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      Creating sexually explicit deepfake images to be made offence in UK

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 23:01

    Offenders could face jail if image is widely shared under proposed amendment to criminal justice bill

    Creating a sexually explicit “deepfake” image is to be made an offence under a new law, the Ministry of Justice has announced.

    Under the legislation, anyone who creates such an image without consent will face a criminal record and an unlimited fine. They could also face jail if the image is shared more widely.

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      Restaurant in Italy offers free bottle of wine to customers who hand in phone

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 17:37

    Owner of Al Condominio in Verona says response to the initiative during meals has been very positive

    An Italian restaurant is offering a free bottle of wine to customers who relinquish their mobile phones during meals.

    Angelo Lella, the owner of Al Condominio, a restaurant that opened in the northern city of Verona in March, said the aim was to revive the conviviality of an eatery in which diners chat to each other as opposed to constantly glancing at their phones.

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      Britishvolt ‘gigafactory’ site to be sold for £110m to US private equity firm

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 16:54

    Blackstone’s plans for data centre unlikely to generate thousands of jobs failed startup promised with Northumberland battery plant

    The site in north-east England previously owned by the failed battery startup Britishvolt is to be bought for £110m by a US private equity firm, which plans to build one of Europe’s largest data centres.

    Blackstone Group is to buy the 95-hectare (235-acre) site near Cambois in Northumberland to take advantage of its links to renewable energy, according to the receivers for one of the Britishvolt companies.

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      Tesla to cut 14,000 jobs as Elon Musk bids to make it ‘lean, innovative and hungry’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 12:00

    Billionaire says ‘there is nothing I hate more’ than cutting staff as more than 10% of workforce to be affected

    Tesla is reportedly laying off more than 10% of its global workforce, equivalent to about 14,000 roles.

    The electric carmaker’s chief executive, Elon Musk, said he had made “the difficult decision to reduce our headcount by more than 10% globally”, in a memo reported by the online publication Elektrek . Tesla employs 140,473 people, according to its annual report .

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      ‘Eat the future, pay with your face’: my dystopian trip to an AI burger joint

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 11:00

    If the experience of robot-served fast food dining is any indication, the future of sex robots is going to be very unpleasant

    On 1 April, the same day California’s new $20 hourly minimum wage for fast food workers went into effect, a new restaurant opened in north-east Los Angeles that was conspicuously light on human staff.

    CaliExpress by Flippy claims to be the world’s first fully autonomous restaurant, using a system of AI-powered robots to churn out fast food burgers and fries. A small number of humans are still required to push the buttons on the machines and assemble the burgers and toppings, but the companies involved tout that using their technology could cut labor costs, perhaps dramatically. “Eat the future,” they offer.

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      Wafer-thin, stretchy and strong as steel: could ‘miracle’ material graphene finally transform our world?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 16:00

    The material, discovered in 2004, was meant to be revolutionary. But only now is the technology coming of age

    Twenty years ago, ­scientists announced they had created a new miracle material that was going to transform our lives. They called it graphene .

    Consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexa­gonal pattern, it is one of the strongest materials ever made and, for good measure, it is a better conductor of electricity and heat than copper.

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      From boom to burst, the AI bubble is only heading in one direction | John Naughton

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 15:00 · 1 minute

    No one should be surprised that artificial intelligence is following a well-worn and entirely predictable financial arc

    “Are we really in an AI bubble,” asked a reader of last month’s column about the apparently unstoppable rise of Nvidia, “and how would we know?” Good question, so I asked an AI about it and was pointed to Investopedia , which is written by humans who know about this stuff. It told me that a bubble goes through five stages – rather as Elisabeth Kübler-Ross said people do with grief . For investment bubbles, the five stages are displacement, boom, euphoria, profit-taking and panic. So let’s see how this maps on to our experience so far with AI.

    First, displacement. That’s easy: it was ChatGPT wot dunnit. When it appeared on 30 November 2022, the world went, well, apeshit. So, everybody realised, this was what all the muttering surrounding AI was about! And people were bewitched by the discovery that you could converse with a machine and it would talk (well, write) back to you in coherent sentences. It was like the moment in the spring of 1993 when people saw Mosaic , the first proper web browser, and suddenly the penny dropped: so this was what that “internet” thingy was for. And then Netscape had its initial public offering in August 1995, when the stock went stratospheric and the first internet bubble started to inflate .

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      ‘Completely destroyed’: how a Halfords service left a car owner £2,000 out of pocket

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 06:00

    A man was left in despair when his beloved Alfa Romeo was wrecked on a test drive by a staff member

    A Birmingham man who took his beloved Alfa Romeo to Halfords Autocentre for a routine service has described his despair after it was written off on a test drive by a staff member, leaving him more than £2,000 out of pocket.

    Ian Tubbs contacted Guardian Money when, rather than helping a customer whose car was “completely destroyed” in its care, Halfords refused to accept liability for the collision and the financial losses he suffered as a result.

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      Google blocking links to California news outlets from search results

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 22:52

    Tech giant is protesting proposed law that would require large online platforms to pay ‘journalism usage fee’

    Google has temporarily blocked links from local news outlets in California from appearing in search results in response to the advancement of a bill that would require tech companies to pay publications for links that articles share. The change applies only to some people using Google in California, though it is not clear how many.

    The California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA) would require large online platforms to pay a “journalism usage fee” for linking to news sites based in the Golden state. The bill cleared the California assembly in 2023. To become law, it would need to pass in the Senate before being signed by the governor, Gavin Newsom.

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