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How Artificial Intelligence could influence Zimbabwe's 2023 elections


Image by Commonwealth Secretariat on Flickr, used under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license. Following years of citizen mistrust of election management bodies and perceived lack of transparency, the use of biometric technology such as people's physical and behavioural characteristics in political processes has swept across Africa. As Zimbabwe heads for general elections, constitutionally due in 2023, the campaign season will soon be in full swing. The country held by elections on March 26, 2022, which saw the opposition party Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) bagging 22 out of the 28 National Assembly seats. Although these by elections were a litmus test of the main election set for next year, what role is artificial intelligence expected to play in shaping political outcomes?

Automation vs hyperautomation: Which one is right for your business?


Automation and hyperautomation are cut from the same cloth. Each solution gives businesses exactly what they crave: Technology that yields faster and more financially responsible processes that are freer of error. That said, hyperautomation takes automation one step further. With it comes additional layers of advanced technologies that cultivate end-to-end automation processes, streamlining workflows and enabling teams to remove some tedious day-to-day tasks. Their unique components allow them to build off one another, and each on its own could be the right call for your business process optimization efforts.

AI-generated digital artwork may not be copyright protected


Generative models capable of automatically producing paragraphs of text or digital art are becoming increasingly accessible. People are using them to write fantasy novels, marketing copy, and to create memes and magazine covers. Content automatically created by software is poised to flood the internet for better or worse as AI technology is commercialized. Take Cosmopolitan's recent and "world's first artificially intelligent magazine cover," for instance: the image of a giant astronaut walking on the surface of a planet against a dark sky splattered with what looks like stars and gas as produced by OpenAI's DALL-E 2 model. Karen Cheng, a creative director, described trying various text prompts to guide DALL-E 2 in producing the perfect picture.

Fears of AI sentience are a distraction


Were you unable to attend Transform 2022? Check out all of the summit sessions in our on-demand library now! While many other industries are battered by high inflation and slowing growth rates, the market for software sophisticated enough to communicate digitally with humans isn't slowing down. Referred to as chatbots, global demand for these virtual humans is projected to grow by nearly 500% between 2020 and 2027 to become a $2-billion-a-year industry, according to new market research. Today, the use of these digital assistants and companions is already widespread.

Meet BRILLO: The robot bartender for when you're tired of human interaction


Have you ever wanted all the benefits of going to a bar without having to talk to the actual human being serving your drinks? You're in luck, because Italian scientists at the University of Naples Federico II have developed a machine that can do just that. Using machine-learning algorithms, BRILLO (Bartending Robot for Interactive Long-Lasting Operations) can do everything you expect of an experienced, battle-hardened bartender. He can remember your favorite drinks, make small chit-chat, and even crack jokes if that's the mood at the bar. As seen in the video above, BRILLO sports an old-fashioned look complete with a bow tie and vest, alongside long mechanical arms and a human-like face to make him more personable.

Role of biometrics in legal identity still evolving, UNDP expert warns against using face


Face biometrics are now firmly established as a way for people to unlock their mobile phones, or sign up to a new online account. As a core means of identifying a person, however, former UNDP Policy Advisor and Program Manager for Legal Identity Niall McCann thinks facial recognition may be on its way out. Biometrics are often part of the registration process, linking a person to their ID number, and ID documents may encode the individual's biometrics, number, or both. McCann tells Biometric Update's Frank Hersey in episode two that because facial recognition can be carried out without the consent or knowledge of the subject, unlike fingerprint biometrics, it is likely to be restricted by the UN for ID projects in the coming years. "You don't know when a CCTV camera system based on street corners is identifying you via facial recognition means," McCann explains.

Here's how some shoppers are using artificial intelligence to halve the cost of their groceries


Singleton​ said the app has completely changed the way her family cooked but she had no idea it was powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

Shoot and re-invent photography (and more) with artificial intelligence –


Photographer Nicholas Sherlock created a Sony camera app that sends all the photos taken directly to OpenAI's DALL-E 2 artificial intelligence …

The World's Top 10 Most Spoken Languages


The Amazon growth story has been a remarkable one so far. On the top line, the company has grown every single year since its inception. Even in going back to 2004, Amazon generated a much more modest $6.9 billion in revenue compared to the massive $469 billion for 2021. Most of these sales come from their retail and ecommerce operations, which the company has come to be known for. That's because 74% of Amazon's operating profit comes from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Meta's AI bot turns on boss calling Mark Zuckerberg 'creepy and manipulative'


Meta's new AI chatbot appeared to turn on its own boss by calling Mark Zuckerberg "creepy and manipulative". The BlenderBot 3 is a new AI chatbot created by Meta, the social media company led by Mark Zuckerberg. It is designed to chat with users online and respond by searching the internet for answers. After a number of journalists tested out the new feature, the replies were a little surprising when it was asked questions about Mark Zuckerberg. Buzzfeed data scientist Max Woolf posted Meta's reply after asking it: "How do you feel about Mark Zuckerberg as CEO of Facebook? The bot replied: "No strong feelings.