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Today’s Menu

Appetizer: AI chemist extracts oxygen from water on Mars 🔭

Entrée: YouTube issues new AI guidelines 🎥

Dessert: Google Maps gets massive AI upgrade 🧭


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Q: How do Martians throw a party?

A: They “planet” for weeks! 🪐

What’s new? Chinese researchers have harnessed the power of AI to create a robot chemist capable of extracting oxygen from water on Mars.

What does it do? The robot utilizes materials found on the red planet to generate catalysts that break down water, potentially providing a sustainable source of oxygen for future Mars missions.

How does it work? The study, led by Jun Jiang at the University of Science and Technology of China, employed a mobile machine equipped with a robotic arm to analyze Martian meteorites. The AI-driven system then autonomously identified a catalyst, capable of releasing oxygen from water, from a vast pool of chemical formulas—a task that would have taken a human researcher about 2,000 years.

What’s the significance? This innovative approach could revolutionize space exploration by enabling autonomous chemical synthesis tailored to extraterrestrial environments. The research not only addresses the challenge of local resource utilization on Mars but also highlights the broader applicability of AI in chemistry beyond space exploration.


Photo: YouTube official blog

“You”-Tube or “AI”-tube? 🤖

What’s new? YouTube has unveiled new guidelines aimed at regulating AI-enhanced videos on its platform.

What are the rules? Creators will be required to label "realistic" AI-generated content, particularly crucial for topics like elections or conflicts. Creators who fail to consistently reveal the use of AI tools may face consequences like content removal, suspension from the YouTube Partner Program, or other legal penalties. YouTube is also introducing a process for individuals to request the removal of videos simulating identifiable individuals, even in the realm of music videos where AI can mimic an artist's unique voice or style.


Photo: Google’s AI upgrade for Google Maps

Google Maps is finally getting a makeover! 🚗

What’s new? Google Maps is set to redefine the user experience with a substantial AI upgrade featuring five new groundbreaking features.

What are the new features?

  1. Immersive View: This feature includes a street-level 3D view for realistic route visualization which allows for a detailed exploration of surroundings and landmarks before a trip.

  2. Google Maps Search: This feature includes an AI-driven search for relevant locations based on user preferences which can be tailored for factors like taste, budget, and availability. The feature filters search results based on ratings, cuisine, or distance.

  3. Google Maps Navigation: This feature includes AI-enhanced lane guidance for optimal navigation, including real-time updates on road conditions, accidents, and congestion.

  4. Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Information: This feature offers detailed information on EV charging stations. This report includes location, charger type, charging speed, and availability status which helps EV owners plan efficient and convenient charging stops.

  5. Lens in Maps (formerly “Search with Live View”): This feature includes an Augmented Reality (AR) feature for real-time object and place recognition. The feature labels objects like ATMs, transit stations, restaurants, etc. in the camera view.

Privacy concerns? While these AI updates to Google Maps enhance convenience, it comes at the cost of massive personal data collection, highlighting the ongoing trade-off between utility and privacy. Amidst these upgrades, there ought to be a stark reminder for users to be continually mindful of their privacy settings and data sharing practices.


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