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Generative AI’s environmental costs are “closely guarded corporate secrets,” scientist criticizes

Summary AI has high environmental costs that are largely unknown, says Kate Crawford, a researcher at USC Annenberg and Microsoft Research who focuses on the social implications of artificial intelligence. In addition to energy, generative AI systems require large amounts of fresh water to cool their processors and generate electricity, Crawford says. She cites estimates …

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Suno’s new music AI model blurs the line between generated and human-created songs

Summary Suno AI has unlocked access to V3 Alpha for its Pro and Premier subscribers and invites users to test and provide feedback on the new version of its music generation model. US start-up Suno specializes in AI audio generation from text. The current music model v2 can already generate some impressively authentic songs. However, …

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Figure AI’s humanoid robots attract funding from Microsoft, Nvidia, OpenAI, and Jeff Bezos

Summary Update from February 24, 2024: According to Bloomberg, Figure AI has raised $675 million in funding. Investors include Jeff Bezos, Nvidia, OpenAI, and Microsoft. Bezos invests $100 million through his company Explore Investments. Microsoft is investing $95 million, while Nvidia and an Amazon-affiliated fund are investing $50 million each. OpenAI contributes $5 million after …

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Google says its AI image generator overcompensated for potential racial bias

Summary Added Google statement. Google has stopped generating images of people until the issue is resolved. Update from February 23, 2024: Google has published a post about what went wrong with Gemini’s image generation. Google says the app, which is based on Imagen 2, is tuned to avoid generating violent, sexually explicit, or real-life images, …

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Apple tests internal ChatGPT-like AI tool for customer support

Summary Apple is internally testing a new ChatGPT-like AI tool that allows support agents to provide faster technical support. According to MacRumors sources, Apple recently launched a pilot program that gives select AppleCare support agents access to a new tool called “Ask”. This tool can automatically generate answers to technical questions from customers. It draws …

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Nvidia is building “AI factories” and its next-generation Blackwell GPU is designed to scale AI.

Summary Nvidia is developing a new type of data center that CEO Jensen Huang calls an “AI factory.” The new generation of GPUs, called Blackwell, is designed to enable AI scaling. Unlike traditional data centers, where many users share a cluster of computers, an AI factory will be “much more like a power generator,” Huang …

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US Department of Justice appoints first Chief AI Officer

Summary U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has appointed Jonathan Mayer as the Department of Justice’s first Chief Science and Technology Advisor and Chief Artificial Intelligence (AI) Officer. Mayer will advise the Department and its leadership on complex technical issues, including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies. He will also develop the Department’s technology …

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Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion 3 preview boasts superior image and text generation capabilities

Summary Stability AI announces the preview release of Stable Diffusion 3, which shows significantly improved overall generation quality in early demos. Specifically, Stability AI promises improved performance on multi-part, complex prompts, image quality, and text writing capabilities. Stability AI CEO Emad Mostaque shows an example of how accurately Stable Diffusion 3 executes a complex prompt. …

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Google’s AI image generator overcompensates for racial bias, leading to historical inaccuracies

Summary Google has stopped generating images of people until the issue is resolved. AI image generators have often been criticized for social and racial bias. In an attempt to counter this, Google may have gone a bit too far. Racial and social bias in AI imaging systems has been demonstrated repeatedly in research and practice, …

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Reddit reportedly signs $60 million annual training data deal with Google

Summary Updated on February 22, 2024: The AI company licensing Reddit data is apparently Google. This was reported by Reuters, citing anonymous sources. Reuters confirms the license fee of 60 million dollars per year, although it is unclear to what extent and what data Reddit will provide in return. Original article from February 17, 2024: …

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