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Geoffrey Hinton, nicknamed the Godfather of AI, told The New York Times he resigned as Google VP and engineering fellow in April to freely warn of the risks associated with the technology. The researcher is concerned Google is giving up its previous restraint on public AI releases to compete with ChatGPT, Bing Chat and similar models. In the near term, Hinton says he’s worried that generative AI could lead to a wave of misinformation. You might “not be able to know what is true anymore,” he says. He’s also concerned it might not just eliminate “drudge work,” but outright replace some jobs – which I think is a valid worry already turning into a reality.

– Mat Smith

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Another nine million views, but no box office takings.

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The rollout hasn’t been completely smooth, however.

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It finally exploded after a 40-second delay.

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SpaceX’s founder, Elon Musk, shared more details about what went awry during the first fully integrated Starship rocket and Super Heavy booster launch in April. In a Twitter audio chat on Saturday, he revealed the self-destruct setting took 40 seconds to work. It should have been relatively instantaneous. The FAA has already announced it’s investigating the events and will ground Starship until “determining that any system, process or procedure related to the mishap does not affect public safety.” Even with all of that, Musk called the launch “successful” and “maybe slightly exceeding my expectations.”

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Geoffrey Hinton, nicknamed the Godfather of AI, told The New York Times he resigned as Google VP and engineering fellow in April to freely warn of the risks associated with the technology. The researcher is concerned Google is giving up its previous restraint on public AI releases to compete with ChatGPT, Bing Chat and similar models. In the near term, Hinton says he’s worried that generative AI could lead to a wave of misinformation. You might “not be able to know what is true anymore,” he says. He’s also concerned it might not just eliminate “drudge work,” but outright replace some jobs – which I think is a valid worry already turning into a reality.

– Mat Smith

The Morning After isn’t just a newsletter – it’s also a daily podcast. Get our daily audio briefings, Monday through Friday, by subscribing right here.

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US political parties’ views on Twitter have changed dramatically in two years

Another nine million views, but no box office takings.

Over nine million people watched The Super Mario Bros. Movie over the weekend — on Twitter. A Twitter user uploaded the entire movie to the platform – and kept it there for the weekend. A handful of copyrighted movies have repeatedly spent a few days on Twitter since Elon Musk took over, but Blue subscribers have also gained the ability to upload videos that are 60 minutes long, making it an easier task. Scrutinizing copyright for the team at Twitter is also a challenge when the company’s fired most of your safety and compliance staff…

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The rollout hasn’t been completely smooth, however.

TMA

Engadget

Apple promised faster turnaround times for security patches with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, and it’s now delivering on that claim. The company has released its first Rapid Security Response updates for devices running iOS 16.4.1, iPadOS 16.4.1 and macOS 13.3.1. As usual, they’re available through Software Update but are small downloads that don’t require much time to install. Engadget and others have received an error warning that iOS can’t verify the update as the device is “no longer connected to the internet,” so you may have to check for the patch at another time.

Continue reading.

It finally exploded after a 40-second delay.

TMA

SpaceX

SpaceX’s founder, Elon Musk, shared more details about what went awry during the first fully integrated Starship rocket and Super Heavy booster launch in April. In a Twitter audio chat on Saturday, he revealed the self-destruct setting took 40 seconds to work. It should have been relatively instantaneous. The FAA has already announced it’s investigating the events and will ground Starship until “determining that any system, process or procedure related to the mishap does not affect public safety.” Even with all of that, Musk called the launch “successful” and “maybe slightly exceeding my expectations.”

Continue reading.

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