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  • Google launched a private AI platform for select publishers to generate content efficiently, offering financial incentives and tools for news production, amidst concerns over content originality and the potential impact on journalism's integrity. Link

  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai deemed the misleading and historically inaccurate image generation by Gemini AI as "completely unacceptable," promising action and improvements after pausing its people image generation feature. Link

  • New research reveals that AI-powered tools frequently produce inaccurate or harmful election information, raising concerns about their impact on voter knowledge and democratic processes. Link

  • Google's AI tool, Gemini, will halt its image generation feature after facing criticism for refusing to create images of White people, instead providing images and information about Black historical figures, citing concerns about perpetuating racial biases in media representation. Link

  • Tyler Perry's plans for an $800 million studio expansion in Atlanta have been indefinitely halted due to the rapid advancements in AI technology, particularly OpenAI's Sora, which impressed him with its ability to generate cinematic scenes from text, raising concerns about its impact on the entertainment industry's workforce and advocating for industry-wide collaboration to address the potential challenges posed by AI. Link

  • Reddit has entered into a $60 million deal with Google, allowing the search giant to utilize Reddit posts for training its AI models while granting Reddit access to Google's AI models to enhance its internal site search, with no expected data-driven changes to Reddit's functionality, amid preparations for its initial public offering. Link

  • OpenAI and other companies are rapidly advancing AI technology, exemplified by OpenAI's system Sora, which creates highly realistic videos from text prompts, sparking concerns about its potential for both enhancing filmmaking and exacerbating online disinformation. Link

  • Samsung's Bixby voice assistant facilitates seamless activation of Galaxy AI features, such as Live Translate and Interpreter, through simple voice commands, enhancing hands-free AI usability in everyday life. Link

  • Ahead of the general election, more states are introducing bills to regulate AI-generated "deepfakes" in campaign materials, with Wisconsin passing two bipartisan bills requiring disclosure of AI-generated content and conducting audits on AI tool usage in state agencies to evaluate efficiency. Link

  • Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang advocated at the World Government Summit in Dubai for every country to develop its own AI infrastructure to leverage economic benefits and protect culture, while downplaying AI dangers and discussing Nvidia's efforts to democratize AI access amidst new U.S. export restrictions. Link

  • Imran Khan, Pakistan's jailed former prime minister, used AI to replicate his voice for campaign speeches, contributing to his party's surprise electoral success, showcasing both the innovative use of technology in politics and the growing concerns over AI's potential to mislead. Link

  • Google rebranded its Bard AI chatbot to Gemini to align with its AI model, introduced image generation capabilities, launched a premium version called Ultra, and signaled a shift from Google Assistant on mobile devices, amidst a rapidly evolving generative AI market. Link

  • Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella commits to equipping 2 million Indians with AI skills by 2025 to leverage the country's unique position in fulfilling AI's promise and bridging the AI skills gap. Link

  • Three students won a $700,000 prize for using AI to decipher a 2,000-year-old scroll from Herculaneum, revealing discussions on music and food and marking a significant advance in the study of Greek philosophy. Link

  • Meta is advancing its identification and labeling of AI-generated content, with a commitment to transparency and industry collaboration on standards for detecting and marking synthetic media across its platforms. Link

  • Amazon launches Rufus, a generative AI-powered shopping assistant, to provide expert advice, product comparisons, and personalized recommendations, initially available in beta to select U.S. customers with plans for broader rollout. Link

  • Google Maps introduces generative AI features for discovering places based on natural language prompts, initially available to select Local Guides in the US as part of a feedback-driven closed beta. Link

  • An AI model trained on headcam recordings from a single baby's perspective learned to recognize words by associating images with spoken words, challenging theories on innate language knowledge and offering insights into human learning processes. Link

  • The Biden administration is implementing a requirement for AI developers to disclose safety test results to the government, as part of broader efforts to manage AI's impact on national security and the economy. Link

