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3: NVIDIA is now the third-most valuable company in the U.S. after reporting rosy financial returns. The AI-focused chipmaker’s market capitalization is now $1.812 trillion, surpassing Google parent company Alphabet, and trailing only Microsoft and Apple. How things change: just one year ago, NVIDIA’s market cap was a paltry $580 billion.

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Rajeev Chandrasekhar addressing a press conference at BJP HQ, on February 7, 2024 in New Delhi, India.

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Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India’s minister of state for electronics and information technology accused Google’s Gemini chatbot of breaking numerous media-related laws. Chandrasekhar, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, replied to an X user who showed chat logs with the bot where it pointed out that some experts think Modi’s policies are “fascist.” That determination, it said, was based on the BJP’s “Hindu nationalist ideology, its crackdown on dissent and its use of violence against religious minorities.”

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James Hawes giving evidence on British film and high-end television to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee at the Houses of Parliament, London. Picture date: Wednesday February 21, 2024.

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British director James Hawes recently testified to Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport committee that AI might be able to make realistic soap operas within three to five years. That number comes from Hawes’ own polling of visual effects professionals in the film industry and lawyers advising the Hollywood screenwriters union in its negotiations with major studios this summer.

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FILE PHOTO: People walk by a Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, subsidiaries of Yum! Brands, Inc. in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., February 7, 2022.

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Businesses are starting to use artificial intelligence to watch their workers. One AI system, called Riley, is in use at 100 different U.S. stores, including Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s fast-food establishments, according to a new report by Forbes.

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The artificial intelligence boom has brought new strains on the environment, namely through demands on electricity and water. The International Energy Agency estimates that, by 2026, the rise of AI and cryptocurrency will lead to an increase in electricity used by global data centers—a figure that could range anywhere between a 35% and 128% increase.

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Google has been making moves to compete with OpenAI’s popular services ChatGPT and DALL-E. It recently rebranded its chatbot Bard as Gemini and launched an image-generation tool, too. But three weeks later, Google has temporarily paused public access to the text-to-image tool—and publicly apologized—because, uh, it had some diversity problems.

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FILE PHOTO: Smoke and steam billows from the coal-fired power plant owned by Indonesia Power, next to an area for Java 9 and 10 Coal-Fired Steam Power Plant Project in Suralaya, Banten province, Indonesia, July 11, 2020.

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1,300: Training a large language model is estimated to use about 1,300 megawatt hours of electricity. It’s about the same consumption of 130 US homes for one year. But that’s for the last generation of LLMs, like OpenAI’s GPT-3. The potential electricity usage for GPT-4, the current model, and beyond could be much, much greater.

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An Air Canada plane is seen in the air after departing from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada May 16, 2022.

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In 2022, a grieving passenger went on Air Canada’s website and asked its AI-powered chatbot about the airline’s bereavement policy. The chatbot said yes, there are reduced fares if you’re traveling after the death of a loved one and you have 90 days after taking the flight in order to file a claim. The problem: That’s not Air Canada’s policy. The airline specifically requires passengers to apply for and receive the discount ahead of time — not after the flight.

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A warning from India

Watching workers

Keeping your promises