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An Israeli army battle tank is moving near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel on May 16, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and the Hamas movement.

Saeed Qaq/Reuters

Israeli tanks entered central Rafah on Tuesday in a sign that the Jewish state, despite growing international pressure, has little intention of rolling back its military operation in the southern Gaza city.

Gazan health authorities said Tuesday that Israeli tank shelling killed at least 21 people in a tent camp in a designated civilian evacuation zone, though the IDF denied striking the area. This followed Sunday’s airstrike, which killed 45 Palestinians who were sheltering in a refugee camp, prompted global condemnation, and forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to acknowledge the “tragic mistake.”

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A man walks past election posters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), as South Africa prepares for the May 29 general elections, in Soweto, South Africa, May 24, 2024.


The polls are open in South Africa, in the country’s most pivotal election of the post-Apartheid era. Dogged by corruption scandals, power grid failures, high unemployment, and poverty, the African National Congress, once headed by Nelson Mandela, is at risk of losing power for the first time since white-rule ended in 1994.

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A man stands in front of a convoy of tanks in the Avenue of Eternal Peace in Beijing, June 5, 1989.

REUTERS/Arthur Tsang AS

Security forces in Hong Kongarrested six people on Tuesday on charges of violating the new Safeguarding National Security Ordinance, known as Article 23, a law designed to shield China’s central government from criticism. Among them wasChow Hang-tung, a former lead organizer of a now-defunct political activist group, who faces up to seven years in prison for inciting “hatred and distrust of the central government, the Hong Kong government and the judiciary.” These were the city’s first arrests under the new law.

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An image of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is seen on a mobile device screen in this illustration.

Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Reuters

OpenAI announced that it is training a new generative AI model to eventually replace GPT-4, the industry-standard model that powers ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot.

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People walk behind the logo of SoftBank Corp in Tokyo.

REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo
9 billion: SoftBank, the Japanese technology conglomerate, plans to invest $9 billion per year into artificial intelligence. SoftBank is the main backer of Arm, the British chip design company that went public in September 2023 and has soared nearly 90% since its IPO on market-wide AI fervor.
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Looking into the code.

DPA via Reuters
One of the biggest challenges facing artificial intelligence companies is that they don’t know everything about their algorithms. This so-called black box problem is exacerbated by the fact that deep learning models do precisely that — they learn. And when they learn they change. They take in enormous troves of data, detect patterns, and spit something out: How a sentence should read, what an image should look like, how a voice should sound.
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Gavel in a courtroom

This month, the US Department of Justice charged a 42-year-old Wisconsin man named Steven Anderegg with alleged crimes related to creating and distributing AI-generated child pornography. If convicted of all four counts brought by federal prosecutors, Anderegg faces up to 70 years in prison.
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