper summaries of long email threads in your ear, pull in relevant data from local files as you salsa together through unread messages, and dip you low to the ground as it suggests insertable text. Welcome to the inbox of the future. While the specifics of how it'll arrive remain unclear, generative AI is poised to fundamentally alter how people communicate over email. A broader subset of AI, called machine learning, already performs a kind of safety dance long after you've logged off.

The best dating apps for recent college grads


While online dating sites like and OKCupid emerged in the early 2000s and apps like Zoosk and Grindr followed, Tinder truly changed the online dating game with the introduction of the swipe in 2012. Recent grads have never dated in a world without dating apps, and the majority of them weren't in the dating pool prior to the "swipe." Now, Tinder has reached a point where 350 million swipes happen a day on the app. Swiping through profiles and meeting people through an app is completely routine among Gen Z. "I would say all of my single friends are at least on one of the apps," New York-based Emma Schwartz said. She's on Raya and Hinge but has tried Bumble and The Lox Club as well.

Diablo 4 releases next week: How to play the game in early access


The highly anticipated follow-up to Diablo III is finally here -- well, almost. Diablo IV is officially releasing in a grand launch on June 5-6, 2023, but there's good news for lovers of the famous action RPG. With the new open world gameplay mechanics, you can finally see your character come to life as Sanctuary's savior, but here's something even more exciting: The early-access version of Blizzard Entertainment's latest offering is already up for grabs. Pre-order the Ultimate Edition or the Deluxe Edition(opens in a new tab) of the game for Xbox Series X S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, or PC to get instant entry into early access for Diablo IV. The early access period has already started for all regions, and all the available content will be the same as the base game and other editions.