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🎥 YouTube is testing an AI voice-dubbing feature for creators
💰 Amazon's major investment plans in India totaling $26 billion by 2030
🧠 Neuralink competitor Precision Neuroscience conducts its first clinical study
🛑 Russia blocks Google News amidst military threats from mercenary group

🎥 YouTube is testing an AI voice-dubbing feature for creatorsLINK

  • YouTube is testing a new AI-powered tool in collaboration with Google's Aloud, aimed at enabling creators to automatically dub their videos into multiple languages.
  • Aloud, introduced by Google in 2022, allows creators to review and edit transcriptions before generating the dubbed version, at no additional cost.
  • YouTube plans to improve the dubbing quality, working towards making translated audio tracks sound more like the original creator's voice, with enhanced emotion transfer, lip-sync, and potential voice preservation features in the future.
  • 💰 Amazon's major investment plans in India totaling $26 billion by 2030LINK

  • Amazon plans to invest an additional $15 billion in India by 2030, primarily for the expansion of its cloud business, AWS, taking its total commitment to $26 billion.
  • India continues to be a crucial overseas market for Amazon despite recent closures of several businesses in the country, with rival company Walmart also investing over $2.5 billion in India this year.
  • Other tech giants are making high-profile commitments to India, including Google, which plans to open a global fintech operation centre, and U.S. memory chip firm Micron, committing up to $825 million for its first assembly and test facility in the country.
  • 🧠 Neuralink competitor Precision Neuroscience conducts its first clinical studyLINK

  • Precision Neuroscience successfully conducted its first in-human clinical study of its brain-computer interface (BCI) system, providing what the company claims is the highest resolution picture of human thought ever recorded.
  • The company's thin electrode array, the Layer 7 Cortical Interface, was temporarily placed on the brains of three patients, showing potential for future applications in clinical and behavioral contexts, with long-term goals of helping patients with degenerative diseases like ALS regain some ability to communicate.
  • While the procedure marks a significant milestone, Precision still faces the lengthy process of gaining U.S. FDA approval, with extensive testing and data collection necessary; no BCI company has yet to secure this final approval as of June 2023.
  • 🛑 Russia blocks Google News amidst military threats from mercenary groupLINK

  • Russian internet service providers have blocked access to Google News amidst rising tensions between President Vladimir Putin and the Wagner paramilitary group.
  • The blockage comes after the Wagner Group, led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, appeared to take control of a city home to Russia's southern military headquarters, and Prigozhin vowed to topple Russia's Defense Ministry.
  • The blocking of Google News follows a pattern of censorship in Russia, with tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter having been partially or fully blocked in the country since its invasion of Ukraine last year.
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    Asana co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has increased his stake in the company to over 51%, investing his wealth to support his philanthropy, particularly in AI safety research. LINK

    YouTube is testing 'Playables', a feature offering online games accessible on any device, aiming to generate additional revenue amid declining ad spending. LINK

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