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Elon Musk unveils xAI – his venture into artificial intelligence



Elon Musk has announced the establishment of a new artificial intelligence startup called xAI.

The company comprises engineers with backgrounds in organizations like OpenAI and Google. Musk has previously expressed his belief that progress in AI should be temporarily halted and that the industry requires regulation.

The formation of xAI is driven by the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of reality.

Details regarding the funding, specific objectives, and AI focus of xAI remain unclear. The company’s website states that its mission is to comprehend the true nature of the universe.

To shed light on its aims, xAI will be hosting a Twitter Spaces chat on Friday.

Musk, an initial supporter of OpenAI, has had a strained relationship with the organization.

ChatGPT criticism

He has criticized ChatGPT, OpenAI’s language model, for exhibiting a perceived liberal bias and has called for a model focused on truth.

Musk also expressed dissatisfaction with the nonprofit’s transition to a for-profit entity and its close ties with Microsoft.

Concerned about AI safety for over a decade, Musk has advocated for the establishment of a regulatory body to ensure that AI technologies do not pose a risk to the public.

He has also taken issue with AI companies’ use of data to train chatbots, particularly citing Twitter’s vast dataset. Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and subsequent changes led to several high-profile individuals, such as Shonda Rhimes, Gigi Hadid, and Stephen Fry, leaving the platform in protest.

As xAI takes its initial steps, the industry eagerly awaits further information about its funding, research objectives, and potential contributions to the field of AI.

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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