Robot takeover? Not quite. Here’s what AI doomsday would look like
by Betsy Reed | The Gaurdian

Photo by Rock'n Roll Monkey on Unsplash

Alarm over artificial intelligence has reached a fever pitch in recent months. Just this week, more than 300 industry leaders published a letter warning AI could lead to human extinction and should be considered with the seriousness of “pandemics and nuclear war”.

Terms like “AI doomsday” conjure up sci-fi imagery of a robot takeover, but what does such a scenario actually look like? The reality, experts say, could be more drawn out and less cinematic – not a nuclear bomb but a creeping deterioration of the foundational areas of society.

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AR Turns Your Car Into A Transformers Robot
by Kyle Melnick | VR Scout

Credit: Paramount Pictures

“Autobots, transform and roll out.”

Snap Inc. is back with yet another creative augmented reality (AR) experience for its popular social media app, Snapchat, that turns your personal vehicle into a giant mechanical robot from the long-running Transformers series.

Available just in time for the new Transformers: Rise of the Beasts movie, the “Transform Your Car” Lens was built by Paramount Pictures using SnapML, Snap’s machine learning technology. According to Adweek, the filter can supposedly convert any car into a virtual Cybertronian, no matter the model, year, or color.

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The Role of AI and Automation in Enhancing the Companion Experience
by Angela Scott-Briggs | Tech Bullion

Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash

Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken the world by storm. Coupled with automation, AI is transforming different industries. One area that appears to have greatly benefited but is seldom spoken of is the companion experience.

Thanks to AI and automation, people have access to interactive robots and virtual assistants. It also enables people to find compatible human companions. AI has practically revolutionised the way people interact with technology. While you can learn more about AI and automation on the TechBullion platform, here are some of the ways artificial intelligence and automation have boosted the companion experience.

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🌙 NASA - Best Photo from Last Week
Hubble Glimpses a Glistening Cluster

The teeming stars of the globular cluster NGC 6544 glisten in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This cluster of tightly bound stars lies more than 8,000 light-years away from Earth and is, like all globular clusters, a densely populated region of tens of thousands of stars.

This image of NGC 6544 combines data from two of Hubble’s instruments, the Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3, as well as two separate astronomical observations. The first observation was designed to find a visible counterpart to the radio pulsar discovered in NGC 6544. A pulsar is the rapidly spinning remnant of a dead star, emitting twin beams of electromagnetic radiation like a vast astronomical lighthouse. This pulsar rotates particularly quickly, and astronomers turned to Hubble to help determine how this object evolved in NGC 6544.

The second observation which contributed data to this image was also designed to find the visible counterparts of objects detected at other electromagnetic wavelengths. Instead of matching up sources to a pulsar, however, astronomers used Hubble to search for the counterparts of faint X-ray sources. Their observations could help explain how clusters like NGC 6544 change over time.

Text credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, W. Lewin, F. R. Ferraro

Media Contact:
Claire Andreoli
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2023
Editor: Andrea Gianopoulos

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