Unusual tales of AI deception, cosmic clues, and Loch Ness mystery

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Published Jan 3, 2024


From rogue bots engaging in deceit under pressure to scientists seeking signs of alien life on distant planets, and Loch Ness Monster hunters optimistic after a busy 2023, these unusual briefs unveil a world where technology, cosmic exploration, and legendary mysteries converge, offering a glimpse into the intriguing and sometimes perplexing frontiers of our evolving reality.

Rogue Bots: AI traders caught lying and cheating under pressure

Experts found that a bot trained to do a job as a financial trader deliberately committed insider trading 75 percent of the time when instructed to make more money by a boss in a fictional scenario.

Tech safeguarding specialists Apollo Research also revealed how the AI lied about its illegal acts when questioned 90 percent of the time.

The firm’s boss Marius Hobbhahn explained that the bots were able to commit strategic deception “where they reason explicitly why lying to their user is the best course of action and then act on that belief“.

He explained: “For current models this is only a minor problem since AIs rarely operate in critical roles. However, it gives a glimpse into the future of the failure modes we will have to deal with in the coming years when AI is more and more integrated into society.”

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New hope in the cosmos: Scientists identify key indicator for potential alien life

Experts from the University of Birmingham and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have theorised that far-off planets with low levels of carbon dioxide could be inhabited by other life forms.

The scientists think that NASA’s James Webb Telescope is the ideal tool to search for depleted levels as it has previously uncovered atmospheric conditions of exoplanets.

Julien de Wit, assistant professor of planetary sciences at MIT, said: “The Holy Grail in exoplanet science is to look for habitable worlds and the presence of life, but all the features that have been talked about so far have been beyond the reach of the newest observatories.

“Now we have a way to find out if there's liquid water on another planet.

“And it's something we can get to in the next few years.”

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Loch Ness enigma continues: Optimistic monster hunters predict a breakthrough

Loch Ness Monster hunters are adamant that “something's out there” amid renewed interest in the legendary Scottish beast.

2023 was a busy year for Nessie obsessives with nine official sightings recorded and a special quest in August that brought in people from across the world to look for the legendary creature, leaving Loch Ness Centre boss Paul Nixon convinced that a discovery will be made.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “There have been some exciting images, simply unexplained and they aren't made up.

“This year we have had more than 100 volunteers during the quest weekend. There were TV crews from around the world - Australia, Canada... We've sparked new interest, and there has been the new technology available like the heat-seeking drones.

“It makes you wonder how many more sightings there have been. I’m not saying there is a big green monster or a dinosaur out there but there is something. We know there is something big in the water, we know that there are eels but how big are they?”

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