Morning Post | WeChat responds to faded avatar / Gates: ChatGPT will not threaten human work / Chayan Yuese responds that there is still a “punishment stand” to pick up meals

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  • WeChat responds to some users' avatars fading
  • Chayanyuese responded that there are still stores that require "punishment" to pick up meals
  • ChatGPT has the mind of a 9-year-old child
  • Bill Gates says ChatGPT won't threaten human jobs
  • It is said that Arm China has laid off nearly 100 people
  • Meta may plan to start a new round of layoffs
  • It is rumored that Apple CEO Cook and other multinational executives plan to come to China
  •  It doesn't take a 'miracle' technology to reverse the climate crisis
  • Apple delays iPhone hardware subscription plan
  • Mi 13 Lite mobile phone rendering exposure
  • Sony Xperia 1 V rendering exposure
  • The number of Shanghai passport applicants hit a record high
  • HEYTEA launched the activity of "Taking happy photos and receiving happy certificates"
  • Yeezy slow sales will lead to adidas 1.29 billion loss
  • "Avatar 2" enters the top three box office charts in film history
  • "Barbie" pre-screening received good reviews
  • "Hogwarts Legacy" officially launched a limited PS5 handle

WeChat responds to the fading of some user avatars: related functions are being optimized and will be restored as soon as possible

According to news on February 12, some WeChat users reported that after using their WeChat avatar for a period of time without changing their mobile phones, the clarity and color of the picture will become darker than the original picture.

In this regard, the relevant staff of WeChat said: A small number of Android users have reported that if you select "View the previous avatar" on the avatar setting interface to switch back to the original avatar, the color of the avatar that has been set multiple times will fade. Relevant functions are being optimized and will be restored as soon as possible.

Some WeChat users speculated that the "fading" may be due to WeChat compressing part of the picture quality during the upload process.

Source: Daily Economic News

Chayanyuese responded that there are still stores that use "punishment station" to pick up meals

According to news on February 12, the rules of queuing up to pick up meals in the order of tea beauty have sparked heated discussions recently. Some consumers said that according to this new regulation, consumers must line up in order to pick up the food after ordering, and once they leave the line, they must line up again.

In this regard, Chayan Yuese once apologized and said that this method of picking up meals is only in internal testing in a small number of stores. The three-day internal testing period has now ended, and the original way of picking up meals will be restored.

However, according to Jimu News, there are still some Chayanyuese Wuhan stores that still adopt the method of queuing up to pick up meals in order. The store clerk responded that he had not received a notice to cancel the queue to pick up the meal.

In this regard, the customer service of Chayanyuese responded that the stores that previously implemented the internal test of queuing to pick up meals have returned to the previous mode of picking up meals after receiving feedback from customers. However, some stores have adopted the mode of queuing to pick up meals since they opened, and these stores will not change for the time being.

Source: Chengdu Commercial Daily

Stanford professor: ChatGPT has the mind of a 9-year-old child

On February 12th, according to a paper by Michal Kosinski, a professor of computational psychology at Stanford University, the latest updated version of GPT-3 (davinci-003) has a mental level approximately equal to that of a 9-year-old child.

Theory of Mind (ToM) refers to the ability of people to understand the mental state of themselves and those around them. Until now, ToM was considered a uniquely human ability.

In experiments, the researchers performed the classic false belief task on several language models, and the results showed that:

"Models released before 2022 have little ability to solve ToM tasks. However, the January 2022 version of GPT-3 (davinci-002) solves 70% of ToM tasks, a performance comparable to that of a seven-year-old child. Furthermore, its The November 2022 version (davinci-003) solves 93% of the ToM tasks, which is comparable to nine-year-old children."

The paper explained that this may be because there may be some unknown regularity in human language that allows AI to solve ToM tasks without introducing ToM.

Original paper https://arxiv.org/abs/2302.02083

Source: Xinzhiyuan

It is reported that Arm China has laid off nearly a hundred people, mainly R&D engineers

On February 12th, according to foreign media reports, Arm Technology, a Chinese joint venture of Softbank's chip design company Arm, laid off 90-95 employees last week.

Sources said that before the layoffs, ARM Technology had about 700 employees, and most of the laid-off employees this time were R&D engineers. "Core Stock" said that the layoffs mainly involved SoC and HPC teams.

Arm responded by saying, “Arm China (Arm Technology) is a company independent of Arm, and while we cannot comment on its personnel decisions, we do not expect any disruption to our business in China.”

Source: Foreign Media & IT Home

Entering the "Year of Efficiency", Meta may plan to start a new round of layoffs

On February 12th, according to foreign media reports, Meta is preparing for a new round of layoffs, and has delayed finalizing the budgets of several teams.

A few days ago, Zuckerberg announced that this year will be Meta's "Year of Efficiency", and its spending in 2023 is expected to be between US$89 billion and US$95 billion.

