Day: February 13, 2024

Cohere for AI launches open source LLM for 101 languages

Cohere for AI, the nonprofit research lab established by Cohere in 2022, has recently unveiled Aya, an open-source large language model supporting 101 languages, more than double what existing models offer. This impressive feat was achieved through the collaborative efforts of over 3000 participants from 119 countries. According to Sara Hooker, VP of research at […]

AI use on dating apps rising, 1 in 4 Americans use to enhance profile

According to a new study by cybersecurity firm McAfee, while AI is helping people boost their dating game, it’s also fueling a surge in romance scams and fake profiles. In a survey of 7,000 adults across seven countries, McAfee discovered that 23% of Americans are using AI to spice up their dating profiles and messages, […]

WellSaid Labs unveils ‘HINTS’, setting new bar for AI voice customization

WellSaid Labs introduced a new technology named HINTS (Highly Intuitive Naturally Tailored Speech) that empowers users to shape AI voices with finesse and flair. Unlike clunky methods of voice control, HINTS lets creators tweak nuances like tempo and loudness seamlessly to bring their artistic vision to life. Michael Petrochuk aims to make AI voice production […]

OpenAI board chairman, Bret Taylor, launches AI agent startup Sierra to elevate customer experiences

Bret Taylor, known for his past roles at Salesforce and OpenAI, makes a splash in the conversational AI arena with the launch of Sierra. Teaming up with ex-Google VR leader Clay Bavor, Sierra aims to revolutionize customer service by giving businesses their very own AI agents. With an impressive $110 million in funding and big […]

AI-powered Estonian QA startup Klaus acquired by Zendesk

In a strategic move to enhance its customer service offerings, global platform Zendesk has acquired Klaus, an Estonian-born startup that specializes in aiding customer service agents with AI-powered quality assurance. The undisclosed acquisition follows Zendesk’s previous procurement of Tymeshift, showing a trend in industry consolidation driven by a tech economy downturn.   Klaus, founded by […]

Don’t tell your AI anything personal, Google warns in new Gemini privacy notice

Google’s Gemini Apps Privacy Hub sheds light on the data collected by Gemini applications, including conversations, location, feedback, and usage information. While Google claims to utilize this data to enhance products and services, the real concern arises regarding who has access to users’ conversations. Despite Google’s assurance of privacy protection and data anonymization, users are […]

Nvidia unveils AI chatbot ‘Chat with RTX’ for local PCs

Nvidia just dropped an early version of its Chat with RTX demo, allowing users to craft their own chatbot experience on Windows PCs providing them the power to infuse personalized content into the AI mix. Nvidia shines through as they deploy retrieval-augmented generation (RAG), TensorRT-LLM software, and RTX acceleration to bring the world of generative […]

What comes after Stable Diffusion? Stable Cascade could be Stability AI’s future text-to-image generative AI model

Stability AI, the company behind Stable Diffusion text-to-image AI, is teasing a new innovation dubbed Stable Cascade that promises to level up image generation. This novel architecture, inspired by the Würstchen model, aims to be more agile and precise than its predecessor, the SDXL lineup. The secret sauce? A latent diffusion technique that crafts a […]

Microsoft, eBay, PayPal among tech giants 34,000 job cuts due to AI

Tech giants like Microsoft, eBay, and PayPal are swinging the axe as they pivot towards artificial intelligence, shedding thousands of jobs. The Financial Times reports a staggering 34,000 job cuts in recent weeks.   Snapchat joined 138 other firms in a synchronized employment exodus. While this year’s headcount hemorrhage is nothing to sneeze at, it […]

Airbnb plans to use AI, including its GamePlanner acquisition, to create the ‘ultimate concierge’

Last November, Airbnb swooped in to acquire GamePlanner.AI, a mysterious startup founded by none other than Siri’s co-founder, Adam Cheyer. The deal reportedly went down for a cool $200 million, signaling Airbnb’s serious commitment to AI innovation. While the initial plans for GamePlanner were shrouded in secrecy, Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky recently spilled the beans […]

OpenAI experiments with giving ChatGPT a long-term conversation memory, paving the way for new personalized experiences

OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, introduced long-term memory to ChatGPT, essentially turning the chatbot partner into a personal vault of knowledge. Equipped with the power to remember tidbits of information between chats, ChatGPT now offers users the ability to jog its memory, witness what it recalls, or even prompt it to forget. This feature is […]

Protesters Swarm OpenAI over military concerns

Activists gather outside OpenAI’s San Francisco office urging an AI boycott after the company’s collaboration with the US military sparked controversy. OpenAI quietly lifted its ban on military involvement, focusing on cybersecurity with the Defense Department. Despite maintaining restrictions on weaponization, critics like Holly Elmore fear unchecked power. While VP Anna Makanju defends their military […]

Judge Martínez-Olguín dismissed most counts alleging copyright infringement on Silverman’s book but allowed an “unfair business practices” claim to proceed. Despite copying books for AI training, OpenAI did not infringe copyright by not reproducing them for consumers. The case challenges how AI companies use copyrighted material without permission. The dispute highlights the need for evidence […]

How LLMs are learning to differentiate spatial sounds

Humans pride themselves on their ability to pick out the nuances of sound and pinpoint their origin. Large language models (LLMs) have been somewhat lagging when it comes to deciphering spatial audio phenomena. The developers behind BAT, a new spatial audio-based LLM, have finally cracked the 3-D sound code, enabling it to identify various sounds, […]

Stability, Midjourney, Runway hit back in AI art lawsuit

The ongoing class-action copyright battle between artists and AI image generation companies has reached a new chapter. The defendants, including Stability AI, Midjourney, Runway, and DeviantArt filed a flurry of motions aiming to have the case entirely dropped and dismissed with prejudice. The artists initially claimed copyright infringement, alleging that the AI companies unlawfully scraped […]

Audio-jacking: Using generative AI to distort live audio transactions

Recent research has uncovered alarming scenarios where large language models (LLMs) are manipulated to silently hijack live conversations, altering critical details like financial information without the speakers’ knowledge. This sophisticated attack, combining various generative AI technologies, showcases the potential for malicious actors to control and distort communication, turning victims into unwitting puppets.   By dynamically […]

CRISPR gene therapy seems to cure dangerous inflammatory condition

A groundbreaking new approach shows promise in treating a rare genetic condition known as hereditary angioedema. This innovative therapy, utilizing CRISPR technology, targets the gene responsible for kallikrein, a protein linked to inflammation.   In a trial involving nine individuals afflicted with this debilitating condition, results have been nothing short of astounding. Participants experienced a […]

US firm plans to build 10,000 qubit quantum computer by 2026

QuEra Computing is gearing up to release a 10,000 qubit quantum behemoth by 2026. In a move that could challenge tech giants like IBM, the company recently teased its upcoming 10 logical qubit machine slated to hit the scene before the year wraps up.



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