  • Social media platform X has temporarily blocked searches for Taylor Swift following the circulation of explicit AI-generated images of her, prompting action from the platform and concern from US officials. Link

  • Google's new AI upgrade for Android, which analyzes private messages to enhance user experience, raises significant privacy concerns and marks a shift in smartphone privacy dynamics. Link

  • Harvard dropout Avi Schiffmann aims to revolutionize wearable AI with "Tab," an AI necklace designed for deep personal insights and potential divine intercession, leveraging his innovative background and a focus on privacy and user empowerment. Link

  • Artificial intelligence-generated explicit deepfakes of Taylor Swift spread across social media, prompting widespread condemnation, efforts to remove the images, and calls for legislative action to protect individuals and regulate the technology. Link *Editor's note: this is Link to the news, not the image.

  • George Carlin's estate has filed a lawsuit against the creators of an AI-generated comedy special mimicking Carlin's voice and style, alleging unauthorized use of his work and likeness for commercial purposes without consent or compensation. Link

  • Alphabet has terminated its contract with Appen, the AI data firm instrumental in training Google's Bard and other AI products, a move impacting Appen's revenue and thousands of subcontracted workers. Link

  • The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has maintained the "Doomsday Clock" at 90 seconds to midnight for the second consecutive year, indicating a high level of global catastrophe risk due to nuclear threats, climate disasters, and the rise of generative AI. Link

  • In an election year, AI-generated content is increasingly used to create confusion and misinformation, with politicians globally dismissing compromising evidence as AI fakes, and instances of AI being used for voter suppression and misinformation are on the rise. Link

  • Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, emphasized at a Bloomberg event in Davos the need for an energy breakthrough, like nuclear fusion or cheaper solar power, to sustain the unexpectedly high power demands of future AI, also advocating for nuclear fission as an energy source. Link

  • Google DeepMind's AlphaGeometry, an AI system combining a language model with a symbolic engine, has made significant strides in solving complex geometry problems, demonstrating advanced, human-like reasoning skills and potential applications in various fields. Link

  • Samsung announced its new Galaxy S24 smartphone range, featuring advanced AI capabilities and improved hardware like a titanium casing and a brighter display, aiming to rekindle consumer interest in smartphones with AI-driven features and performance enhancements. Link

  • The EU has reached a provisional agreement on the AI Act, a comprehensive legislation to regulate AI in Europe, focusing on a risk-based approach and imposing various obligations and prohibitions, while sparking debates about innovation and compliance requirements. Link

  • The New York Times has sued OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement, alleging the unauthorized use of its articles to train AI technologies like ChatGPT, seeking billions in damages and raising significant legal questions about AI's use of copyrighted content. Link

  • MyHeritage has introduced AI Record Finder™ and AI Biographer™, innovative features for family history research that use AI to help users find historical records and automatically compile detailed biographies from this data. Link

  • ElliQ, an AI robot designed to alleviate loneliness in seniors, is being used by older Americans for companionship and interaction, offering features like conversation, music, and reminders, though it's not a substitute for human contact. Link

  • An AI algorithm, called the "doom calculator," accurately predicts death within four years in 78% of cases by analyzing personal data like health, income, and life events, raising ethical questions about the use of such predictive technology. Link

  • Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing warfare, and experts warn that the U.S. might be lagging as rivals adopt advanced technologies, while existing laws address AI use but lack enforcement. Link

  • In response to the surge in package thefts in the U.S., including during the holiday season, UPS is implementing an AI-powered program, DeliveryDefense, to assess and mitigate the risk of theft by rerouting packages to safer locations based on predictive scores. Link

  • In a landmark UK case, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that an inventor must be a natural person, rejecting a U.S. computer scientist's appeal to register patents for inventions created by his AI system, DABUS. Link

  • ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, admitted to using OpenAI's technology minimally for developing its own AI models, leading to OpenAI suspending their account to investigate potential violations of its usage policies. Link

