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I fact-checked ChatGPT with Bard, Claude, and Copilot - and this AI was the most confidently incorrect


Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is notoriously prone to factual errors. So, what do you do when you've asked ChatGPT to generate 150 presumed facts and you don't want to spend an entire weekend confirming each by hand? Well, in my case, I turned to other AIs. In this article, I'll explain the project, consider how each AI performed in a fact-checking showdown, and provide some final thoughts and cautions if you also want to venture down this maze of twisty, little passages that are all alike. Last week, we published a very fun project where we had DALL-E 3, running inside ChatGPT, generate 50 picturesque images that it thought represented each US state.

Leaked: Samsung One UI is getting some of Pixel's best features with these AI upgrades


When the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro were released, one of the selling points was exclusive access to Android 14's new AI-generated wallpaper designer. But now it looks like Samsung users will be joining the fun -- and getting several other AI additions as well. X (formerly Twitter) user BennettBuhner shared a number of leaked screenshots over the weekend from Samsung's upcoming One UI 6.1 release and among them were generative-AI wallpapers. The leaked screenshots look nearly identical to Google's wallpaper generator, with only minimal differences between the two -- meaning that Samsung isn't getting its own version of the concept, but likely Android 14's version that was previously limited to Pixel users. Just like Google's generator, the screenshot of the alleged Samsung one has the user create a text description that's then turned into art.

Sony's New Access Controller Reveals a Big Problem in Adaptive Gaming


For the past five years, engineers at Sony have been developing the PlayStation 5's answer to the Xbox Adaptive Controller, finally completing a triumvirate of accessibility-focused controllers for all three current-gen consoles, including the Nintendo-licensed Hori Flex. The palm-sized, turtle-shaped Access controller arrives three years into the lifecycle of the PS5, bringing with it an impressive amount of customization and flexibility. Flexibility that costs $90 at launch--$20 more than a DualSense, which is included with the PS5 as standard. In other words, flexibility comes at a cost. It's a price reflected in its Xbox and Switch counterparts with the Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC) slightly costlier at $99.99, though both are dwarfed by the Hori Flex's retail price of $249.99.

Five things you need to know about the EU's new AI Act

MIT Technology Review

The AI Act was conceived as a landmark bill that would mitigate harm in areas where using AI poses the biggest risk to fundamental rights, such as health care, education, border surveillance, and public services, as well as banning uses that pose an "unacceptable risk." "High risk" AI systems will have to adhere to strict rules that require risk-mitigation systems, high-quality data sets, better documentation, and human oversight, for example. The vast majority of AI uses, such as recommender systems and spam filters, will get a free pass. The AI Act is a major deal in that it will introduce important rules and enforcement mechanisms to a hugely influential sector that is currently a Wild West. Tech companies love to talk about how committed they are to AI ethics.

Will an AI-powered robocop keep New York's busiest subway station safe?


A broken monitor with indecipherable subway arrival times hangs above the robot, which is being rented for $9 an hour. I met New York's subway robot cop on a temperate November Monday at midnight. I found the robot known as K5 patrolling the mostly empty mezzanine of the Times Square-42nd St. subway station, pacing from one end of the corridor to the other, pausing, like a cautious Roomba, as riders passed by. In late September, the New York Police Department deployed a 5'2, 398-pound, hunk of metal in the city's busiest and most tourist-heavy subway station. Equipped with four HD wide angle cameras, one infrared thermal camera, 16 microphones, and wheels, the K5 security robot works the subway station, accompanied by an officer, between midnight and 6 a.m.

Microsoft agrees to union contract terms involving the use of AI


Microsoft has agreed to union contract language regarding its use of artificial intelligence, which should give workers a voice when challenging how the technology's deployed, as reported by Bloomberg. This is the first US instance of collective bargaining in Microsoft's history and could be a huge step for those employed with the tech giant. This came to pass as part of negotiations with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union and involves contract language that covers a few hundred staffers at Microsoft's game studio ZeniMax, which includes well-known subsidiaries like Bethesda and Arkane, among others. The gist here is that the contract language incorporates Microsoft's previously-announced AI principles, sort of a ten commandments type deal. The language dictates that AI systems will "treat all people fairly" and "empower everyone."

Scientists invent 'Brainoware' computer that uses human neurons and tech hardware - as they move one step closer to merging man and machine

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have unveiled a hybrid computer made of electronics and human brain-like tissues called'Brainoware.' It's part of a growing field called biological computing. The new technology features a brain'organoid' made of human stem cells which sit atop a circuit board that feeds the organoid information and reads its responses. This biological-electronic hybrid was able to identify people's by voice and make predictions about a complex math problem. The researchers claim the discovery represents a significant step toward hybrid computers, which merge man and machine to perform complex computing problems using a fraction of the power needed by conventional computers.

The A.I. Surveillance Companies That Say They Can Thwart Mass Shootings and Suicides


Our world has long been filled with cameras peering out over streets, malls, and schools. Many have been recording for years. But for the most part, no one ever looks at the footage. These little devices, perched on shelves and poles, exist primarily to create a record. If something happens and someone wants to learn more, they can go back.

Generative AI now requires developers to stretch cross-functionally. Here's why


The rapid embrace of artificial intelligence -- especially generative AI -- not only means changes to developers' workflows, but also modifications to the way they work with the rest of the enterprise. Now that generative AI is part of the picture, software developers need to adapt and work across different team with different functions. It's already clear that AI will have a significant impact on the future of jobs, productivity, and the way we work in teams. However, while AI is a technology, it's successful adoption and adaptation is not the province of technologists alone. Here's everything you need to know We've entered a period of dramatic innovation in AI and automation and it's going to have a significant impact on the future of jobs, productivity, and the ways we operate in teams. Research predicts that worker productivity could increase by as much as 4x by 2030, powered by AI.

Tesla's response to the DMV's false-advertising allegations: What took so long?

Los Angeles Times

Seven years after Tesla released the automated driving feature it calls Full Self-Driving, and two-and-a-half years after opening an investigation into it, the California Department of Motor Vehicles is alleging false advertising, which could carry serious implications for the electric car maker. Tesla is defending itself by saying, in effect, that the DMV let the company slide for so many years, the case no longer has legal standing. Plus, the company, run by Chief Executive Elon Musk, says the DMV is violating its free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution's 1st Amendment. The DMV "has been aware that Tesla has been using the brand names Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability since Tesla started using those names in 2014 and 2016 respectively," the company said in a response filed in a state administrative court Friday. The company "relied upon [the DMV's] implicit approval of these brand names" and "the DMV chose not to take any action against Tesla or otherwise communicate to Tesla that its advertising or use of these brand names was or might be problematic," the response notice states.