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Apple is planning to join an industry group that develops best practices and educates the public about artificial intelligence technologies, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Apple will add firepower to a group that hopes, in part, to calm fears about artificial intelligence and its impact on society. And as Bloomberg's Alex Webb notes, it's part of a turn towards openness on the part of a company that has traditionally kept its AI efforts secret. Other members of the group include Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon.

The bigger picture: AI development is a top priority for a slate of major tech companies. At the same time, policymakers are grappling with questions about the appropriate role of regulation when it comes to these new technologies.

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.