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Computer says yes: how AI is changing our romantic lives

Artificial intelligence is creating companions who can be our confidants, friends, therapists and even lovers. But are they an answer to loneliness or merely another way for big tech to make money?The Guardian’s journalism is independent. We will earn a commission if you buy something through an affiliate link. Learn more.Could you fall in love with an artificial intelligence? When Spike Jonze’s film, Her, came out 10 years ago, the question still seemed hypothetical

June162024
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Why the pope has the ears of G7 leaders on the ethics of AI

After a gruelling first day discussing how to finance a prolonged war against an authoritarian dictator, G7 leaders in Puglia next turned for advice from someone who insists he is infallible, and for good measure thinks Ukraine should have the courage to wave the white flag.Normally when an 87-year-old claiming infallibility turns up at your door, the instinct is to give them a cup of tea and quietly ring social services. But when 1.3 billion other people, including your hostess, believe he is indeed infallible, the dynamic somewhat changes.So Pope Francis, invited by the devout Catholic and Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni, was warmly greeted when he reached the summit of mammon, the G7 club of western wealthy countries

June142024
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Elon Musk’s $45bn Tesla pay package not a done deal, say legal experts

Tesla’s battle to reinstate Elon Musk’s $45bn (£35bn) pay package is far from over, according to legal experts, despite shareholders backing the chief executive’s remuneration deal.Investors in the electric carmaker re-ratified the pay deal on Thursday after it had been struck down by a judge in the US state of Delaware. The company’s chair, Robin Deynholm has already pledged to “put it back in front of the court”.However, doubts remain over whether Musk will be able to access the share-based package.The lawyer representing the Tesla shareholder Richard Tornetta, who brought the lawsuit that led to Musk’s pay package being nullified, said in a statement on Thursday that the vote was “deeply flawed”

June142024
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How Apple plans to usher in ‘new privacy standards’ with its long-awaited AI

At its annual developers conference on Monday, Apple announced its long-awaited artificial intelligence system, Apple Intelligence, which will customize user experiences, automate tasks and – the CEO Tim Cook promised – will usher in a “new standard for privacy in AI”.While Apple maintains its in-house AI is made with security in mind, its partnership with OpenAI has sparked plenty of criticism. OpenAI tool ChatGPT has long been the subject of privacy concerns. Launched in November 2022, it collected user data without explicit consent to train its models, and only began to allow users to opt out of such data collection in April 2023.Apple says the ChatGPT partnership will only be used with explicit consent for isolated tasks such as email composition and other writing tools

June132024
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Should Tesla pay Elon Musk $45bn? The shareholders will decide

Tesla shareholders will decide late on Thursday whether to award its CEO, Elon Musk, a pay package worth about $45bn in what has become a referendum on the tech mogul’s leadership and a source of fierce legal contention at his electric car company.Musk claimed on Wednesday night in a post on X, formerly Twitter, that shareholder votes on his record-breaking payout and a plan to move the electric carmaker’s legal headquarters to Texas were “currently passing by wide margins”.However, it is unclear if a court that blocked the deal will accept the re-vote, which is not binding, and allow the company to restore the pay package and move its HQ.A Delaware chancery court judge nullified Musk’s pay package in January. Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick ruled that the board’s process of reaching the dollar figure, which she called “unfathomable”, was illegitimate and that Musk’s ties with board members were too extensive for them to be considered independent

June132024
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Voters to weigh in on whether tech billionaires can build new California city

Voters in northern California will get to weigh in on whether a contentious plan backed by Silicon Valley billionaires to build a new city north of San Francisco can go ahead.California Forever, the company behind the initiative to build a green city for up to 400,000 people in California farmland, submitted well over the 13,000 valid signatures required to put it on the 5 November ballot, elections officials said on Tuesday.Solano county’s registrar of voters said in a statement that the office verified a sufficient sampling of signatures.The registrar is scheduled to present the results of the count to the county board of supervisors in two weeks, at which point the board can order an impact assessment report.Voters will be asked to allow urban development on a 27 sq-mile (70 sq kilometres) plot of land between Travis air force base and the Sacramento River Delta city of Rio Vista that is currently zoned for agriculture

June122024