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Read previewIranian President Ebrahim Raisi has died after a helicopter crash in northwestern Iran, multiple news agencies reported, citing Iranian state media. Interior Minister Ahmed Vahidi told IRNA, Iran's state-run news agency, that a helicopter carrying Raisi and other senior Iranian officials was forced to make a "hard landing" on Sunday, without providing further details. Related storiesIran's foreign minister, the governor of Iran's East Azerbaijan province, and other officials were also on board the helicopter. Raisi is considered a "hard-liner" and a "protégé" of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Raisi has led Iran through heightened tensions in the region, including the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
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Critical Role is serving up peak nostalgia in its third D&D campaign. AdvertisementWarning: Spoilers ahead for "Critical Role" campaign 3, episode 95. There's nothing quite like the face of a beloved character to rally a fandom in full force. Now multiply that threefold, and you'll get the feeling of Thursday night's episode of "Critical Role" — nerdy nostalgia at its finest. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
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Critical Role started off as a Twitch livestream, but it now mostly rolls out pre-recorded episodes. The crew returned to its chaotic roots to promote Daggerheart, a new game it created in-house. Daggerheart is positioned to be an answer to Hasbro's D&D — the game that CR became famous for playing. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . But while a March livestream was framed as a one-off event, the cast got back together on Tuesday night to promote their new game, Daggerheart.
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And the fact that there aren't such controls in place yet is a problem OpenAI recognized, per its July 2023 post. Our current techniques for aligning AI, such as reinforcement learning from human feedback , rely on humans' ability to supervise AI," read OpenAI's post. "But humans won't be able to reliably supervise AI systems much smarter than us, and so our current alignment techniques will not scale to superintelligence. AdvertisementLeike — who worked at Google's DeepMind before his gig at OpenAI — had big aspirations for keeping humans safe from the superintelligence we've created. "Maybe a once-and-for-all solution to the alignment problem is located in the space of problems humans can solve.
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This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers. Now, Critical Role is striking out on its own with the launch of Beacon, an in-house membership service. AdvertisementBeacon essentially gives people what they get with a Twitch subscription — instant access to VODs of their livestreams, but with some additional perks. The $5.99-a-month Beacon membership comes with exclusive access to additional Critical Role programs. Critical Role CEO Travis Willingham added that with "every windfall," the team continues to "purposefully reinvest" in their company to make more content.
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Critical Role promotes the game by streaming it on their Twitch channel to their 1.3 million fans . AdvertisementThe latest three-episode installment of Candela is helmed by Critical Role core cast member Liam O'Brien, who I once called the crew's heartbreak prince. "You are not going to feel like an overpowered warrior in this game," O'Brien told me. To be sure, Critical Role and the projects the company is running, from animation to new tabletop games, are prime targets for investment in nerd world. AdvertisementFollowing their sold-out live show at London's Wembley Arena, Critical Role on Thursday announced that they're taking the game to a live venue in Los Angeles.
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Read previewTo all the Critters, as members of the Critical Role fandom are known, I come bearing excellent news. The cast of Critical Role has remained tight-lipped about "The Legend of The Mighty Nein," their second Amazon-backed animated series. For the uninitiated, Critical Role is a juggernaut in the tabletop roleplaying game industry. "We're heavy in development on Campaign Two's animated series right now, and it's coming along so well," Mercer told me. Advertisement"Things that we didn't get to see in the campaign, we now get to explore as part of the animated series," Mercer said.
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If you've spent time on TikTok or X in the past few months, you may have spotted a proliferation of videos and posts about two video game characters. There's Astarion from "Baldur's Gate 3," and more recently, there's Vincent Valentine, a fan-favorite character from Square Enix's "Final Fantasy VII" remake. Square Enix; Gregg DeGuire/Getty ImagesMercer's opening line in "Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth" is now a fandom legend. from within the depths of his velvet-lined coffin, longtime "Final Fantasy" fans were introduced to the super-cool, uber-goth gunslinger. "I hope viewers of the work see, too, that there's more underneath the surface of a person than the trope of this decadent, hedonistic, theatrical vampire," Newbon said.
