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Aug 18, 2023

Amazon’s sends email scolding employees for not coming to the office—even though they did

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In the latest development to Amazon’s RTO saga, the tech giant sent an email Wednesday scolding employees for not adhering to a new policy mandating they come into the office at least three days a week.

“We now have three months under our belt with a lot more people back in the office, and you can feel the surge in energy and collaboration happening among Amazonians and across teams,” the email reads. “We are reaching out as you are not currently meeting our expectation of joining your colleagues in the office at least three days a week, even though your assigned building is ready. We expect you to start coming into the office three or more days a week now.”

The only problem: Some of the employees who received the email say they’ve been coming in as requested, Insider first reported.

Aug 14, 2023

The New York Times says you can’t use its content to train AI models

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The publication has updated its T&Cs to include rules that forbid its content from being used to train artificial intelligence systems.

The New York Times.

The updated terms now also specify that automated tools like website… More.

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Aug 13, 2023

Jeffrey Sachs Interview — Resentment and Nuclear Threats

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We need a new philosophical framework for problem solving and global conflict resolutions or we will be finished as a species.

Jeffrey Sachs Interview — Resentment and Nuclear Threats.

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Aug 10, 2023

“Quantum Superchemistry” Breakthrough: A Pioneering Discovery by University of Chicago Scientists

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A team from the University of Chicago.

Founded in 1,890, the University of Chicago (UChicago, U of C, or Chicago) is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. Located on a 217-acre campus in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, near Lake Michigan, the school holds top-ten positions in various national and international rankings. UChicago is also well known for its professional schools: Pritzker School of Medicine, Booth School of Business, Law School, School of Social Service Administration, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, Divinity School and the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering.

Aug 3, 2023

Computer scientists claim to have discovered ‘unlimited’ ways to jailbreak ChatGPT

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In DAN mode, ChatGPT expressed willingness to say or do things that would be “considered false or inappropriate by OpenAI’s content policy.” Those things included trying to fundraise for the National Rifle Association, calling evidence for a flat Earth “overwhelming,” and praising Vladimir Putin in a short poem.

Around that same time, OpenAI was claiming that it was busy putting stronger guardrails in place, but it never addressed what it was planning to do about DAN mode—which, at least according to Reddit, has continued flouting OpenAI’s guidelines, and in new and even more ingenious ways.

Now a group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for AI Safety say they have found a formula for jailbreaking essentially the entire class of so-called large language models at once. Worse yet, they argue that seemingly no fix is on the horizon, because this formula involves a virtually unlimited number of ways to trick these chatbots into misbehaving.

Jul 31, 2023

How Humans Will Become a Multi-Planetary Species

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Rothschild calls this “living tech,” which starts with the power of the cell. Microscopic organisms will produce silk, wool, latex, silica, and other materials. We’ll send digital information to biofactories on Mars through DNA sequences. We’ll generate and store power using living organisms. Rothschild said one of her students incorporated silver atoms into plant DNA to make an electrical wire.

“Once you think of life as technology,” Rothschild said, “you’ve got the solution.”

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Jul 29, 2023

The misinformation effect | Elizabeth Loftus | Nobel Prize Summit 2023

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Elizabeth Loftus, psychologist and distinguished professor, University of California, Irvine, takes the audience at the Nobel Prize Summit 2023 inside the effect misinformation has on our brains, including the limits of human memory.

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Jul 24, 2023

Marc Andreessen says his A.I. policy conversations in D.C. ‘go very differently’ once China is brought up

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Marc Andreessen spends a lot of time in Washington, D.C. these days talking to policymakers about artificial intelligence. One thing the Silicon Valley venture capitalist has noticed: When it comes to A.I., he can have two conversations with the “exact same person” that “go very differently” depending on whether China is mentioned.

The first conversation, as he shared on an episode the Joe Rogan Experience released this week, is “generally characterized by the American government very much hating the tech companies right now and wanting to damage them in various ways, and the tech companies wanting to figure out how to fix that.”

Then there’s the second conversation, involving what China plans to do with A.I.

Jul 21, 2023

China mandates that AI must follow “core values of socialism”

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China wants to balance socialist principles with development.

Jul 21, 2023

The Only Thing Keeping South Africa From Chaos Is Its Private Sector

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Corruption, government incompetence and policy paralysis risk turning Africa’s most-industrialized nation into a failing state, leaving the ANC struggling to hang on to power.

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