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Feb 28, 2024

Bitcoin’s so high, it crashed Coinbase today

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin’s rally is turning out to be bad news for Coinbase, the crypto trading app that has just confirmed some of its customers are seeing a zero balance across their Coinbase accounts. “Your assets are safe,” the firm assured the app’s users via a Status page on its website, adding that its team is investigating the issue and will provide an update shortly. [Update: The company has since said the issues are improving but the app is seeing “heightened traffic.”]

The app’s crash today has to do with the recent demand for Bitcoin, the popular cryptocurrency that recently surged to $60,000 — close to its all-time high last seen in 2021. The price of Bitcoin climbed in the wake of U.S. bitcoin spot ETFs, driving a 42% price rally this month. According to Reuters, this was the largest monthly gain the digital asset had seen since December 2020. As of the time of writing, Bitcoin was up above $61,448, or a 7.66% increase today.

The sharp rise has fueled renewed interest in apps like Coinbase, which allows users to buy, sell, and hold crypto products in a digital wallet. This rapid increase in demand, including from more casual crypto investors, have seemingly contributed to the app’s current issues, as Coinbase says the app is experiencing issues from high traffic.

Feb 28, 2024

Liveliness is a sports community app for finding new workout buddies

Posted by in category: futurism

Finding people who share your active passion — to go hiking, biking, running, whatever — is a pretty enduring problem. Existing friends and family aren’t always going to be into the same sporty pursuits as you and making new buddies at the gym or crag can be kinda awkward. Ditto trying your luck on random Facebook or WhatsApp groups. Step forward.

Feb 28, 2024

The Evolution Of Rugby: A Journey Into The Future With AI

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

In the rugged, adrenaline-fueled world of rugby, a quiet yet profound revolution is underway.

Imagine where tradition meets cutting-edge technology, where the raw physicality and strategic depth of rugby are enhanced by the power of AI. Well, it’s already here.

Feb 28, 2024

Moving Bits — Moving Beliefs, AI Is About To Get Physical

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Have you ever thought about what happens when digital AI systems are put into a physical context?

He’s an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS).

Feb 28, 2024

Photoroom, An App That Generates AI Images In One Second, Is Now Worth $500 Million

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, media & arts, robotics/AI

Photoroom announced Tuesday that it has raised $43 million in Series B funding at a valuation of $500 million. London-based early-stage venture firm Balderton Capital and Aglaé Ventures, an investment firm backed by LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault and his family, led the round, with participation from Y Combinator. The new round brings the Photoroom’s total funding to $64 million. With more than 150 million app downloads and a subscription-based business model, the Paris-based startup has crossed $50 million in annual recurring revenue, according to Rouif.

Photoroom has also garnered the attention of brands like Netflix, Lionsgate and Warner Bros, who have used the startup’s API to promote films and shows including Barbie and Black Mirror. In October 2023, Photoroom partnered with Universal Music Group-owned record label, Republic Records, to create a custom selfie generator of Taylor Swift’s album 1989 that millions of fans used to create an album cover with their own faces.

Photoroom first gained traction in 2020, the same year it was accepted into Y Combinator. During the pandemic, entrepreneurs rushed to produce online catalogs of their products and without access to photographers and professional photo studios, they turned to photo editing tools like Photoroom. Before generative AI tools became mainstream, the startup’s most popular tools were a background remover tool, a tool called “magic retouch,” which removed unwanted objects from a photo as well as a feature that could blur backgrounds in two seconds. When more advanced AI tools became available in 2023, the startup expanded its offerings to include fully AI-generated backgrounds, where users could create background visuals from scratch through text prompts — now Photoroom’s most commonly used feature.

Feb 28, 2024

Enkrypt AI Raises $2.35 Million To Take On The Chatbots Going Rogue

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It’s the problem that everyone with a passing knowledge of generative artificial intelligence (Gen AI) worries about: how to stop the technology going rogue and delivering bogus results.

Enkrypt AI has developed a software solution that sits between large language models and users, aiming to detect bad behaviours from either side.

Feb 28, 2024

A wearable sticker turns slight movements into communication

Posted by in categories: electronics, wearables

The soft and flexible wearable sticker sensor can be worn for long hours and even picks slight movements that conventional sensors miss.

Feb 28, 2024

Apple pulls the plug on its electric car project

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The move also comes when Apple faces stiff competition from other tech giants in the electric vehicle space, such as Xiaomi and Sony.

Apple has reportedly finally given up on its long-running and secretive electric car project.

The project was dubbed Project Titan. According to a report by Bloomberg, the tech giant reportedly broke the news to its employees on Tuesday. The report said that many of the 2,000-strong car team will be reassigned to other areas, such as generative AI.

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Feb 28, 2024

Genie: Google DeepMind’s Open-Endedness AI crafts video games

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI

Discover Genie, the magical AI wizard from Google DeepMind, trained on internet videos to create endless action-packed virtual worlds.

On a normal day in February, Tim Rocktäschel from Google DeepMind’s Open-Endedness Team unveiled an exciting development in the field of artificial intelligence.

Feb 28, 2024

Mistral AI: Microsoft invests $16M in OpenAI French doppelgänger

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The Microsoft-Mistral agreement draws the scrutiny of the European Commission.

Microsoft has inked a multi-year partnership with French startup Mistral AI to make its artificial intelligence (AI) models, like ‘Le Chat,’ available through the Azure cloud computing platform.

Essentially, Microsoft’s investment will be used to purchase equity in Mistral. The valuation of Mistral AI remains the same even after Microsoft’s investment.

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