‘AI Software Engineer’ Now Real, Deepfake Audio Scams Becoming Rampant, More Top Technology News

Deepfake audio scams becoming rampant. AI taking over programming jobs. Musk claims AI superiority is impending. The world of technology was dominated by these headlines in the week that was. Take a look.

‘AI Software Engineer’ Now Real

Cognition, a technology company backed by Founders Fund, has unveiled Devin, an AI tool poised to revolutionize the landscape of software engineering. Devin distinguishes itself from existing software by its unique capability to write code, design websites, and develop software applications with just a single prompt. Termed as the “first AI software engineer,” Devin represents a significant advancement in the realm of artificial intelligence technology. While created by Cognition, Devin is not designed to support human engineers but rather to collaborate with them, augmenting productivity and simplifying workflows.

Cognition reports that Devin has already made remarkable strides in the industry. The AI ​​assistant has successfully navigated practical engineering interviews with top AI firms and has even completed real projects on platforms such as Upwork.

One of Devin’s notable accomplishments is his performance on the SWE-bench coding benchmark. This benchmark encompasses a dataset of software engineering challenges sourced from genuine GitHub issues and pulls requests originating from popular Python repositories. Devin’s proficiency on this benchmark establishes it as the new benchmark in software engineering standards.

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Gemini AI To Steer Clear Of Elections

Google’s AI chatbot Gemini will be abstaining from addressing inquiries related to global elections this year. This decision, disclosed by the Alphabet-owned company, aims to mitigate potential errors in the application of the technology amid growing apprehensions surrounding misinformation.

The decision comes amid heightened concerns regarding the proliferation of fake news and misinformation driven by advances in generative AI technology, especially in domains like image and video generation. As a result, governments worldwide have spurred to implement regulations aimed at tackling these concerns.

Beyond the United States, several other nations, including South Africa and India, are preparing for their respective national elections. Of particular note, India has mandated that technology firms seek government approval before deploying AI tools considered unreliable or still in experimental stages. Additionally, authorities insist on clear labeling to caution users about potential inaccuracies.

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Musk Believes AI Will Surpass Humans

Elon Musk made a bold prediction regarding the future of artificial intelligence (AI). Musk suggested that AI is on the brink of surpassing individual human intelligence, potentially as early as next year.

This statement came following a discussion between podcaster Joe Rogan and futurist Ray Kurzweil, where the timeline for AI reaching human-level intelligence was debated. Kurzweil proposed that by 2029, AI could attain cognitive abilities comparable to those of humans. However, Musk expressed a more accelerated view, asserting that AI might outstrip individual human intelligence as soon as next year.

Musk’s assertion regarding the rapid advancement of AI comes amidst his ongoing legal dispute with OpenAI, the creators of the popular AI chatbot ChatGPT. Musk has accused OpenAI, led by Sam Altman, of breaching their initial agreement by collaborating with tech giant Microsoft.

Regarding the future of AI, Musk commented that not only is AI likely to surpass individual human intelligence by next year, but by 2029, it could potentially surpass the collective intelligence of humanity as a whole.

This prediction by Musk highlights the ongoing debate surrounding the development and implications of artificial intelligence, raising questions about its potential impact on society and the future of human-machine interaction.

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Threads Come To Desktop

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has recently rolled out a desktop version of its microblogging platform, Threads. This move expands the accessibility of Threads beyond mobile devices and web browsers, now enabling users to seamlessly engage with the platform on their Windows PCs.

Previously, Threads was accessible on PCs via web browsers. However, with the launch of the dedicated desktop app, users can now enjoy a more streamlined experience directly from the Microsoft Store for Windows. Despite this transition, the overall user experience remains consistent across the app, web, and desktop versions.

To access Threads on a Windows PC, users can simply visit the Microsoft Store, search for Threads, and initiate the installation process with a click of a button.

Upon installation, users can log in using their Threads ID or Instagram account credentials. This integration allows for effortless synchronization between the desktop app and existing user profiles.

While Threads has made its debut on Windows, macOS users are still waiting for a dedicated desktop app. Nevertheless, Apple users can continue to access Threads through web browsers, ensuring cross-platform accessibility.

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Deep Fake Audio’s Real Threat

In recent years, the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) has opened new avenues for malicious actors to deceive unsuspecting individuals, leveraging sophisticated techniques to manipulate and exploit them. While concerns have primarily centered around the circulation of deepfake photos and videos, the emergence of deepfake audio has added another layer of complexity to the issue.

Highlighting the real-world implications of this technology, a recent incident shared by Kaveri Ganapathy Ahuja has shed light on the dangers posed by deepfake audio. With a substantial online following of over 69,000 on a popular platform, Ahuja took to social media on Monday (March 11) to recount a troubling encounter involving impersonators posing as law enforcement officials.

According to Ahuja’s detailed Twitter thread, the perpetrators utilized what appeared to be deepfake audio recordings of her daughter to orchestrate a fraudulent scheme. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential consequences of such manipulative tactics, prompting broader discussions about the prevalence of similar scams in society.

As concerns mount, authorities and advocacy groups are ramping up efforts to raise awareness about the risks associated with deepfake technology. The Modi Government, in particular, has been actively engaged in campaigns aimed at educating the public about the dangers of falling victim to such scams, underscoring the need for vigilance in an increasingly digital landscape.

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That’s it from the world of tech headlines this week. Stay tuned to this space for more top stories next week.

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