This week’s amazing tech stories from around the web (until June 18)

This week’s amazing tech stories from around the web (until June 18)

This week’s amazing tech stories from around the web (until June 18)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

This AI model tries to recreate the mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Pranshu Verma | The Washington Post
“The template, called Ask Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is based on 27 years of Ginsburg’s legal writings on the Supreme Court, along with a series of interviews and public speeches. A team at the Israeli artificial intelligence company called AI21 Labs fed this record into a complex language processing program, giving AI the ability to predict how Ginsburg would respond to questions. “We wanted to honor a great thinker and leader with a fun digital experience,” the company says on the AI ​​app’s website.

VIRTUAL REALITY

Meta could one day let you create an incredibly realistic 3D replica of yourself from a phone scan.
André Liszewski | Gizmodo
“Instead of spending an hour in a chair surrounded by hundreds of cameras, users simply have to move their smartphone from side to side and recreate a series of 65 specific facial expressions. The researchers say the process now takes about three and a half minutes, and using a neural network that was previously trained on the 3D facial data captured from 255 diverse subjects inside a Mugsy-like camera rig, the new approach can surprisingly generate models. of realistic 3D avatars.”

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Google’s ‘sentient’ chatbot is our future self-deception
Ian Bogost | the Atlantic
“…a Google engineer became convinced that a software program was sentient after asking the program, which was designed to credibly respond to input, whether it was sentient. A recursive story. I will not entertain the possibility that LaMDA is sentient. (It isn’t.) More important, and more interesting, is what it means that someone with such a deep understanding of the system went off the rails in its defense and that, in the resulting media frenzy, so many would entertain the prospect that Lemoine is right.”

DRONES

Amazon says its drones will deliver packages to backyards this year
Scharon Harding | Ars Technica
“According to Amazon, Lockeford residents will soon be able to sign up for free drone deliveries. Then they can order on Amazon as usual, with ‘thousands of everyday items’ available for drone delivery. Amazon has been working towards a five-pound payload target, which may seem small but accounts for 85% of Amazon’s deliveries. Bloomberg reported in April.”

TRANSPORT

This road charges electric cars wirelessly as they drive
André Liszewski | Gizmodo
“[Stellantis] recently unveiled a new exclusive test track in Chiari, Italy called the ‘Arena del Futuro’ (Arena of the Future) circuit that could allow EVs to go around forever without having to stop and charge. …To take advantage of the track’s energy-sharing capabilities, an EV simply needs to be upgraded with a special receiver that sends energy directly to its electric motor. In testing, a Fiat New 500 was able to maintain road speed while traveling around the track without having to use the energy stored in its batteries.”

AUTOMATION

Tesla Autopilot and other driver assistance systems linked to hundreds of failures
Neal E. Boudette, Cade Metz, and | The New York Times newspaper
“Nearly 400 accidents in the United States in 10 months involved cars using advanced driver assistance technologies, the federal government’s top automotive safety regulator released Wednesday. … Speaking with reporters ahead of Wednesday’s launch, Steven Cliff, the NHTSA administrator, said the data – which the agency will continue to collect – ‘will help our investigators quickly identify potential defect trends that emerge.’I

GOVERNANCE

Can democracy include a world beyond humans?
James Brake | Wired
“This understanding of politics also means that our decision-making processes must extend beyond our own human lives: to non-human animals, to the planet, and, in the very near future, to autonomous AI. I call this a ‘more than human’ policy, based on ecologist and philosopher David Abram’s concept of a more than human world, a way of thinking that fully recognizes and engages with all living things and ecological systems.

FUTURE

How to be a techno-optimist
Johnny Thomson | great thought
“It is perfectly reasonable to suggest that there are many problems with technology and that technology alone is insufficient for good to prevail. Instead, we can sympathize with Danaher’s ‘modest techno-optimism’. According to this view, ‘we have the power to create the right institutions to generate, select and create material technologies, and acting on this belief in a cautious and sensible way can make it more likely that good will prevail over evil. ‘I

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