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AI Weekly: Meet the people trying to replicate and open-source OpenAI’s GPT-3

EleutherAI According to Leahy, EleutherAI began as “something of a joke” on TPU Podcast, a machine learning Discord server, where he playfully suggested someone should try to replicate GPT-3. Leahy, Gao, and Black took this to its logical extreme and founded the EleutherAI Discord server, which became the base of the organization’s operations. “I consider […]

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The Biden administration must re-evaluate Chinese 5G data security

The Biden administration faces no shortage of existential challenges when it takes power next week — COVID-19, the fragile domestic economy, damaged federal agencies, civil rights, and a nationwide insurrection are certainly the top five. But regardless of where it ranks in the top ten, America’s economic war against Chinese tech companies merits immediate attention, […]

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The DeanBeat: The best of CES 2021 as seen from afar

Last year, at CES 2020, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas, I walked more than 37.45 miles (over 84,385 steps) to scout for the best ideas and products of the show. This week, for CES 2021, I walked about 20 feet to the fridge and 20 more feet to the bathroom and back […]

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AMD CEO Lisa Su talks core counts, console launches, and Apple relationship

During CES 2021, Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su spoke with a group of journalists about a wide range of issues, including AMD’s product road map, the core counts for its processors, launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, and the company’s relationships with Apple. I was part of the group Q&A that […]

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Amazon launches Alexa Custom Assistant to let brands build their own voice assistants

Amazon today launched Alexa Custom Assistant, a product that allows automakers and device manufacturers to create intelligent assistants built on the AI technologies powering Alexa. It marks the first time Amazon is granting third parties access to Alexa’s framework, and the company says it will enable brands to create assistants featuring voices, custom wake words, […]

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Openbase wants to be the Yelp for open source software packages

Open source has eaten the world, evidenced by the myriad major deals that have gone down in open source town in recent times. In 2018, IBM snapped up enterprise-focused open source software maker Red Hat for an eye-popping $34 billion, while Salesforce bought Mulesoft for $6.5 billion a year previous. And just yesterday, Cockroach Labs, […]

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Hitman 3 is fun, and what’s coming from Nintendo and more | GB Decides 178

It’s 2021 now, and the government still hasn’t outlawed video games. But even if it did, GamesBeat Decides would continue because editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti are a couple of badasses — you can tell by looking at their gamer chairs. On this week’s episode, Mike and Jeff discuss some small bits of news. […]

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Cisco seeks court order after Acacia terminates $2.84 billion merger agreement

(Reuters) — Cisco Systems on Friday sought a court order asking Acacia Communications to close the $2.84 billion deal, just over an hour after the optical component maker terminated the merger agreement. The swift response came after Acacia said the deal failed to obtain regulatory approval from China within the originally agreed time frame. Cisco […]

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‘Augmented creativity’: How AI can accelerate human invention

In 2012, economist Robert Gordon published a controversial paper in which he argued that economic growth was largely over, due in no small part to our failure to maintain the engines of innovation in recent decades. A study from the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research supported his general thesis and argued that while we’re […]

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U.K. competition regulator to probe Nvidia’s $40 billion Arm takeover

(Reuters) — Britain’s competition regulator said on Wednesday it would start an investigation into Nvidia Corp’s $40 billion deal to buy UK-based chip designer Arm Holdings. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it was “likely to consider whether, following the takeover, Arm has an incentive to withdraw, raise prices or reduce the quality of […]

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Intel launches RealSense ID for on-device facial recognition

Intel today launched the newest addition to RealSense, its product range of depth and tracking technologies designed to give machines depth perception capabilities. Called RealSense ID, it’s an on-device solution that combines an active depth sensor with a machine learning model to perform facial authentication. Intel claims RealSense ID adapts to users as physical features […]

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Apply now to join Transform this July 2021

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve expanded Transform, the most important event of the year for enterprise technical leaders on how to implement applied AI, to a full week scheduled for July 12-16 2021. In addition to the reliable content VB has offered for years through our Transform flagship event, we’re inviting other organizers of events […]

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OpenAI debuts DALL-E for generating images from text

OpenAI today debuted two multimodal AI systems that combine computer vision and NLP, like DALL-E, a system that generates images from text. For example, the photo above for this story was generated from a text caption “an illustration of a baby daikon radish in a tutu walking a dog.” DALL-E uses a 12-billion parameter version […]

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AI Weekly: The argument in favor of regulation in 2021

2020 was an eventful year, not least of which because of a pandemic that shows little sign of abating. The AI research community experienced its own tribulations, capped off by Google’s firing of ethicist Timnit Gebru and a spat over AI ethics and “cancel culture” involving retired University of Washington professor Pedro Domingos. Facebook chief […]

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Evolve: Operationalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in your AI projects

Over the past couple of years, the field of AI has been awash in concerns over ethics and fairness in AI. At the same time, the world has awakened to the deep-seated, structural problems of racial injustice. The two are inextricably linked. AI is one of the most powerful technological transformations we’ve seen — part […]

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Apple loses copyright infringement claims against security startup Corellium

