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Google addresses third-party cookie deprecation concerns

Google advised advertisers to take urgent action by investing in AI as it addressed potential third-party cookie deprecation delays. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) warned the tech giant last month that it could not proceed with the removal of third-party cookies unless it resolved some privacy concerns first. However, it appears Google is confident these issues will be ironed out ahead of time as Dan Taylor, the company’s vice president of Global Advertising Strategies, confirmed it is still on…

The US will investigate cars built in China over security concerns

The White House has announced an investigation into cars built in and other unnamed "countries of concern." The Biden administration notes that cars are "constantly connecting" with drivers' phones, other vehicles, American infrastructure and their manufacturers, and that newer models use tech such as driver assist systems."Connected vehicles collect large amounts of sensitive data on their drivers and passengers; regularly use their cameras and sensors to record detailed information on US infrastructure; interact…

Why concerns over the sustainability of carbon removal are growing

In background conversations, several industry insiders I’ve spoken with acknowledge that the number of carbon removal companies is simply unsustainable, and that a sizable share will flame out at some point. The sector has taken off, in part, because a growing body of studies has found that a huge amount of carbon removal will be needed to keep rising temperatures in check. By some estimates, nations may have to remove 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide a year by midcentury to keep the planet from blowing past 2 °C of…

Study Uncovers Hidden Ingredients in 83% of Tattoo Inks, Raising Concerns : ScienceAlert

Tattooing is an art that humans have been practicing for millennia. While 32 percent of adults in the United States have at least one, many of the inks in the United States today used to decorate people's skin are more of a motley mixture than a precise blend, a new study has found.Kelli Moseman, a chemistry researcher at Binghamton University in New York, and colleagues, analyzed more than 50 tattoo inks from nine different brands used in the US after noticing that some inks they had used in previous studies contained…

Microsoft announces ‘AI access principles’ to offset OpenAI competition concerns

On the heels of Microsoft’s investment and partnership with French Large Language Model startup Mistral AI, the company continues to work hard to try to dispel the image that it’s blocking competition through its deep partnership (and financial stake) in OpenAI. Today the company launched a new framework it’s calling “AI Access Principles” — an eleven-point plan that Microsoft said will “govern how we will operate our AI datacenter infrastructure and other important AI assets around the world.” The points cover areas…

Safety concerns after people filmed using Apple Vision Pro headset – video report | Technology

A number of people have been spotted using Apple's VR headset in public including while driving. Some appear to have been using the gadget as a stunt. Others may just have been just learning how to use the headset while out and about. The new technology has prompted safety concerns, with the US transportation secretary reminding drivers they must pay attention at all times. The reminder was issued after one Vision Pro owner was filmed using the headset…

Amba Kak creates policy recommendations to address AI concerns

To give AI-focused women academics and others their well-deserved — and overdue — time in the spotlight, TechCrunch is launching a series of interviews focusing on remarkable women who’ve contributed to the AI revolution. We’ll publish several pieces throughout the year as the AI boom continues, highlighting key work that often goes unrecognized. Read more profiles here. Amba Kak is the executive director of the AI Now Institute, where she helps create policy recommendations to address AI concerns. She was also a…

Widespread Prevalence of Banned Crop Chemical In US Food Supply Sparks Concerns : ScienceAlert

A chemical used in agriculture around the world is tightly regulated in the United States, but a preliminary study suggests it could be widespread in the country's food supply anyway.Scientists at the controversial US nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found the chemical chlormequat in four out of five urine samples collected from people living in the US. It's unclear what impact this chemical could have on human health, and the authors say we need to know more.It's important to note the EWG has been criticized…