5 things to know in Australia today

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good morning It’s a beautiful Thursday and Team Gizmodo is getting some sleep after Apple’s big event yesterday. Regardless, there is still more others Technology news to watch today. Let’s get cracking.

1. Home transactions reduce ChatGPT usage

As reported by itNews, the Australian Department of Home Affairs has said that staff experimenting with ChatGPT over a period of seven or more months was of “general curiosity”. The AI ​​tool, which puts together text based on user-input prompts, was not used in any decisions or writing any code. The department blocked access to the tool in May, after which the IT team surveyed employees about how it was used.

2. Tech leaders want to bring balance to AI

Staying on AI, and as reported by The Verge, tech leaders met in a private US Senate meeting to discuss creating ‘balanced’ AI regulation. AI has raised many regulatory hurdles, from content theft to plagiarism to the spread of misinformation, and while leaders in the field like Mark Zuckerberg are promoting laws focused on “security and access,” the private nature of the meeting raised eyebrows from stakeholders and lawmakers. . “We need more public hearings so we have more transparency about how regulations are being made,” Ramaiah Krishnan, dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, told The Verge. “I hope other forums will be open to the public.”

3. Twitter (X) fails to take action on 86% of hate speech posts, researchers say

A research group Twitter (X?) previously sued for publishing “false” information about the company has released a new report slamming the social network for refusing to remove hate speech. A new report released by the Center for Countering Digital Hate claims that platforms have failed to take action on 86 percent of posts that CCDH found containing hate speech. At the time of writing many of the posts on the platform denied the Holocaust, glorified the Nazis and spoke fondly of white supremacy.

4. France says the iPhone 12 is radioactive

Oh, why not – why not more Apple news? Sales of the iPhone 12 have been halted in France due to concerns over radiation levels emitted by the device exceeding the country’s legal limits. The government’s agency of national frequency said it would send agents to Apple stores to ensure the devices were not sold, and threatened to recall all iPhone 12s in circulation if the company did not address the problem. Apple says its phones comply with international radiation guidelines. EU standards set lower permissible radiation levels than standards in Asia and North America, in a specific consumer-friendly European regulatory mode.

5. Crows are absolute idiots

As Ars Technica reports, research suggests that crows use statistical logic when making decisions, such as when mimicking motion or performing tricks. “In our laboratory, it has been shown that ravens have sophisticated numerical abilities, exhibit abstract thinking and think carefully when making decisions,” said Dr. Melissa Johnston of Humboldt University of Tübingen. This research has implications for the evolution of intelligence and shows how cool crows are. I love crows.

Bonus Items: Asha and I were joking about it the day before the Apple event, but it still feels surreal.

Have a pleasant day.

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