The Download: the rise of gamification, and carbon dioxide storage

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. How gamification took over the world It’s a thought that occurs to every video-game player at some point:… Continue Reading →

As US federal lawmakers drag out AI regulation, states make a push with a flurry of bills; TechNet: state lawmakers have proposed ~400 AI laws in recent months (Cecilia Kang/New York Times)

Cecilia Kang / New York Times: As US federal lawmakers drag out AI regulation, states make a push with a flurry of bills; TechNet: state lawmakers have proposed ~400 AI laws in recent months  —  California legislators have made the… Continue Reading →

Propagandists are using AI too—and companies need to be open about it

At the end of May, OpenAI marked a new “first” in its corporate history. It wasn’t an even more powerful language model or a new data partnership, but a report disclosing that bad actors had misused their products to run… Continue Reading →

Meituan reports Q1 revenue up 25% YoY to ~$10.1B and profit up ~60% YoY to ~$745M, boosted by gains from its core local commerce operations led by food delivery (Ben Jiang/South China Morning Post)

Ben Jiang / South China Morning Post: Meituan reports Q1 revenue up 25% YoY to ~$10.1B and profit up ~60% YoY to ~$745M, boosted by gains from its core local commerce operations led by food delivery  —  – Meituan reported… Continue Reading →

FDA advisors just said no to the use of MDMA as a therapy

On Tuesday, the FDA asked a panel of experts to weigh in on whether the evidence shows that MDMA, also known as ecstasy, is a safe and efficacious treatment for PTSD. The answer was a resounding no. Just two out… Continue Reading →

MSI announces Claw 8 AI+, its next-gen handheld, powered by Intel’s Lunar Lake and comes with an 8″ screen, Thunderbolt 4 port, and a larger 80 Wh battery (Sean Hollister/The Verge)

Sean Hollister / The Verge: MSI announces Claw 8 AI+, its next-gen handheld, powered by Intel’s Lunar Lake and comes with an 8″ screen, Thunderbolt 4 port, and a larger 80 Wh battery  —  Just three months after releasing its… Continue Reading →

The Download: Google’s AI Overviews nightmare, and improving search and rescue drones

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Why Google’s AI Overviews gets things wrong When Google announced it was rolling out its artificial intelligence-powered search… Continue Reading →

Sources: Microsoft is discussing a deal with CISPE, which could include a multimillion-euro payment to get the cloud lobby to drop its EU antitrust complaint (Politico)

Politico: Sources: Microsoft is discussing a deal with CISPE, which could include a multimillion-euro payment to get the cloud lobby to drop its EU antitrust complaint  —  Possible deal involves a multimillion-dollar payout to cloud association backed by Amazon.  — … Continue Reading →

AI-directed drones could help find lost hikers faster

If a hiker gets lost in the rugged Scottish Highlands, rescue teams sometimes send up a drone to search for clues of the individual’s route—trampled vegetation, dropped clothing, food wrappers. But with vast terrain to cover and limited battery life,… Continue Reading →

A look at “prebunking”, exposing people to low doses of misinfo with explanations to develop “mental antibodies” against disinfo, amid AI’s threat to elections (Washington Post)

Washington Post: A look at “prebunking”, exposing people to low doses of misinfo with explanations to develop “mental antibodies” against disinfo, amid AI’s threat to elections  —  Election officials around the world are adopting “prebunking” campaigns, as AI and other… Continue Reading →

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