A mom chose an off-the-grid school for safety from COVID. No one protected her kid from the teacher

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When Raynesha Cummings enrolled her three teenagers in a private school, she hoped to keep them safe from COVID-19. It was small, with no frills — there was just one teacher and the school didn’t serve lunch — but it worked for her family, at least initially. Her son graduated … Read more

Pause brings new perils as Gaza’s displaced try to find safety

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave TEL AVIV — In the second day of the humanitarian pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas, some residents of Gaza said the break from aerial bombardments had brought only limited relief, as they emerged into a hellscape they could scarcely recognize. As scattered families attempted to … Read more

After OpenAI’s Blowup, It Seems Pretty Clear That “AI Safety” Isn’t a Real Thing

Welcome to AI This Week, Gizmodo’s weekly roundup where we do a deep dive on what’s been happening in artificial intelligence. Why is Everyone Suing AI Companies? | Future Tech Well, holy shit. As far as the tech industry goes, it’s hard to say whether there’s ever been a more shocking series of events than … Read more

Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt Resigns After Public Safety Blowup

The co-founder of Cruise, Kyle Vogt, resigned from his duties as CEO, CTO, and President on Sunday night, following a month of turbulence for General Motors’ self-driving car subsidiary. Vogt exits the startup he launched in his garage 10 years ago, just weeks after Cruise recalled 950 robotaxis after one of them dragged a pedestrian … Read more

Internal memo says Sam Altman’s firing wasn’t due to ‘malfeasance’ or OpenAI safety practices

An internal memo sent to OpenAI staff on Saturday after former CEO Sam Altman’s abrupt firing reiterates that “a breakdown in communication” led to the decision, not “malfeasance or anything related to our financial, business, safety, or security/privacy practices,” according to reporting from Axios and The New York Times. The memo obtained by both publications … Read more

Ex-Meta staffers sell trust and safety tech during Israel-Hamas war

People using their mobile phones outside the offices of Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, in King’s Cross, London. Joshua Bratt | Pa Images | Getty Images Lauren Wagner knows a lot about disinformation. Heading into the 2020 U.S. presidential election, she worked at Facebook, focusing on information integrity and overseeing products designed … Read more

Alec Baldwin Seen Firing Prop Guns and Taking Safety Precautions on ‘Rust’ Set in Newly Released Video

Newly released footage from the New Mexico set of Rust shows Alec Baldwin handling and discharging a prop gun, and speaking with crewmembers about safety concerns he has regarding the use of the firearms. The footage, obtained and published by NBC News, was reportedly filmed days before the tragic fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. … Read more

Upgraded Tesla Cyberquad for Kids back on sale after safety recall

The Tesla Cyberquad for Kids, a $1,900 mini on-road ATV inspired by the yet-to-be delivered Cybertruck, is once again available to purchase at the Tesla Shop after a previous model was recalled in 2022 due to safety concerns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said at the time that the mini ATV failed “to comply with … Read more

GM inserts exec at Cruise as safety review expands, manual self driving paused

General Motors is taking a more active role in shaping the safety culture at Cruise, following a string of incidents that prompted California regulators to suspend permits that allowed the self-driving car subsidiary to operate commercially in the state. The legacy automaker is inserting one of its own executives, who is also a Cruise board … Read more

SpaceX Safety Lapses Leading to Severe Staff Injuries

SpaceX has undoubtedly cemented its position as a leader in the emerging space industry, but that may have come at a painful price. A shocking new investigation by Reuters documents 600 workplace injuries and one death at Elon Musk’s rocket company, highlighting a dangerous disregard for safety practices for the sake of SpaceX’s ambitious goals. … Read more