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A slogan related to Artificial Intelligence is displayed on a screen in the Intel pavilion during the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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AI takes center stage at Davos

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic in Davos, Switzerland, this week, as government officials and industry leaders gather for the 54th edition of the World Economic Forum summit. There are more than 30 scheduled events about AI concerning jobs, healthcare, ethics, chips, and access.

Among the most "sought-after" attendees are AI executives, including OpenAI's Sam Altman, Inflection AI's Mustafa Suleyman, Google DeepMind's Lila Ibrahim, Cohere's Aidan Gomez, and Mistral AI's Florian Bressand. Altman, who will speak about the benefits and risks of AI on Thursday, gave a recent podcast interview with Microsoft founder Bill Gates, sharing his thoughts on AI regulation.

Altman said that he's interested in the idea of a "global regulatory body that looks at those super-powerful systems" – ones far more powerful than current models like GPT-4 – and suggested that the IAEA, the nuclear regulatory model, might be a good model. "This needs a global agency of some sort because of the potential for global impact.”

Illustration of the NVIDIA logo.

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Hard Numbers: Delayed chip exports, Three-day workweek, Tim Cook’s view on regulation, Concern vs. excitement, Security pact

1.9%: NVIDIA is building new computer chips to sell to China that are compliant with updated US export regulations. But the California-based company recently announced a delay in the release of those chips until Q1 2024, citing technical problems. In response, NVIDIA’s high-flying stock, which took the company’s valuation north of $1 trillion this year, fell 1.9% on Friday.

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With the Ai Pin, your hand is the screen. A built-in projecter shows updates and controls, while hand gestures and voice commands can be used to navigate the rest.

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Hard Numbers: Must-have accessory?, Americans on AI, Bill Gates’ prediction, Massive paychecks, Airbnb's big bet

$699: There’s a new AI-powered wearable device on the market. The Verge likened the Humane magnetic pin to a “smartphone without a screen.” The mysterious device — which costs $699, plus a $24 monthly subscription fee — is a bid to make the power of computing nearly invisible. The pin functions with voice commands and projects images, from menus to incoming calls, with a laser.

27: Only 27% of Americans see regulating AI as a “top priority,” according to a new poll conducted by Axios and Morning Consult. Another 33% think reining in the new technology is “important” but not a top priority — which suggests that AI will not be an urgent campaign issue in 2024.

5: In the next five years, AI will utterly change the way you use computers, according to Microsoft CEO and co-founder Bill Gates. “You won’t have to use different apps for different tasks,” he wrote in a new blog post. “You’ll simply tell your device, in everyday language, what you want to do. And depending on how much information you choose to share with it, the software will be able to respond personally because it will have a rich understanding of your life.” What could possibly go wrong?

$10 million: OpenAI recruiters are reportedly telling researchers their total compensation package falls between $5 and $10 million. That’s mostly based on maybe-generous estimates of private stock options. But it’s an eye-popping range that’s sure to help OpenAI lure top talent away from competitors like Google, let alone the public sector.

$200 million: Airbnb just made its first acquisition as a publicly traded company, reportedly buying a little-known AI startup called Gameplanner.AI for about $200 million. In an interview in May, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said he wanted the company to utilize AI as the "ultimate concierge" for travelers.

Quick Take: "America Is Back": Biden on Munich's virtual tour
Ian Bremmer: "America Is Back" | Biden on Munich's Virtual Tour | Quick Take | GZERO Media

Quick Take: "America Is Back": Biden on Munich's virtual tour

Ian's Quick Take:

Hi everybody, Ian Bremmer here on a snowy Friday in New York City. But if it was any other year, I'd actually be in Munich right now for the annual Munich Security Conference. It's the largest gathering every year of foreign and security policy leaders and experts from the transatlantic community, and increasingly from around the world. It's, for obvious reasons, postponed this year, they're hoping to put something together in the summer in-person, but that didn't stop some of the most prominent leaders across the transatlantic partners from speaking virtually at an event that streamed live over a few hours today. So, given that I thought I'd give you a quick response on what I thought was happening and answer some of your questions.

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Twitter hack mystery; does two-factor authentication make you safe?
Twitter Hack Mystery; Does Two-Factor Authentication Make You Safe? | Tech In :60 | GZERO Media

Twitter hack mystery; does two-factor authentication make you safe?

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, helps us make sense of today's stories in technology:

Whoa Twitter! What happened this week?

Well, on Wednesday, a whole bunch of prominent Twitter accounts, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Apple, started tweeting out a Bitcoin scam. The same one. It said, "send money to this address and we'll send you back twice as much." Clearly a fraud. But what was interesting about it is that it wasn't like one account that had been compromised. A whole bunch of accounts have been compromised. Meaning most likely someone got access to a control panel at Twitter. The big mystery is how they got access to it? And why, if they had so much power, all they did was run a stupid Bitcoin scam?

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