Microsoft has announced the hiring of former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, who was fired by the company for not being candid in his communications with the board. OpenAI released a statement about Altman’s dismissal, claiming that he was not consistently honest in his interactions with the board. However, they did not provide any evidence to support this claim. Altman has not yet publicly responded to the statement but has expressed his love for his time at OpenAI and said he will have more to say about what’s next later.
In the UK, police are planning to trial the use of drones as first responders to emergencies. These devices will be sent out to 999 calls in Norfolk to provide early information about incidents. If successful, the drones could be stationed on buildings and operated remotely.
A recent survey conducted by Nominet’s Digital Youth Index showed that young people in the UK are turning to chatbots for help with their school and work. Over 4,000 participants aged eight to 25 reported using an AI chatbot like ChatGPT in the last year to assist with their schoolwork, emails, or job. The survey also found that 54% of respondents were concerned about the impact AI could have on future jobs.
The National Trust has warned that climate change is the “single biggest threat” to its mission to protect the UK’s heritage and natural landscape. The Trust is urging the government to introduce a climate resilience act to make climate change adaptation a legal requirement for public bodies.
Finally, in this episode of Tech & Science Daily, European sailors are using heavy metal music to ward off killer whale attacks, music and film industry executives discuss the risks of AI with UK Government officials, and pop band Blackpink is set to perform their first-ever virtual reality concert on Meta. The full episode can be found on Apple Podcasts or wherever podcasts are streamed.