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Sam Altman: Ousted OpenAI boss to return days after being sacked

Sam Altman: Ousted OpenAI boss to return days after being sacked

International, Science & Technology
OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman will return as boss just days after he was fired by the board, the firm has said. The agreement "in principle" involves a new board members being appointed, the tech company added. It comes after Mr Altman was sacked on Friday triggering an open letter from staff who threatened to resign unless he was reinstated. "I am looking forward to returning to OpenAI," Mr Altman said in a post on X, formerly Twitter. He added: "I love OpenAI, and everything I've done over the past few days has been in service of keeping this team and its mission together. He added the firm would build on its "strong partnership with Microsoft." Last week, the board decided to remove Mr Altman, which led to co-founder Greg Brockman's resignation, sending the star AI com...
OpenAI staff demand board resign over Sam Altman sacking

OpenAI staff demand board resign over Sam Altman sacking

Features, International, Science & Technology
Staff at OpenAI have called on the board of the artificial intelligence company to resign after the shock dismissal of former boss Sam Altman. In a letter, they question the board's competence, and accuse it of undermining the firm's work. They also demand Mr Altman's reinstatement. But Mr Altman now has a job at Microsoft and seems to want to stay. He and Microsoft boss Satya Nadella see OpenAI's success as vital, he added.ADVERTISEMENT "Satya and my top priority remains to ensure OpenAI continues to thrive," he tweeted. "We are committed to fully providing continuity of operations to our partners and customers. The OpenAI/Microsoft partnership makes this very doable." The sacking on Friday of a man who is one of the leading figures in artificial intelligence (AI) shock...
Scientists excited by AI tool that grades severity of rare cancer

Scientists excited by AI tool that grades severity of rare cancer

Health & Wellbeing, International
Artificial intelligence is nearly twice as good at grading the aggressiveness of a rare form of cancer from scans as the current method, a study suggests. By recognising details invisible to the naked eye, AI was 82% accurate, compared with 44% for lab analysis. Researchers from the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research say it could improve treatment and benefit thousands every year. They are also excited by its potential for spotting other cancers early. AI is already showing huge promise for diagnosing breast cancers and reducing treatment times. Computers can be fed huge amounts of information and trained to identify the patterns in it to make predictions, solve problems and even learn from their own mistakes. What is AI and is it dangerous?AI named ...

Microsoft’s new AI assistant can go to meetings for you

International, Science & Technology
A ChatGPT-style AI assistant, developed by Microsoft and embedded into its office apps, will become available to all from 1 November, following trials. Microsoft 365 Copilot can summarise meetings held in Teams for anyone who chooses not to attend. It can also draft emails, create word documents, spreadsheet graphs, and Powerpoint presentations in moments. Microsoft says it hopes the tool will eliminate "drudgery" but some worry tech like this will replace workers. There are also concerns it could leave businesses dangerously reliant on AI-powered assistance. What is AI and is it dangerous? In its current form, it could also fall foul of new rules governing AI, for failing to make clear when content has not been made by humans. Both Europe's AI act and China's AI regu...
Google tests watermark to identify AI images

Google tests watermark to identify AI images

International, Science & Technology
Google is trialling a digital watermark to spot images made by artificial intelligence (AI) in a bid to fight disinformation. Developed by DeepMind, Google’s AI arm, SynthID will identify images generated by machines. It works by embedding changes to individual pixels in images so watermarks are invisible to the human eye but detectable by computers. But DeepMind said it is not “foolproof against extreme image manipulation”. As the technology evolves, it is becoming increasingly more complex to tell the difference between real images and artificially-generated ones – as BBC Bitesize’s AI or Real quiz shows. AI image generators have become mainstream, with the popular tool Midjourney boasting more than 14.5m users. They allow people to create images in seconds b...
What is AI, is it dangerous and what jobs are at risk?

What is AI, is it dangerous and what jobs are at risk?

Science & Technology, World News
Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is developing at high speed and is transforming many aspects of modern life. However, some experts fear that it could be used for malicious purposes, and may threaten jobs. What is AI and how does it work? AI allows a computer to think, act, and respond almost as if it was a human. Computers can be fed huge amounts of information and trained to identify the patterns in it, in order to make predictions, solve problems, and even learn from their own mistakes. As well as data, AI relies on algorithms – lists of rules which must be followed in the correct order to complete a task. The technology is behind the voice-controlled virtual assistants Siri and Alexa. It lets Spotify, YouTube and BBC iPlayer suggest what you might want to play...
Invest in AI in key sectors; make budgetary allocations – Governments urged

Invest in AI in key sectors; make budgetary allocations – Governments urged

International, Science & Technology
The Scientific Director of the Responsible Artificial Intelligence Lab (RAIL), Prof. Jerry John Kponyo is asking governments for investment in AI in key sectors of the economy. Speaking at the maiden AfricaAI conference in Kigali, Rwanda, Prof. Kponyo noted it is crucial for economic transformation. RAIL is under the Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa (AI4D) Multidisciplinary Labs project initiated by International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The lab seeks to develop talent in Data Science and Machine Learning to help bridge the widening skills gap needed to champion the Digital Economic Transformation agenda of Ghana and the Subregion. Prof. Kponyo, however, thinks funds internally generated from investments will make the gains sustainable. “What ext...
Artificial Intelligence shouldn’t widen gender gap – Expert warns

Artificial Intelligence shouldn’t widen gender gap – Expert warns

International, Science & Technology
According to the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), women farmers in Ghana constitute nearly half of the country’s crop producers. However, they battle with a myriad of challenges including a lack of land ownership and limited access to finance, inputs and markets and a lack of political voice as compared to their male counterparts. With the accelerated use of Artificial Intelligence in agriculture, the Gender and Inclusivity officer of the Responsible Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (RAIL-KNUST), Dr. Rita Udor anticipates a worsening situation. She is therefore warning of female exclusion with the use of Artificial Intelligence in the agriculture sector. “As we think of AI in the agric sector, ...
Meta’s AI machine translation research helps break language barriers

Meta’s AI machine translation research helps break language barriers

International, Science & Technology
Meta announced on Wednesday that it has built and open-sourced ‘No Language Left Behind’ NLLB-200. This is a single AI model that is the first to translate across 200 different languages, including 55 African languages with state-of-the-art results. Meta is using the modelling techniques and learnings from the project to improve and extend translations on Facebook, Instagram, and Wikipedia. In an effort to develop high-quality machine translation capabilities for most of the world’s low-resource languages, this single AI model was designed with a focus on African languages. They are challenging from a machine translation perspective. AI models require lots and lots of data to help them learn, and there’s not a lot of human-translated training data for these languages...
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