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•  Coborn’s yesterday announced "that it will now accept Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) payments online for same-day delivery via Instacart. With this program, EBT SNAP participants will now be able to use their benefits to access fresh food and pantry staples from Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods when shopping via the Instacart website and mobile app. 

"This launch follows the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service’s most recent approval of Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods locations to accept EBT SNAP payments online in the locations where Instacart is available."


•  From the Washington Post:

"Google made a version of its new Bard artificial intelligence chatbot available to the public on Tuesday, a major test of the tech giant’s ability to stay atop the AI heap amid a flurry of new competition.

"The bot, which is based on technology that has been under development by the company for eight years, will have a separate website and won’t immediately be prominently promoted through Google Search."

The story notes that "the company is months behind some competitors in rolling out the first version of its chatbot to the public. OpenAI, a start-up that developed ChatGPT, has allowed users to test its version since November. Microsoft rolled out a similar tool in its Bing search engine in February.

"That has sparked frustration among some Google employees, who say the company has dropped the ball on generative artificial intelligence, a technology that uses powerful algorithms trained on huge portions of the internet to produce original content, from eerily humanlike text to vivid artwork."

It is worth pointing out that Bill Gates has called OpenAI’s GPT AI model the "most important advance in technology since the graphical user interface.”

CNBC quotes him as saying that "the development of AI is as fundamental as the creation of the microprocessor, the personal computer, the Internet, and the mobile phone. It will change the way people work, learn, travel, get health care, and communicate with each other. Entire industries will reorient around it. Businesses will distinguish themselves by how well they use it.,"

CNBC writes that "Gates is the latest big name technologist to take a position on recent advancements in AI as a major shift in the technology industry. He joins former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who have predicted that data-based machine learning could change entire industries.