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Footage Shows Chinese Balloon Being Shot Down

Shots! Shots! Remember the mysterious Chinese balloon that raised eyebrows as it soared over Montana this past week, prompting a vast wave of speculation, political posturing, and memes? Well, it appears to have been shot down: Fox News airs live footage of the Chinese spy balloon coming down after it was shot. "First of all, well done!" Gen....

Amazing "Jailbreak" Bypasses ChatGPT's Ethics Safeguards

OpenAI has been scrambling to enact new rules that prevent its wildly popular ChatGPT from generating text from being generally horrible — like by promoting things that are unethical, illegal, or just plain controversial. Back in the day, you could ask the red-hot AI system to whip up instructions on everything from shoplifting to committing murder....

It Looks Like Elon Musk Is Actually Building a Twitter Payment Platform

PayPal 2.0 It's actually happening, y'all — Elon Musk is, per insiders, really trying to turn Twitter into something akin to Venmo, and plans on building it out to take cryptocurrency to boot. According to in-the-know sources who spoke with the Financial Times, Twitter has started applying for the regulatory licenses it'd need to actually launch a...

Metaverse CEO Says ChatGPT Is Speeding Up Timeline for Emulating Dead People

If you've yet to develop healthy coping mechanisms for the heartbreaking — and deeply human — experiences of loss and grief, maybe don't bother. According to one metaverse CEO, the introduction of OpenAI's ChatGPT may well speed up the process of getting a realistic, AI-powered digital avatar of your dead loved ones to market, way ahead of schedule....

Space Startup Blows Up Another Giant Inflatable Space Station Module

Boom! Space startup Sierra Space has blown up its third inflatable space station module at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, a violent event caught in an epic slow-motion video. The goal was to stress test a new habitat design for the eventual — and entirely commercial —replacement of the International Space Station, the Orbital Reef...

Scientists Say There's an Upside to Those Rocks That Keep Bludgeoning the James Webb

Meteorite Flux NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has been pummeled by micrometeorites ever since its debut. And while the scientists who developed the ten-billion-dollar observatory were well aware of this reality, even they weren't able to predict the kind of damage the telescope's 18 giant mirror segments could sustain due to larger-than-expected...

Professor Receives Insane Email Claiming "Biological" Green Comet Is Giving Off "Meat Smoke"

Smoking Gun A resplendent green comet is streaking across the night sky — but not for much longer. C/2022 E3, or ZTF, as it's called, will only be in view for a few more days before vanishing into the distant cosmos for around 50,000 years. Not everyone is convinced that ZTF is just a gassy bit of space ice, though. Have a look at this insane email...

Scientists Discover World's Oldest Preserved Vertebrate Brain

Blob Dylan Thanks to a keen eye and some good fortune, researchers have stumbled across a brain believed to be over 319 million years old, making it the oldest well-preserved vertebrate brain ever discovered. And what primeval secrets it must contain. "This is such an exciting and unanticipated find," Sam Giles of the Natural History Museum in London...

Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Lean Hard Into AI

Bottle Feeding After roughly a year and a half of really, really pissing off his stakeholders, Facebook-turned-Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally said something to make investors happy. Bloomberg reports that in a call with investors on Wednesday, the sword-brandishing CEO promised, like pretty much everyone else in Silicon Valley, to make Meta's AI...

Self-Driving Car Plowed Into Active Fire Scene, Forcing Firefighters to Smash Its Window

Inappropriate Visit A driverless GM Cruise car plowed into an active firefighting scene in San Francisco last month, and didn't come to a halt until firefighters smashed its front window, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It's yet another hair-raising incident that highlights the dangers of letting autonomous vehicles roam free in a crowded urban...

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