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March 3, 2024, 11:15 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at how Apple's hubris doomed its electric car project, its spring hardware updates that won't have a dedicated event, and Dan Riccio's retirement plans  —  Apple's belief that it could create a better car than Tesla and the rest of the automotive industry ultimately led to the downfall of the project.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Memos: OpenAI execs reject Musk's claims, say OpenAI is committed to benefiting humanity and has yet to achieve AGI; Altman says the “attacks will keep coming”  —  CEO Sam Altman sent a follow-up message, echoing Kwon's statements and acknowledging that this year is shaping up to be a hard one for the company.
New York Times:
Elon Musk's OpenAI lawsuit repeatedly cites a contentious paper by Microsoft's research lab, which said GPT-4 showed “sparks” of AGI, to argue that GPT-4 is AGI  —  In his lawsuit against OpenAI and its chief executive, Sam Altman, Mr. Musk relies on a provocative paper from the start-up's closest partner.
Sharon Goldman / VentureBeat:
Legal experts say Musk's lawsuit against OpenAI is a stretch because handshakes and expectations are hard to enforce, but it does make a strong policy argument  —  The Elon Musk lawsuit filed yesterday in California against OpenAI, CEO Sam Altman and president Greg Brockman left legal experts scrambling to analyze the bombshell claims.
Alice Robb / The Guardian:
Some users turn to AI chatbot therapists, finding them cheap, quick, available 24/7, and easy to talk to, but experts warn about the lack of a human connection  —  It's cheap, quick and available 24/7, but is a chatbot therapist really the right tool to tackle complex emotional needs?
Matt Burgess / Wired:
Researchers create a generative AI worm that can spread between AI agents via an “adversarial self-replicating prompt”, which can steal data or deploy malware  —  Security researchers created an AI worm in a test environment that can automatically spread between generative AI agents …
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Microsoft Office assistant Clippy, which was seen as a corporate gaffe but has remained one of Microsoft's most recognizable brands over two decades  —  The virtual assistant, an animated paper clip, was seen as an epic corporate gaffe.  Now it's having a moment.
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The Economic Times:
Indian watchdog MeitY issues an advisory asking developers to seek “explicit permission” before deploying any AI models or AI-backed algorithms  —  In its advisory sent late on Friday, the IT ministry has also said that such platforms will have to explicitly seek permission …
Gareth Harris / Financial Times:
How AI is being used to evaluate the authenticity of paintings, amid conservators' concerns of whether the tech can account for wear, damage, and other factors  —  Machine learning can be the difference between a charming picture and a masterpiece worth millions
Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
AMD is unable to release an open-source HDMI 2.1 implementation after the HDMI Forum rejected its proposal; the forum closed public specification access in 2021  —  One of the limitations of AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver has been the inability to implement HDMI 2.1+ functionality …

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