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Musk and other tech titans meet Congress, call for AI “referee”

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, alongside Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, recently met with lawmakers behind closed doors at Capitol Hill to discuss the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) in the United States.

They emphasised the need for a regulatory body to oversee AI’s safe and responsible use, similar to a referee in sports. Musk, who also owns the social media platform X, stressed the importance of ensuring that companies take actions that prioritise public safety.

Musk referred to the meeting as a “service to humanity” and suggested it could be a pivotal moment in history for civilization. He described AI as a “double-edged sword,” highlighting its potential benefits and risks.

Zuckerberg echoed the sentiment, emphasising that Congress should engage with AI to support both innovation and safeguards. He argued that it was preferable for American companies to work alongside the government in setting AI standards on crucial issues.

Over 60 senators participated in the discussion, with a consensus emerging on the need for government regulation of AI. However, the specifics of such regulation, including its timeline and form, remained uncertain. Republican Senator Mike Rounds noted that crafting legislation would take time, and they were not yet ready to proceed.

Senator Cory Booker acknowledged that there was agreement on the government’s regulatory role, but crafting legislation would be a complex challenge. Lawmakers expressed concerns about addressing issues like deepfakes, election interference, and the protection of critical infrastructure from AI-related threats.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer emphasised the importance of Congress’s role in shaping AI policy. He stated that Congress needed to participate to maximise AI’s benefits while minimising its risks.

Notable attendees at the meeting included Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, and AFL-CIO labour federation President Liz Shuler.

The discussions centred on balancing innovation with safeguards and addressing the potential risks associated with AI technology.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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