Is Google’s LaMDA conscious?

A philosopher’s view LaMDA is Google’s latest artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot. Blake Lemoine, a Google AI engineer, has claimed it is sentient. He’s been put on leave after publishing his conversations with LaMDA. If Lemoine’s claims are true, it would be a milestone in the history of humankind and technological development. Google strongly denies LaMDA has any sentient capacity. LaMDA certainly

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TikTok redefined the idea of a social media feed — can Facebook play catch-up before it’s too late? Facebook employees were recently given a new directive with sweeping implications: make the app’s feed more like TikTok. Simply bringing Reels, the company’s short-form video feature, from Instagram into Facebook wasn’t going to cut it. Executives were closely tracking

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This photo illustration shows an iPhone screen with Apple’s privacy policy on an iPhone screen in Los Angeles Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. A new photo editing app has users questioning whether it’s safe to use. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) DAMIAN DOVARGANES AP   Privacy concerns are being raised about a new app that allows users to

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Instagram is introducing several new messaging features on the app, including the ability to reply to a new direct message (DM) without leaving the Home feed, quickly share posts with friends, see who’s online, and more. This new wave of features follows the company’s pledge to focus on messaging (as well as Reels) late last year. In

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I don’t know about you, but any time I read things like “non-invasive brain computer interface”, I cringe just a little bit. But that, apparently, is the direction we’re headed, as companies look to the next stage of digital interaction, with Snapchat today announcing that it’s acquired Paris-based neurotech company NextMind to help drive its long-term augmented reality research efforts.

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Instagram’s testing a new way to raise awareness of social causes in the app, with an additional pop-up on the hashtag search pages of selected movements which prompt users to help spread the word in various ways. As you can see in these images, now, when you search for certain cause-related hashtags, a new pop-up will ask

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Russia bans Instagram as promised, blocking access for 80 million users

The move follows bans of Facebook and Twitter. Russia’s promised ban on Instagram has kicked into effect today, with the social media platform inaccessible for the vast majority of the country’s population, according to internet monitoring service GlobalCheck. The country announced plans to ban Instagram last week, in response to parent company Meta’s decision to allow Facebook and

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