(Reuters) — A federal judge in Florida on Tuesday dismissed Apple’s copyright infringement claims against a Florida startup whose software helps security researchers find vulnerabilities in Apple products including the iPhone. U.S. District Judge Rodney Smith ruled in favor of Corellium LLC, saying its software emulating the iOS operating system that runs on the iPhone […]

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13 acquisitions highlight Big Tech’s AI talent grab in 2020

It’s no secret that Big Tech has for years nabbed top technology talent through product acquisitions and acqui-hires. In fact, this is something the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently looking into through ongoing antitrust investigations. So it should come as little surprise that Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Alphabet (FAAMG) have also engaged in […]

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Google told its AI research scientists to ‘strike a positive tone’ on sensitive topics

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google this year moved to tighten control over its scientists’ papers by launching a “sensitive topics” review, and in at least three cases requested authors refrain from casting its technology in a negative light, according to internal communications and interviews with researchers involved in the work. Google’s new review procedure asks that […]

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IBM and Cognizant acquisitions cap a wave of IT services deals in 2020

With dual acquisitions from IBM and Cognizant announced today, there have now been well over 100 such deals this year involving IT services providers. IBM is acquiring Nordcloud, a provider of cloud computing services expertise, while Cognizant is acquiring Inawisdom, a privately held IT services provider that specializes in AI and data analytics. IBM’s acquisition of […]

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Carnival retrofits more ships with Medallion wearables for the day when we can cruise again

The luxury cruise ship business has been hit harder than almost any industry during the pandemic. Fleets of huge and expensive cruise ships are stuck in harbors around the world. But Carnival hasn’t given up. The owner of cruise ship lines such as Princess Cruises has continued to retrofit its fleet of ships with Medallion […]

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Unleashing new frontiers: From chips to industries

This article is part of a Technology and Innovation Insights series paid for by Samsung.  On this week’s The Next Wave, Young Sohn sits down with Arm CEO Simon Segars to discuss the blockbuster acquisition of his company by NVIDIA, announced in September. Over the course of their fascinating and wide-ranging conversation, they also dive […]

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What game development methodology can teach the Biden administration about solving the COVID-19 pandemic

Ten months into the world’s response to the unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic, every corner of America is attempting to find the best approach for bringing ourselves back to “normal” without exposing our vulnerable populations. I am in the unique position of being a leader directly involved with companies around the globe, including leading NC West […]

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AI Weekly: Facebook’s news summarization tool reeks of bad intentions

This week, BuzzFeed News, citing sources familiar with the matter, wrote that Facebook is developing an AI tool that summarizes news articles so that users don’t have to read them. The tool — codenamed “TLDR” in reference to the acronym “too long, didn’t read” — reportedly reduces articles to bullet points and provides narration, as […]

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Nvidia’s Inception program tracks 7,000 AI startups, up 25% in a year

Nvidia’s Inception program is tracking more than 7,000 AI startups, up 25% in a year. That’s a lot of growth for AI companies in a very tough year. Nvidia business development VP Jeff Herbst said in a blog post that crisis breeds opportunity and that AI startups are stepping up with AI, machine learning, and […]

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RunwayML raises $8.5 million for its AI-powered media creation tools

RunwayML, a Brooklyn-based startup building a library of AI-powered tools for designers, artists, and other creators, has raised $8.5 million in venture capital. The company says the funds will be used to accelerate its go-to-market efforts as looks to increase the size of its product development teams. Runway CEO Cristóbal Valenzuela argues that for decades, […]

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Modulate’s ToxMod uses AI to scan game voice chat for toxic speech

Today, Modulate has launched ToxMod, a new service that uses AI to scan voice chat in video games for toxic speech or other bad behavior. It flags everything from racist speech to predatory behavior, taking into context the way in which people say words to tell game developers what needs their attention. Modulate says the […]

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AI Weekly: NeurIPS 2020 and the hope for change

On Monday morning, organizers of NeurIPS, the largest annual gathering of AI researchers in the world, gave Best Paper awards to the authors of three pieces of research, including one detailing OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model. The week also started with AI researchers refusing to review Google AI papers until grievances were resolved after firing Ethical AI team […]

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How nonprofits are transforming their remote programming to support girls in STEM

The pandemic has necessitated virtual transitions for not only schools, but also nonprofits that provide alternate ways to learn and build community. Girls Who Code, AnitaB.org, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) are still working to close the gender gap in technology. In providing resources for women and girls in STEM, […]

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Facebook’s alleged use of APIs to crush competition is a warning to other data companies

Much of the reaction to the antitrust lawsuits government regulators filed against Facebook this week has focused on the demand that the social media giant divest WhatsApp and Instagram. But while such a move could have a big impact on Facebook and consumers, the legal actions may have broader implications for the ways other companies […]

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Annapurna Interactive and Fullbright announce Open Roads, a mother-daughter road trip game

Annapurna Interactive and The Fullbright Company are going on a road trip. And they’re taking actors Kerri Russell and Kaitlyn Dever along for the ride. At The Game Awards today, Annapurna and Fullbright announced Open Roads. It’s a PC and console game for 2021 that focused on the relationship between a mother and a daughter […]

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