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Protesters carry signs during a march calling for the end of the Israeli attacks in Gaza in downtown Montreal.

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Hard Numbers: Arms for Israel under scrutiny, Canadian kids in crisis, back to the future for housing, “Boy and Heron” flies high, “G7” fakes revealed

21: Activists are calling on Canada to halt its $21 million worth of annual arms exports to Israel amid rising concern about their use in possible violations of the laws of war. US President Joe Biden, Israel’s staunchest international ally, rapped Israel this week for what he called “indiscriminate” bombing of the Gaza Strip.
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Emotional AI: More harm than good?
Emotional AI: More harm than good? | GZERO World

Emotional AI: More harm than good?

Generative AI mimics human-generated text, images, and video, and it's got huge implications for geopolitics, economics, and security. But that's not all - emotionally intelligent AI is on the rise.

And sometimes the results are ugly. Take the mental health nonprofit, KOKO, which used an AI chatbot to support counselors advising 4,000 people who were seeking counseling. The catch: The patients didn't know that a bot was generating the advice they were receiving. While users initially rated the bot-generated responses highly, the therapy lost its effectiveness once the patients were informed that they'd be talking to a fancy calculator.

The real question is: When does emotionally intelligent AI cross the line into emotionally manipulative territory?

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The AI addiction cycle
The AI Addiction Cycle | GZERO World

The AI addiction cycle

Ever wonder why everything seems to be a major crisis these days? For former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, it's because artificial intelligence has determined that's the only way to get your attention.

What's more, it's driving an addiction cycle among humans that will lead to enormous depression and dissatisfaction.

"Oh my God there's another message. Oh my God, there's another crisis. Oh my God, there's another outrage. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God," he says. "I don't think humans, at least in modern society where [we’ve] evolved to be in an 'Oh my God' situation all day."

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Podcast: We have to control AI before it controls us, warns former Google CEO Eric Schmidt


Listen: Tech companies set the rules for the digital world through algorithms powered by artificial intelligence. But does Big Tech really understand AI? Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt tells Ian Bremmer that we need to control AI before it controls us.

What's troubling about AI, he says, is that it’s still very new, and AI is learning by doing. Schmidt, co-author of “The Age of AI: And Our Human Future,” worries that AI exacerbates problems like anxiety, driving a human addiction cycle that leads to depression.

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Lessons not learned: America’s pandemic response with Vivek Murthy
COVID Lessons Not Learned: America’s Pandemic Response | Vivek Murthy | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

Lessons not learned: America’s pandemic response with Vivek Murthy

Former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy joins Ian Bremmer to discuss how the Sun Belt states became America's epicenter in the COVID-19 outbreak, the latest treatments and therapies for the most severely ill, and another pandemic plaguing America in this time of social distancing and isolation—loneliness.

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