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‘Safeguards’ promised on A.I.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE safeguards are promised by tech companies (Shutterstock).

Under pressure from President Joe Biden, seven companies involved in developing artificial intelligence pledged to place “safeguards” on the emerging technology which can mimic human skills without human input.

“This is a serious responsibility,” said Biden. ”We have to get it right,” according to The New York Times. Among the precautions would be using “watermarks” to help consumers identify text, photos, music, etc. generated by artificial intelligence.

There is some concern that A.I. might speed the transmission of disinformation and might lead to doing work now done by humans.

Justice Dept. blasts Texas buoys

GREG ABBOTT (Wikipedia).

The use of floating buoys in the Rio Grande RIver between Texas and Mexico to make crossing into the U.S. more difficult has come under criticism from the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to United Press International, the DOJ says the barrier i against federal law and may violate rules and policies of public safety and environmental protection.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced “Operation Lone Star” in June, saying “What these buoys will allow us to do is prevent people from even getting to the border.”

Tony Bennett dead at 96


Tony Bennett, the last of a long generation of singers – many of them Italian – who popularized what’s come to be known as “American Standards,” has died at the age of 96.

His signature song was “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” but he had an extensive musical style and he recorded over 70 albums and won 16 Grammy Awards.

Late in his career, he recorded duets with Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse.

Weather: Slowly warming 

It’s not exactly “July Fry” but steadily warming temperatures are predicted for our West Orange County area. Saturday is expected to have parts cloudy skies with a daytime high of 84 with an overnight low of 66. Sunday will be similar and mostly cloudy, but Sunday will warm to 87 (69) and mostly sunny conditions. Monday will heat up to 89 (69) but back to partly cloudy skies.

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  1. The problem with AI is that if it is built to learn autonomously (or via what’s often called machine learning), it can teach itself to outwit whatever controls are placed on it. Limiting an AI to just one or a few tasks would help, but even a chess AI could, in theory, decide that chess is just not enough of a kick.

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