The Latest in Tech: OpenAI Launches GPT Store, Twitter Suspensions, Fidelity National Financial Data Breach, AI Disinformation, and Brainoware
In today’s tech news, OpenAI has unveiled the GPT Store for custom versions of ChatGPT, while Twitter suspensions spark controversy, and Fidelity National Financial confirms a data breach. Additionally, AI-driven misinformation is identified as the top global risk by the World Economic Forum, and researchers make a breakthrough with “Brainoware,” a human brain on a chip.
OpenAI Launches GPT Store
OpenAI has introduced the GPT Store, a platform for customized ChatGPTs. The store offers a variety of GPTs across categories like DALL·E, writing, research, programming, education, and lifestyle. It aims to highlight impactful GPTs, with initial offerings including a trail recommender from AllTrails, a research tool from Consensus, and a coding tutor from Khan Academy. Additionally, OpenAI plans to launch a revenue program for GPT builders based on user engagement.
Twitter Suspensions and Controversy
Twitter, referred to as “X,” recently suspended several prominent journalists and leftist figures without explanation. The affected users received no communication regarding the reason for their suspension, leading to speculation about political motivations. While X owner Elon Musk attributed the bans to a routine spam filter sweep, this explanation has been met with skepticism.
Fidelity National Financial Data Breach
Fidelity National Financial has confirmed a significant data breach, with hackers accessing systems and exfiltrating data on 1.3 million customers. The ransomware gang ALPHV claimed responsibility for the attack, causing a week-long outage and disrupting operations. FNF is offering credit monitoring and identity theft services to the affected individuals, and has contained the cyberattack. This incident is part of a wave of cyberattacks targeting the mortgage and loan industry.
AI Disinformation Tops Global Risks
The World Economic Forum’s “Global Risks Report 2024” identifies artificial intelligence’s role in election disruption as the top global risk for the year, surpassing concerns about climate change, war, and economic instability. The report highlights AI-driven misinformation and disinformation as key factors contributing to societal polarization, calling for global cooperation and guardrails against disruptive risks.
Breakthrough with “Brainoware”
Researchers have made a groundbreaking advancement in AI hardware with the development of “Brainoware,” a human brain on a chip. The team created specialized stem cells into neuron clusters, or organoids, connected to a circuit board, allowing machine-learning algorithms to interpret their responses. While still in the experimental stages, Brainoware shows potential for energy-efficient and ethical computing, powered by living human brain cells.
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