AI Weekly Digest Issue #39

Get your AI update with AI Weekly Digest Issue #39 for Week 2 of 2024. A curated selection of the most impactful AI news and events worldwide.

Welcome back to AI Weekly Digest #39, your go-to resource for the most important artificial intelligence news and events from Week 2 of 2024.

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Jan 11, 2024

Google unveils new AI tools to provide personalized shopping for retailers

Google Cloud announced new AI products at the National Retailer Association conference to help retailers offer more personalized online shopping experiences.

The tools use models like PaLM and Imagen to power conversational commerce agents that suggest tailored recommendations. They also automatically generate product info like descriptions and metadata from just a photo.

From Techcrunch

Rabbit sells out 10,000 units of its R1 pocket AI companion in one day
Rabbit R1

Rabbit, a Santa Monica-based AI startup, has sold out 10,000 units of its R1 pocket AI companion in just one day after its debut at CES 2024. The device, priced at $199, is a custom-built consumer AI device that runs on Rabbit’s proprietary foundation model, Large Action Model (LAM) .

From theverge

Jan 10, 2024

OpenAI Announced ChatGPT Team

The GPT Store Is Now Live

It’s been two months since OpenAI announced GPTs, and users have already created over 3 million custom versions of ChatGPT. Many builders have shared their GPTs for others to use. Today, OpenAI are starting to roll out the GPT Store to ChatGPT Plus, Team and Enterprise users so you can find useful and popular GPTs. Visit to explore.

From OpenAI

Google faces $1.67 bln damages demand at AI-related patent trial

Alphabet’s Google is being sued for allegedly infringing patents related to AI processors, with ​Singular Computing demanding $1.67 billion in damages. The lawsuit contends that Google incorporated the patented technology into its AI-supporting chips without authorization, following meetings with the ​Massachusetts-based inventor. Google denies the allegations, claiming independent design and fundamental differences in the technology. The case involves complex AI technology and raises issues of intellectual property rights and fair competition.

From reuters

Amazon’s Alexa gets new generative AI-powered experiences
Character AI

Amazon announced new tools for LLM-powered experiences, with three developers delivering new generative AI-powered Alexa experiences: Character.AI, Splash, and Volley.

Character.AI enables real-time conversations with different personas, Splash offers a free Alexa Skill for creating songs using voice, and Volley introduced a generative AI-powered “20 Questions” game for Alexa users.

From Techcrunch

Jan 09, 2024

Microsoft and PNNL discover new material that could revolutionize the lithium-ion battery industry

Microsoft and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have discovered a new substance that could reduce lithium use in batteries by up to 70%.

The material was discovered using artificial intelligence (AI) and supercomputing, which helped researchers narrow down 32 million potential inorganic materials to 18 promising candidates in less than a week.

From BBC

Walmart Introduces New AI Innovations for Shoppers and Associates
Amazon Shopping

Walmart has unveiled new AI capabilities to improve the digital shopping experience. Using generative AI models from Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service and proprietary data, Walmart built an intuitive search function for iOS, Android, and its website. The AI understands shoppers’ queries and generates personalized results to make browsing more seamless. At CES 2024, Walmart and Microsoft CEOs introduced the innovations, citing AI’s value in retail.

For associates, Walmart launched the “My Assistant” app leveraging Azure OpenAI Service. In a few months, it has helped associates with tasks like summarizing documents. The announcements build on the 2018 Walmart-Microsoft partnership to drive digital transformation. While Walmart uses custom models, Microsoft offers low-code solutions so all retailers can benefit from AI.

From MicroSoft

Intel Drives Toward AI-Powered Cars at CES 2024
Artificial Intelligence Generates Content

At CES 2024, Intel unveiled plans to usher in a new era of artificial intelligence for automobiles. The company is developing a system on a chip designed to enable natural language processing, computer vision, and generative AI capabilities in vehicles. This could allow for advanced features like driver and passenger monitoring, high-definition video conferencing, immersive entertainment, and software-defined vehicles that continuously improve via over-the-air updates.

