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Microsoft, Google, and Misinformation

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Microsoft and Google are teaching political groups to use AI tools, while Apple is integrating ChatGPT into the iPhone. Concerns rise over AI spreading misinformation in politics.

AI in Big Tech and Politics

Microsoft and Google have been teaching political groups to use generative AI tools like Copilot and Gemini. These tools are designed to enhance campaign strategies, but the political implications are complex.

Apple is collaborating with OpenAI to integrate ChatGPT into the iPhone alongside Siri with iOS 18. However, ChatGPT services are not available in China, forcing Apple to seek alternative AI partners to offer these features in its key international market.

A report reveals that ten leading chatbot programs, including OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Copilot, are spreading Russian misinformation. This raises concerns about the influence of AI in political discourse and the potential for AI to disseminate false information.

Claude AI vs. GPT-4

Anthropic’s latest Claude AI model is pulling ahead of rivals from OpenAI and Google, although advances in machine intelligence have been more incremental than revolutionary. The newly launched Claude 3.5 Sonnet claims to outperform OpenAI's GPT-4 Omni, providing a significant step up in speed and functionality for users.

Anthropic also introduced Artifacts, a workspace for editing AI-generated projects, alongside the Claude 3.5 family. Early feedback from AI influencers and power users has been largely positive, with some hailing the new model as "wild" in terms of its capabilities.

The legal sector has taken note of Claude AI's potential, with claims that it is fully capable of acting as a Supreme Court Justice. This development adds to the growing excitement around Anthropic’s advancements, marking Claude 3.5 as its most powerful AI yet.

Generative AI Enhancements

Safe Superintelligence, Inc. aims to safely develop AI far superior to human intelligence. The company, founded by ex-OpenAI star Sutskever, seeks to push the boundaries of AI capability.

Amazon’s Alexa is set for a significant AI update, introducing a two-tier subscription plan costing up to $10 monthly. This upgrade aims to enhance user interaction and functionality.

Chinese youth are paying $7 weekly for AI-powered love coaches to improve dating skills. Platforms like RIZZ.AI and Hong Hong Simulator are helping them navigate social scenarios effectively.

AI in Regulation and Security

Neo-Nazis are leveraging AI to enhance radicalization and fund-raising, using the technology to create weapon blueprints, raising significant security concerns. Meanwhile, the US proposes stringent regulations to prevent investments in Chinese military-use technologies.

The AI stock frenzy, driven by companies like Nvidia, is drawing parallels to the dot-com bubble, with experts warning of a potential crash. Stocks of leading tech companies are now experiencing slight declines, indicating a possible stall in the AI-fueled rally.

A fact-checking startup has intensified efforts to eliminate AI hallucinations after raising €1M. Factiverse aims to use machine learning to ensure AI-generated content accuracy. Additionally, questions remain about Apple’s compliance with China's AI regulations and the EU's tech rules, leading to delays in launching new AI-powered features.

AI in Consumer Products

Amazon is reportedly contemplating charging users up to $10 per month for its revamped Alexa assistant, which will support conversational AI. This move may position Amazon against competitors like Apple in the advanced virtual assistant market.

Nvidia and Microsoft have surged as the world's most valuable companies, drawing attention to Nvidia’s ascendancy and contrasting with Intel's missed opportunity to reach similar heights. Meanwhile, Amazon is laying down an AI foundation with Amazon Bedrock, signaling strategic technological advancements.

The rise of AI in crypto continues as top AI-related cryptocurrency projects raise substantial funds, highlighting a trend towards valuation gains at launch despite broader altcoin market volatility.

Selected articles of the day

Sierra’s new benchmark reveals how well AI agents perform at real work

Sierra releases TAU-bench, a new benchmark that claims to more accurately evaluate AI agent performance in the real world. Read how 12 popular LLMs fared.

Read on VentureBeat

Swallow this robot: Endiatx’s tiny pill examines your body with cameras, sensors

FEATURE: Endiatx's swallowable robotic pill hits clinical trials, company preps for FDA review and commercial launch

Read on VentureBeat

Fact-checking startup targets AI hallucinations after raising €1M

A fact-checking startup has accelerated plans to banish AI hallucinations after securing €1mn in funding. Norway-based Factiverse uses machine learning to verify content generated by artificial intelligence. The company’s tools automatically detect inaccurate…

Read on The Next Web

Apple’s AI features for the iPhone just hit a major roadblock

Apple Intelligence was supposed to rethink what an iPhone can accomplish. The EU's landmark market rules are now standing in the way of users experiencing it.

Read on Digital Trends

AI is exhausting the power grid

Some data centers need as much energy as a small city, turning companies that promised a clean energy future into some of the most insatiable guzzlers of power

Read on The Washington Post

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