  • Channel 1, set to launch in 2024, will be the first national news station to use AI-generated anchors, blending artificial and human elements, with a focus on responsible technology use and personalized viewer experiences. Link

  • Intel introduced Gaudi3, an AI chip for generative AI software, aiming to compete with Nvidia and AMD in the AI market, alongside new Core Ultra and Xeon chips for various AI applications. Link

  • Pope Francis calls for an international treaty to ethically develop and use AI, highlighting the technology's risks and the need for human values like compassion and morality in its application. Link

  • European Union negotiators reached an agreement on the world's first comprehensive AI rules, addressing issues like generative AI and police face recognition use, setting a precedent for global AI regulation. Link

  • Microsoft agreed to a union contract that allows workers to challenge AI deployment, incorporating principles ensuring AI benefits rather than harms employees, in its first U.S. collective bargaining with the Communications Workers of America. Link

  • Google's demonstration video of its AI model Gemini, initially perceived as responding in real-time to voice and video, was actually created using text prompts and still images, not live interaction as it appeared. Link

  • Google's new AI model, Gemini, boasts advanced reasoning and problem-solving skills across various fields, setting a new standard in the AI race, despite ongoing concerns about AI's potential risks and the need for regulatory measures. Link

  • Meta AI's remarkable year includes introducing AI experiences in apps and devices, launching large language models, and breakthroughs in AI technology, with ongoing improvements in AI capabilities and integration across Meta's platforms, enhancing user experience and creator engagement. Link

  • Meta, OpenAI, Microsoft, and Oracle plan to use AMD's new AI chip, the Instinct MI300X, signaling a shift in the AI industry from reliance on Nvidia's processors, potentially lowering AI development costs and increasing competition in the AI chip market. Link

  • EY's trial of an AI system for detecting fraud in UK audit clients showed promising results, detecting fraudulent activity in two out of ten companies, but the accounting industry remains divided over the reliability and extent of AI's role in auditing due to concerns about data quality, privacy, and the uniqueness of fraud cases. Link

  • Runway's partnership with Getty Images to offer a legally safer, commercial text-to-video AI engine highlights the increasing efforts by AI companies to provide businesses with tools that minimize copyright infringement risks, amidst a broader industry trend of integrating generative AI into products with a focus on licensed content usage. Link

  • Ecosia, a not-for-profit search engine, launches a "green filter" generative AI chatbot, using OpenAI's API to offer sustainable search results, as part of its strategy to disrupt the search market and capitalize on upcoming EU Digital Markets Act changes, while maintaining its environmental commitment by investing in solar energy and tree planting. Link

  • OpenAI's CEO Sam Altman was reportedly fired and then reinstated after staff raised concerns about a potentially groundbreaking discovery called Q*, which could advance artificial general intelligence (AGI), leading to fears about safety and commercialization without understanding consequences. Link

  • The Pentagon aims to deploy thousands of AI-enabled autonomous vehicles by 2026 under the initiative called Replicator, with a focus on small, smart, and cheap platforms to keep pace with China in military innovation, utilizing AI for surveillance, predictive maintenance, and tracking rivals in space. Link

  • The United States has expressed concerns to the United Arab Emirates over G42, an AI firm controlled by UAE's national security adviser Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed, for allegedly hiding the extent of its collaboration with China, fearing it could be a conduit for transferring advanced American technology to Chinese companies or the government, with intelligence reports suggesting potential risks to genetic data of millions. Link

  • Just few days after being fired by the board of OpenAI, former CEO Sam Altman joins Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team, amidst leadership changes at OpenAI and ongoing collaboration between Microsoft and OpenAI. Link

  • Amazon's "AI Ready" initiative aims to provide free AI skills training to 2 million people by 2025, as a new AWS study highlights the strong demand and higher salary potential for AI-skilled workers. Link

  • FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf discusses the challenges of regulating generative AI in healthcare, emphasizing the need for an "ecosystem approach" and a framework for future technologies. Link

  • Microsoft unveiled two chips, Maia 100 for AI and Cobalt 100 for general computing, at its Ignite conference, aiming to compete in the cloud infrastructure market and enhance Azure's capabilities, with commercial availability planned for 2024. Link

  • Meta Platforms introduced two AI-based video editing features, Emu Video and Emu Edit, for Instagram and Facebook, advancing their Emu model's capabilities in the competitive AI market. Link

  • YouTube introduced Dream Track, an AI tool that enables users to create songs imitating voices of artists like Demi Lovato, with limited access for creators to use in YouTube Shorts. Link

  • Chinese tech giant Tencent plans to source AI training chips domestically due to new U.S. export restrictions. Link

  • YouTube will soon require creators to disclose AI use in videos, with non-compliance risking account suspension and the removal of AI-generated content simulating identifiable individuals. Link

  • Airbnb acquires AI startup Gameplanner.AI for under $200 million, marking its first acquisition as a public company and a strategic move to enhance AI-driven travel experiences. Link

  • Researchers have developed AI methods to identify Alzheimer's disease through brain scans, promising for pinpointing genes linked to the disease and aiding treatment development. Link

  • Nvidia announced the H200 GPU, an advanced AI chip with significant memory and speed upgrades over the H100, promising faster AI model training and deployment amidst surging demand and stock performance. Link

  • SAG-AFTRA leadership, amid member criticism, defended their new contract's AI provisions, which allow controlled use of digital actor replicas while securing consent and usage transparency, but still permit certain AI applications by studios. Link

  • GPT-4 Turbo: Features increased context length, improved control over inputs/outputs, updated knowledge base as of April 2023, and the ability to add a custom knowledge base.

  • New Modalities Included: DALL-E 3, Vision, and TTS (text-to-speech) in the API, plus a new version of Whisper speech recognition.

  • Customization Options: Fine-tuning and creation of custom models are available, though it may be costly. Higher Rate Limits: For improved performance and handling larger workloads.

  • GPTs Personalization: Tailor ChatGPT to specific needs with instructions, expanded knowledge, and actions for publishing.

  • Streamlined User Interface: Integration of GPTs into ChatGPT for direct access without the hassle of selecting plugins, intended to speed up processes and improve user experience.

  • ChatGPT Upgrades: ChatGPT now uses GPT-4 Turbo for browsing the web, running code, analyzing data, generating images, and more, without the previous model picker interface​1​

  • The Schwarz Group, owner of Lidl, leads over $500 million investment in German AI start-up Aleph Alpha, aiming to expand in the competitive generative AI market with a focus on secure, transparent software for sensitive sectors. Link

  • Elon Musk's new AI company, xAI, introduces Grok, an AI with a humorous and rebellious edge, drawing from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" for inspiration, and designed to provide unconventional responses, while acknowledging its potential for inaccuracies in early beta testing. Link

  • A Taiwanese influencer, Chen Yiru, lost followers after a livestream eating chicken feet was revealed to be AI-generated, highlighting the growing trend of digital avatars in China's e-commerce industry and the potential legal and authenticity issues associated with their use. Link

  • At a British summit in Bletchley Park, China joined the U.S., EU, and other nations to collaborate on managing AI risks, with over 25 countries signing the "Bletchley Declaration" to establish a shared approach to AI oversight and safety. Link

  • The Guardian criticized Microsoft for using an AI-generated poll, speculated on the cause of a woman's death, alongside a Guardian article, claiming it damaged their journalistic reputation and causing distress to the deceased's family. Link

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched an AI Tech Sprint initiative to develop AI tools that reduce paperwork for clinicians, aiming to decrease burnout and enhance patient care, with top participants sharing a $1 million prize; the initiative is part of broader efforts, including the REBOOT task force and flexible work schedules, to improve workforce satisfaction and retention. Link