Cats purrfectly demonstrate what it takes to trust robots

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12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. [Hebrews 4:12-13, ESV]

What's in this week's issue?

  • 😺 Cats purrfectly demonstrate what it takes to trust robots

  • 🖥️ Intel’s Aurora achieves exascale to become the fastest AI system

  • ⛅️ Easy Cloud News

  • 📰 AI News

  • 🧰 AI Tools

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Cat Royale is a unique collaboration between Computer Scientists from the University of Nottingham and artists at Blast Theory who worked together to create a multispecies world centred around a be-spoke enclosure in which three cats and a robot arm coexist for six hours a day during a twelve-day installation as part of an artist-led project.

The installation was launched in 2023 at the World Science Festival in Brisbane, Australia and has been touring since, it has just won a Webby award for its creative experience.

The research paper, "Designing Multispecies Worlds for Robots, Cats, and Humans" has just been presented at the annual Computer-Human Conference (CHI'24) where it won best paper. It outlines how designing the technology and its interactions is not sufficient, but that it is equally important to consider the design of the `world' in which the technology operates.

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Intel, in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), has revealed that its Aurora supercomputer has exceeded the exascale computing threshold reaching speeds of 1.012 exaflops to become the fastest AI-focused system.

“The Aurora supercomputer surpassing exascale will allow it to pave the road to tomorrow’s discoveries,” said Ogi Brkic, Intel’s VP and GM of Data Centre AI Solutions. “From understanding climate patterns to unravelling the mysteries of the universe, supercomputers serve as a compass guiding us toward solving truly difficult scientific challenges that may improve humanity.”

Groundbreaking work has already been achieved using Aurora, including mapping the 80 billion neurons of the human brain, enhancing high-energy particle physics with deep learning, and accelerating drug design and discovery through machine learning.

Easy Cloud News

  • 🌤️ Easy Cloud Solutions: The Possibilities of AI – Sam Altman (OpenAI) (link)

  • ⛪️ Easy Cloud AI: Fast Turnaround Sermon Transcript Services with Easy Cloud AI’s Beluga (link)

Listen or read the following transcript as Richard Coekin speaks on A Door of Opportunity from Luke 13.

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AI News

  • 🥳 Introducing GPT-4o and making more capabilities available for free in ChatGPT (link)

  • 💬 You can now generate production-ready prompts in the Anthropic Console (link)

  • 🦜 Duolingo credits gen AI for 54% leap in paid subscribers (link)

  • 🍎 Apple’s big AI rollout at WWDC will reportedly focus on making Siri suck less (link)

  • 🧑‍🌾 Stability AI sows gen AI discord with Stable Artisan (link)

AI Tools

  • 🗣️ Deepgram: Speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and audio intelligence models for developers (link)

  • 🖼️ Ilus: Get beautiful, stylistically consistent illustrations in minutes (link)

  • 🌐 Stability: Open models in every modality, for everyone, everywhere (link)

  • ⚡️ DeskSense: Ask and get answers faster than a cheetah (link)