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Jony Ive AI device could get $1B funding from Laurene Powell Jobs

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We first heard last year that former Apple design chief Jony Ive and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman were working on some kind of AI hardware project. It was later reported that Tang Tan, Apple’s chief iPhone and Apple Watch designer, was also joining the project.

A report now suggests that the pair are now seeking a billion dollars in funding, and are in talks with Steve Jobs’ widow, founder and president of the Emerson Collective, Laurene Powell Jobs …

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Sam Altman officially rejoins the OpenAI board after internal review, but mystery remains [U]

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The OpenAI mess was all but over as of last November, but there was one outstanding item: an official review into the actions of CEO Sam Altman. Update: The internal review is now complete, Altman has now been officially appointed to the board, with three new directors.

The board expressed full confidence in the leadership of Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, but the mystery of what led to his removal in the first place remains unsolved – more at the end …

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OpenAI also wants to pay for licensing news articles, but not as much as Apple

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Ever since chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT became popular, there have been discussions about how these platforms use third-party content to train their AI models without paying any kind of license fee. Following the report that Apple has been negotiating with publishers to train its yet-to-be-released AI with news articles, it seems that OpenAI finally wants to do the same – but without paying as much as Apple.

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AI Alliance will open-source AI models; Meta, IBM, Intel, NASA on board

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A new industry group known as the AI Alliance believes that artificial intelligence models should be open-source, in contrast to the proprietary models developed by OpenAI and Google.

Meta, IBM, Intel, and NASA are just some of the organizations to sign up, believing that the approach offers three key benefits …

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OpenAI board was concerned a new Q* breakthrough could threaten humanity

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The mystery of what led the OpenAI board to take the precipitous step of firing CEO Sam Altman may now have been solved. A new report says a number of researchers warned them of a new breakthrough which they said could threaten humanity – after Altman seemingly failed to inform them.

In a letter to the board, the researchers suggested that the breakthrough – dubbed Q* and pronounced Q-Star – could let AI “surpass humans in most economically valuable tasks” …

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OpenAI boardroom coup defeated, Sam Altman returning as CEO

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The OpenAI boardroom coup, which saw CEO Sam Altman fired as CEO, and co-founder Greg Brockman removed from the board, has been defeated. Sam Altman is now being reinstated as CEO.

The drama at the ChatGPT developer isn’t entirely over, however. The AI company is so far calling the deal an “agreement in principle” rather than a fact; there is to be an investigation into the whole saga; and the original corporate structure which led to the mess is to be retained …

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OpenAI drama continues, with negotiations for Sam Altman’s return [U]

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While not exactly our normal beat, it’s hard to ignore the biggest tech news of the day: the OpenAI drama which saw CEO Sam Altman abruptly fired from the ChatGPT developer. This happened without notice, and for reasons we can guess but which were not stated.

Latest updates: Almost all of the company’s 770 staff have now threatened to quit unless the board resigns and reinstates Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, and it appears that their return to the company is now a strong possibility – more at the bottom …

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Jony Ive reportedly discussing new AI hardware project with OpenAI CEO

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Jony Ive became famous for his role as chief design officer at Apple, as he was responsible for many important projects at the company. Ive left Apple in 2019 to found his own design firm, LoveFrom, and has since worked with partners such as Airbnb and Ferrari. According to a new report, Ive is now discussing the project of a new “AI hardware” with Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI.

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Popular Petey GPT Apple Watch app coming to iOS, here’s how to join the beta

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Last month, watchGPT arrived to seamlessly access OpenAI’s smarts right on your Apple Watch. Shortly after, it was renamed to “Petey” as Apple cracked down on apps using GPT in their names. Now the most requested feature is in the works – an iOS version of Petey. While public availability isn’t known yet, you can sign up to be among the first to try out the beta.

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Microsoft announces Security Copilot, leveraging GPT-4 for ‘the new era of security’

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Microsoft has announced the latest way it’s integrating OpenAI’s GPT-4 into its services and software. With a fresh app called Security Copilot, Microsoft believes leveraging GPT-4’s AI will usher in “the new era of security” by helping infosec professionals save time, simplify the complex, catch what others miss, and address the talent gap.

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Microsoft Edge and Bing team up with DALL·E to deliver text-based image creation

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Microsoft has taken the next step in its plan to evolve its Bing search engine and Edge browser with the latest artificial intelligence has to offer. After integrating OpenAI’s ChatGPT last month, “Bing Image Creator” has arrived on iOS/Android and desktop powered by an “advanced version” of OpenAI’s DALL·E to create an image with just words.

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Microsoft Office will soon gain GPT-4 AI with new ‘Copilot’ feature

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Microsoft has announced the next step it’s taking to evolve its productivity software soon with OpenAI’s latest artificial intelligence tech, GPT-4. The well-known Office apps will be updated with what the company is calling “Copilot” to help with tasks like writing entire documents, summarizing meetings, finding milestones for a project, analyzing strategy risk, and much more.

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DuckDuckGo offers its take on a natural language AI integration with DuckAssist

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DuckDuckGo is out today with an update that brings a beta of a new feature called DuckAssist. The approach to AI is different from what we’ve seen from OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s broad focus. DuckAssist was designed with the goal of offering “more directly responsive” answers to questions summarized from Wikipedia and similar sources.

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