How about a robot butler? It may seem expensive… but this four-legged friend is significantly cheaper than other robotic competitors.
Chinese firm Unitree Robotics has revealed its latest creation…
This robust-looking four-legged bot can follow you on a run and even carry your bottle of water.
he Go1 comes in three versions: the $2,700 Go1 Air, $3,500 Go1, and $8,500 Go1 Edu. Each weighs about 12kg (26 pounds) and the more expensive models come with more processor power and sensors (the Go1 Edu is the only version with an unspecified programming API).
It’s remarkably cheaper compared to rival company Boston Dynamics’, who is asking for over 74 thousand U.S dollars for its robot dog creation.
Unitree wants to make their robots as affordable and popular as smartphones.
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Google CEO condemns AI blunders in staff memo
In response to recent controversies surrounding Google’s artificial intelligence blunders, CEO Sundar Pichai issued a memo to employees, addressing the company’s missteps and outlining plans for improvement.
The memo comes after Google faced criticism for flaws in its Gemini image-generation feature, leading to the tool being taken offline for further testing. Pichai described the issues as “problematic” and acknowledged that they “have offended our users and shown bias,” according to reports first surfaced by Semafor.
The Gemini image generator, introduced earlier this month as part of Google’s main group of AI models, allows users to input prompts to create images.
However, users discovered historical inaccuracies in the generated images, prompting widespread backlash online.
Consequently, Google removed the feature last week, stating its intention to relaunch it after addressing the issues.
Pichai expressed regret over the offensive responses produced by the AI system, emphasising that such behavior is “completely unacceptable.”
He emphasised the challenges of developing AI technology, acknowledging that perfection is elusive, particularly in the nascent stages of the industry’s evolution.
Nevertheless, Pichai stressed that Google recognizes the high standards expected of them.
Slack CEO has advice for turning off work notifications
In an era dominated by constant connectivity, Slack CEO Denise Dresser emphasises the importance of setting boundaries to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
As leaders grapple with the challenges of an always-on culture, Dresser suggests that modeling certain behaviors can help alleviate the pressures faced by employees in today’s hyper-connected workplace.
Dresser, who assumed the CEO role last November, advocates for leaders to establish clear boundaries to prevent employees from feeling overwhelmed by the demands of modern work.
Rather than implementing new company policies, she believes that leaders can effectively shape the organisational culture by exemplifying healthy work practices.
Victoria Mills, CEO of Hello Coach, echoes Dresser’s sentiments, emphasising the need for proactive measures to foster work-life balance.
Mills encourages her staff to disconnect by turning off notifications after 5pm and questions the necessity of installing work apps on personal devices.
Recognising the pervasive nature of technology, Mills underscores the importance of individuals taking control of their digital interactions. She advises employees to manage notifications and settings to prevent technology from dictating their lives.
In addition to individual efforts, Hello Coach implements company-wide initiatives to promote well-being, such as mandatory lunch breaks devoid of meetings or messages.
Mills believes that frequent breaks are essential for maintaining energy levels and productivity, particularly for employees spending prolonged hours in front of screens.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces AI timeframe
In a recent announcement during Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, CEO Tim Cook revealed that the tech giant intends to provide more insight into its utilization of generative artificial intelligence later in the year.
Cook expressed Apple’s enthusiasm for the potential of generative AI, highlighting its capacity for breakthroughs in productivity and problem-solving.
Despite lagging behind competitors like Microsoft and Google in incorporating generative AI into products, Cook assured shareholders of Apple’s ongoing investment in this area.
“While AI is already integrated into Apple’s products behind the scenes, we are committed to unveiling more explicit AI features in the near future,” Cook stated.
Apple’s plans reportedly include utilising AI to enhance data search capabilities across its devices, a move previously hinted at by Bloomberg.
Cook emphasised the prowess of Apple silicon-powered Macs as leading AI machines in today’s market.
However, shareholders voted against a proposal urging Apple to disclose further details about its AI practices and ethical guidelines.
The proposal, presented by the pension trust of AFL-CIO, America’s largest labor union federation, sought transparency regarding AI usage and ethical considerations within Apple’s operations.
Similar propositions have been raised at other tech firms, indicating growing concerns over AI ethics and transparency. AFL-CIO’s request specifically called for disclosures on AI training procedures and guidelines for utilizing copyrighted materials and personal likenesses.
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