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Apr 15, 2024

US tech sleepwalking as China steals secrets, experts say

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The latest scandal involves a Google engineer accused of stealing AI secrets.

Apr 15, 2024

The future of screens — it reacts to your touch, fingerprint, and even pulse

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Touch screens are just displays with the array of sensors that make them work. Now, a new display can work as a touch screen without any additional sensors.

Apr 15, 2024

Musk’s xAI reveals Grok 1.5 Vision, claims top spatial understanding

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According to its website, the Grok 1.5V connects the physical and digital worlds. The company has highlighted seven examples of its capabilities to explain how the multimodal model works.

A user can share a picture of a flowchart with Grok, and the AI model can translate it into Python code. By simply showing the model a nutrition label, a user can inquire how many calories one would consume by consuming certain portions of the product.

While this might seem like an easy case of multiplication, the AI model can also take a child’s drawing and build an entire bedtime story using it. The model can do the converse, too. Show it a meme, and it will explain why it is funny and provide the context needed to understand it.

Apr 15, 2024

Cambridge startup’s AI telemonitor detects heart failure via foot volume

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Cambridge startup Heartfelt Technologies’ AI telemonitor measures foot volume to monitor discharged heart patients for signs of heart failure.

Apr 15, 2024

Light-based chip: China’s Taichi could power artificial general intelligence

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Taichi could potentially make artificial general intelligence a reality.

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China have developed a revolutionary new artificial intelligence (AI) chip that uses light instead of electricity to process data.

Researchers have developed a highly energy-efficient photonic AI chip called Taichi, which could accelerate the development of advanced computing solutions.

Apr 15, 2024

Chinese automaker launches world’s first EV with ‘semi-solid-state’ battery

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In a promising step towards the evolution of next-generation electric vehicles (EV), Chinese car maker IM Motors has launched a car that features a version of solid-state batteries.

The battery pack, dubbed “Lightyear” by IM, is the primary power source for the company’s flagship L6 Lightyear Max, priced at approximately ¥330,000 (equivalent to US$45,600).

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Apr 15, 2024

AI-enabled Macs soon? Apple to revamp product line with M4 chips

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The highest-level Hidra chip will power Apple’s highest-end desktop, the Mac Pro. To give you an idea of how powerful the chip might be, Apple is working to support the Mac Pro with 512 GB RAM. Unlike Intel’s processor, which allows additional memory to be added later, Apple Silicon is more deeply integrated into the processor, and therefore, the RAM options will have come from Apple itself.

With the M4 chip nearing production, Apple could unveil its new and updated Mac lineup later this year and follow it up with releases through 2025, the Bloomberg report added.

A newer lineup also gives the Cupertino-based company an opportunity to join the league of tech giants working on AI. Compared to Microsoft and Google, which have already released their AI-powered products, Apple has been a laggard in the AI space.

Apr 15, 2024

Spacehopper: Three-legged jumping robot to study asteroids in space

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The robot is controlled by a neural network trained in deep reinforcement learning via simulation.

Students at ETH Zurich are creating a robot that can move around in extremely low gravity by hopping like a human.

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Apr 15, 2024

Meta challenges Nvidia’s dominance with new AI chips

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The design is intended to provide more computing power, bandwidth, and memory capacity to the chips. Initially, Meta aimed to perform inference functions such as ranking and generating responses to user prompts. Meta plans to use the chips for more intense operations, such as training AI models using large data sets.

A shift to its chips could help Meta save millions in energy costs every year, alongside the billions needed in capital expenditure to buy chips from Nvidia.

Meta isn’t the only tech company looking to design and build its own AI chips. Legacy chipmaker Intel, which has lagged in catering to industry requirements for AI chips, also announced its new Gaudi chips at an event on Tuesday.

Apr 15, 2024

Are bending lights the future of Wi-Fi?

Posted by in categories: futurism, internet

“A crucial question we constantly face is how much we can curve the signal and over what distance,” acknowledges Mittleman. “We have initial estimations, but a more precise understanding is necessary.”

This research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, represents a significant step towards a future powered by terahertz communication. By bending the limitations of current technologies, researchers are paving the way for a new era of seamless and high-bandwidth wireless connectivity.

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