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China to land astronauts on moon before 2030, officials say

FOX News

Former NASA astronaut Tom Jones speaks on what the launch of Artemis I could mean for the future of space exploration on'Your World.' China space officials said Monday that the program plans to place astronauts on the moon before 2030, as well as expand its space station. The deputy director of the Chinese Manned Space Agency confirmed that objectives at a press conference at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, but did not provide a timeline. Deputy Director Lin Xiqiang told reporters that the country is first preparing for a "short stay on the lunar surface and human-robotic joint exploration." "We have a complete near-Earth human space station and human round-trip transportation system," he said.

'They're afraid their AIs will come for them': Doug Rushkoff on why tech billionaires are in escape mode

The Guardian

It was a tough week in tech. The top US health official warned about the risks of social media to young people; tech billionaire Elon Musk further trashed his reputation with the disastrous Twitter launch of a presidential campaign; and senior executives at OpenAI, makers of ChatGPT, called for the urgent regulation of "super intelligence". But to Doug Rushkoff – a leading digital age theorist, early cyberpunk and professor at City University of New York – the triple whammy of rough events represented some timely corrective justice for the tech barons of Silicon Valley. And more may be to come as new developments in tech come ever thicker and faster. "They're torturing themselves now, which is kind of fun to see. They're afraid that their little AIs are going to come for them. They're apocalyptic, and so existential, because they have no connection to real life and how things work. They're afraid the AIs are going to be as mean to them as they've been to us," Rushkoff told The Guardian in an interview.

Aliens 'have been on Earth a long time': Stanford Professor

FOX News

An unknown object with flashing lights appeared to hover over Marine base in Twentynine Palms, California, in 2021. A Stanford University pathology professor said, "Aliens have been on Earth for a long time and are still here," and claims there are experts working on reverse engineering unknown crashed crafts. Dr. Garry Nolan made the bold statements during last week's SALT iConnections conference in Manhattan during a session called, "The Pentagon, Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Crashed UFOs." The host, Alex Klokus, said that's tough to believe and asked him to assign a probability to that statement that extraterrestrial life visited Earth. "I think it's an advanced form of intelligence that using some kind of intermediaries," Nolan said.

Google fined $32.5 million for infringing on Sonos patent


Google has just been hit with a $32.5 million penalty for infringing on a patent held by Sonos. According to Law360, a California federal jury ordered the fine after determining that Google infringed on a patent Sonos holds relating to grouping speakers so they can play audio at the same time, something the company has been doing for years. US District Judge William Alsup had already determined that early version of products like the Chromecast Audio and Google Home infringed on Sonos' patent; the question was whether more recent, revamped products were also infringing on the patent. The jury found in favor of Sonos, but decided a second patent -- one that relates to controlling devices via a smartphone or other device -- wasn't violated. They said that Sonos hadn't convincingly shown that the Google Home app infringed on that particular patent.

Where Memory Ends and Generative AI Begins


In late March, a well-funded artificial intelligence startup hosted what it said was the first ever AI film festival at the Alamo Drafthouse theater in San Francisco. The startup, called Runway, is best known for cocreating Stable Diffusion, the standout text-to-image AI tool that captured imaginations in 2022. Then, in February of this year, Runway released a tool that could change the entire style of an existing video with just a simple prompt. Runway told budding filmmakers to have at it and later selected 10 short films to showcase at the fest. The short films were mostly demonstrations of technology; well-constructed narratives took a backseat.

5 things conservatives need to know before AI wipes out conservative thought altogether

FOX News

Texas residents share how familiar they are with artificial intelligence on a scale from one to 10 and detailed how much they use it each day. The "Godfather of A.I.," Geoffrey Hinton, quit Google out of fear that his former employer intends to deploy artificial intelligence in ways that will harm human beings. "It is hard to see how you can prevent the bad actors from using it for bad things," Hinton recently told The New York Times. But stomping out the door does nothing to atone for his own actions, and it certainly does nothing to protect conservatives – who are the primary target of A.I. programmers – from being canceled. Here are five things to know as the battle over A.I. turns hot: Elon Musk recently revealed that Google co-founder Larry Page and other Silicon Valley leaders want AI to establish a "digital god" that "would understand everything in the world.

Humanoid Robots Are Coming of Age


Eight years ago, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency organized a painful-to-watch contest that involved robots slowly struggling (and often failing) to perform a series of human tasks, including opening doors, operating power tools, and driving golf carts. Clips of them fumbling and stumbling through the Darpa Robotics Challenge soon went viral. Today the descendants of those hapless robots are a lot more capable and graceful. Several startups are developing humanoids that they claim could, in just a few years, find employment in warehouses and factories. Jerry Pratt, a senior research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, a nonprofit research institute in Florida, led a team that came second in the Darpa challenge back in 2015.

Nvidia: The chip maker that became an AI superpower

BBC News

Innovation and good timing combined to make California's Nvidia the dominant firm for AI computer chips.

Still Networking

Communications of the ACM

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Bob Metcalfe--engineer, entrepreneur, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin--is embarking on his sixth career, as a Computational Engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He is always willing to tell the story of his first career, as a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where, in 1973, Metcalfe and then-graduate student David Boggs invented Ethernet, a standard for connecting computers over short distances. In the ensuing years, thanks in no small part to Metcalfe's entrepreneurship and advocacy, Ethernet has become the industry standard for local area networks. Leah Hoffmann spoke to Metcalfe about the development of Ethernet and what it has meant for the future of connectivity. You published your first paper about Ethernet in Communications in July 1976 (

On the (In)Security of ElGamal in OpenPGP

Communications of the ACM

Let G be a group and g G a generator. To create a key pair (sk, pk), pick a random integer x, compute the element X gx, and output (sk, pk): (x, X). Given pk, to encrypt a message M, pick an ephemeral random integer y, compute the elements Y gy and Z Xy gxy, and output C (C1, C2): (Y, M · Z) as the ciphertext. Given sk, to decrypt C, first recover element Z from C1 as per Z Yx gyx and then use C2, Z to recover M C2/Z. To instantiate the scheme, the following details have to be fixed: Which group G shall be used?