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AI Newsletter #014 (2023/08/28 – 2023/09/03)

Company News

Intel’s Meteor Lake CPUs Will Use AI to Make Your Laptop Battery Last Longer
Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake processors will utilize artificial intelligence (AI) to improve power management and extend battery life in laptops. The CPUs will employ AI algorithms to efficiently switch between high power and low power states, resulting in lower power consumption and potentially saving up to 15% more energy. Additionally, the AI implementation is expected to enhance system responsiveness by up to 35%. The full details will be revealed at Intel’s Innovation event next month.
https://www.techradar.com/computing/cpu/intels-meteor-lake-cpus-will-use-ai-to-make-your-laptop-battery-last-longer

Microsoft Introduces Typeface AI for Microsoft Teams for Business
Microsoft has announced that its Typeface AI app is now integrated with Microsoft Teams, allowing users to easily incorporate generative AI into their marketing tools and messaging apps.
https://www.onmsft.com/news/microsoft-introduces-typeface-ai-for-microsoft-teams-for-business/

Google DeepMind Has Launched a Watermarking Tool for AI-Generated Images
Google DeepMind has released a watermarking tool called SynthID, which can detect whether an image has been generated by AI and contains a watermark. The tool uses two neural networks to create an embedded pattern that is invisible to the human eye but can be detected by the second network.
https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/08/29/1078620/google-deepmind-has-launched-a-watermarking-tool-for-ai-generated-images/

China’s Baidu and Other Tech Companies Release Their GenAI Chatbots to Public
Four China-based tech companies, including Baidu, Baichuan Intelligent Technology, SenseTime, and Zhipu AI, have launched their own AI chatbots after receiving approval from the Chinese government. These chatbots were released less than two weeks after the government’s AI legislation was enacted, which requires government approval for AI-based products. Baidu’s chatbot, Ernie Bot, quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on the Apple Store’s free app rankings in China.
https://cointelegraph.com/news/chinese-tech-companies-release-ai-chatbots

OpenAI Angles to Put ChatGPT in Classrooms with Special Tutor Prompts
OpenAI is proposing ways for teachers to use its conversational AI agent, ChatGPT, in classrooms. While the chatbot has been controversial due to concerns of plagiarism, OpenAI suggests using it to help language learners, formulate test questions, and teach critical thinking skills. The company also warns that AI detectors are not reliable in distinguishing between AI-generated and human-generated content.
https://techcrunch.com/2023/08/31/openai-angles-to-put-chatgpt-in-classrooms-with-special-tutor-prompts/

Funding Rounds

APERIO Secures $9 Million Series A1 Funding to Scale AI-Powered Data Quality Tech
Israeli AI data quality startup APERIO has raised $9 million in a Series A1 funding round led by Momenta. The funds will be used for team expansion, product development, and improving the customer experience. APERIO’s machine learning technology helps manufacturers with data governance and operational decision-making.
https://www.startuphub.ai/aperio-secures-9-million-series-a1-funding-to-scale-ai-powered-data-quality-tech/

OpenAI-Backed Language Learning App Speak Raises $16M to Expand to the US
Language learning platform Speak, backed by OpenAI’s startup fund, has raised $16 million in a funding round led by angel investor Lachy Groom. The funds will be used to support Speak’s expansion into new markets, including the US, by the end of the year. Speak offers an AI-powered tutor that helps users practice conversational English. The app has already gained popularity in South Korea, with over 100,000 subscribers.
https://techcrunch.com/2023/08/31/openai-backed-language-learning-app-speak-raises-16m-to-expand-to-the-u-s/

OpenAI Competitor AI21 Labs Raises $155M At A $1.4B Valuation
Israel-based AI startup AI21 Labs has raised $155 million in a Series C funding round, with investors including Google and Nvidia. The funding brings the company’s valuation to $1.4 billion and will be used to expand its text-based generative AI services for enterprises. AI21 Labs competes with OpenAI and Anthropic in the generative AI space.
https://news.crunchbase.com/ai-robotics/ai21-funding-ai-startup-goog-nvda-openai-competitor/

Intuition Robotics Scores $25M to Scale AI Care Companion for Seniors
Senior-focused technology company Intuition Robotics has raised $25 million in funding to expand its AI-powered care companion robot for seniors. The funding round was led by Woven Capital, the growth fund of Toyota, and will be used to enhance the capabilities of the company’s companion robot, ElliQ, and meet the growing demand for the device in healthcare organizations and government agencies.
https://www.mobihealthnews.com/news/intuition-robotics-scores-25m-scale-ai-care-companion-seniors

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