Day: January 9, 2024

Luma raises $43M to build AI that crafts 3D models

Luma, a company founded by Alex Yu and Amit Jain, initially gained traction with a smartphone app allowing users to capture 3D objects. Now, the company has announced plans to leverage a cluster of Nvidia GPUs to train new AI models that can “see and understand, show and explain, and eventually interact with the world.” […]

Amazon’s Alexa gets new generative AI-powered experiences

At CES 2024, several tech companies, including Volkswagen, Nvidia, and Amazon, have showcased generative AI as a major theme, indicating a significant focus on this technology in the industry. Amazon revealed new generative AI-powered Alexa experiences developed by Character.AI, Splash, and Volley, which are now available in the Amazon Alexa Skill Store. Character.AI enables users […]

Amazon and BMW are replacing the driver’s manual with AI

At CES 2024, Amazon and BMW have announced a groundbreaking partnership to enhance the driving experience by integrating large language models (LLM) with Alexa and the driver’s manual. This collaboration aims to create a more intuitive and seamless in-vehicle voice assistant system, allowing drivers to ask questions about their car and receive real-time, conversational responses, […]

University Enrolling AI-Powered “Students” Who Will Turn in Assignments, Participate in Class Discussions

It’s time for Ann and Fry to join the ranks at Ferris State University in Michigan. No, they won’t be taking up physical space in the lecture halls, but rather, they’ll be virtually present, interacting with students through the wonders of technology.   Associate professor Kasey Thompson is spearheading this bold experiment, aiming to explore […]

Artists are making creative companies apologize for using AI

In recent events, drawing tablet manufacturer Wacom faced backlash from the digital art community over the use of AI-generated images in its ads, stirring mistrust and raising concerns about the impact on creative professions. The issue was aggravated by the widespread competition in the drawing tablet market. WotC, the publisher of popular games like Magic: […]

Microsoft and PNNL team up to build better batteries using AI

The quest for the ultimate battery has advanced through Microsoft and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s new collaboration using artificial intelligence and cloud computing to accelerate sustainable energy research.   Microsoft and PNNL’s innovative collaboration combines AI, cloud computing, and advanced research to transform materials science and accelerate scientific discovery, signaling the transformative impact of AI […]

This startup uses AI to give speech-impaired people their voices back

Whispp, a Dutch AI startup, has developed assistive voice technology to convert speech affected by conditions such as stuttering, throat cancer, vocal cord paralysis, and ALS into the person’s original, natural voice, intending to create a more inclusive world.   The startup has secured a €750,000 seed funding round led by LUMO Labs to launch […]

Quora raised $75M from a16z to grow Poe, its AI chat bot platform

Quora, the popular Q&A platform, is making waves with its recent move to secure a hefty $75 million in funding from tech investment firm Andreessen Horowitz. This marks the company’s first venture into fundraising in almost seven years, a significant milestone for the platform. The funding injection is slated to fuel the growth of Poe, […]

Walmart debuts generative AI search and AI replenishment features at CES

In a recent keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show, Walmart’s president and CEO, Doug McMillon, along with other executives, unveiled the company’s innovative utilization of new technologies such as augmented reality, drones, and artificial intelligence to enhance the customer shopping experience. Walmart introduced several new products, such as AI-powered tools for product search and […]

Intel: “We are bringing the AI PC to the car”

Intel has announced its first-generation AI-enhanced software-defined vehicle system-on-chip for the automotive sector, with the goal of enhancing in-car experiences and features such as navigation, voice assistants, and vehicle controls.   The company is aiming to introduce a family of systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) for software-defined vehicles (SDVs) by the end of 2024, starting with the first […]

Sources: PhotoRoom, the AI photo editing app, is raising $50M-$60M at a $500M-$600M valuation

The explosion of AI technology is ushering in a new era of startups in the mobile imaging market. One standout is PhotoRoom, an AI-based image editing app and API from Paris, which is reportedly set to raise between $50 million and $60 million in funding at a valuation between $500 million and $600 million. The […]

Pennsylvania Government Pilots ChatGPT Enterprise in Groundbreaking Move

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has announced a groundbreaking pilot program in which state employees will use ChatGPT Enterprise, a generative AI, making Pennsylvania the first state in the nation to do so. The program aims to enhance state services and government operations with AI technology.   ChatGPT Enterprise will be used by state employees to […]

Humane lays off 4 percent of employees before releasing its AI Pin

Humane, a Silicon Valley startup, has recently announced a 4 percent reduction in its workforce, affecting 10 employees. The move was attributed to cost-cutting measures and the need to lower budgets. The company is preparing to launch its first product, an AI-powered pin marketed as a smartphone replacement, after securing over $200 million in funding […]

Microsoft DragNUWA pushes the bar in AI video with trajectory-based generation

Several AI companies, including Stability AI and Pika Labs, have been making waves in the video generation space. Microsoft AI has entered the arena with DragNUWA – a model that introduces trajectory-based generation to enhance control over video production. By open-sourcing the model, Microsoft is inviting the community to explore and experiment with it.   […]

Duolingo Fires Translators in Favor of AI

Despite being a popular language-learning app, Duolingo recently laid off 10 percent of its contracted translators as part of a shift towards greater use of generative AI in its services. This move has raised concerns about the potential impact on the quality and nuance of language learning.

Deepfaked Celebrity Ads Promoting Medicare Scams Run Rampant on YouTube

The article “Shoddy AI Clones of Celebrities Are Hawking Medicare and Medicaid Scams on YouTube” sheds light on a concerning issue of scammy ads on YouTube, utilizing AI voice cloning and deepfake technology. These AI-generated ads promote fake government grants and relief packages, often featuring cloned voices of celebrities such as Joe Rogan, Taylor Swift, […]

SAG-AFTRA strikes deal for AI voice acting in video games at CES 2024

SAG-AFTRA, the union representing performers, has reached a deal with Replica Studios, an AI voice acting platform, enabling its members to license their voices to game studios, thus paving the way for professional voiceover artists to explore new digital employment opportunities. The agreement includes provisions for minimum rates, safe storage, transparency requirements, and limitations on […]

Leap AI wants to help businesses build and integrate AI workflows

In an era where artificial intelligence is no longer a novelty but a necessity, businesses are incorporating advanced AI models into their solutions, from image generation and music-making to text summarization. Leap AI has emerged as the go-to solution for companies looking to seamlessly integrate AI-powered workflows or build their own with ease. With use […]

The AI Behind ChatGPT Is Ready to Do Chemistry

In a world where AI is transforming industries, the latest development in the field of chemistry comes from a state-of-the-art system called Coscientist, which has the ability to autonomously learn chemical reaction recipes and carry out lab procedures. Developed by Dr. Gabe Gomes and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, Coscientist combines different large language models […]



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