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Day: June 18, 2023

Day: June 18, 2023

We should all be worried about AI infiltrating crowdsourced work

A new paper from researchers at Swiss university EPFL suggests that between 33% and 46% of distributed crowd workers on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service appear to have “cheated” when performing a particular task assigned to them, as they used tools such as ChatGPT to do some of the work. If that practice is widespread, it may turn out to be a pretty serious issue. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has long been a refuge for frustrated developers who want to get work done by humans. In a nutshell, it’s an application programming interface (API) that feeds tasks to humans, who do them

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You.com looks to innovation to chip away at Google’s search dominance

You.com CEO Richard Socher may not be a household name, but if you travel in AI circles, chances are you know who he is. Beginning in 2014 when he wrote his influential doctoral thesis about natural language processing, he has helped pave the way for today’s headline-grabbing AI technology, a fact that doesn’t escape him as he tries to build his next-generation search engine. He launched MetaMind, shortly after that paper was published, a startup that Salesforce acquired two years later. In fact, as chief scientist at Salesforce, he helped build the AI layer that the company calls Einstein. After

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Investors say they have uncovered financial irregularities at Mojocare

Mojocare investors have found “financial irregularities” at the Indian health and wellness startup and are moving to scale down its operations, they said in a statement Sunday. The move follows the Bengaluru-headquartered startup, backed by Peak XV, B Capital and Chiratae Ventures, laying off some 150 employees, a majority of the workforce, earlier this week. In a joint statement, the investors said they were reviewing the financials of Mojocare and the findings thus far suggested that the business model employed by the startup was “not sustainable due to a variety of operational and market factors.” The investors didn’t specifically say

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Microsoft confirms June Outlook and OneDrive outages were caused by DDoS attacks

Earlier this month, a group known as Anonymous Sudan took credit for a service outage that disrupted access to Outlook, OneDrive and a handful of other Microsoft online services. After initially sharing little information about the incident, the company confirmed late Friday it had been the target of a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks. In a blog post spotted by the Associated Press (via The Verge), Microsoft said the attacks “temporarily impacted” the availability of some services, adding they were primarily designed to generate “publicity” for a threat actor the company has dubbed Storm-1359. Under Microsoft’s threat actor naming convention,

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Biden administration announces $930 million in grants to expand rural internet access

The Biden administration on Friday announced $930 million in grants designed to expand rural access to broadband internet. Part of the Department of Commerce’s “Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program,” the grants will fund the deployment of more than 12,000 miles of new fiber optic cable across 35 states and Puerto Rico. The administration said Friday it expects grant recipients to invest an additional $848.46 million, a commitment that should double the program’s impact. “Much like how the interstate highway system connected every community in America to regional and national systems of highways, this program will help us connect communities

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Hitting the Books: Why AI won’t be taking our cosmology jobs

The problem with studying the universe around us is that it is simply too big. The stars overhead remain too far away to interact with directly, so we are relegated to testing our theories on the formation of the galaxies based on observable data.  Simulating these celestial bodies on computers has proven an immensely useful aid in wrapping our heads around the nature of reality and, as Andrew Pontzen explains in his new book, The Universe in a Box: Simulations and the Quest to Code the Cosmos, recent advances in supercomputing technology are further revolutionizing our capability to model the

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This new mod brings full VR to classic zombie survival game 7 Days To Die

You’ve got to love flatscreen to VR modders. They continue to keep PC VR alive and kicking by working tirelessly to produce epic VR conversions of some of gaming’s greats, and it’s all seemingly done in their own time for little to no financial reward. Aside from maybe the occasional Patreon subscription that is. Case in point are talented modding due Necro and Kaaliba, who will soon be unleashing a brand new flatscreen to VR mod for the much-loved zombie survival game, 7 Days to Die (no Patreon yet but one is planned). I was given an early preview build

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The best gaming keyboards

Graphic: Cameron Faulkner/Polygon | Source images: Wooting, Asus, Keychron Edge out the competition and express yourself with our picks Continue reading…

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