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Tesla Shareholders Approve Elon Musk’s Big Payday

Wired TechBiz - 4 hours 32 min ago
Elon Musk will pocket $50 billion after Tesla shareholders made a show of support for his leadership.
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Tesla Shareholders Approve Elon Musk’s Big Payday

Wired Top Stories - 4 hours 32 min ago
Elon Musk will pocket $50 billion after Tesla shareholders made a show of support for his leadership.
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Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written by You

Wired Top Stories - 5 hours 42 min ago
Here's this month's prompt, how to submit, and an illustrated archive of past favorites.
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The 38 Best Shows on Max (aka HBO Max) Right Now (June 2024)

Wired Top Stories - 6 hours 42 min ago
House of the Dragon, Ren Faire, and Fantasmas are just a few of the shows you need to be watching on Max this month.
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Report: Apple isn’t paying OpenAI for ChatGPT integration into OSes

Ars Technica - 8 hours 21 min ago

Enlarge (credit: OpenAI / Apple / Benj Edwards)

On Monday, Apple announced it would be integrating OpenAI's ChatGPT AI assistant into upcoming versions of its iPhone, iPad, and Mac operating systems. It paves the way for future third-party AI model integrations, but given Google's multi-billion-dollar deal with Apple for preferential web search, the OpenAI announcement inspired speculation about who is paying whom. According to a Bloomberg report published Wednesday, Apple considers ChatGPT's placement on its devices as compensation enough.

"Apple isn’t paying OpenAI as part of the partnership," writes Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, citing people familiar with the matter who wish to remain anonymous. "Instead, Apple believes pushing OpenAI’s brand and technology to hundreds of millions of its devices is of equal or greater value than monetary payments."

The Bloomberg report states that neither company expects the agreement to generate meaningful revenue in the short term, and in fact, the partnership could burn extra money for OpenAI, because it pays Microsoft to host ChatGPT's capabilities on its Azure cloud. However, OpenAI could benefit by converting free users to paid subscriptions, and Apple potentially benefits by providing easy, built-in access to ChatGPT during a time when its own in-house LLMs are still catching up.

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Gaming historians preserve what’s likely Nintendo’s first US commercial

Ars Technica - 8 hours 50 min ago

Enlarge / "So slim you can play it anywhere." (credit: VGHF)

Gamers of a certain age may remember Nintendo's Game & Watch line, which predated the cartridge-based Game Boy by offering simple, single-serving LCD games that can fetch a pretty penny at auction today. But even most ancient gamers probably don't remember Mego's "Time Out" line, which took the internal of Nintendo's early Game & Watch titles and rebranded them for an American audience that hadn't yet heard of the Japanese game maker.

Now, the Video Game History Foundation (VGHF) has helped preserve the original film of an early Mego Time Out commercial, marking the recovered, digitized video as "what we believe is the first commercial for a Nintendo product in the United States." The 30-second TV spot—which is now available in a high-quality digital transfer for the first time—provides a fascinating glimpse into how marketers positioned some of Nintendo's earliest games to a public that still needed to be sold on the very idea of portable gaming.

Imagine an “electronic sport”

A 1980 Mego catalog sells Nintendo's Game & Watch games under the toy company's "Time Out" branding. (credit: Mego Museum)

Founded in the 1950s, Mego made a name for itself in the 1970s with licensed movie action figures and early robotic toys like the 2-XL (a childhood favorite of your humble author). In 1980, though, Mego branched out to partner with a brand-new, pre-Donkey Kong Nintendo of America to release rebranded versions of four early Game & Watch titles: Ball (which became Mego's "Toss-Up"), Vermin ("Exterminator"), Fire ("Fireman Fireman"), and Flagman ("Flag Man").

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AI Chatbots Are Running for Office Now

Wired Top Stories - 9 hours 16 min ago
Meet AI Steve and VIC, the chatbots running for office in 2024.
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How to Use Your Smartphone to Counteract Vision Loss (2024): iPhone, Android, Apps

Wired Top Stories - 9 hours 25 min ago
From Magnifier to Lookout, you can benefit from features on Android and Apple devices.
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Cop busted for unauthorized use of Clearview AI facial recognition resigns

Ars Technica - 9 hours 25 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Francesco Carta fotografo | Moment)

An Indiana cop has resigned after it was revealed that he frequently used Clearview AI facial recognition technology to track down social media users not linked to any crimes.

According to a press release from the Evansville Police Department, this was a clear "misuse" of Clearview AI's controversial face scan tech, which some US cities have banned over concerns that it gives law enforcement unlimited power to track people in their daily lives.

To help identify suspects, police can scan what Clearview AI describes on its website as "the world's largest facial recognition network." The database pools more than 40 billion images collected from news media, mugshot websites, public social media, and other open sources.

