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Electric is the new pink! Cadillac’s new and sustainable muscle car

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Cadillac will soon make its debut into the electric vehicle (EV) market as the car company works to support a more sustainable future.

All-new Cadillac Lyriq SUV

Its 2023 Lyriq SUV is a sign of things to come, signalling a crossover from their traditional internal combustion engines (ICE). 

The electric vehicle is the first of a new lineup, exclusively featuring eclectic-powered SUVs.

The new fleet comes after Cadillac’s pledge to make all of the brand’s vehicles electric by 2030, according to Rory Harvey, the Global Vice-President of Cadillac.

“We will be leaving this decade as an EV brand as things stand today,” Harvey says.

 “We will not be selling ICE vehicles by 2030.”

Cadillac’s Lyriq features a 340 horsepower engine, 33-inch LED display screen spanning across the dash and comes with super cruise driver-assistance technology. 

And for those hesitant about relying on electricity as a “fuel-source” per se, the Lyriq can travel more than 300 miles each charge. 

“The 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ will deliver a high-performance luxury experience setting a new standard for Cadillac,” Rory Harvey says.

Lyriq’s LED screen and interior

A step into the future but with the same loved design

As for the Lyriq’s exterior design, it’s centrepiece is its full-glass roof and vented roof spoiler.

While it may feel like something out of the future, the tastes of traditional Cadillac fans will continue to be met. 

In recognition of classic Cadillac styling, vertical tail lamps make an appearance with an etched pattern inspired by the illuminated Cadillac Crest on the Lyriq’s grille. 

If you’re still not convinced, the SUV is bound to have all the bells and whistles that any car enthusiast could wish for. 

Lyriq’s vertical tail lamps

It’s time to start saving big!

But the rear-wheel drive doesn’t come cheap, with a hefty price tag attached.

You’re looking at a starting price of US$58,795 – quite achievable compared to other car brands. 

Pre-orders commence September 18 this year, with the rollout scheduled to commence in the first half of 2022. 

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Why ChatGPT’s latest update will be a game-changer for AI adoption

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OpenAI has introduced new updates to ChatGPT, aiming for a more direct and concise conversational style.

  • GPT-4 Turbo is now available to paid ChatGPT users only.

  • “gpt-4-turbo-2024-04-09” will bring greatly enhanced writing, math, logical reasoning and coding.

  • “When writing with ChatGPT responses will be more direct, less verbose and use more conversational language,” OpenAI writes in a post on X.

 

These changes come in response to user feedback and a desire to improve the efficiency of interactions with the AI model.

Streamlined AI

The adjustments focus on reducing verbosity in ChatGPT’s responses, ensuring that the AI communicates with users more effectively.

By streamlining its language, OpenAI hopes to enhance user experience across various applications, from customer service chatbots to language learning platforms.

This move aligns with OpenAI’s ongoing efforts to refine its models and make them more adaptable to diverse communication needs.

“For example, when writing with ChatGPT, responses will be more direct, less verbose, and use more conversational language.”, writes OpenAI on X.

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Meta’s plans to hide nudity from Instagram DMs

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Instagram, owned by Meta, announced plans to introduce features that will blur messages containing nudity in an effort to protect teenagers and prevent potential scammers from targeting them.

Meta’s decision comes amidst growing concerns regarding harmful content on its platforms, especially concerning the mental well-being of young users.

The technology giant has faced increasing scrutiny in both the United States and Europe, with accusations that its apps contribute to addiction and exacerbate mental health issues among adolescents.

According to Meta, the new protection feature for Instagram’s direct messages will utilise on-device machine learning to analyse whether an image sent through the service contains nudity.

This feature will be enabled by default for users under the age of 18, with adults being encouraged to activate it as well.

Meta said that because the image analysis occurs on the device itself, the nudity protection feature will function even in end-to-end encrypted chats, where Meta does not have access to the content unless it is reported by users.

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Direct messages

Unlike Meta’s Messenger and WhatsApp apps, direct messages on Instagram are not currently encrypted.

However, Meta has stated its intention to implement encryption for Instagram’s direct messages in the future.

Additionally, Meta revealed that it is developing technology to identify accounts potentially involved in sextortion scams. The company is also testing new pop-up messages to alert users who may have interacted with such accounts.

This latest move follows Meta’s announcement in January that it would restrict more content from teens on Facebook and Instagram, aiming to reduce their exposure to sensitive topics such as suicide, self-harm, and eating disorders.

Meta’s efforts to enhance safety measures come amid legal challenges and regulatory scrutiny.

Attorneys general from 33 U.S. states, including California and New York, filed a lawsuit against the company in October, alleging repeated misrepresentation of the dangers associated with its platforms.

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Fake AI law firms avert copyright for SEO gains

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It’s been revealed that fake AI-driven law firms are resorting to sending fabricated DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) infringement notices to website owners.

These deceptive practices aim to generate artificial Search Engine Optimization gains through the manipulation of backlinks, casting a shadow on the integrity of online legal proceedings.

The issue was brought to attention when Ernie Smith, a prominent writer behind the newsletter Tedium, found himself targeted by one such fraudulent firm named “Commonwealth Legal.” Representing the “Intellectual Property division” of Tech4Gods, the purported law firm accused Smith of copyright infringement over a photo of a keyfob sourced from Unsplash, a legitimate photo service.

The firm demanded immediate action to add a credit link to Tech4Gods and threatened further legal action if compliance was not met within five business days.

However, a closer examination revealed glaring inconsistencies with Commonwealth Legal’s legitimacy.

Despite claiming to be based in Arizona, the firm’s website domain was registered with a Canadian IP location, raising doubts about its authenticity.

AI-generated faces

The attorneys listed on the website displayed eerie characteristics common to AI-generated faces, casting doubt on their existence.

Further investigation revealed that these fake law firms resort to such deceitful tactics to manipulate backlinks, which are crucial for improving a website’s search engine ranking.

Backlinks from reputable sites contribute to SEO, and exploiting this vulnerability, fake firms attempt to boost their clients’ online presence through artificial means.

The sinister nature of these actions extends beyond mere SEO manipulation.

They undermine the trust in legal proceedings and pose a threat to the integrity of online content. The emergence of AI-driven deception in legal matters underscores the need for vigilant scrutiny and robust measures to combat such fraudulent activities.

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