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Microsoft has made a surprising move by hiring Sam Altman, the co-founder of OpenAI, shortly after he was unexpectedly pushed out of the company. Altman, well-known for his role in developing ChatGPT, will now be part of a new advanced AI research team at Microsoft. This move comes after OpenAI announced Altman’s removal due to inconsistencies in his communication with the board of directors. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, expressed excitement about Altman’s appointment and mentioned that the software giant, as OpenAI’s largest investor, was looking forward to working with OpenAI’s new CEO, Emmett Shear. The shake-up in the AI industry has sparked intrigue and speculation.
A TikTok trend utilizing AI technology to alter photos and videos and make individuals appear slimmer is gaining popularity on the social media platform. However, body-image professionals are expressing alarm, fearing that the trend may reinforce diet culture and fatphobia. The videos, seen as motivation for weight loss, can contribute to harmful ideals and potentially trigger eating disorders. Experts warn that the trend’s influence may have significant consequences on younger generations, particularly young women.
Amazon is stepping up its game in the race for AI talent by launching a new program called “AI Ready.” The program aims to train at least two million people by 2025 in basic to advanced AI skills, including the use of generative AI technology. With this move, Amazon hopes to catch up to rivals like Microsoft and Google, who have already established strong AI teams. The program is part of a larger industry-wide effort to train workers in various fields in AI. As the demand for skilled AI professionals continues to rise, this initiative positions Amazon as a key player in the battle for AI talent.
The UK has announced a new science initiative aimed at using AI to develop climate-resilient crops.By utilizing AI technology, researchers hope to develop crop varieties that can withstand extreme weather conditions, pests, and diseases, ultimately helping farmers to maintain sustainable yields even in adverse environmental conditions. This innovative approach combines cutting-edge technology with agricultural expertise to create a more resilient and adaptive agricultural system.
A new tool called “Sturgeon” combines DNA sequencing and AI to classify central nervous system (CNS) tumors during brain cancer surgery. Sturgeon can accurately diagnose most CNS tumors within 90 minutes, allowing neurosurgeons to make better decisions about tumor removal during surgery. This eliminates the need for a week-long wait for histological analysis, allowing surgeons to modify their surgical strategy in real-time. The tool uses rapid nanopore sequencing to obtain a methylation profile of the tumor, which is then classified using a neural network model. Sturgeon correctly classified 72% of tumors in just 45 minutes during testing.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a new interactive AI technology to enhance police line-ups and improve witness identification accuracy. Traditional line-up procedures, consisting of static photographs, limit a victim’s ability to choose suspects effectively. Through the use of 3D models, the interactive system allows perpetrators to be viewed from multiple angles, ensuring that the witness’s initial perspective is incorporated. The technology has been found to increase witness selection accuracy by 42%, outperforming video line-ups by 20%. By including dynamic facial movements, emotional expression, lighting variations, and accessories such as masks, the researchers aim to further boost witness memory recall.