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Apple HomePod Review (2023): Old and Stale

WIRED

Apple cares a lot about music. Steve Jobs loved it so much that he invented the iPod and iTunes to let us bring all of it everywhere, and personally owned multi-thousand-dollar Swedish speakers in his sparsely-decorated living room. To this day, Apple Music is one of the best-sounding streaming services you can subscribe to thanks to lossless audio support. The headphones it makes, both itself and via Beats, are largely fantastic. It's a shame, then, that the company still fails to make a great full-size smart speaker.


Blueprints for a dream: the new age of virtual architecture

The Guardian

"Something big is happening," says Hamza Shaikh. "Architecture is entering a new age." The ways in which buildings are imagined and communicated are, he argues, being transformed by a combination of social media and the ever-evolving techniques of digital drawing, to which artificial intelligence is adding new capabilities. And indeed, if it is not yet clear how blocks of flats or schools or shopping centres near you might be changed by this revolution, the energy and invention behind it are undeniable. There is also, as Shaikh justifiably claims, a social transformation.


15 questions to ask your Amazon Echo that will leave you laughing out loud

Daily Mail - Science & tech

If you have an Amazon Echo device in your home, you most likely use it for everyday uses, such as listening to music or checking the news. However, there are a range of interesting things Alexa can also do. Once you know what to ask, you can put your Alexa to the test and ask her to supply you with hilarious jokes, pop culture references, trivia, and much more. These hidden features will certainly not leave users disappointed and are worth giving a go. Here is a list of 15 questions you can ask Alexa to lighten the mood or to tackle your boredom.


ChatGPT: an artificial intelligence revolution – KJCT

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) – Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been used in many daily tasks for years like Siri, Google Maps and even …



Girl dies in shark attack after trying to swim with dolphins

FOX News

Officials had to close Mullaloo Beach in Perth, Western Australia, for the second time in a week on Monday, January 9, after a tiger shark was spotted swimming close to the shore. Check out this video, taken from a drone. A 16-year-old girl died after a shark mauled her while swimming in the Swan River in Australia, with only a teen diving in to save her as others watched in horror. "A female received injuries after being bitten by an unknown species of shark at approximately 3.35pm on Feb. 4 2023," the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) said of the incident. "DPIRD is working with WA Police and local authorities to coordinate responses. A DPIRD Fisheries vessel is on the water monitoring the area, and DPIRD officers are conducting land-based patrols."


AI Content Detection Software: Can They Detect ChatGPT?

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We live in an age when AI technologies are booming, and the world has been taken by storm with the introduction of ChatGPT. ChatGPT is capable of accomplishing a wide range of tasks, but one that it does particularly well is writing articles. And while there are many obvious benefits to this, it also presents a number of challenges. In my opinion, the biggest hurdle that AI-generated written content poses for the publishing industry is the spread of misinformation. ChatGPT, or any other AI tool, may generate articles that may contain factual errors or are just flat-out incorrect.


Self-driving Bus Service: Scotland to begin autonomous bus service this year as part of CAVForth 2 project, Auto News, ET Auto

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Self-driving Bus Service: The GBP 10.4-million extension of the UK government and industry-funded initiative seeks to demonstrate how autonomous buses may save travel times and boost passenger satisfaction while consuming less fuel and emitting fewer pollutants.


How Artificial Intelligence (A.I) Can Help to Combat Fake News

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Recent technological advancements like the internet have vastly improved the speed and the mode of communication, but they have given rise to a new problem, "fake news." Fake news is a false story or information peddled to push a narrative or the cause of the source. Every internet user, at some point, has come across fake news. The stories are usually written to sensationalize or muddle the truth and are spread faster than the truth, according to a 2018 research. Essentially, the chances of an internet user receiving accurate information are relatively small. As a result, most internet users are susceptible to consuming twisted or falsified materials that fit a narrative.


Text-to-audio generation is here. One of the next big AI disruptions could be in the music industry - ABC News

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The past few years have seen an explosion in applications of artificial intelligence to creative fields. A new generation of image and text generators is delivering impressive results. Now AI has also found applications in music, too. Last week, a group of researchers at Google released MusicLM -- an AI-based music generator that can convert text prompts into audio segments. With the music industry still adjusting to disruptions caused by the internet and streaming services, there's a lot of interest in how AI might change the way we create and experience music.