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👁 Elon Musk’s Neuralink is working on a chip that will solve blindness
🤤 Bing AI so hungry for GPUs that Microsoft will rent them from Oracle
💬 Google turns to regulators to make Apple open up iMessage
📱 Samsung launches generative AI model made for its devices
🪧 Google Bard AI contractors unionize amid anger over 'retaliatory' layoffs
😵💫 Another room-temperature superconductor bites the dust
👁 Elon Musk’s Neuralink is working on a chip that will solve blindnessLINK
Elon Musk announced that Neuralink is developing a vision chip aimed to cure blindness, expected to be ready within a few years.
Neuralink has plans to conduct its first human trials once it obtains regulatory approval, focusing initially on neural issues like paralysis.
The company's vision technology could provide an alternative treatment for the millions of Americans with vision impairments and those who are blind.
🤤 Bing AI so hungry for GPUs that Microsoft will rent them from OracleLINK
Microsoft plans to offload Bing Search's machine-learning models to Oracle's GPU supercluster to manage the growing demand for its AI services.
The partnership will utilize Oracle's vast GPU resources to enhance the speed and expand the reach of Microsoft's Azure AI infrastructure.
This strategic move comes despite Bing's small but increasing market share and reflects the escalating need for computational power in AI-driven applications.
💬 Google turns to regulators to make Apple open up iMessageLINK
Google sent a letter to the EU Commission pushing for Apple's iMessage to be compatible with other platforms, aligning with the Digital Markets Act's criteria for regulating gatekeepers.
Apple defends iMessage's exclusivity by claiming it is not a major gateway to consumers and highlights the ease with which users can switch between various messaging apps.
The EU Commission is currently investigating the issue and must decide by February whether iMessage practices comply with the Digital Markets Act or require intervention.
📱 Samsung launches generative AI model made for its devicesLINK
Samsung is developing its own AI model, Samsung Gauss, to enhance the Galaxy S24 with abilities to generate images, compose emails, and assist in coding directly on the device.
The Gauss AI model is expected to start integrating into mobile device core functions in 2024, allowing for smarter device control and improved user experience.
While Samsung's Bixby assistant will incorporate generative AI, it won't be as advanced as OpenAI's services, with a focus on natural communication for home appliances.
🪧 Google Bard AI contractors unionize amid anger over 'retaliatory' layoffsLINK
Google Bard AI contractors voted to join the Alphabet Workers Union following alleged retaliatory layoffs for unionizing efforts.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled Google and Accenture as joint employers, challenging Google's claim of non-responsibility.
The contractors' concerns included job security and working conditions, especially after being tasked with challenging content for Google's Bard AI.
😵💫 Another room-temperature superconductor bites the dustLINK
The once-celebrated room-temperature superconductor LK-99 was debunked as merely a common magnet, with its initial hype quickly fading.
Another promising material, reported to superconduct at 69.8°F under less extreme pressure, faced credibility issues due to the lead author's previous retractions and false claims.
Following suspicions about the research's validity, the highly anticipated paper was retracted, casting doubt on the near-term discovery of a practical room-temperature superconductor.
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