To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . As the sun set over Maury Island, just south of Seattle, Ben Goertzel and his jazz fusion band had one of those moments that all bands hope for — keyboard, guitar, saxophone and lead singer coming together as if they were one. Dr. Goertzel was on keys. The band’s friends and family listened from a patio overlooking the beach. And Desdemona, wearing a purple wig and a black dress laced with metal studs, was on lead vocals, warning of the coming Singularity — the inflection point where technology can no longer be controlled by its creators. “The Singularity will not be centralized!” she bellowed. “It will radiate through the cosmos like a wasp!” After more than 25 years as an artificial intelligence researcher — a quarter-century spent in pursuit of a machine that could think like a human — Dr. Goertzel knew he had finally reached the end goal: Desdemona, a … [Read more...] about A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?
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SAN FRANCISCO — Google placed an engineer on paid leave recently after dismissing his claim that its artificial intelligence is sentient, surfacing yet another fracas about the company’s most advanced technology. Blake Lemoine, a senior software engineer in Google’s Responsible A.I. organization, said in an interview that he was put on leave Monday. The company’s human resources department said he had violated Google’s confidentiality policy. The day before his suspension, Mr. Lemoine said, he handed over documents to a U.S. senator’s office, claiming they provided evidence that Google and its technology engaged in religious discrimination. Google said that its systems imitated conversational exchanges and could riff on different topics, but did not have consciousness. “Our team — including ethicists and technologists — has reviewed Blake’s concerns per our A.I. Principles and have informed him that the evidence does not support his claims,” Brian Gabriel, a Google spokesman, said … [Read more...] about Google Sidelines Engineer Who Claims Its A.I. Is Sentient
SAN FRANCISCO — At OpenAI, one of the world’s most ambitious artificial intelligence labs, researchers are building technology that lets you create digital images simply by describing what you want to see. They call it DALL-E in a nod to both “WALL-E,” the 2008 animated movie about an autonomous robot, and Salvador Dalí, the surrealist painter. OpenAI, backed by a billion dollars in funding from Microsoft , is not yet sharing the technology with the general public. But on a recent afternoon, Alex Nichol, one of the researchers behind the system, demonstrated how it works. When he asked for “a teapot in the shape of an avocado,” typing those words into a largely empty computer screen, the system created 10 distinct images of a dark green avocado teapot, some with pits and some without. “DALL-E is good at avocados,” Mr. Nichol said. When he typed “cats playing chess,” it put two fluffy kittens on either side of a checkered game board, 32 chess pieces lined … [Read more...] about Meet DALL-E, the A.I. That Draws Anything at Your Command
The story so far: On October 16, the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will convene in Beijing for a week-long gathering. The 20th National Congress of the CPC , a once-in-five-year event, will mark sweeping changes in the leadership of China’s ruling party, amend the party’s constitution , and set the policy direction for the next five years, which will impact both China’s domestic and international policies. What happens at a Party Congress? The CPC convenes a national congress every five years. On September 25, the party announced it had chosen 2,296 delegates to attend this year’s event, representing various provinces, the military, different ministries, branches of government, and society. Choosing new leadership, amending the party constitution, and setting the main policy direction are the three broad objectives of a congress. The delegates “vote” on various resolutions, including amendments to the CPC’s constitution, and in theory, choose a new … [Read more...] about Explained | What the Communist Party Congress means for China
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) is taking aim at a gun industry association for the way it engaged in a tax-dodging “voter education” scheme that also violated a core tenet of Second Amendment enthusiasts: compiling a detailed database of gun buyers. The Daily Beast has obtained a letter , which Blumenthal sent to the National Shooting Sports Foundation on Friday, calling out the association for allegedly amassing a list of gun owners and what types of guns they own—all to further its voter influence campaigns. NSSF is made up of the nation’s largest gun makers and once had a running political campaign deal with Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct British data analytics company caught meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Blumenthal’s letter cites damning details that were exposed when Cambridge Analytica emails were leaked two years ago but received little attention at the time. “The claim by Cambridge Analytica that NSSF maintains and leverages a database, … [Read more...] about Dem Senator Targets Gun Group Over Its Secret Gun Registry
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops pushed forward Monday with their offensive that has embarrassed Moscow, with Kyiv officials and foreign observers hinting at new gains in the strategic southern region of Kherson that the Kremlin wants to annex. Kherson has been one of the toughest battlefields for the Ukrainians, with slower progress when compared with Ukraine's breakout offensive around the country's second largest city of Kharkiv, in the northeast, that began last month. Kherson is one of the four regions illegally annexed by Moscow last week after a “referendum” orchestrated by the Kremlin. The lower house of the Kremlin-controlled parliament ratified the treaties Monday, and the upper house will follow on Tuesday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that two of those regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, are joining Russia with their administrative borders that existed … [Read more...] about Ukrainian troops claim gains in Russia-annexed region
DreamSetGo, India’s premium sports experiences and travel platform, today announced a partnership with Mumbai City FC to become their ‘Official Ticketing Partner.’ DSG and Mumbai City FC will work together to curate unique experiences to drive fan engagement and grow the fan base for the Club in India. Founded in 2014, Mumbai City FC is a Mumbai-based football club that competes in the country’s top-flight league, Indian Super League (ISL). The club is leading the football scene from India by not only emerging as the ISL League Winners & Champions in 2020-2021, but also becoming the first Indian club to win in the prestigious AFC Champions League. The new partnership with the club marks DreamSetGo’s entry into Indian football, following successful partnerships with international football clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea FC and Manchester United. DSG’s association with City Football Group started in 2021 as Manchester City’s Official Football Hospitality Experiences Partner … [Read more...] about Mumbai City FC Partners Exclusively With DreamSetGo
The new math is unforgiving: At 6.7 percent, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has more than doubled in less than a year, scaring away many would-be home buyers. Inflation hasn’t helped either. Now, lenders are getting creative, offering more options to lure buyers and undercut the competition. Before the Federal Reserve began raising its key interest rate — which influences mortgage pricing — it was easy to find a mortgage that began with a 3. Rocket Mortgage, the nation’s largest lender, recently introduced its Inflation Buster program, which promises to cut a borrower’s interest rate by one percentage point on a fixed-rate loan for the first year. Mortgages with even longer teaser-rate periods are also making a comeback. And some lenders, like United Wholesale Mortgage, which, as the third-largest, works with independent mortgage brokers, have dropped their rates. Even interest-only mortgages, which allow borrowers to pay only interest for a set period, have returned … [Read more...] about Confused by the New Mortgage Gimmicks? Here’s a Guide.