IBM Are Funding GenAI Startups
PLUS: Machine Learning gives users a 'superhuman' skill in virtual reality through HotGestures.
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IBM Has A $500m Fund For B2B Generative AI Start-Ups
IBM earmarks half a billion dollars for the advancement of AI, specifically targeting B2B generative AI start-ups. This move, echoing a broader trend of tech giants such as Workday and Amazon, signifies a significant thrust towards AI innovation. Start-ups, irrespective of their growth stage, stand to gain not just financially, but also through meaningful partnerships that provide operational expertise and go-to-market strategies.
Rob Thomas, SVP of software and chief commercial officer at IBM, anticipates AI unlocking trillions in productivity. "We're opening another channel to harness the enormous potential of the AI revolution into tangible, positive outcomes for IBM and the companies we invest in," says Thomas. This fund reaffirms IBM's commitment to responsible AI innovation, further solidifying its position as a major backer of AI start-ups. siliconrepublic
The US And 30 Other Nations Agree To Set Guardrails For Military AI
The US, along with 30 other nations, has pledged to establish 'guardrails' for military AI - a move that could pave the way for more transparency, predictability, and regulation in autonomous weaponry. The agreement, while not legally binding, is a noteworthy step toward governing the use of AI in warfare and is seen as a significant milestone in establishing international norms around this issue.
Under this agreement, signatories have committed to ensuring military AI operates within international laws, to develop the technology judiciously and with transparency, and to mitigate biases in AI systems. As a major breakthrough, it also necessitates safeguards for military AI systems, allowing for disengagement or deactivation when unexpected behaviors occur. wired
Why does this matter?
While the agreement is a pivotal move, it's important to note that it does not include China or Russia - countries seen as leaders in autonomous weapons development. This could potentially limit the effectiveness of the agreement and begs the question - how will the global community address the discrepancies in participation?
Meta And Microsoft Move To Protect Elections From AI
In a timely move, Meta and Microsoft are fortifying the barricades of democracy, targeting deepfakes in elections. Microsoft is manifesting this through a watermarking service, set to launch in Spring 2024. This tool will authenticate media, flagging any AI-generated or tampered content, thus empowering organizations against deceptive alterations. On the other hand, Meta mandates advertisers to disclose any digital alterations in their political or social issue ads, penalizing non-compliance. siliconrepublic
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Does Your Business Need A Chief AI Officer?
AI leadership is a conundrum faced by many organizations. With the rapid rise of AI, the question arises: "do businesses need a Chief AI Officer?" Avivah Litan, VP analyst at Gartner, suggests that Chief AI Officers are becoming a best-practice technique in some sectors. For others, a collective approach, bringing experts from across the business together, is more viable. As Litan puts it, AI is "a different animal" that can't be treated like any other IT application.
The decision for a business to appoint a Chief AI Officer depends largely on its size and scale. While some companies, like Holman, have created AI councils to analyze potential use cases, others like Bentley Motors don't have the scale to justify building their own large language models from scratch. In the end, the best approach to AI leadership may lie in a blend of individual and collective responsibility. zdnet
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Machine Learning Gives Users 'Superhuman' Ability To Open And Control Tools In Virtual Reality
HotGestures, a breakthrough by University of Cambridge researchers, utilizes machine learning to provide a 'superhuman' tool control in virtual reality (VR) environments. This solution diverges from conventional VR interactions: it's not about clicking or scrolling, but about performing intuitive hand gestures. Need scissors? Mimic a cutting motion and voilà!
With this new approach, users can build 3D models sans distractions from menu browsing or button pressing. The beauty here lies in the simplicity - the system recognises ten different gestures associated with 3D modelling tasks. And no worries about false activations; the system differentiates between gestures and normal hand movements. sciencedaily
Written by Isaac R. Ward, Casey Clifton, and Alex Brogan.
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