• Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse vision is over. Can Apple save it? – The Guardian

    And then there is the elephant in the room – and the reason why it may still be too early to fully write off Meta’s metaverse ambitions altogether. On 5 June, Apple is set to lift the lid on the worst kept secret in tech: its own virtual reality headset.

    Piecing together leaks from the supply chain, reports from California and the groundwork the company has laid with developers, it is clear that the iPhone maker is planning to take a radically different approach from its rival, with a price tag in the thousands of dollars and a long-term goal to create a device that people do not feel the need to take off when they want to speak to people in the same room as them.

  • This is Meta’s AR / VR hardware roadmap for the next four years – The Verge

    Aside from the Quest lineup, Meta also has thousands of employees building future AR glasses and wrist devices for controlling them. The key difference from VR is that the company intends for AR glasses to eventually be worn throughout the day as a replacement for smartphones. Zuckerberg has called them the “holy grail” device that will “redefine our relationship with technology” by the end of this decade.

  • Elizabeth Arden launches shoppable virtual store to reach new generation – PYMNTS

    The Revlon-owned beauty brand created the metaverse shopping experience in partnership with experiential eCommerce platform Obsess and launched it Tuesday (May 16), Elizabeth Arden said in a Wednesday press release. … Elizabeth Arden’s new virtual store’s interactive features allow visitors to immerse themselves in historical photos that tell the story of the brand and its founder, play games and take quizzes to learn about skin care products and regimens, and collect tokens as they browse through the site to win a prize, according to the press release.

  • In battle over A.I., Meta decides to give away its crown jewels – The New York Times

    As a race to lead A.I. heats up across Silicon Valley, Meta is standing out from its rivals by taking a different approach to the technology. Driven by its founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, Meta believes that the smartest thing to do is share its underlying A.I. engines as a way to spread its influence and ultimately move faster toward the future. Its actions contrast with those of Google and OpenAI, the two companies leading the new A.I. arms race. Worried that A.I. tools like chatbots will be used to spread disinformation, hate speech and other toxic content, those companies are becoming increasingly secretive about the methods and software that underpin their A.I. products.

  • 10 ChatGPT prompts for marketing professionals – AI Tools Club

    Create a social media content plan, build a captivating brand story, build addictive campaigns using the hooked model…

  • Apple becomes the latest company to ban ChatGPT for internal use – The Register

    News of the move was revealed yesterday by The Wall Street Journal, which reviewed an internal Apple document informing employees of the ban. According to the document, Apple’s concerns fall in line with other corps who’ve also forbid ChatGPT from being used internally, namely that the AI could spill sensitive internal information shared with it. … The problem with ChatGPT, Google Bard and LLM bots is that the data fed into them is often used to further train the bots, which the UK’s spy agency, GCHQ, has warned can easily lead to confidential business information being regurgitated if others ask similar questions.

  • TikTok creators use AI to rewrite history – Rest of World

    Since the launch of image generators like Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, a new wave of generative AI-focused creators have taken to TikTok. These accounts, some of which already have followings in the hundreds of thousands, post slideshow carousels of novel AI art. But one subset of creators is playing into a decolonial curiosity with its content — one that seems to ask, what if Western imperial nations never came to power?

  • I’m a student. You have no idea how much we’re using ChatGPT. – Chronicle of Higher Education

    There are two possible conclusions. One is that we should embrace the role AI is beginning to play in the writing process. “So what that essays are easier to write now? AI is here for good; students might as well learn to use it.” Of course, it’s important to learn to put together a cohesive piece of written work, so it makes perfect sense to embrace AI on assignments that are meant to teach this skill. In fact, it would be counterproductive not to: If a tool is useful and widely available, students should learn how to use it. But if this is our only takeaway, we neglect the essay’s value as a method for practicing critical thinking. When we want students to learn how to think — something I’m sure all educators consider a top priority — assignments become essentially useless once AI gets involved.

  • Microsoft’s Bing Chat gets deeper Edge mobile integration, a widget, and much more – The Verge

    Microsoft only just announced a round of new updates to its GPT-4-powered Bing Chat earlier this month, and it’s back today with some big improvements for mobile users. Just days after Google rebranded its AI tools for Docs and Gmail as Duet AI, Microsoft is now focused on mobile with contextual chat for Edge mobile, a Bing widget for iOS and Android, and even continuous Bing Chat conversations between mobile and desktop.

  • Futureverse Manifesto – Futureverse

    The future is a collective vision. That exists within every mind on the planet. Owned by everyone. The future is the only truly decentralized idea. Not a place but possibility. The future is everything we’ll create together. With our eyes closed and our minds open, we are already there. Pursuing a vision rooted in love and expressed through technology. A vision that grows alongside the real world, evolving who we can be and how we connect. Where the choices we make matter, and algorithms can’t tell us what to think.