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Can ChatGPT Mimic Theory of Mind? Psychology Is Probing AI’s Inner Workings

If you’ve ever vented to ChatGPT about troubles in life, the responses can sound empathetic. The chatbot delivers affirming support, and—when prompted—even gives advice...

Scientists Are Working Towards a Unified Theory of Consciousness

The origin of consciousness has teased the minds of philosophers and scientists for centuries. In the last decade, neuroscientists have begun to piece together...

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE It’s Time to Believe the AI Hype Steven Levy | Wired "There’s universal agreement in the tech world that AI is the biggest thing since...

Smelting Steel With Sunlight: New Solar Trap Tech Could Help Decarbonize Industrial Heat

Some of the hardest sectors to decarbonize are industries that require high temperatures like steel smelting and cement production. A new approach uses a...

Scientists Step Toward Quantum Internet With Experiment Under the Streets of Boston

A quantum internet would essentially be unhackable. In the future, sensitive information—financial or national security data, for instance, as opposed to memes and cat...

‘Noise’ in the Machine: Human Differences in Judgment Lead to Problems for AI

Many people understand the concept of bias at some intuitive level. In society, and in artificial intelligence systems, racial and gender biases are well...

Google and Harvard Map a Tiny Piece of the Human Brain With Extreme Precision

Scientists just published the most detailed map of a cubic millimeter of the human brain. Smaller than a grain of rice, the mapped section...

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OpenAI Could Unveil Its Google Search Competitor on Monday Jess Weatherbed | The Verge "OpenAI is reportedly gearing up to announce a search product powered...
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Global Carbon Capture Capacity Quadruples as the Biggest Plant Yet Revs Up in Iceland

Pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere is likely to be a crucial weapon in the battle against climate change. And now global carbon...

Google DeepMind’s New AlphaFold AI Maps Life’s Molecular Dance in Minutes

Proteins are biological workhorses. They build our bodies and orchestrate the molecular processes in cells that keep them healthy. They also present a wealth of...

Astronomers Discover 27,500 New Asteroids Lurking in Archival Images

There are well over a million asteroids in the solar system. Most don't cross paths with Earth, but some do and there's a risk...

AI Can Now Generate Entire Songs on Demand. What Does This Mean for Music as We Know It?

In March, we saw the launch of a “ChatGPT for music” called Suno, which uses generative AI to produce realistic songs on demand from...

A Massive Study Is Revealing Why Exercise Is So Good for Our Health

We all know that exercise is good for us. A brisk walk of roughly an hour a day can stave off chronic diseases, including heart...

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Sam Altman Says Helpful Agents Are Poised to Become AI’s Killer Function James O'Donnell | MIT Technology Review "Altman, who was visiting Cambridge for a...

This Plastic Is Embedded With Bacterial Spores That Break It Down After It’s Thrown Out

Getting microbes to eat plastic is a frequently touted solution to our growing waste problem, but making the approach practical is tricky. A new...

AI Is Gathering a Growing Amount of Training Data Inside Virtual Worlds

To anyone living in a city where autonomous vehicles operate, it would seem they need a lot of practice. Robotaxis travel millions of miles...

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