Microsoft Announces AI Key on Windows 11 Keyboard

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    The Facts

    • In its latest effort to boost its partnership with artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot ChatGPT, Microsoft has announced that some new personal computers (PCs) will have an AI key on their keyboard that will connect users to Copilot, formerly known as Bing Chat.

    • The new Copilot key will replace the right "ctrl" key on some keyboards and the menu key — which was launched around 30 years ago — on others. When clicked, it will open Windows 11's Copilot, which includes a Chat-GPT-style AI chatbot.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    As the new year begins, Microsoft is showing the world a glimpse of the AI future. The world's most popular personal computers will now give every Microsoft Windows 11 user quick access to a personal assistant to help write emails, create images, and summarize work chats to make life easier. Microsoft will certainly boost its hardware sales in the coming months as users switch to the more convenient keyboard with the Copilot key.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Any endeavors pushed by Bill Gates' companies should be immediately questioned. The founder of Microsoft has a failed record of technological predictions but has somehow remained one of the so-called experts that governments turn to when making regulatory decisions. Regarding AI, the US government has yet again chosen to support Gates' "trust me, I've got it" approach as we enter the incredibly unpredictable future of AI.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 3% chance that the control problem (i.e. how to create AI that will benefit and avoid inadvertently harming its creators) will be solved before the creation of "weak" Artificial General Intelligence, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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