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An adult female Anopheles mosquito bites a human body to begin its blood meal at Tehatta, West Bengal; India on 24/02/2023.

Soumyabrata Roy via Reuters Connect

The coastal country of Djibouti, one of the smallest by population in Africa, has a big problem in a tiny package: An invasive species of mosquito from the Indian subcontinent has driven malaria rates through the roof, so the government on Thursday released thousands of genetically modified bugs in a bid to save thousands of lives.

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How neurotech could enhance our brains using AI
How neurotech could enhance our brains using AI | GZERO AI
In this episode of GZERO AI, Taylor Owen, host of the Machines Like Us podcast, explores the immense potential of neurotechnology. On the heels of Elon Musk's brain implant company Neuralink making the headlines again, he examines how this technology, now turbocharged by artificial intelligence, could transform our lives. However, it is not without potential pitfalls, which call for regulatory discussions surrounding its use.
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Belgium, Brussels, 2023-12-09. European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton into the Artificial Intelligence Act Trilogue. Artificial Intelligence Act Trilogue together with the European Parliament and the European Commission to reach agreement on the Artificial Intelligence Act from 9 December 2023 in Brussels.

Union Europeenne / Hans Lucas via Reuters Connect

Well, if the Americans are dragging their feet, the Europeans are racing ahead. The EU on Tuesday officially endorsed a landmark law that aims to protect societies from possible AI harms while still encouraging innovation in the sector.

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FILE PHOTO: The 76th Cannes Film Festival - Press conference for the film "Asteroid City" in competition - Cannes, France, May 24, 2023. Cast member Scarlett Johansson attends.

REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo

2: Film star Scarlett Johanssonturned down OpenAI’s Sam Altman twice when he asked to use her voice for ChatGPT’s speech applications. She said no, but OpenAI has released a voice called “Sky” that sounds similar to Johansson. The actress (well, at least her voice) starred in the 2013 film “Her”— which Altman has called his favorite movie — portraying a disembodied AI that the protagonist becomes infatuated with. OpenAI says it hired another actress to voice “Sky,” but the company has now removed the voice “out of respect for Ms. Johansson.”

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A palace guard is silhouetted against the skyline of Seoul as he stands outside Gyeongbokgung Palace in the centre of the South Korean capital, May 6, 2015.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Six months after 28 countries signed onto the United Kingdom’s Bletchley Declaration, a global agreement to limit the risks of artificial intelligence, the UK is co-hosting a follow-up summit with South Korea’s government in the capital of Seoul. On May 21-22, leaders will meet to update one another on their progress toward the goals of the Bletchley Declaration. Representatives of top AI companies such as Anthropic, Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI will also attend.

The attendees will discuss AI’s energy impact, displacement of workers, and use for disinformation. The summit is billed as a mini summit, with many delegates attending virtually, and will serve as an interim meeting before a lengthier one that France will hold at a still-undetermined date.

A supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is wearing a face mask of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dancing during a roadshow ahead of the Indian General Elections in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, on April 6, 2024.

Kabir Jhangiani

A video circulating on social media shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modidressed stylishly and dancing to a Bollywood song while another shows his political rival Mamata Banerjee in a similar setting, though there’s a political speech of hers playing in the background. Are India’s political leaders getting down on the dancefloor to drive voters to the polls in ongoing elections? Nope — both were created with artificial intelligence.

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A smartphone is displaying GPT-4o with the OpenAI logo visible in the background in this photo illustration, taken in Brussels, Belgium, on May 13, 2024.

Both Google and OpenAI held big AI-focused events last week to remind the world why they should each be leaders in artificial intelligence.

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