A deadline looms for rules governing deep-sea mining, but a rushed decision may be risky

These three vessels, owned by The Metals Company’s strategic partner Allseas, are seen here performing a pilot nodule collection system trial and environmental monitoring program for The Metals Company. Photo courtesy The Metals Company. Photo courtesy The Metals company The debate over collecting minerals from the bottom of the deep sea in international waters has … Read more

Lebanon wakes up in two simultaneous time zones as government can’t agree on daylight saving change

Aerial view of the seafront Manara district near downtown Beirut. Bilwander | Getty Images Nobody quite knows what time it is in Lebanon. On Sunday, the Mediterranean country of roughly 6 million was scheduled to turn its clocks back an hour for daylight saving, as it does every year along with much of the wider … Read more

The digital media rollup dream is dead for the moment — now it’s all about core brand strength

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti stands in front of the Nasdaq market site in Times Square as the company goes public through a merger with a special-purpose acquisition company on December 06, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images When a marriage or an engagement fails, it’s common for the participants to take … Read more

These tech giants are still making money, but layoffs are coming hard and fast

Google and Facebook parent Meta are some of the companies that have laid off workers in recent months. Beata Zawrzel | Nurphoto | Getty Images From the US to Europe and Asia, global tech giants from Microsoft and Google, to Amazon, SAP and more have laid off thousands of employees since the start of the … Read more

TikTok CEO got grilled by lawmakers from both parties on whether the Chinese-owned app can protect American privacy

TikTok Chief Executive Shou Zi Chew reacts during a session for him to testify before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing entitled “TikTok: How Congress can Safeguard American Data Privacy and Protect Children from Online Harms,” ​​as lawmakers scrutinize the Chinese-owned video- sharing app, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 23, 2023. Evelyn Hockstein … Read more

Ex-Google employees’ AI chatbot startup valued at $1 billion after Andreessen Horowitz funding

Character.AI, an artificial intelligence start-up founded by two former Google employees, is capitalizing on venture capitalists’ unquenchable thirst for deals in technology’s hottest space. The two-year-old company said on Thursday that it raised $150 million at a $1 billion valuation in a funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Noam Shazeer and Daniel De Freitas, who … Read more

Google opens Bard AI for testing by users in US and UK

Jonathan Raa | Nurphoto | Getty Images After months of public chatter about emerging chatbots powered by artificial intelligence, Google is opening its Bard AI platform to a limited number of users. The company is officially allowing people in the US and UK to sign up for its generative AI product at bard.google.com, Google said … Read more

In San Francisco, some people wonder when AI will kill us all.

Misalignment Museum curator Audrey Kim discusses a work at the exhibit titled “Spambots.” Kif Leswing/CNBC Audrey Kim is pretty sure a powerful robot isn’t going to harvest resources from her body to fulfill its goals. But she’s taking the opportunity seriously. “On the record: I think it’s highly unlikely that AI will extract my atoms … Read more

How a TikTok ban in the US might work

The TikTok logo is displayed outside TikTok social media app company offices in Culver City, California, on March 16, 2023. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images TikTok is at risk of being banned in the US if Chinese parent ByteDance won’t sell its stake. Millions of Americans who use the popular video app … Read more

Google nixes paying out remainder of maternity and medical leave for laid-off employees

A man walks through Google offices on January 25, 2023 in New York City. Leonardo Munoz | Corbis News | Getty Images Google is indicating to ex-staffers, who got laid off while on maternity and medical leave, that they won’t get paid for all of their remaining time off, according to former employees and written … Read more

Microsoft tries to justify AI’s tendency to give wrong answers by saying they’re ‘usefully wrong’

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at the company’s Ignite Spotlight event in Seoul on Nov. 15, 2022. SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg | Getty Images Thanks to recent advances in artificial intelligence, new tools like ChatGPT are wowing consumers with their ability to create compelling writing based on people’s queries and prompts. While these AI-powered tools … Read more

Baidu says it can now operate robotaxis in Beijing with no human staff inside

Chinese tech company Baidu announced Monday it can sell some robotaxi rides without any human staff in the vehicles. baidu BEIJING — Chinese tech company baidu announced Friday it can now operate robotaxis in a part of the capital city of Beijing with no human staff or drivers inside. The move eliminates the labor cost … Read more

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