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US expected to designate Kenya as major non-NATO ally, source says

Today at 02:44 AM, via Daily Maverick

WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to designate Kenya as a major non-NATO ally during a three-day state visit by Kenyan President William Ruto this week, a source familiar with the plans said.

South Africa

United States Denies Paying for President Ruto’s Jet to America

Yesterday at 16:33 PM, via iAfrica

A United States spokesperson has revealed that the US government did not fund Kenyan President Ruto’s trip to the country. Ruto, who began his four-day trip to the US on Monday, had chartered a $1.5 million private jet for himself and his entourage, which had over 30 people. When news broke about the jet’s alleged… Read More »United States Denies Paying for President Ruto’s Jet to America

Sport

Schumacher’s family wins compensation for AI ‘interview’

Yesterday at 22:28 PM, via BBC News

Michael Schumacher’s family is awarded 200,000 euros (£170,212) compensation from the publishers of a magazine which printed an artificial intelligence-generated ‘interview’ with the former Formula 1 driver.

Education

Campaigners ‘thrilled’ as St Albans aims to be smartphone-free for under-14s

Yesterday at 17:20 PM, via The Guardian

Daisy Greenwell from Smartphone-Free Childhood says move likely to have domino effect in other parts of UK

“This is mega!” said Daisy Greenwell from the Smartphone-Free Childhood campaign. “We are absolutely thrilled and we believe it’s going to have a domino effect.”

She was reacting to news that St Albans in Hertfordshire is attempting to become the first UK city to go smartphone-free for all...

Science/Tech

Amazon Plans To Give Alexa an AI Overhaul, Monthly Subscription Price

Today at 04:02 AM, via Slashdot

According to CNBC, Amazon plans to enhance its Alexa voice assistant with generative AI and introduce it to customers through a monthly subscription service. While the price point has yet to be determined, sources say it will not be included in the company’s $139-per-year Prime offering. From the report: The team is now tasked with turning Alexa into a relevant device that holds up amid the new...

Science/Tech

US Lawmakers Advance Bill To Make It Easier To Curb Exports of AI Models

Today at 03:25 AM, via Slashdot

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to advance a bill that would make it easier for the Biden administration to restrict the export of AI systems, citing concerns China could exploit them to bolster its military capabilities. From a report: The bill, sponsored by House Republicans Michael McCaul and John Molenaar and Democrats Raja Krishnamoorthi and Susan...

Science/Tech

FCC Chair Proposes Disclosure Rules For AI-Generated Content In Political Ads

Today at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed (PDF) disclosure rules for AI-generated content used in political ads. “If adopted, the proposal would look into whether the FCC should require political ads on radio and TV to disclose when there is AI-generated content,” reports Quartz. From the report: The FCC is seeking comment on whether on-air and written disclosure should be required in...