Is Meta’s new Threads more than a Twitter copycat?  |  TechnologyNews

Is Meta’s new Threads more than a Twitter copycat? | TechnologyNews

Meta has officially launched Threads, its text-based rival to Twitter. The app went live on Wednesday on Apple and Android app stores in more than 100 countries although its release in Europe has been delayed over data privacy concerns. Despite that, within about 18 hours of its launch it had racked up more than 30 million sign-ups, posing the first real threat to Elon Musk-owned Twitter. “Let’s do this. Welcome to Threads,” Meta Chief Executive and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his first post on the new platform, which will run with no ads for now. Here is what…

Canada’s Online News Act Targets Facebook and Google

Canada’s Online News Act Targets Facebook and Google

The Canadian Parliament has passed a law that will require technology companies to pay domestic news outlets for linking to their articles, prompting the owner of Facebook and Instagram to say that it would pull news articles from both platforms in the country. The law, passed on Thursday, is the latest salvo in a push by governments around the world to force big companies like Google and Facebook to pay for news that they share on their platforms — a campaign that the companies have resisted at virtually every turn. With some caveats, the new Canadian law would force search…

New technology uses ordinary sunlight to disinfect drinking water

New technology uses ordinary sunlight to disinfect drinking water

At least 2 billion people worldwide regularly drink water contaminated with disease-causing microbes. Disinfectant powder is stirred in bacteria-contaminated water (upper left). The mixture is exposed to sunlight, which rapidly kills all the bacteria (upper right). A magnet collects the metallic powder after disinfection (lower right). The powder is then reloaded into another beaker of contaminated water, and the disinfection process is repeated (lower left). (Image credit: Tong Wu/Stanford University) Now, scientists at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have invented a low-cost, recyclable powder that kills thousands of waterborne bacteria per second when exposed to ordinary sunlight. The…

ChatGPT boss tells US legislators regulation ‘critical’ for AI |  TechnologyNews

ChatGPT boss tells US legislators regulation ‘critical’ for AI | TechnologyNews

Sam Altman, the chief executive of ChatGPT’s OpenAI, has told legislators in the United States that government regulation of artificial intelligence is “critical” because of the potential risks it poses to humanity. Altman used his appearance on Tuesday in front of a US Senate judicial subcommittee to urge Congress to impose new rules on big tech, despite deep political divisions that for years have blocked legislation aimed at regulating the internet. “If this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong,” Altman, who has become the global face of AI, told the hearing. “OpenAI was founded on the belief that…

Attention: Beware of Scammers Impersonating App Masters

Attention: Beware of Scammers Impersonating App Masters

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‘Mind-reading’ AI: Japan study sparks ethical debate |  TechnologyNews

‘Mind-reading’ AI: Japan study sparks ethical debate | TechnologyNews

Tokyo, Japan – Yu Takagi could not believe his eyes. Sitting alone at his desk on a Saturday afternoon in September, he watched in awe as artificial intelligence decoded a subject’s brain activity to create images of what he was seeing on a screen. “I still remember when I saw the first [AI-generated] images,” Takagi, a 34-year-old neuroscientist and assistant professor at Osaka University, told Al Jazeera. “I went into the bathroom and looked at myself in the mirror and saw my face, and thought, ‘Okay, that’s normal. Maybe I’m not going crazy’”. Takagi and his team used Stable Diffusion…

California measure would force tech giants to pay news outlets

California measure would force tech giants to pay news outlets

Comment on this story Comment Happy Tuesday! March Madness is great, but is it as great as this NBA playoff race? Send basketball hot takes and tips to: [email protected]. Below: A senator presses companies on how their AI protects kids, and a tech industry group launches a litigation hub. First: California measure would force tech giants to pay news outlets California lawmakers this week are launching a plan to force digital giants like Facebook and Google to pay publishers for news content, taking a contentious global fight to the state level. On Monday, California Assembly member Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) announced…

AI technology may be able to generate our mind’s images

AI technology may be able to generate our mind’s images

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