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Uber Eats to unleash 2,000 AI-powered robots across the US that will drop off food orders

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Thousands of four-wheeled robots will soon drop off burritos, salads and other food orders placed with Uber Eats. Robotics company Serve has been working with the delivery giant since 2021, and the firms announced Tuesday they are ready to unleash 2,000 self-driving bots in major US cities starting in 2026. The small AI-powered machines can carry up to 50 pounds of merchandise for 25 miles on a single charge, which Serve said is enough power for dozens of deliveries in one day. Select customers who place food orders via the Uber Eats app may receive the option to deliver their orders by a Serve robot. The partnership will provide customers with contact-free deliveries.

This Can't Be Good for Putin


The drone attack on Moscow early Tuesday morning showed that the war is real and near, not just for Ukrainians but also for Russians--a message that can't be good for Vladimir Putin. At least eight drones flew over Russia's capital in the wee hours, almost certainly launched by Ukraine (or perhaps by Russian rebels sympathetic to Ukraine's cause). The Kremlin claims that air-defense crews shot down or electronically jammed all the drones and that the damage done to a few apartment buildings was caused by metal shards of the disabled airframes as they fell from the sky. Even if this claim is true, it doesn't matter. The attack demonstrates that Russia's skies are porous, that Russian civilians are vulnerable.

After drone attack, fears, anger and a sense of calm in Moscow

Al Jazeera

On Tuesday morning, at least eight attack drones entered Moscow's airspace before being shot down by the city's air defences, a few hitting residential buildings on the way down. The Russian government accused Ukraine of a "terrorist attack", which Kyiv officials wryly denied. "You know, we are being drawn into the era of artificial intelligence. Perhaps not all drones are ready to attack Ukraine and want to return to their creators and ask them questions like: 'Why are you sending us [to hit] the children of Ukraine? In Kyiv?'" Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on the YouTube breakfast show of exiled Russian journalist Alexander Plushev.

AI presents 'risk of extinction' on par with nuclear war, industry leaders say


With the rise of ChatGPT, Bard and other large language models (LLMs), we've been hearing warnings from the people involved like Elon Musk about the risks posed by artificial intelligence (AI). Now, a group of high-profile industry leaders has issued a one-sentence statement effectively confirming those fears. Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war. It was posted to the Center for AI Safety, an organization with the mission "to reduce societal-scale risks from artificial intelligence," according to its website. Signatories are a who's who of the AI industry, including OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman and Google DeepMind head Demis Hassabis.

The Morning After: NASA's SLS rocket is already $6 billion over budget


According to the latest audit from NASA's inspector general, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket designed to take astronauts to the Moon is substantially over budget and far behind schedule. NASA's spending on the Artemis Moon Program is expected to reach $93 billion by 2025, including the $23.8 billion already spent on the SLS system through 2022. That sum represents "$6 billion in cost increases and over six years in schedule delays above NASA's original projections," says the report. One of the issues has been integrating older NASA technology with newer systems. "These increases are caused by interrelated issues such as assumptions that the use of heritage technologies… were expected to result in significant cost and schedule savings compared to developing new systems for the SLS," the audit states.

Multiple victims in Memorial Day beach shooting, graduation speech backlash and more top headlines

FOX News

Police respond to a shooting near the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk in Hollywood, Fla., Monday evening, May 29, 2023. HOLIDAY HORROR - Multiple people, including children, injured in Memorial Day shooting at beach boardwalk in Florida. 'VILE' - Groups call for public law school to face punishment after'evil, antisemitic' graduation speech. MUM'S THE WORD - Durham report reveals Biden and Obama knew truth of Trump collusion hoax but kept silent, Gregg Jarrett writes. FLORIDA FURY - Upcoming convention goes 18 in reaction to DeSantis law that prohibits exposing kids to'adult live entertainment.' Continue reading … BIG BROTHER - AI can spy on unsuspecting victims with'ease and precision,' experts warn.

Titanic remains reveal lost gold necklace made from the tooth of a megalodon

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A necklace'made from the tooth of a megalodon shark' is revealed in new images from the wreckage of RMS Titanic. The stunning artefact – which has not been worn since the ship's sinking in April 1912 – was identified in footage taken last summer by Guernsey-based firm Magellan Ltd. The footage was shot during efforts to capture the first digital scans of the shipwreck, which present the wreck almost as if it's been retrieved from the water. Other objects surrounding the necklace have not been identified, although it appears to be surrounded by small ring-shaped beads. Magellan Ltd, which is working with Atlantic Productions on a documentary about last year's expedition, is prohibited from taking them from the sea floor, however.

Russia's pre-dawn air raid on Kyiv kills at least 1 while Moscow claims city attacked by drones

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Russia launched a pre-dawn air raid on Ukraine's capital of Kyiv on Tuesday, killing at least one person, while officials in Moscow claim the Russian capital was attacked by drones. At least 20 Shahed explosive drones were struck down by air defense forces in Kyiv's airspace in Russia's third attack on the capital in the past 24 hours, according to the Kyiv Military Administration via The Associated Press. Ukraine shot down 29 of the 31 drones fired into the country, most of which were in the Kyiv area, the air force later said.

AIhub monthly digest: May 2023 – mitigating biases, ICLR invited talks, and Eurovision fun


Welcome to our May 2023 monthly digest, where you can catch up with any AIhub stories you may have missed, peruse the latest news, find out about recent events, and more. This month, we learn how to mitigate biases in machine learning, explore tradeoffs in school redistricting, and find out how machine learning algorithms fared in predicting the winner of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. In this blogpost, Max Springer examines the notion of fairness in hierarchical clustering. Max and colleagues demonstrate that it's possible to incorporate fairness constraints or demographic information into the optimization process to reduce biases in ML models without significantly sacrificing performance. Joar Skalse and Alessandro Abate won the AAAI 2023 outstanding paper award for their work, Misspecification in Inverse Reinforcement Learning, in which they study the question of how robust the inverse reinforcement learning problem is to misspecification of the underlying behavioural model.

Millions of fast food workers could lose their jobs within 5 years. Here's why

FOX News

AI could replace fast food servers and cooks over the next five to 10 years as the industry rapidly develops solutions to improve sales and efficiency, an AI CEO said. Artificial intelligence advances will allow computer kiosks and robots to replace most fast food jobs within five to 10 years, according to an AI entrepreneur. "This is definitely a watershed moment for artificial intelligence," Valyant AI founder Rob Carpenter told Fox News. "We are going to see AI jump from back-office processing and manufacturing facilities to consumer-facing, front-facing, traditionally human-only jobs." Wendy's announced that it's using Google AI technology at an Ohio location.