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To no surprise, Atlanta Falcons star tight end Kyle Pitts is turning heads at training camp.

On Friday, 6-6, 245-pound Pitts “unicorn,” matched up against six-foot, 191-pound Teez Tabor and won.

Although it was a close one as Pitts attempted to get away but Tabor stayed right on him and Pitts was forced to jump over him to grab a throw from Desmond Ridder.

For a split second, you think Pitts has the ball but then he loses it before catching it again.

The man can’t be stopped???? @kylepitts__

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Pitts Enters Year 2 With More Confidence

The transition from the college level to the NFL is anything but easy, however, Pitts made the adjustment look a lot smoother than most first-year tight ends. He finished his rookie campaign with 68 catches for 1,026 yards (15.1 average) one touchdown and 15.1 yards.

He was also named to the Pro Bowl, and broke the Falcons’ franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie tight end (Tony Gonzalez) and rookie receiver (Julio Jones).

After a successful rookie season, he now enters year 2 with a better grasp on the NFL and the Falcons’ offensive system, which gives him more time to focus on the other side of the ball.

“It has slowed down. Just a tick. Just a little bit,” Pitts told Scott Bair of “It was slower than it was last year because I’m more confident knowing the game. I’m seeing defenses and I’m trying to break them down. That said, I’m still studying my game to try and play faster.”

Pitts Draws Compliments from Veteran Teammates

Falcons’ cornerback Casey Hayward has been around the block when it comes to playing with some of the most elite tight ends in the league and he thinks second-year tight end Kyle Pitts can easily fall into that category.

“He has a chance to be elite,” Hayward said on July 29, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He’s really good. I’ve been around some really, really good tight ends. … He has the potential to be one of those guys. I think going into Year 2, the sky is the limit for him.”

To name drop, Hayward’s played with eight-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates, Super Bowl champion Jermichael Finley and Pro Bowler Darren Waller.

Hayward believes his newest tight-end teammate, Kyle Pitts, belongs in the same conversation entering his second season.

Hayward continued, “He has a different speed than most tight ends. Wide receiver speed. He doesn’t really drop balls or anything like that. And he’s still savvy with his routes. When asked to compare Waller and Pitts, Hayward acknowledged Waller is “probably” a bit faster while Pitts “has a bit more wiggle.”

But Hayward isn’t the only veteran that has been “around the block” and is dropping compliments and setting the bar extremely high for Pitts.

Projected QB1, Marcus Mariota, believes Pitts is incomparable.

“I wouldn’t sit here and compare him to anybody else,” Mariota said during a post-practice press conference on August 1. “I think he’s got a very unique skill set, one that benefits us, and we’ve got to just find ways to get him the ball.”


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Smart AI divides experts as group warns it ‘would end in disaster’ as it has military links and ‘we can’t control it’

CREATING super-smart AI right now could be dangerous because we don't know enough about it to control it yet, some researchers have claimed.

According to Vox, there's a divide between AI experts working to protect us from these artificial intelligence threats.

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One group is working on the current risks that AI poses.

Current dangers include the fact it can be racist, biased, and divisive.

However, there's also a group of researchers focused on the future risks of AI and how it could become too smart to control if we're not careful.

As work continues to integrate AI with military weapons, finding a way to monitor and regulate the types of AI being created is more important than ever so disaster can be avoided.

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The divide in the experts working to protect us comes because some people think the AI specialists focused on the future are ignoring real current issues in favor of problems that haven't happened and may not happen.

Jack Clark, co-founder of the AI safety research lab Anthropic, recently tweeted: "Some people who work on longterm/AGI-style policy tend to ignore, minimize, or just not consider the immediate problems of AI deployment/harms."

He claimed in the same Twitter thread that "The real danger in Western AI policy isn't that AI is doing bad stuff, it's that governments are so unfathomably behind the frontier that they have no notion of _how_ to regulate, and it's unclear if they _can_".

Until we can regulate AI, some experts think it would be best to avoid making it super intelligent.

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According to Vox's report, some world leaders are dismissing these concerns because they know AI has many benefits and want to speed ahead with its development.

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Clark added: "Lots of the seemingly most robust solutions for reducing AI risk require the following things to happen: full information sharing on capabilities between US and China and full monitoring of software being run on all computers everywhere all the time. Pretty hard to do!"

Until experts can agree, teams will continue to work separately to try and monitor AI so we can reap its benefits while also staying safe.

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