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The nature of consciousness, and how to enjoy it while you can

Enlarge (credit: SEAN GLADWELL) Unraveling how consciousness arises out of particular configurations of organic matter is a quest that has absorbed scientists and philosophers for ages. Now, with AI systems behaving in strikingly conscious-looking ways, it is more important than ever to get a handle on who and what is capable of experiencing life on

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“Outrageously” priced weight-loss drugs could bankrupt US health care

Enlarge / Packaging for Wegovy, manufactured by Novo Nordisk, is seen in this illustration photo. With the debut of remarkably effective weight-loss drugs, America’s high obesity rate and its uniquely astronomical prescription drug pricing appear to be set on a catastrophic collision course—one that threatens to “bankrupt our entire health care system,” according to a

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The Apple TV is coming for the Raspberry Pi’s retro emulation box crown

Enlarge / The RetroArch app installed in tvOS. Andrew Cunningham Apple’s initial pitch for the tvOS and the Apple TV as it currently exists was centered around apps. No longer a mere streaming box, the Apple TV would also be a destination for general-purpose software and games, piggybacking off of the iPhone’s vibrant app and

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OpenAI will use Reddit posts to train ChatGPT under new deal

Stuff posted on Reddit is getting incorporated into ChatGPT, Reddit and OpenAI announced on Thursday. The new partnership grants OpenAI access to Reddit’s Data API, giving the generative AI firm real-time access to Reddit posts. Reddit content will be incorporated into ChatGPT “and new products,” Reddit’s blog post said. The social media firm claims the

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Cats playing with robots proves a winning combo in novel art installation

Enlarge / A kitty named Clover prepares to play with a robot arm in the Cat Royale “multi-species” science/art installation . Blast Theory – Stephen Daly Cats and robots are a winning combination, as evidenced by all those videos of kitties riding on Roombas. And now we have Cat Royale, a “multispecies” live installation in

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Leaks from Valve’s Deadlock look like a pressed sandwich of every game around

Enlarge / Valve has its own canon of games full of artifacts and concepts worth emulating, as seen in a 2018 tour of its offices. Sam Machkovech “Basically, fast-paced interesting ADHD gameplay. Combination of Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, Overwatch, Valorant, Smite, Orcs Must Die.” That’s how notable Valve leaker “Gabe Follower” describes Deadlock, a

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“Unprecedented” Google Cloud event wipes out customer account and its backups

Buried under the news from Google I/O this week is one of Google Cloud’s biggest blunders ever: Google’s Amazon Web Services competitor accidentally deleted a giant customer account for no reason. UniSuper, an Australian pension fund that manages $135 billion worth of funds and has 647,000 members, had its entire account wiped out at Google

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New SEC requirements give institutions 30 days to disclose security incidents

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will require some financial institutions to disclose security breaches within 30 days of learning about them. On Wednesday, the SEC adopted changes to Regulation S-P, which governs the treatment of the personal information of consumers. Under the amendments, institutions must notify individuals whose personal information was compromised “as soon

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