Anti-lockdown advocate appears on radio show that has featured Holocaust deniers | World news- Tempemail

One of the three co-authors of a letter that calls for lockdowns to be abandoned in favour of herd immunity has appeared on a radio broadcast that previously featured multiple Holocaust deniers and antisemites. Dr Martin Kulldorff of Harvard medical school appeared on the Richie Allen Show on 6 October Continue Reading

NHS using drones to deliver coronavirus kit between hospitals | Technology

An NHS drone is being used to courier Covid-19 samples, blood tests and personal protective equipment between hospitals in England. It is hoped that the trials, backed by a £1.3m grant from the UK Space Agency, can establish a network of air corridors for electric drones to navigate using GPS. Continue Reading

Robots and magnetic soap: scientists rethink oil spill clean-ups | Environment

Special sponges, magnetic soap and autonomous robots are among the latest wave of inventions aimed at tackling oil spills. Incidents such as the MV Wakashio stranding in Mauritius in August can devastate the environment and threaten communities who rely on the sea or tourism for their livelihoods. They often take Continue Reading

Do smart assistants need a feminist reboot? Part 1 – podcast | Science

From Rosie the Robot in the 1960s animated sitcom The Jetsons to Siri and Alexa today, technologies that perform the roles of housekeeper and secretary are often presented as female. What does the gendering of these machines say about our expectations of who should be doing this kind of work? Continue Reading

The rise of the Covid robots – in pictures

In an age of social distancing, machines are being used for everything from cleaning to taking temperatures Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Continue reading… 10 minutes Tempemail – Also known by names like : 10minemail, 10minutemail, 10mins email, Tempemail 10 minutes, 10 minute e-Tempemail, 10min Tempemail, Continue Reading

Don’t be brainwashed – Elon Musk’s ‘bionic pig’ is just a publicity stunt | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion

Here is a philosophical conundrum: if no one is talking about Elon Musk, does he really exist? The entrepreneur needs attention the way mortals need oxygen. If the 49-year-old is not in the news for a couple of days, he finds a way to shoehorn himself back into the headlines Continue Reading

The Guardian view on artificial intelligence’s revolution: learning but not as we know it | Editorial | Opinion

Bosses don’t often play down their products. Sam Altman, the CEO of artificial intelligence company OpenAI, did just that when people went gaga over his company’s latest software: the Generative Pretrained Transformer 3 (GPT-3). For some, GPT-3 represented a moment in which one scientific era ends and another is born. Continue Reading

How Amazon puts misinformation on your reading list | John Naughton | Opinion

It’s a truism that we live in a “digital age”. It would be more accurate to say that we live in an algorithmically curated era – that is, a period when many of our choices and perceptions are shaped by machine-learning algorithms that nudge us in directions favoured by those Continue Reading

GPT-3: an AI game-changer or an environmental disaster? | John Naughton | Opinion

Unless you’ve been holidaying on Mars, or perhaps in Spain (alongside the transport secretary), you may have noticed some fuss on social media about something called GPT-3. The GPT bit stands for the “generative pre-training” of a language model that acquires knowledge of the world by “reading” enormous quantities of Continue Reading

Carl Bergstrom: ‘People are using data to bullshit’ | Science- Tempemail

Carl Bergstrom is a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. More than a decade ago he conducted research on the role of government in pandemic planning, and has been a trenchant critic of the current response. He is the co-author with his colleague Jevin D Continue Reading