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Some Russian missiles may be malfunctioning and missing their targets, per British intelligence. "Issues in its production" could lead to rushed production jobs, the UK MOD says. AdvertisementPremium Russian cruise missiles might be malfunctioning and missing their targets, according to new intelligence from the UK Ministry of Defence. The UK MOD said on Tuesday that it analyzed open-source images taken on March 31, 2024, which showed missile wreckage in a field in Saratov Oblast, southern Russia. The UK MOD said the debris was initially considered remnants of a "possible Ukrainian uncrewed aerial vehicle."
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Critical Role recently released "Candela Obscura," a gothic horror roleplaying game. AdvertisementIn October, Critical Role, a crew of eight self-professed "nerdy-ass voice actors," played their long-running "Dungeons & Dragons" game at a sold-out Wembley Arena. These qualities make O'Brien ideal for stepping into the game master role for "Candela Obscura," Critical Role's new gothic horror game, and he's leaning hard into the tragedy. AdvertisementIt's also one of the more punishing gaming systems he's played in, O'Brien told me during our video call. Mercer, the team's designated game master, is the one who crafts the narrative and controls how the story develops.
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Critical Role recently released "Candela Obscura," a gothic horror roleplaying game. These qualities make O'Brien ideal for stepping into the game master role for "Candela Obscura," Critical Role's new gothic horror game, and he's leaning hard into the tragedy. AdvertisementIt's also one of the more punishing gaming systems he's played in, O'Brien told during our video call. Mercer, the team's designated game master, is the one who crafts the narrative and controls how the story develops. "I always prefer complicated narratively satisfying endings to a neat little happy ending," O'Brien told me.
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The royal family's PR strategy is in need of an update, experts say. The stoicism of the royal family's unofficial motto, "never complain, never explain," was a hallmark of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. But it's just a motto," Prince Harry told Anderson Cooper during a January 2023 episode of "60 Minutes." Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales in February 28, 2023.
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The cast of Critical Role launched the open beta for their new gaming system, "Daggerheart," on Tuesday. Last year, people packed into a sold-out Wembley Arena to watch the eight-person cast of Critical Role play "Dungeons & Dragons." But on Tuesday night, they took a break from the game that made them famous and launched "Daggerheart," their answer to "Dungeons & Dragons." The previous edition's Open Game License, or OGL, allowed creators to publish and profit from work compatible with the game. It's possible to rebuild your "Dungeons & Dragons" characters in "Daggerheart," and the complex capabilities built into the game allow for extended narrative-driven campaigns.
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On Monday night, Jon Stewart presented a solution to the Gaza conflict. Stewart is not the first to present this option, which experts have previously said would fail. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementOn his Monday night show, Jon Stewart outlined what he says is a solution to the Gaza conflict. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
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Read previewPresident Joe Biden on Monday made his latest late-night TV appearance, surprising audiences during the 10th-anniversary episode of "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Biden then walked out from the curtains to cheers from the audience and a warm greeting from Meyers and Poehler. pic.twitter.com/VDDbThA0Ae — Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) February 26, 2024"Welcome back, Mr. President," Meyers said. In the political sitcom, Poehler's character, Leslie Knope, eventually meets then-Vice President Biden after years of proclaiming her love for him. During his appearance with Meyers, Biden, 81, addressed the elephant in the room — criticism about his age.
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When one thinks of Joe Biden, one's first thought probably isn't the phrase "good sex." But that's apparently what keeps the Bidens' marriage going strong. AdvertisementI'm guessing most people didn't think there was much they needed — or wanted — to know about President Joe Biden's sex life, but here we are. Joe and Jill Biden married on June 17, 1977, after Biden proposed to her five times. While the Bidens' sex life might not move the needle for most voters, some Republican figures — like Donald Trump Jr. — certainly are interested in how much "wood" Biden is packing.
