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Concerns about AI and privacy grow as OpenAI faces scrutiny and Microsoft’s Copilot Recall feature is investigated. OpenAI partners with News Corp to enhance ChatGPT amidst ongoing debates.

AI and Privacy Concerns

Concerns about AI and privacy are intensifying as technology companies push the boundaries. OpenAI is under scrutiny for its treatment of departing employees, with leaked documents revealing pressure tactics on equity, despite CEO Sam Altman's reassurances. Notably, OpenAI has announced it will remove nondisparagement clauses from its exit paperwork.

Microsoft is also in the spotlight as its new Recall feature in Microsoft Copilot is being investigated by the UK's Information Commissioner’s Office for potential privacy threats. Elon Musk added to the controversy by criticizing the feature, likening it to a Black Mirror episode.

In other developments, OpenAI has inked a significant partnership with News Corp to enhance ChatGPT, despite ongoing privacy and ethics concerns surrounding AI technologies.

AI in Hollywood and Media

Meta and Google are offering Hollywood studios millions of dollars to strike licensing deals aimed at enhancing their AI-generated video models, as reported by Bloomberg. These deals involve “tens of millions” in potential investments from the tech giants.

The OpenAI–Scarlett Johansson case highlights concerns over AI-generated voices, emphasizing the legal and ethical implications of voice ownership. CNET reports on the urgent need for regulations to protect individual rights in the age of AI.

Naughty Dog’s co-head Neil Druckmann discusses AI's potential to “revolutionize” content creation, anticipating significant changes in the creative process. Additionally, the Schumacher family was awarded €200,000 compensation from a German magazine over an AI-generated interview, illustrating legal challenges in AI journalism. Meanwhile, OpenAI has entered a multi-year partnership with News Corp to enhance ChatGPT, further underscoring AI’s growing influence.

AI Missteps and Errors

A recent study reveals that ChatGPT answers programming questions incorrectly 52% of the time. This raises concerns about the reliability of AI as work tools, despite their portrayal as revolutionary aids to efficiency.

Google's recent attempts to integrate AI into their search results have been met with frustration. Users can disable AI features with a ‘udm=14’ trick to avoid misleading or dangerous advice, highlighting the current shortcomings of AI search capabilities.

Former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong criticizes tech giants for launching subpar products due to an obsession with AI competition, further emphasizing the rushed and often flawed nature of current AI applications.

Microsoft's AI Initiatives

Microsoft is leaning even more into AI with its Copilot+ initiative, introducing new standards for PCs equipped with powerful neural processing units (NPUs). This move is likened to Apple’s architectural shift and could redefine Windows.

Microsoft's AI research shows promising results in creating pocket-sized models capable of running on phones and laptops without major compromises. This innovation could lead to new use cases for AI technology.

In an interview, CEO Satya Nadella talked about the dual nature of the company's partnership with OpenAI, emphasizing that both collaboration and competition are integral elements. Meanwhile, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is investigating potential privacy threats posed by the Recall feature in Microsoft Copilot. This feature allows for screen grabbing functionalities. Industry experts believe Copilot+ could significantly reshape enterprise computing.

Advances in AI Services

Advances in AI services are making headlines with significant developments across various sectors. OpenAI announced the forthcoming release of its ChatGPT app for Mac, aiming to enhance user experience with desktop convenience. The initial rollout is already available to select ChatGPT Plus subscribers.

In the realm of education, Microsoft has partnered with Khan Academy to make their AI teaching tool, Khanmigo, accessible for free to teachers, democratizing AI-enhanced learning. Meanwhile, Amazon has introduced its first EU quantum computing service via IQM's 20-qubit QPU, expanding the horizon of AI applications in quantum research.

Selected articles of the day

AI Software Engineers Make $100,000 More Than Their Colleagues

The AI boom and a growing talent shortage has resulted in companies paying AI software engineers a whole lot more than their non-AI counterparts. From a report: As of April 2024, AI software engineers in the U.S. were paid a median salary of nearly $300,000, …

Read on Slashdot.org

US Lawmakers Advance Bill To Make It Easier To Curb Exports of AI Models

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to advance a bill that would make it easier for the Biden administration to restrict the export of AI systems, citing concerns China could exploit them to bolster its military capabilities.…

Read on Slashdot.org

OpenAI and News Corp sign major deal to boost ChatGPT

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence (AI) company behind the world’s most popular chatbot ChatGPT, has announced a major multi-year partnership with… Continue reading OpenAI and News Corp sign major deal to boost ChatGPT The post OpenAI and News Corp sign majo…

Read on ReadWrite

McKesson, Merck back Atropos Health’s $33M round to accelerate drug development with AI

Atropos Health raises $33 million in Series B funding to revolutionize healthcare with AI-powered clinical evidence generation, aiming to personalize medical decision-making and accelerate drug development.

Read on VentureBeat

Macron: French AI can challenge ‘insane’ dominance of US and China

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for his country’s AI leaders to challenge the “insane” dominance of US and Chinese tech giants. Macron’s plea comes amid a boom period for French AI. Led by OpenAI rival Mistral, the country has become a European ho…

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