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Google Translate adds 110 new languages using advanced AI. Ray-Ban Smart Glasses' AI translation struggles in Montreal. Character.AI introduces Voice features for better interaction.

AI-Powered Translation and Communication

Google Translate is expanding its reach by introducing 110 new languages. This enhancement is powered by a large AI learning model, significantly broadening the app's language capabilities.

WIRED tested Meta’s Ray-Ban Smart Glasses in Montreal, a French-speaking region. The AI translation performance was disappointing, described as a "catastrophe".

Character.AI has received a significant upgrade with new Voice features. Users can now interact with characters more naturally, adding a new dimension to AI communication.

AI in Business and Enterprises

Amazon has recently become the 5th U.S. company to reach a $2 trillion market value. The company's stock surged by 52% in the past year, spurred by excitement over its AI investments.

CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai are implementing cuts to make room for AI advancements, discovering their organizations function more efficiently with fewer employees.

Bose CMO Jim Mollica emphasizes that AI is revolutionizing their operations, enhancing consumer experiences and achieving unmatched scale. Mollica discussed these developments at the Cannes Lions 2024 International Festival of Creativity.

CData has raised $350M due to the increasing demands for data integration in the AI era. Their extensive library of over 300 data connectors is utilized by more than 7000 global firms.

Developments in AI Models and Capabilities

Qwen models by Alibaba have achieved significant recognition, dominating Hugging Face's latest LLM leaderboard with three top-ten spots. Launched recently, this benchmark emphasizes tougher criteria like long-context reasoning and complex math.

OpenAI's ChatGPT, despite its initial success, faces challenges in releasing new AI features, proving that maintaining a leading position in AI innovation is difficult.

Claude, a rival AI by Anthropic, has introduced 'Projects' allowing teams to collaborate, enhancing its utility as a day-to-day assistant. Hugging Face's updated leaderboard introduces challenging benchmarks, aiming to advance AI evaluation.

AI in Creative Industries

The integration of AI in creative industries is making waves. DeepMind, Google’s AI research lab, is expanding its understanding of genetic functions and their failures. These advancements promise to revolutionize medical research and treatment strategies.

In the music industry, AI:OK, co-founded by musician Martin Clancy, aims to establish standards for responsible AI use. This initiative seeks to ensure AI technologies enhance, rather than detract, from artistic value and integrity.

Meanwhile, the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) Illustration Contest disqualified several finalists for allegedly using AI-generated images. This incident highlights ongoing ethical debates and challenges surrounding AI in creative competitions.

Sources: Wired CNET ReadWrite

Ethics and Social Impact of AI

Mark Zuckerberg has expressed concerns about the viewpoint of some AI developers, stating that they "kind of think they're creating God or something."

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky emphasized that AI companies should be transparent and involve society in their development process.

In boxing, there's discussion on whether AI can address the biases and corruption inherent in the sport, which still sees traditional practices and leadership.

Selected articles of the day

AI companies need to get society's input as they build out the technology, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky say

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said tech companies should be transparent with people as they develop artificial intelligence.

Read on Business Insider

Google Translate uses AI to introduce 110 new languages

Google Translate will introduce 110 new languages, thanks to a large AI learning model that helps to expand the variety… Continue reading Google Translate uses AI to introduce 110 new languages The post Google Translate uses AI to introduce 110 new languages …

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Pokémon trading-card game illustration contest disqualifies finalists, alleging AI use in images

The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) Illustration Contest has eliminated a number of finalists for allegedly using AI in their… Continue reading Pokémon trading-card game illustration contest disqualifies finalists, alleging AI use in images The post Pokémon t…

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Hugging Face’s updated leaderboard shakes up the AI evaluation game

Hugging Face revamps its Open LLM Leaderboard as AI model performance plateaus, introducing more challenging benchmarks and sparking a new era in AI evaluation alongside complementary efforts like the LMSYS Chatbot Arena.

Read on VentureBeat

EU awards €1B and 8 million supercomputing hours to 4 AI startups

The EU’s supercomputer alliance yesterday announced the winners of its AI startup competition. Four companies will split €1bn — and precious uptime on world-class high-performance computer systems to train their models.  Training and running AI requires massi…

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