AI’s biggest stories from today
CCC - Computer chip confiscation
Since 2018, when Trump set tariffs and restrictions on goods leaving America for sale on the Chinese market, the two nations have been in economic conflict.
Now, six years later, the Biden administration is doubling down on his predecessor’s work, as he tightens restrictions on US exporters sending AI computer chips to China.
Using our powers of deduction, we know this is to prevent China from developing its AI capabilities, but it’s hurting US companies. Nvidia, the world’s largest AI chip manufacturer, and US company, experienced a 2% share drop yesterday as the administration announced its intention to implement a bill banning the sale of Nvidia’s entire line of AI chips to China.
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There’s something to be said about the bustling energy of collecting groups of high-performing, highly-motivated people in one area. That’s just what Y Combinator is doing this year, as they pledge to invest $500k in selected startups, then walk founders through a three-month course on running a company.
After receiving 24,000 applications for its latest cohort (and accepting just ~230, 75 of which are AI-focused), the famed startup accelerator is making in-person participation mandatory for those in the program, meaning all founders must be in the Bay Area. With Airbnb and Stripe being past Y Combinator participants, it’s worth making the move for the winter.
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If you’ve used ChatGPT, perhaps you’re familiar with this message;
Given OpenAI’s announcement earlier today, if you’re a premium subscriber, you’ll never see this again, because ChatGPT has a new update, “browsing”, which enables the program to search Bing for answers to questions.
Obviously, restricting ChatGPT to searching Bin’s database is a move to bolster Microsoft instead of Google, but really, whose complaining?
What else is happening today?
You first, you last: Research (above) shows 46% of office & administrative support employment will be exposed to AI automation, with only 1% of building, grounds cleaning & maintenance at the same risk.
Survey says: 57% of US adults have heard of ChatGPT, and one in three have taken it for a test run (or AI-powered tools like it).
Indeed, indeed: Generative AI-related postings jumped 20% in May on the job portal, including data scientist, software engineer, machine learning engineer and data engineer roles.
Dark days: Paedophiles are using AI image generators to create and sell life-like child sex abuse images, per The BBC.
AI farm: Eliminating over 200,000 weeds per hour and saving 80% of weed control costs, the LaserWeeder is here to solve one of farming's most tedious, time-consuming, and challenging problems.
Reka Snowflake: Former DeepMind researchers behind Reka, an AI model startup specialized for enterprise customers, secures $50M in a fresh funding round, from investors including DST Global and Snowflake.
Five-sided fistagon: The Pentagon wants to keep up with Chinese and Russian AI-military capabilities, but the US military’s requirements for sourcing software have it caught in a slow-moving operating procedure.
Peas in a pod: “AI and software development are now inextricably linked for the rest of our lives,” says GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke.
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