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Can artificial intelligence help journalists?

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For many journalists, the idea of sharing space with artificial intelligence is threatening. As it is, the news business is in a steep decline, with U.S. newsroom employment down 26 percent since 2008, according to the Pew Research Center. A combination of factors has contributed to this decline but new technologies are also fueling the decrease. The rise of the internet and social media are at the top of the list. Lindsay Grace, the Knight Chair for Interactive Media and an associate professor at the University of Miami School of Communication, believes that technology and specifically artificial intelligence can help today's journalists, especially at a time in which they are facing dwindling resources.


Machine Gun Kelly explains why he smashed a glass against his head

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what clicked this week in entertainment. Machine Gun Kelly has explained some of his bold actions. The 32-year-old was just trying to get everybody's attention when he smashed a glass against his head during an appearance Tuesday night at Catch in New York City. "You know when you clink a champagne glass with a fork to kind of get people's attention?"


Bad things will happen when the AI sentience debate goes mainstream

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A Google AI engineer recently stunned the world by announcing that one of the company's chatbots had become sentient. He was subsequently placed on paid administrative leave for his outburst. His name is Blake Lemoine and he sure seems like the right person to talk about machines with souls. Not only is he a professional AI developer at Google, but he's also a Christian priest. The only problem is that the whole concept is ridiculous and dangerous.


It's alive! How belief in AI sentience is becoming a problem

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OAKLAND, Calif., June 30 (Reuters) - AI chatbot company Replika, which offers customers bespoke avatars that talk and listen to them, says it receives a handful of messages almost every day from users who believe their online friend is sentient. "We're not talking about crazy people or people who are hallucinating or having delusions," said Chief Executive Eugenia Kuyda. "They talk to AI and that's the experience they have." The issue of machine sentience - and what it means - hit the headlines this month when Google (GOOGL.O) placed senior software engineer Blake Lemoine on leave after he went public with his belief that the company's artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot LaMDA was a self-aware person. Google and many leading scientists were quick to dismiss Lemoine's views as misguided, saying LaMDA is simply a complex algorithm designed to generate convincing human language.


Woman pushing baby stroller shot dead; Biden's American Rescue Plan faces scrutiny and more top headlines

FOX News

MONEY TREE – American Rescue Plan faces scrutiny after $825M in funds went to'oral historians' researching anti-racism, 'Latinx' histories. Continue reading … SAFE HAVEN - States with higher rate of gun ownership do not correlate with more gun murders, data shows. PLANE CRUEL – Americans' trust in airlines tested after flight cancellations, delays affect flying experiences. Continue reading … THE JOB'S NOT COMPLETE - After Supreme Court's abortion decision, conservatives face a new and even greater challenge – rebuilding American public institutions. POLITICS MAINE CONCEPTS - Maine AG's response to Supreme Court win on using public funds for religious schools blasted as'baffling and offensive.'


Amazon, just say no: The looming horror of AI voice replication

ZDNet

Do we really want to put the power of perfectly simulating a voice in the hands of stalkers and abusers? Last week, we ran a news article entitled, "Amazon's Alexa reads a story in the voice of a child's deceased grandma." In it, ZDNet's Stephanie Condon discussed an Amazon presentation at its re:MARS conference (Amazon's annual confab on topics like machine learning, automation, robotics, and space). In the presentation, Amazon's Alexa AI Senior VP Rohit Prasad showed a clip of a young boy asking an Echo device, "Alexa, can grandma finish reading me'The Wizard of Oz'?" The video then showed the Echo reading the book using what Prasad said was the voice of the child's dead grandmother. The increasing scale of AI is raising the stakes for major ethical questions.


DALL-E Mini Is the Internet's Favorite AI Meme Machine

WIRED

On June 6, Hugging Face, a company that hosts open source artificial intelligence projects, saw traffic to an AI image-generation tool called DALL-E Mini skyrocket. The outwardly simple app, which generates nine images in response to any typed text prompt, was launched nearly a year ago by an independent developer. But after some recent improvements and a few viral tweets, its ability to crudely sketch all manner of surreal, hilarious, and even nightmarish visions suddenly became meme magic. As more people created and shared DALL-E Mini images on Twitter and Reddit, and more new users arrived, Hugging Face saw its servers overwhelmed with traffic. "Our engineers didn't sleep for the first night," says Clément Delangue, CEO of Hugging Face, on a video call from his home in Miami.


The Weird, Analog Delights of Foley Sound Effects

The New Yorker

This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. The salvage yard at M. Maselli & Sons, in Petaluma, California, is made up of six acres of angle irons, block pulleys, doorplates, digging tools, motors, fencing, tubing, reels, spools, and rusted machinery. To the untrained eye, the place is a testament to the enduring power of American detritus, but to Foley artists--craftspeople who create custom sound effects for film, television, and video games--it's a trove of potential props. On a recent morning, Shelley Roden and John Roesch, Foley artists who work at Skywalker Sound, the postproduction audio division of Lucasfilm, stood in the parking lot, considering the sonic properties of an enormous industrial hopper. "I'm looking for a resonator, and I need more ka-chunkers," Roden, who is blond and in her late forties, said.


Movies to understand how Artificial Intelligence works - The Gal Times

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is more present than ever in people's lives, it has been used to create the algorithms of social networks like Facebook or TikTok, to show suggestions on streaming platforms like Spotify or to automate Google search results. This concept was first used in 1956 in a Dartmouth College conference,in the United States, and since then, the cinema has not stopped using it to create generally not very optimistic stories that deal with themes such as the replacement of human beings and the rebellion of the machines. Understanding everything that happens around this discipline of computer science is not always that simple. For this reason, Infobae made this list with movies that will help understand AI in a practical and entertaining way. Apart from being very famous in various countries around the world, it has been categorized as a cult movie. It belongs to the genres of action and science fiction.


Fun AI Apps Are Everywhere Right Now. But a Safety 'Reckoning' Is Coming

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If you've spent any time on Twitter lately, you may have seen a viral black-and-white image depicting Jar Jar Binks at the Nuremberg Trials, or a courtroom sketch of Snoop Dogg being sued by Snoopy. These surreal creations are the products of Dall-E Mini, a popular web app that creates images on demand. Type in a prompt, and it will rapidly produce a handful of cartoon images depicting whatever you've asked for. More than 200,000 people are now using Dall-E Mini every day, its creator says--a number that is only growing. A Twitter account called "Weird Dall-E Generations," created in February, has more than 890,000 followers at the time of publication.