In November last year, Meta had started a round of large-scale layoffs, which accounted for 13% of the total number of employees, more than 11,000 people. In addition, Meta has also canceled benefits such as car subsidies for employees.

Source: Foreign Media & Pinwan

It is reported that several multinational company executives plan to visit China, including Apple CEO Cook

On February 13, people familiar with the matter said that top executives of several multinational companies are planning to visit China, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.

According to people familiar with the matter, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla are expected to visit China next month, and Mercedes-Benz Group Chairman Ola Källenius also plans to visit China. Oliver Blume, CEO of Volkswagen Group, visited China from the end of January to the beginning of February this year.

Dozens of executives are expected to attend business meetings in the country in the coming months, with Cook and Pfizer CEO Aberle considering attending the China Development Forum in Beijing at the end of March.

Source: Phoenix Technology & Foreign Media

Gates says ChatGPT will not threaten human jobs: teachers will not be reduced, nor will doctors

On February 11th, Bill Gates shared his latest views on ChatGPT in an interview with German business Handelsblatt.

According to Bill Gates, the improvement of artificial intelligence is the "most important" innovation at present:

"It can be understood that previous artificial intelligence was very good at speech recognition and visual recognition, but they were basically unable to understand text content. In other words, traditional artificial intelligence cannot process the language they accept, but new chatbots such as ChatGPT can continuously Train, refine, and read and write."

Regarding the impact of new artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT on work, Bill Gates believes that artificial intelligence can improve office efficiency rather than replace some jobs:

“There won’t be fewer teachers, nor will there be fewer doctors. In the long run, increased efficiency will result in fewer hours for people to work. Because when AI takes over routine tasks, employees can focus on more important work.”

Source: The Paper

 We don't have to rely on 'miracle' technology to reverse the climate crisis

Stanford professor Mark Z Jacobson proposed that humans do not need to pursue "miracle" technologies to reverse the climate crisis. Now we already have a low-cost technology that can be quickly implemented – WWS.

"WWS" is a collective term for "wind (energy), water (electricity), and solar energy".

Jacobson believes that when combined with energy storage (heat storage, cold storage, hydrogen storage) technology; encouraging citizens to adjust electricity consumption habits with reference to supply and demand efficiency; address issues related to climate change.

According to calculations, if the WWS system is to be implemented globally in 2050, the cost should be 6.2 billion U.S. dollars. After the implementation, the annual energy cost can be reduced by 1.1 billion U.S. dollars compared with before, so the cost can be recovered in six years, and only 0.53% of the global energy consumption is needed. Land, more efficient than existing.

In Jacobson's view, more importantly, under this solution, we already have 95% of the required technology, and the long-distance flight, shipping and some industrial technology areas are still unresolved, "but we know how to change these technologies".

The good news is that we already have almost all the technologies we need, their costs are mostly low and falling, and there are multiple synergies to implementing them.

Now, what we need is social acceptance and political momentum to drive change.

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Apple delays iPhone hardware subscription plan, or due to "engineering and technical obstacles"

February 12 news, according to technology reporter Mark Gurman, Apple is still continuing to develop iPhone hardware subscription services.

Mark Gurman said that the iPhone hardware subscription program was originally scheduled to launch with the iPhone 13 or iPhone 14, but due to "engineering and technical setbacks," the project "moved slowly and missed deadlines."

Unlike common subscription services, the monthly fee of the iPhone hardware subscription plan is not a fixed "price of the device within 12 or 24 months", but "depends on the device selected by the user", and the monthly expenditure is not fixed .

Currently, Apple is working on four fintech projects. Among them, Apple Card Savings Account and Apple Pay Later have been made public, and "Apple Pay Monthly Installments" and iPhone hardware subscription plans have not yet been announced.

Source: 9to5 mac

Mi 13 Lite mobile phone rendering exposure: dual camera with front punch

According to news on February 11, the tweeter @SnoopyTech recently released a rendering of the Xiaomi Mi 13 Lite, showing that the machine uses a front punched dual camera, and the design is similar to a smart island.

It is expected that the machine will be the international version of Xiaomi Civi 2 mobile phone. Xiaomi Civi 2 was released in September last year, equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor, 6.55-inch 2400×1080 screen, supports 120Hz refresh rate, front 32 million pixel + 32 million pixel camera, rear 50 million pixel main lens + 20-megapixel lens + 2-megapixel lens.

It is expected that Xiaomi will release Mi 13 Lite during MWC 2023 on February 26, and overseas versions of Mi 13 and Mi 13 Pro will also be released at that time.

Source: IT House & Fast Technology

Sony Xperia 1 V rendering exposure: equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, launched this summer

On February 11th, @Onleaks exposed a rendering of the Sony Xperia 1 V phone.

Based on the pictures and previous news, the Xperia 1 V will be equipped with a 6.5-inch straight screen and three rear cameras, which are 12 MP main camera + 48 MP wide-angle camera + 12 MP telephoto camera. The battery is expected to be 5000mAh, the processor is expected to be Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, and the memory is expected to be 16GB.

