Artificial intelligence Invasion has entered the App Store. BlueMail, an app that uses Bluemail to write emails and manage people’s calendars, is about to release an update to its service that uses OpenAI’s popular ChatGPT engine. Apple has blocked Bluemail’s updates, citing ChatGPT’s ability to extract any imaginable text, out of concern that it might generate content that is offensive or inappropriate for minors.
Apple hasn’t completely banned Bluemail from the App Store. The app maker stopped publishing the update without a content restriction filter. Still, BlueMail developer Apple protested the move, saying it was stifling its innovation efforts.
Apple’s move comes at a time when industries and institutions are witnessing the rapid transformation AI is bringing to content creation tools. Some schools are banning ChatGPT, while others are eagerly engaging with it. Some journalism outfits are replacing all employees with AI, while others are carefully thought out and carefully plan how they engage with the technology. Businesses from sci-fi magazines to law firms are bracing themselves for the chaos that AI could throw their way. The debate over how to use AI could become even more contentious as big tech companies and publishers weigh in, decide where to cut the technology and who is allowed to use it.
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Windows 11 Binge Update
Speaking of generative AI, Microsoft has added its new AI-powered Bing search features to the latest update for the Windows 11 operating system.
Bing announced last month that it was starting the uncool search war with Google by incorporating ChatGPT into its in-house search service. Now Microsoft is shoehorning BingAI directly onto the taskbar on Windows desktops. It’s an obvious place to stick it, especially since Microsoft says its search bar is used by more than half a billion people every month.
Other Windows 11 updates include improved accessibility and power features and better phone connectivity capabilities with both Android devices and iPhones. Also, Windows 8’s popular tiles are back in the form of improved widgets in the Start menu. Thankfully, they are optional.
You can download the Windows 11 update manually now or wait for it to install automatically in the coming months.
Pixel Watch gets fall detection
Google is fashionably late to the game in modern times. Released back in October 2022, the Pixel Watch was several years behind the Apple, Samsung, and Garmin watches that dominated the market. Undeterred, Google has been pinning to add features to its sleek wristband. The latest is fall detection, the “I fell and I can’t get up” feature. If the device detects that the user has taken a tumble, an alarm will sound and a screen will pop up to indicate if it is a false alarm. If you don’t touch anything for a minute, the Pixel Watch can automatically call 911 and negotiate a rescue on your behalf.
This type of technology is convenient to have in the wearable, but it is prone to false positives. After Apple updated the Apple Watch last year to detect crashes and falls, emergency personnel were reportedly mistakenly called to “help” users who fell while skiing or otherwise riding a roller coaster safely. The Pixel Watch doesn’t get crashes, it gets dropped, and Google says it should be able to tell the difference between a crash you experience during exercise and a truly debilitating crash. The company says the sensors in the Pixel Watch can study your body’s “reactions and instinctive reactions” to determine if you’ve actually injured yourself or if you’ve fallen.
just for you
Everywhere you go online, algorithms recommend what to do next. The next video to watch, the playlist to listen to, the person to swipe – everything is being suggested by some company or another data-driven recommendation engine. This can be great for discovering new artists or creators to follow. It could be great if it leads someone down a dark internet rabbit hole or puts your giant company in front of Congress or the Supreme Court.
Jonathan Stray, a human-friendly AI senior scientist at Berkeley who studies online recommendation systems, joins WIRED. Gadget Lab This week’s podcast to talk about how things are suggested to people and how that affects their faith.