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The Weekly Authority: 📅 Galaxy Unpacked date confirmed, new foldables incoming

Plus a Pixel 7a price drop, OnePlus Fold leaks, Twitter's new CEO, Steam's game trials, and more of the week's tech news.

Published onMay 20, 2023

⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 245th edition here, with a confirmed date for Galaxy Unpacked, a Pixel 7a price drop, OnePlus Fold leaks, Twitter’s new CEO, and Steam’s game trials.

🍸I enjoyed a Glasgow day out last week, exploring the city’s street art trail (highly recommended if you’re visiting), and made it to Lebowskis, where they have not one, not two, but thirty variations on a classic white Russian. Thirty!

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Here’s what happened during OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s first congressional hearing on artificial intelligence: Lawmakers praised Altman for his openness and made it clear that AI regulation should be wary of making the same mistakes made by Congress when social media first started its rise in popularity.

  • Altman warned, “If this tech goes wrong, it can go quite wrong,” and while the OpenAI CEO favors regulation, he brought his own ideas to the table, advocating for a new government agency to be created to license large AI models like ChatGPT, conduct audits, and create and monitor safety standards.
  • The hearing discussed the dangers of a technology that’s evolving at speed, is unpredictable, and can create and spread false information.
  • It’s this fast-moving nature of AI that makes it so hard to regulate and means experts can’t agree on what regulation should look like.
  • Congress doesn’t move fast, so traditional lawmaking may find itself unable to keep up with regulating an ever-evolving technology.
  • Nevertheless, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and a team of experts are working on a framework to ensure transparency within AI models.
  • Under this new framework, it’s proposed that companies would need to disclose who trained their models and what data sources were used.
  • Needless to say, this move isn’t likely to sit well with AI companies.
  • What next? The regulation talks will likely heat up as lawmakers try to agree on how to manage the risks posed by AI.

Tech Calendar

  • June 1: Motorola Razr 40 and Razr 40 Ultra launch
  • June 1: Meta Quest VR gaming showcase
  • June 5: Apple WWDC (Reality One or Reality Pro mixed-reality headset?)
  • June 8: Summer Game Fest
  • June 11: Xbox Games Showcase
  • June 12: Ubisoft event
  • June 13: ASUS Rog Ally Z1 Extreme model on sale
  • June 20: Pixel Tablet goes on sale in stores
  • July 26: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked (Galaxy Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5)

Tech Tweet of the Week

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Something extra: A Florida man living underwater won’t resurface even after breaking the record — University of South Florida professor Joseph Dituri, (Dr. Deep Sea) spent 74 days 30 feet under the sea at Jules’ Undersea Lodge and plans to stay there for 100 days (h/t: The Hustle).

Until next week, have a great one!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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