‘Unsettling’ journalism AI

Plus: The ER
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In today's edition:

// AI journalists

// Powerful new LLM

// Dark-matter free galaxy

// Mercury's aurora

Meta releases advanced Llama 2 large language model to power new AI experiences | Social Media Today

"Today, Meta has released its latest Llama 2 large language model (LLM), which, in testing, has outperformed other open-source chat models (including GPT) on 'most benchmarks', including helpfulness and safety. Even more interesting, Meta and Microsoft have also announced an expansion of their partnership, which will enable developers using Microsoft tools to choose between Meta's Llama and OpenAI's GPT models when building their AI experiences."

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Mercury's x-ray aurora proves it's the most goth planet | Inverse

"Mercury has no atmosphere for an aurora to appear in, after all, just a thin layer of atoms blasted free of its surface by meteoroids and solar wind. According to a recent study of data from the BepiColombo mission, Mercury has x-ray aurorae that make the ground itself glow with invisible light. As strange as the phenomenon is, though, JAXA planetary scientist Sae Aizawa and her colleagues say it's caused by the same physics that create the familiar Northern Lights here on Earth."

A baffling, distant galaxy has no signs of dark matter whatsoever | Interesting Engineering

"An international team of astrophysicists led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna (ULL) found the first evidence of a massive galaxy with no dark matter.

The baffling discovery challenges the standard cosmology model and could help shed new light on the dark matter due to its conspicuous absence from the galaxy NGC 1277, a press statement reveals."

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Google is testing an AI tool that can write news articles | Tech Crunch

"The tool, internally codenamed 'Genesis,' can take in information and and then generate news copy. Google reportedly believes that the tool can serve as a personal assistant for journalists by automating some tasks in order to free up time for others. The tech giant sees the tool as a form of 'responsible technology.'

The New York Times reports that some executives who were pitched on the tool saw it as 'unsettling,' noting that it seemed to disregard the effort that went into producing accurate news stories."

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//Quiz: What does the ER of a cell stand for?

What does the ER of a cell stand for?

Hint: To some, it might be more obvious than they think. To others, not so much.