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Apple Proved That AI Is a Feature, Not a Product

Wired TechBiz - 9 hours 42 min ago
Other tech companies want to sell you chatbots. Apple’s demos show the value of seeing the AI as an integrated, holistic experience rather than a stand-alone app or device.
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Apple Proved That AI Is a Feature, Not a Product

Wired Top Stories - 9 hours 42 min ago
Other tech companies want to sell you chatbots. Apple’s demos show the value of seeing the AI as an integrated, holistic experience rather than a stand-alone app or device.
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SCOTUS rejects challenge to abortion pill for lack of standing

Ars Technica - 10 hours 3 min ago

Enlarge / Mifepristone (Mifeprex) and misoprostol, the two drugs used in a medication abortion, are seen at the Women's Reproductive Clinic, which provides legal medication abortion services, in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on June 17, 2022. (credit: Getty | Robyn Beck)

The US Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a case that threatened to remove or at least restrict access to mifepristone, a pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medication abortions and used in miscarriage care. The drug has been used for decades, racking up a remarkably good safety record in that time. It is currently used in the majority of abortions in the US.

The high court found that the anti-abortion medical groups that legally challenged the FDA's decision to approve the drug in 2000 and then ease usage restrictions in 2016 and 2021 simply lacked standing to challenge any of those decisions. That is, the groups failed to demonstrate that they were harmed by the FDA's decision and therefore had no grounds to legally challenge the government agency's actions. The ruling tracks closely with comments and questions the justices raised during oral arguments in March.

"Plaintiffs are pro-life, oppose elective abortion, and have sincere legal, moral, ideological, and policy objections to mifepristone being prescribed and used by others," the Supreme Court noted in its opinion, which included the emphasis on "by others." The court summarized that the groups offered "complicated causation theories to connect FDA’s actions to the plaintiffs’ alleged injuries in fact," and the court found that "none of these theories suffices" to prove harm.

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Publishers Target Common Crawl In Fight Over AI Training Data

Wired TechBiz - 10 hours 21 min ago
Long-running nonprofit Common Crawl has been a boon to researchers for years. But now its role in AI training data has triggered backlash from publishers.
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Publishers Target Common Crawl In Fight Over AI Training Data

Wired Top Stories - 10 hours 21 min ago
Long-running nonprofit Common Crawl has been a boon to researchers for years. But now its role in AI training data has triggered backlash from publishers.
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Musk says he’s winning Tesla shareholder vote on pay plan by “wide margin”

Ars Technica - 10 hours 57 min ago

Enlarge / Elon Musk. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Elon Musk said last night that Tesla shareholders provided enough votes to re-approve his 2018 pay package, which was previously nullified by a Delaware judge. A proposal to transfer Tesla's state of incorporation from Delaware to Texas also has enough votes to pass, according to a post by Musk.

"Both Tesla shareholder resolutions are currently passing by wide margins!" Musk wrote. His post included charts indicating that both shareholder resolutions had more than enough yes votes to surpass the "guaranteed win" threshold.

The Wall Street Journal notes that the "results provided by Musk are preliminary, and voters can change their votes until the polls close at the meeting on Thursday." The shareholder meeting is at 3:30 pm Central Time. An official announcement on the results is expected today.

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Supreme Court Upholds Access to Abortion Pill in Unanimous Vote

Wired Top Stories - 11 hours 13 min ago
The biggest battle over abortion rights since Roe v. Wade is over for now—and the Supreme Court has averted a major crisis for reproductive health care.
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Wyoming mayoral candidate wants to govern by AI bot

Ars Technica - 11 hours 40 min ago

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Victor Miller is running for mayor of Cheyenne, Wyoming, with an unusual campaign promise: If elected, he will not be calling the shots—an AI bot will. VIC, the Virtual Integrated Citizen, is a ChatGPT-based chatbot that Miller created. And Miller says the bot has better ideas—and a better grasp of the law—than many people currently serving in government.

“I realized that this entity is way smarter than me, and more importantly, way better than some of the outward-facing public servants I see,” he says. According to Miller, VIC will make the decisions, and Miller will be its “meat puppet,” attending meetings, signing documents, and otherwise doing the corporeal job of running the city.

But whether VIC—and Victor—will be allowed to run at all is still an open question.

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Lux vs. Lumens and Explaining Other Lighting Gear Terms as You Shop (2024)

Wired Top Stories - 11 hours 42 min ago
Shopping for a video or photo light? Confused by all the jargon? Let’s simplify things a bit.
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LinkedIn’s AI Career Coaches Will See You Now

Wired TechBiz - 12 hours 42 min ago
LinkedIn’s new generative AI features include chatbots based on popular career coaches and tools to rewrite résumés and cover letters.
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LinkedIn’s AI Career Coaches Will See You Now

Wired Top Stories - 12 hours 42 min ago
LinkedIn’s new generative AI features include chatbots based on popular career coaches and tools to rewrite résumés and cover letters.
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