The AI takeover of Google search begins now
David Pearce | Verge
Google Bard is not the future of Google search. But it is AI. Later, SGE [Search Generative Experience] By combining generated data with web links, it leaves the lab and starts coming up with search results for billions of users. It will change Google’s business and perhaps add some elements to how the web works. If Google gets it right, it will trade 10 blue links for all the knowledge on the internet in one place. And to be honest, we hope so. “
Launch Anthropologie Leapfrogs with a chatbot that can read a novel in less than a minute
James Vincent | Verge
“AI startup Anthropic (founded by former OpenAI engineers) has significantly expanded its chatbot cloud context window, pushing it to 75,000 words. As the company points out in a blog post, that’s enough to run the whole thing. The Great Gatsby in one trip. In fact, the company tested the system with just this—editing a single sentence in a novel and asking the cloud to detect the change. He did it in 22 seconds.
Why gene editing is still humanity’s most powerful tool.
Walter Isaacson | BigThink
“You know, I wrote about the physics revolution of the first half of the 20th century. And of course I was deeply immersed in the digital revolution, which was the second half of the 20th century. But what has happened in the last few years is that we have found it easier to reengineer the tools that allow us to edit our genes. Man, that would be 10 times more impactful than the digital revolution.
Wendy’s is bringing a Google-powered AI Chatbot to the Drive-Thru.
Kevin Hurler | Gizmodo
“AI chatbots came for journalism, and now they’re coming for burgers. Wendy’s is reportedly preparing to launch a chatbot-powered drive-thru experience next month with the help of a partnership with Google. …Wendy’s chatbot offers French-specific terms, item names and acronyms like ‘biggie bag’ and ‘JBC’ for ‘Junior bacon Chesburger’. [Wall Street Journal] It suggests.
Vast says it will launch its first space station on a Falcon 9 in 2025.
Eric Berger | Ars Technica
“Private space station company Vast It announced Wednesday that it plans to open a commercial site in August 2025. After deploying the ‘Heaven-1’ space station into low-Earth orbit, four commercial astronauts boarded the facility on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon vehicle. “It’s a very powerful schedule,” Vast founder Jed McCaleb said in an interview with Ars. But we have a clear way of how to get there.I“
The Captura Facility can remove gigatons of carbon dioxide from the ocean.
Bridget Borgobello | New Atlas
“Captura Corporation, a spin-off from the California Institute of Technology, has developed a revolutionary plan to eliminate carbon emissions by creating a water purification facility in the middle of the sea. The company intends to reduce the environmental impact by extracting carbon dioxide from ocean water and returning the purified water to the ocean, using renewable electricity and ocean water as input.
Google Maps lets you see your roads in 3D
Jay Peters | Verge
“Immersive view It currently offers Adding a 3D view of a location and information such as weather or traffic gives you a better understanding of what’s going on in that area. (It’s like that. View of Apple’s Flyover (But in more detail.) By bringing an immersive view to route planning, you can get a bird’s-eye view to help you better see the landmarks and buildings you’ll see as you travel to a new location.
A radical plan to make AI good, not evil
Will Knight | Wired
“Anthropic is working on the same AI models used to power OpenAI’s ChatGPT. But the startup announced today that its own chatbot Cloud has a code of conduct that dictates what is right and wrong, which it calls the Anthropotic bot ‘constitution’.IHe said.
Why don’t we fill our minds with endless tales of dystopia
Annalee Newitz New Scientist
“I call this a ‘topian’ novel – a fairy tale where good or evil doesn’t rule, and where people struggle with the same ambiguities that we do every day. Without a strong sense of skepticism, we can’t fix broken systems or maintain systems that are always in need of improvement. Accept that nothing is perfect.” It puts us in the right frame of mind to face the future if we can.
An experiment repeated 600 times found a clue to the secrets of evolution
Veronique Greenwood New York Times
Although multicellularity is thought to have evolved at least 20 times in the history of life on Earth, it is not clear how living things go from single-celled to multicellular fates. But, in a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers have revealed a clue to how cells begin to build themselves into the body.
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