Intel aims to reduce the number of electronic control units in cars while providing more personalized, intelligent experiences. The chips will be optimized for emerging trends like electric and autonomous vehicles. While adoption may be slow due to the auto industry’s cautious pace, Intel is positioning itself at the forefront of next-generation in-car AI. With strong gen AI and sustainability bona fides, the company hopes to be the driving force behind smarter, greener transportation.

From Yahoo

Panasonic HD’s New AI Algorithm Tackles Complex Visual Data
Panasonic HD

Panasonic HD has developed an advanced image recognition AI, employing a novel classification algorithm capable of handling multimodal data distributions. This breakthrough technology, a product of Panasonic’s REAL-AI program, significantly surpasses existing methods in recognition accuracy.

Traditional image recognition AI struggles with objects from the same category that appear different due to factors like orientation or lighting. Panasonic’s solution actively utilizes these variations, employing a two-dimensional orthonormal matrix to capture the diversity of images.

This method, validated on benchmark datasets, showcases improved recognition of objects in similar categories, enhancing AI’s ability to deal with diverse visual information. Set to be presented at WACV 2024, this innovation holds promising applications in areas requiring sophisticated image understanding, including mobility and robotics.

From Panasonic

VW to Add AI Assistant with ChatGPT to Cars Mid-Year
ChatGPT Unsplash

Volkswagen announced at CES 2024 that it will integrate ChatGPT into its voice assistant for vehicles in North America and Europe starting in the second quarter of 2024. The AI assistant will be able to have back-and-forth conversations with drivers to adjust settings hands-free, like increasing temperature or finding nearby restaurants.

From reuters

Generative AI Threatens to Undermine KYC Processes

Jan 08, 2024

Getty Images Unveils AI-Driven Image Generation with NVIDIA Picasso
Getty iStock

Getty Images has launched ‘Generative AI by iStock’, a new service powered by NVIDIA’s Picasso technology, during CES.

This innovative tool offers designers and businesses a novel way to create legally protected, licensable images through a text-to-image generation process.

Leveraging Getty Images’ extensive library of licensed data, this service integrates advanced inpainting and outpainting features, enabling users to add or replace elements in images, or adjust them to various aspect ratios.

Furthermore, the NVIDIA Picasso foundry facilitates the development of custom AI models, allowing for the generation of diverse visual assets from simple text prompts.

From Nvidia

AMD debuts AI-focused Ryzen 8000G desktop chips at CES 2024

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has unveiled its latest Ryzen 8000G desktop chips at CES 2024. The new chips are the first to feature a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) in an x86 desktop chip, according to AMD.

The Ryzen 8000G series will include four SKUs with Zen 4 cores and a hybrid architecture with both Zen 4 and Zen 4c cores. The flagship chip in the lineup will be the 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 9700G, which will ship with a 4.2GHz base clock, 5.1GHz of boost clock, 16MB of L3 cache, 65W TDP, and the Radeon 780M iGPU.

The most affordable chip in the lineup will be the 4-core, 8-thread Ryzen 3 8300G, which is said to offer a 3.45GHz base clock, 4.9GHz boost clock, 8MB of L3 cache, 35W TDP, and Radeon 740M graphics.
AMD’s new chips will compete with Apple’s M line of processors for its Mac laptops and desktops, which already offers a dedicated neural engine. AMD’s Ryzen 8000G desktop chips are expected to debut at the end of January 2024.

From Yahoo

Amazon Fashion is using AI to help you find the perfect fit
Amazon Shopping

Amazon Fashion is transforming online shopping with AI-driven features for a personalized experience. Their key innovations include AI-powered size recommendations tailored to individual customers, Fit Review Highlights that provide relevant feedback from other shoppers, and enhanced size charts using AI for accuracy and ease of understanding.

Additionally, Amazon’s Fit Insights Tool offers brands valuable insights into product fit and customer preferences, aiding in reducing return rates and improving product listings. This initiative by Amazon not only streamlines the shopping experience but also empowers customers and brands alike with more accurate and personalized fashion choices.

