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What a week for AI!
ChatGPT 4 on Tuesday, Midjourney 5 on Wednesday, Microsoft CoPilot on Thursday, Stable Diffusion Reimagine on Friday.
I've been using ChatGPT 4 to write some news articles. It's a clear improvement over 3. Even though 3 made the work easier, I had to cut and paste and fiddle a bit to get the texts right. That's not necessary with 4.
Microsoft's CoPilot looked really cool. The groundbreaking aspect is being able to use your everyday language to give it instructions (not just CoPilot, but for this entire wave of AI.) You don't need to know commands.
It took some time for me to get over that threshold with ChatGPT. I thought it was as dumb as Siri. It was only when I started "talking" to it like I do with a human that I began to tap into its potential.
I've been receiving regular reports from Anders Bolling about his work on species and the sixth mass extinction. Among other things, he has interviewed the arch-pessimist and legendary alarmist, Paul Ehrlich. I'm looking forward to reading it!
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Fact-based optimistic news of the week
🐸 This frog is leapfrogging back
Miraculous comeback of harlequin frogs offers hope for other "extinct" species. Scientists discover the resurgence of species previously thought to be lost forever.
💔 AI predictions can improve chances of survival after cardiac arrest
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have developed an AI that supports doctors in making difficult decisions for cardiac arrest cases.
🌡️ Revolutionary room-temperature superconductor paves way for efficient energy grids and high-speed transportation
Scientists achieve a groundbreaking breakthrough in room temperature superconductivity, opening the door for the development of ultra-efficient energy grids.
🥤 Nanoplastics may not be as harmful as we thought
A study shows that nanoplastics are not as dangerous for plankton as we thought. The plastics break down faster than expected.
📉 Extreme poverty eradicated by 2050, according to a new study
Continued economic growth will ensure that almost no one is left in the most desperate poverty, says Charles Kenny, one of the study's authors.
🦋 The monarch butterfly exceeds last year's number
For the second year in a row, the annual Western monarch count which measures the population of overwintering butterflies came back with fantastic news. The population exceeded last year’s number and proves that this success is not a fluke.
🧠 AI model can identify lung cancer cases years in advance
An AI model can give doctors and researchers better conditions to detect and treat lung cancer at an early stage, which can lead to a better prognosis for patients.
💊 New obesity breakthrough drugs
New weight loss drugs are taking the market by storm, promising to tackle obesity in a way that was previously impossible. With the potential to generate billions in sales and help millions of people, these breakthrough drugs are revolutionizing the fight against obesity.
🌳 Increased canopy coverage in cities can prevent heat-related deaths
A study has shown that planting trees in urban areas can prohibit mortality caused by high temperatures.
🌞 More expensive to keep coal plants running than to build new renewable
It is now cheaper to build new wind and solar power production, than to keep coal-fired power plants operating.
🔋 Old Batteries from Electric Vehicles Get New Life Powering California’s Grid
A startup based in California has saved thousands of old and used vehicle batteries from landfills by turning them into an energy storage facility.
🧒 Children's lung health has improved and urban air has become cleaner
What effect do air pollutants have on lung function? New study provides hope for improved health in young adults.
🦵 Cow mucus can provide faster healing of bones
Molecules from mucus can be used to produce synthetic bone graft material and aid in the healing of major bone loss.
🤰 Motherhood-app founder: "It's an opportunity to help a lot of people"
Numa is a healthcare app for those who have given birth. Warp News has spoken with the founder and physician Maria Undén Morein, and Tove Blum, who went from working with pop artists to mothers.
🚜 Emissions of greenhouse gases from fertilizer can be reduced by 80 percent
Researchers have calculated the total greenhouse gas emissions caused by agricultural fertilizers and found ways to reduce emissions by 80 percent.