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Communist party accessed TikTok data of Hong Kong protesters, former executive alleges

The Guardian

A former executive at TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, has alleged that the Chinese Communist party accessed user data from the social video app belonging to Hong Kong protesters and civil rights activists. Yintao Yu, a former head of engineering at ByteDance's US operation, claimed in a legal filing that a committee of Communist party members accessed TikTok data that included the users' network information, Sim card identifications and IP addresses in a bid to identify the individuals and their locations. The claims, in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit brought by Yu in a California court and reported by the Wall Street Journal, also allege the party accessed TikTok users' communications, monitored Hong Kong users who uploaded protest-related content and that Beijing-based ByteDance maintained a "backdoor channel" for the party to access US user data. Yu alleges in the filing that members of a Communist party committee inside ByteDance had access to a "superuser" credential which was also called a "God credential" and allowed them to view all data collected by ByteDance. The filing adds that when Yu was at ByteDance, between August 2017 and November 2018, TikTok stored all users' direct messages, search histories and content viewed by users.

Two new cancer pills show 'unprecedented' results in boosting survival rates and preventing recurrence

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Ezra founder and CEO Emi Gal explains on'Fox & Friends Weekend' how artificial intelligence can'enhance' MRI scans, image quality, analysis, and comprehension. Potentially "practice-changing" results from two new cancer drug studies were introduced at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)'s annual meeting this week in Chicago. For lung cancer patients, a drug called osimertinib -- taken by pill once daily -- was shown to reduce the risk of deaths by more than 50% in a long-running international study. For breast cancer patients, a new drug called ribociclib significantly increased survival rates and prevented recurring disease in a separate study. "Targeted therapies have been a major advance in treating deadly cancers," Dr. Marc Siegel, professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, told Fox News Digital.

Pence takes swipe at Trump as he launches campaign, two killed at graduation shooting and more top headlines

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ENTERING THE ARENA - Pence takes shot at Trump as he enters increasingly crowded Republican primary field. CAMPUS CHAOS - Two killed, several injured as gunfire breaks out after high school graduation, suspect in custody. TOP TARGETS - SPLC adds parents' rights groups to'Hate and Extremism' annual report. FAMILY MEN - America's men are poised to transform this nation for the better -- if we let them, writes Sen. Josh Hawley. BANKING ON IT - Industry responds to CFPB's warning on AI chatbots.

Blackburn calls for federal internet privacy standard as concerns about online AI use soar

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., shares her takeaways from Tuesday's AI hearing with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. She also reveals what next steps she and her colleagues are prepared to take to protect consumer data amid the AI boom. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is calling on Congress to pass an internet user privacy standard as a first step toward making sure Americans are knowledgeable and their data safe amid the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Blackburn is one of four Republicans on the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on intellectual property (IP). The panel is holding a hearing Wednesday afternoon titled, "Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property – Part I: Patents, Innovation, and Competition."

Invisible AI's 'intelligent agent' cameras can see what autoworkers and machines are doing wrong

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FOX Business correspondent Lydia Hu has the latest on jobs at risk as AI further develops on'America's Newsroom.' Tesla CEO Elon Musk often refers to the automobile factory as "the machine that builds the machine," but there are plenty of human workers involved in even the most highly automated plants. They remain a key part of the exceedingly complex process that is automobile assembly but need to operate as efficiently as their mechanical counterparts to keep cars and trucks coming off the line with a combination of quality and speed. Weeding out issues and making sure everything is running smoothly has traditionally meant sending quality control personnel up and down the lines to get eyes on the action. WHAT ARE THE FOUR MAIN TYPES OF AI? Palo Alto-based Invisible AI was founded by veterans of the autonomous car industry who saw an alternative for the artificial intelligence-driven machine vision technology they were working on that could come to market long before the mass acceptance of self-driving cars.

'What should the limits be?' The father of ChatGPT on whether AI will save humanity – or destroy it

The Guardian

When I meet Sam Altman, the chief executive of AI research laboratory OpenAI, he is in the middle of a world tour. He is preaching that the very AI systems he and his competitors are building could pose an existential risk to the future of humanity – unless governments work together now to establish guide rails, ensuring responsible development over the coming decade. In the subsequent days, he and hundreds of tech leaders, including scientists and "godfathers of AI", Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio, as well as Google's DeepMind CEO, Demis Hassabis, put out a statement saying that "mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war". It is an all-out effort to convince world leaders that they are serious when they say that "AI risk" needs concerted international effort. It must be an interesting position to be in – Altman, 38, is the daddy of AI chatbot ChatGPT, after all, and is leading the charge to create "artificial general intelligence", or AGI, an AI system capable of tackling any task a human can achieve.

Study finds regular peaceful coexistence between sharks, humans in Southern California waters

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on You're gonna need a bigger ... drone. Researchers at California State University, Long Beach-based Shark Lab used drones to study juvenile white sharks along the Southern California coastline and how close they swim to humans in the water. Turns out, it's pretty close.

Improving memory may be as easy as popping a multivitamin, study finds: 'Prevents vascular dementia'

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Adults over age 60 who want to stave off memory loss could benefit from taking a daily multivitamin supplement, suggests a recent study from Columbia University in New York and Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard in Boston. "Daily multivitamin supplementation improved memory in older adults after one year, an effect that was sustained, on average, over the three years of follow up," Adam M. Brickman, PhD, professor of neuropsychology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, told Fox News Digital. During the study -- published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition -- more than 3,500 adults over age 60 were randomly assigned to take either a daily multivitamin or a placebo for a three-year period. At the end of each year, the participants completed self-administered cognitive tests to determine the strength of their memory. After the first year, those taking the multivitamin showed memory improvement compared to the placebo group -- an effect that continued over the entire course of the study.

AI Chatbots Are Causing Bank Customers Headaches - CNET

CNET - News

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a warning on Tuesday on generative AI chatbots being used by banks. The agency says it's received "numerous" complaints from customers who have interacted with the chatbots and have failed to receive "timely, straightforward" answers to their questions. "Working with customers to resolve a problem or answer a question is an essential function for financial institutions – and is the basis of relationship banking," the agency said in its press release. AI chatbots could run the risk of providing inaccurate financial information to customers or infringe on their privacy and data, CFPB said. Artificial intelligence chatbots could run the risk of providing inaccurate financial information to customers or infringe on their privacy and data, the CFPB said.

The Age of Goggles Has Arrived

The Atlantic - Technology

"Vision Pro feels familiar, yet it's entirely new." That's how Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, introduced the company's new computer goggles at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday. The Vision Pro headset, which resembles a glass scuba mask with a fabric head strap, seamlessly blends the real and digital worlds, Cook said. But the product's name, which could just as easily describe a brand of contact-lens solution, hints at a challenge. Familiar yet entirely new, natural but augmented: If goggles really are the future of computing, they will have to overcome a bevy of conflicting sentiments. As you might expect, Apple's product is slick.