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Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce have been the hottest celebrity couple for months. I think I've figured out why I can't look away from Tayvis. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. It's been six months since Travis Kelce first said he wanted to give Taylor Swift his number on a friendship bracelet. In those months, I've examined many an aspect of their relationship.
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Jon Stewart has returned to "The Daily Show." On his first day back, he dedicated much of his monologue to Joe Biden's age. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . Stewart did, however, dedicate time in his monologue to outlining precisely the ways in which Biden is not Trump.
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Taylor Swift announced her new album "The Tortured Poets Department" at the Grammys. "All's fair in love and poetry" is basically catnip for Tumblr-trawling '90s kids. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . "All's fair in love and poetry," Swift posted on X on Sunday night after announcing her new album, "The Tortured Poets Department," at the Grammys.
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More than 8.5 million abandoned homes in rural Japan are creating a "ghost town" problem. There are more than 8.5 million akiya , or abandoned homes, in rural Japan, according to the country's 2018 Housing and Land Survey, its most recent on record. The institute predicts akiya could exceed 30% of homes in Japan by 2033. As Richard Koo, the chief economist at NRI, told them at the time, the Japanese countryside has been hollowing out since the mid-'90s. Why aren't more Japanese people buying abandoned countryside homes?
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"I learned that the company can truly function without me," Altman told The Verge's Alex Heath. Altman told Heath that this meant he's either "picked great leaders" or "mentored them well." "I learned that the company can truly function without me, and that's a very nice thing," Altman told Heath in a phone call on Wednesday. Altman told Heath that his first reaction to being asked by the board to return as OpenAI's CEO was "sort of one of defiance." Advertisement"It was like, 'Man, I'm hurt and angry, and I think this sucks,'" Altman told Heath.
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Mark Zuckerberg and his wife were in the delivery room when they wrote a letter announcing their foundation. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is now investing in efforts to try to eliminate all human disease. The post, which began with the words "Dear Max," outlined the couple's hopes for their daughter's future, and announced the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. And the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is now investing in moves to try to rid the world of all human disease by 2100. AdvertisementAdvertisementA representative for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider sent outside regular business hours.
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The UN says Israel's demand that northern Gaza be cleared out in 24 hours is "impossible." AdvertisementAdvertisementA United Nations spokesperson says Israel has imposed an "impossible" demand for more than 1 million people to get out of northern Gaza in the span of 24 hours. The order for all residents of northern Gaza to evacuate comes amid rumblings that Israel is mobilizing reservists for a massive ground offensive into Gaza. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Gaza Strip — home to more than 2 million people — is a blockaded territory surrounded by an Israeli-controlled perimeter. Anadolu Agency / Contributor / Getty ImagesIsrael said on Thursday that it has dropped more than 6,000 bombs on the Gaza Strip.
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Bill Ackman is tripling down on his stance that Harvard should name its pro-Hamas students. It's "not harassment to seek to understand the character of the candidates," Ackman wrote. AdvertisementAdvertisementBillionaire investor Bill Ackman says it's not harassment to ask for pro-Hamas Harvard students to be named — it's due diligence. Ackman was separately criticized by Harvard economics professor Jason Furman for his stance that the students should be named. "I admire @BillAckman, including for his efforts to exonerate the innocent," Furman added in a subsequent X post on Wednesday.
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Bill Ackman says Harvard students who stand by a statement slamming Israel should be held accountable. That is the essence of free speech," Ackman wrote on X. AdvertisementAdvertisementBill Ackman is doubling down on his stance that the Harvard students who stand by their organizations' statement on the Hamas-Israel war should not be allowed to hide behind the Harvard brand name. In response, Ackman wrote that he believes in free speech, and that "everyone is entitled to their opinion." But you shouldn't hide behind a Harvard branded corporation while doing so anonymously," Ackman wrote.
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