In addition, the phone is still equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a physical shutter button.

The Xperia 1 V is expected to be officially announced later this month, with an official summer launch.

Source: IT Home

The number of passport applicants in Shanghai has hit a record high, and outbound tourism may explode during the "May Day" holiday

On February 12th, data from the Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration Bureau showed that from January 9th to February 8th, the Shanghai Public Security Exit-Entry Administration Department accepted a total of more than 380,000 entry-exit certificates for Chinese citizens, a record high.

It has been more than three years since the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China issued a document to suspend outbound group tours on January 24, 2020. According to the notice from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, travel agencies will resume their outbound group travel business for Chinese citizens to relevant countries starting from February 6, and 20 countries including Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines are on the list of pilot destinations.

Zhang Wei, general manager of Ctrip's channel business department in Guangxi, predicts that around March, after airlines change seasons, a large number of flights will fly, and the entire air ticket price will be lowered.

Source: Wall Street News

"Hey Tea" x "Wake Up" x "Hippocampus", launched the "Take Happy Photos, Get Happy Certificates" campaign

According to news on February 11, HEYTEA teamed up with Hippocampus Photo Studio and Xingtu, a filter app, to launch a Valentine's Day event themed "Take a happy photo and receive a happy certificate".

On Valentine's Day, February 14, consumers who purchase 2 cups of ready-made drinks at the HEYTEA store at the same time can get "Happy Certificate" merchandise. The Xizheng set up a scratch card game, and the winners can get rewards such as Heytea coupons, hippocampus coupons, and shooting packages.

In addition, HEYTEA will also launch a limited-time "happy photo" event at Shenzhen Zhuoyuehui store. After purchasing a drink, customers can take a "happy photo" in the store and receive the photo.

Source: New Consumer Daily

Adidas predicts that revenue will drop sharply this year, and Yeezy's slow sales will lead to a loss of 1.29 billion

According to news on February 10, Adidas announced its preliminary performance for 2022. It is expected that revenue will increase by 1% in 2022, which is lower than expected. Sales increased by 6% year-on-year to 22.51 billion euros, with a gross profit margin of 47.3%. According to preliminary calculations, operating profit in 2022 will drop by two-thirds to 669 million euros.

During 2022, Adidas has lowered its full-year performance forecast three times. In October last year, adidas announced the termination of cooperation with Ye.

Failure to re-sell Yeezy's inventory products will cause adidas to reduce revenue of approximately US$1.29 billion and operating profit of approximately US$540 million in 2023. It's a loss the brand hasn't seen since the early 1990s.

Source: Refining GymSquare

"Avatar 2" enters the top three box office charts in film history, and "Titanic" begins its 25th anniversary re-screening

News on February 12th, the global box office of "Avatar 2" exceeded 2.2 billion US dollars this weekend, surpassing "Titanic" to enter the top three in the box office list of film history.

Currently on the global box office list, the first is Cameron's "Avatar", and the second is "Avengers 4: Endgame". "Avatar 2" has risen to the third place, but "Titanic" ranked fourth also began to be re-screened in many places around the world this week, and the box office rankings of the two films may still fluctuate.

A few days ago, "Avatar 2" also announced that the key will be postponed again and will be released until March 12.

Source: IT Home

"Barbie" received good reviews in early screenings and will be released in summer

News on February 11, "Barbie" directed by Greta Gerwig recently had a test screening in New Jersey.

In terms of plot, the movie will describe that Barbie began to question her status in Barbie Paradise after thinking about "death". In terms of overall style, some critics pointed out that the film has a strong feminist color and rich comedy elements.

Ryan Gosling's "Ken" was also well-received. There will be scenes of him singing and dancing in what some critics say is the best performance of his career and a possible Oscar nomination.

"Barbie," currently tentatively scheduled for release on July 21, 2023, goes head-to-head with Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer."

Source: TNABO & worldoffreel

"Hogwarts Legacy" is officially on sale, and the official launch of a limited PS5 handle

According to news on February 11, "Hogwarts Legacy" has been officially released a few days ago, and it has received an evaluation of 85 points on Metacritic.

According to SteamDB data, there are currently more than 200,000 concurrent online users, and the highest online peak has even exceeded 480,000.

Game developer Avalanche also announced the launch of a limited-edition DualSense controller for the game, which is black and gold in color, with patterns of Hogwarts Castle and ancient magic. However, the controller is only available in the UK and US.

Source: Game Research Institute

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Title: "Chinese Typewriter"

Author: [US] Thomas S. Mullaney

Pages: 488

Published: January 2023

Since modern times, Chinese characters, as non-alphabetic characters, have encountered many obstacles from alphabetic centralism in the process of modernization of technical languages. One of them is that they cannot adapt to Western-style typewriters.

By telling the history of the invention of the Chinese typewriter, this book shows the mechanical revolution in the Chinese world, and explores the history of Chinese seeking to survive, adapt and influence technological change.

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