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Google Makes Moves, Hooking Up Bard to YouTube
PLUS: IBM partners with universities for free AI courses on SkillsBuild platform.
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How Venture Capitalists Are Using AI To Invest More Effectively
Venture capitalists are harnessing AI to redefine investment landscapes. Firms like InReach Ventures utilize platforms such as DIG to sift through vast datasets, identifying potential investments swiftly and efficiently. DIG's ability to collate and scrutinize data from myriad sources enables the team to discover hidden gems like Oberlo, securing deals before competitors even catch wind. AI's scalability in these processes is a game-changer, epitomized by EQT Ventures' Motherbrain, which analyzes two million companies daily.
AI tools extend beyond data sifting, revolutionizing startup classification and monitoring. Episode 1's AI, for example, sorts hundreds of potential investments weekly, aligning them with current investment foci. SignalFire's technology goes a step further by identifying rapid growth indicators, ensuring high-potential startups don't slip through the cracks. These advancements signal a shift towards more strategic, data-driven decision-making in the VC sector, potentially leading to more diverse and equitable funding distributions. entrepreneur
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Forget Siri. Turn Your IPhone’s ‘Action Button’ Into A ChatGPT Voice Assistant Instead
The Action Button on iPhone 15 Pro models now unlocks a realm of possibilities. With OpenAI's ChatGPT Voice feature, users can sidestep Siri, choosing instead a more versatile assistant. Simple configuration through iOS Settings breathes new life into the Action Button, transforming it into a gateway to ChatGPT's vast knowledge base. Users get to select from five distinct voices, personalizing their AI experience. Imagine asking complex queries on-the-go and receiving detailed responses—effortlessly.
The use of ChatGPT extends beyond novelty; it's a practical pivot to smarter interactions. Configuring this on your device is straightforward: select the Action Button in Settings, associate it with the ChatGPT shortcut, and voilà. This adaptation speaks volumes about AI's integration into daily life. "Much, much smarter," not just a claim but a new standard for voice assistants. But here's a thought: What if this is just the beginning of AI's takeover of traditional mobile functions? techcrunch
Google’s Bard AI Chatbot Can Now Answer Questions About YouTube Videos
Google's Bard just leveled up. It can now delve into YouTube video content, enabling users to ask pointed questions about what they’re watching. "We're expanding the YouTube Extension to understand video content," Google shares, implying a richer, more layered interaction with Bard.
The implications are vast. A teen contemplating their future can seek Bard's advice on universities or leisurely learn a new sport. The AI's large language models are hard at work, providing responses in real-time as a video plays, and even distilling the essence of comment sections. It's a move towards more immersive, informative viewing experiences. techcrunch
Why does this matter?
Integrating Bard into YouTube is a sample of what’s to come for Google. With the global dominance of Search and Gmail, they have a massive data advantage which in the long-run could see them overtake their competitors in the AI race.
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IBM’s Free AI Learning Resources
IBM's strategic partnership with DCU and FIT marks a significant step in democratizing AI education. SkillsBuild, the company's free online learning platform, is at the forefront of this initiative. As the AI skills gap looms large, IBM's commitment to train 2 million people by 2026 reflects a proactive approach to workforce development in the tech sector. Courses on generative AI, including prompt-writing and practical skills, will soon be available, ensuring that learners are equipped to navigate and shape the future.
The integration of SkillsBuild into Irish education is more than an expansion—it's a transformation. Peter Davitt and Professor Theo Lynn recognize the value in weaving IBM's resources into their curricula. This integration ensures that students not only grasp AI concepts but also gain hands-on experience. The use of chatbots and AI-driven recommendations exemplifies the practical application of learning tools, fostering an environment where students are primed for innovation and growth. siliconrepublic
Around The World
Reuters claims Sam Altman was ousted from OpenAI following an AI breakthrough, internally code-named Q* (Q-Star), which many are speculating may be a combination of start-of-the-art reinforcement learning (e.g. AlphaGo) with ChatGPT.
Babbel Enhances Language Learning Experience with Innovative Speech Tools Designed to Increase Learner's Confidence in Speaking Foreign Languages.
Four Ways AI Is Making The Power Grid Faster And More Resilient
AI is transforming the energy sector, making the power grid faster and more resilient. With renewables and unpredictable weather complicating supply and demand, grid operators are leveraging AI's prowess in data analysis for stability. The US Department of Energy's $3 billion grant underlines the trend towards smart grid projects. AI helps in understanding current conditions, making informed decisions, and forecasting issues**.** Feng Qiu's research at Argonne National Laboratory has birthed a machine-learning model that optimizes grid planning 12 times faster than traditional methods.
Lunar Energy's AI software epitomizes tailored energy solutions, personalizing predictions for individual homes and aiding utility companies in energy planning. WeaveGrid's analysis of EV charging data helps manage the added demand on the grid, while companies like PG&E utilize machine learning for infrastructure inspection. AI's capabilities extend to predicting disaster-induced grid failures, aiding in prioritizing resiliency projects. Yet, despite AI's strides, experts caution against full automation due to security, data privacy, and potential biases. Human oversight remains crucial for the grid's reliability. fastcompany
Written by Isaac R. Ward, Casey Clifton, and Alex Brogan.
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