From Amazon

Nvidia Leads AI PC Revolution with New Graphic Chip Innovations

Nvidia Corporation has introduced three advanced desktop graphics chips, marking a significant step in the AI PC industry. These chips, showcased at the CES trade show, are not just upgrades but revolutionize personal computing with enhanced AI capabilities.

The highlight is the GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER, boasting more cores and faster memory, significantly outperforming its predecessors. This chip, along with the RTX 4070 Ti SUPER and 4070 Super, aims to offer superior AI-based functionalities in personal computers without the need for internet-dependent services.

From Yahoo

Apple’s Latest VR Headset Vision Pro to Launch Next Month
Vision Pro VR Headset

Apple is poised to enter the virtual reality market next month with the launch of its highly anticipated Vision Pro headset. According to sources familiar with the matter, Apple plans to unveil the Vision Pro in February 2024, with pre-orders starting shortly after the announcement.

The Vision Pro will feature dual ultra-high resolution displays and spatial audio for immersive experiences. It will run on a new operating system called RealityOS and allow users to access apps, games, media content and more. The headset is expected to cost around $2,000.

From theverge

Samsung’s new smart home features include household maps with AI characters

Samsung has unveiled new smart home features that include household maps with AI characters. The new SmartThings maps show “AI characters” that stand in for family members and pets inside the home.

The maps are part of Samsung’s SmartThings app, which allows users to control their smart home devices. The app also includes a feature called “Map View,” which provides a visual representation of the user’s home and the devices within it.

From techcrunch

Microsoft Appoints Dee Templeton as Nonvoting Observer to OpenAI’s Board
OpenAI Screen

Microsoft has appointed Dee Templeton, a Microsoft Corp. executive, as a nonvoting observer to OpenAI’s board as part of a broader boardroom overhaul following the brief ouster of the startup’s CEO Sam Altman.

Templeton, who has worked at Microsoft for over 25 years, is the company’s vice president for technology and research partnerships and operations. She has already begun attending board meetings, according to a person familiar with the matter. OpenAI and Microsoft declined to comment.

From Yahoo

Judges in England and Wales are given cautious approval to use AI in writing legal opinions

Judges in England and Wales have been granted cautious permission to utilize artificial intelligence to help draft legal opinions, marking a small step into the technological future for the ancient legal system. Guidance issued last month allows AI to assist with writing but bars its use for legal research or analysis, due to concerns about inaccuracy and bias.

From abcnews

Apple Announces MLX: Revolutionizing Machine Learning on Apple Silicon
Apple Inc

Apple’s machine learning research team has unveiled MLX, an innovative array framework optimized for Apple silicon. Key features of MLX include composable function transformations, lazy computation, dynamic graph construction, and a unified memory model. Designed for both efficiency and ease of use, MLX facilitates the development and deployment of complex machine learning models. Its design draws inspiration from established frameworks like NumPy, PyTorch, Jax, and ArrayFire.

From GitHub

Deloitte rolls out artificial intelligence chatbot to employees

Deloitte, the multinational professional services network, has launched an AI-powered chatbot for its employees. The chatbot, named DARTbot, is designed to help employees with their queries and provide them with information on various topics. The chatbot is powered by Generative Artificial Intelligence and is expected to improve the efficiency of the company’s internal communication.

From FT

McAfee unveils AI-powered deepfake audio detection
Audio Voice

McAfee has launched Project Mockingbird, an AI-powered Deepfake Audio Detection tool, boasting a 90% success rate in identifying fraudulent audio. The tool uses machine learning algorithms to identify and flag deepfake audio, which can be used to scam consumers with fake news and other schemes.

Every week, we’ll meticulously curate a selection of stories from top AI media outlets and distill them into a digestible format, ensuring you stay up-to-date with the latest developments without having to spend hours browsing the web. From groundbreaking research to real-world applications, ethical debates to policy implications, AI Weekly Digest will be your essential guide to navigating the ever-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence. Join us on this exciting journey as we explore the future of AI together, one week at a time.

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