Sunday Signal #34
Nvidia's Chip Charge, California's Cruise Control, Your AI DJ
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💎 5 News Nuggets
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🔗 Link: Nvidia is set to unveil a more powerful AI chip next year. The new GH200 super chip, launching in 2024, has three times the memory of the old H100 and further boosts Nvidia's lead in AI technology.
🔗 Link: Zoom contradicts its own policy about training AI on customer data with a terms of service change, sparking privacy concerns. While the company promises not to use content like audio or video without consent, service-generated data is still fair game, leading to confusion among users.
🔗 Link: AI can now detect what you type by listening to your keystrokes. Researchers at three UK universities have developed a system with a 93-95% accuracy rate, revealing a potential data security risk to everyday devices with microphones.
🔗 Link: The White House has launched a $20 million AI-based contest to secure government systems from hacks. Over a two-year span, tech giants including Google, Microsoft and OpenAI will offer their technology to fix U.S. government security flaws.
🔗 Link: New high-tech microscope using AI successfully detects malaria in returning travellers. The new system diagnoses malaria with 88% accuracy, almost as well as experts.
🎨 4 Cool Creations
Waymo Driver / Waymo
🔗 Link: California has approved self-driving cars. The Public Utilities Commission has allowed Waymo and Cruise to run 24/7 robotaxi services in San Francisco following a controversial six-hour hearing.
🔗 Link: Spotify expands its AI-powered DJ to 50 markets, providing curated music and synthetic voice commentary that acts like a tailored DJ. Originally launched in North America six months ago, it now offers personalised listening experiences.
🔗 Link: Google launches Project IDX, a new AI-enabled browser-based development environment. Built on Visual Studio Code and integrated with Google's Codey, this tool supports smart code completion and offers coding assistance through a chatbot.
🔗 Link: Nvidia’s AI Workbench brings model fine-tuning to workstations. It allows you to create and fine-tune AI models on local computers before scaling them up, easing the customisation for large AI projects.
💡 3 Startup Spotlights
Cloud Computing / Bernard Marr
🔗 Link: Middleware has raised $6.5M in seed funding. The company uses AI to monitor cloud systems, helping companies identify and fix performance issues. They will use the funding to create an AI advisor to improve cloud observability.
🔗 Link: Water intelligence startup Wint secures $35M to aid companies in finding and stopping leaks. With Series C funding led by Inven Capital and Insight Partners, the Israeli startup will expand its AI-driven solutions to address global water waste.
🔗 Link: Virtualitics raises $37M to enhance 3D data visualisation. Targeting the 67% of executives struggling with data use, the startup, backed by Caltech and NASA, offers VR and AR insights without needing deep technical skills.
🐥 2 Top Tweets
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🔗 Link: AI can now determine where a patient's cancer arose. A breakthrough approach from MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute can now pinpoint where hard-to-identify cancers began. I wrote a thread about it on Friday.
🔗 Link: Neuralink is developing a next-generation robot to reduce surgery time while improving patient safety.
🍿 1 Media Marvel
Gen-2 / RunwayML
🔗 Link: We are getting closer and closer to being able to render a movie in real time. Runway, an AI research company and online video editor recently allowed users to extend their AI-generated videos up to 18 seconds.
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