Synthetic Minds: the future of mobility and misinformation
The Future of Mobility: Transforming Transportation
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In the late 1800s, electric cars emerged but were soon surpassed by gas-guzzling vehicles that still dominate today despite early climate warnings. Now, cities face environmental threats, deadly crashes, and wasted hours in traffic.
But technology like AI-driven robots, flying taxis, and quantum computing could optimise routes, predict delays, and enable personalised, lightning-fast transportation.
Ultimately, mobility history reveals a tangled web of progress and problems. Yet, with smart investments, policies, and global collaboration, the future promises efficient, sustainable transportation that finally achieves the Jetsons' dream.
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Synthetic Snippets: Weekly Bytes for Your Synthetic Mind
Quick, curated insights to feed your quest for a better understanding of our evolving synthetic future.
1. Elon's desperate mission to save humanity from Skynet.
Elon is freaked out about AI taking over the world. He tried starting OpenAI to make safe AI but ditched it to build his own AI. Now Elon's on a mad dash to create an "AI bot saviour" at Tesla and xAI that will be biased towards preserving humanity. He hopes it will help get us to Mars before the AI apocalypse destroys Earth. Elon's rivals, like Google, are racing ahead, so he's scrambling to leverage Twitter data and Tesla self-driving to catch up in the AI arms race. (Time)
2. Governments weaponise AI to crush internet freedom 😱
Authoritarian regimes are deploying AI to spread disinformation and censor criticism with surgical precision. Generative models churn out fake videos of leaders while chatbots scrub unwanted speech. Widespread access to AI sows public distrust in verifiable facts. So, the rise of artificial intelligence is sadly accelerating the decline of internet freedom globally. (MIT)
3. Google swaps your search to pad its purse.
Without user consent, Google is secretly altering billions of search queries to more commercial versions. This guarantees more shopping results and ads, lining Google's pockets. Users suffer worse results while advertisers pay more in this clever bait-and-switch scheme. Google can get away with it only because of their monopoly status. (Wired)
4. Meta's AI stickers stir instant scandal.
Meta launched AI-generated stickers for Facebook and Instagram, but they quickly created controversy. The filters failed to block inappropriate content, allowing parody stickers of celebs and copyrighted characters. So, the rollout of Meta's "universe of AI" is already facing backlash over misinformation and objectionable content. (VentureBeat)
Recommended read: The Coming Wave by Mustafa Suleyman
The coming wave of AI and biotech will bring immense progress but risks catastrophe if uncontrolled. We urgently need "containment" - oversight measures baked into the tech itself, plus regulations and global cooperation. If done right, we can reap the benefits without ending up in a surveillance state or extinction. But containing technologies unlike any before will be extremely difficult. Buckle up because we're in for a wild ride. (YouTube)
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