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Hackers Pull Off World First AI Heist
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Media: Dexa uses AI to enable precision search within podcast content
Cybersecurity: $25 million stolen in first deepfake scam of its kind in Hong Kong
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Dexa Aims To Get More Out Of Podcasts With AI-Powered Search
Podcasts are treasure troves of insights and anecdotes. Dexa harnesses AI to unlock this value, transforming the way we access specific podcast content. Leveraging language models and a robust search mechanism, the startup answers niche queries with AI-summarized responses, leading users directly to the source. It's about time-saving and precision, qualities in high demand in the information era.
Riley Tomasek's brainchild, born from personal frustration, now serves over 50,000 users monthly, addressing a million-plus queries. Dexa stands out with a unique trust-centric approach, reassuring users and creators alike of the integrity in content handling. As Dexa gears up with a redesigned website and a Huberman Lab partnership, it promises to enrich user experience while respecting content originators. techcrunch
Why does this matter?
Beyond the podcast realm, Dexa’s pinpoint search capability could revolutionize educational platforms, where learners often struggle to find exact answers in dense video lectures or recorded seminars. The AI's application in academic research may save scholars hours of sifting through footage for specific references or methodologies.
Deepfake Scammer Walks Off With $25 Million In First-Of-Its-Kind AI Heist
In a groundbreaking heist, a Hong Kong company lost $25 million after a deepfake of its CFO orchestrated a fraudulent money transfer. Scammers crafted a digital masquerade, simulating a multi-person video conference, which duped an employee into transferring funds to criminal accounts. "This incident marks the first of its kind in Hong Kong," said Baron Chan Shun-ching from the Hong Kong police, highlighting the meticulous avoidance of direct engagement with the victim to bolster the scam's credibility.
The infiltration demonstrates a new frontier in financial fraud, exploiting AI's power to clone visual and vocal human traits. To combat such threats, authorities suggest movement-based identity verification during video calls or employing cryptographic keys for authentication in remote exchanges. As AI scams evolve, so must our defenses—Hong Kong's police are enhancing their alert system to flag transactions potentially connected to known scams, broadening safeguards for electronic and in-person dealings. arstechnica
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Google is launching Gemini Ultra in 48 hours. We are saying goodbye to our friend Bard, as he is being rebranded along with the Google Assistant app. The industry is consolidating into a monthly 'Pro' tier for their top models, at $20/month. Google's is named 'Gemini Advanced'.
— Andrew Curran (@AndrewCurran_)
Feb 5, 2024
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