NASA has previously announced that it will create a panel of experts to study “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP), aka UFOs – while saying it does not believe they are “of extraterrestrial origin”. (Of course, NASA.)
Now the space agency has unveiled the 16-member panel that will focus on these unclassified observations, chaired by David Spergel, former director of astrophysics at Princeton University. Other members include Anamaria Berea, a researcher affiliated with the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Life) Institute in California; retired NASA astronaut and test pilot Scott Kelly; and astrophysicists, science journalists and more.
The US government actually operates two UFO probe tracks. There is also a Pentagon group that investigates UAPs reported by military pilots and investigated by US defense and intelligence officials.
– Matt Smith
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It will remain on the BBC in the UK and Ireland.
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DALL-E artwork may soon be widely distributed online.
Shutterstock has expanded its agreement with OpenAI and will begin selling stock images built using the DALL-E 2 AI generator. The approach will provide “direct access” to DALL-E through Shutterstock’s website and reward creators whose images have played a role in the development of the technology through a new contribution fund. The company also plans to pay royalties to artists when the AI uses their work. The agreement represents one of the first practical uses of the technology.
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