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Tech Stories of September: How Tech Innovations Revolutionize Our Life
Are you looking for interesting and exciting news in the tech world? You are in the right place, today we are going to share with you what’s happening fresh in the first month of autumn, September. Let’s start.
Google has released a significant update for Bard, its artificial intelligence chatbot, which claims enhanced response quality and precision. Notable features include the option to fact-check Bard’s answers with a ‘Google It’ button, support for more than 40 languages, interaction with Gmail, Google Drive, and Docs, and real-time data access from Google Maps, travel features, and YouTube.
Conversations can also be shared via public connections. While these revisions provide beneficial enhancements, Bard’s extensive access to personal data may raise privacy concerns. Google emphasizes, however, that user data will not be used to train Bard’s public model and can be turned off at any time.
ChatGPT New Speaking and Listening Skills
OpenAI has significantly improved ChatGPT, allowing it to analyze pictures, hear, and talk. Users may now have voice discussions with ChatGPT, exhibit AI pictures, and get content-related answers. These new features will first be offered to ChatGPT Plus and Enterprise subscribers, with voice capabilities coming to iOS and Android applications later. Users may choose from five distinct AI voices.
ChatGPT can also analyze numerous photos and offers a sketching tool for defining focus regions in photographs. With these new functionalities, OpenAI recognizes the issues of possible disinformation and impersonation and has taken precautions to guarantee ethical use. These enhancements make ChatGPT a more flexible AI chatbot, enabling users to conduct vocal discussions while still providing visual information.
Integration of Samsung AI Capabilities
Samsung intends to include AI capabilities in a variety of household appliances, including smart TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, and others. By 2024, the business intends to include neural processing units (NPUs) in all of its new home appliances. This decision is motivated by the need to enable power-efficient AI technologies that deliver expanded capabilities such as superior speech recognition and better functionality for Samsung’s voice assistant, Bixby.
One interesting aspect of AI integration is the possibility of smart ovens that may propose cooking times, give overcooking alarms, and provide cooking suggestions. While AI integration into household appliances raises privacy and security issues, it also promises to improve ease and efficiency in everyday activities.
The incorporation of artificial intelligence capabilities into home appliances reflects the growing trend of introducing artificial intelligence into different parts of everyday life, making smart home devices more intelligent and user-friendly.
Apple Invests in AI Development
Apple is reportedly heavily investing in AI development, allocating millions of dollars daily to various AI projects aimed at rivaling ChatGPT and enhancing Siri and AppleCare. These projects include conversational AI (chatbots), image-generating AIs, and multimodal AI capable of generating video, images, and text responses to queries. Apple’s AI models could serve multiple purposes, including improving user support for Apple Care and enhancing Siri’s capabilities.
One of Apple’s most advanced large language models (LLMs) is Ajax GPT, which has been trained on over 200 billion parameters. Apple’s interest in AI development aligns with the broader trend of tech companies investing in AI, with competitors like Google, Microsoft, X (formerly Twitter), and Meta also actively pursuing AI advancements.
While Apple’s AI projects hold promise, the company is known for prioritizing polish and quality in its products, and chatbots, known for occasional inaccuracies and incoherence, may need significant refinement before an Apple AI is ready for release. The timeline for Apple’s AI rollout remains uncertain, but some initiatives could potentially surface shortly.
IOS 17 Release
iOS 17 is the latest version of Apple’s operating system for iPhones. It includes several new features, including:
- Live Voicemail: This feature transcribes voicemail messages in real-time, so you can decide whether to answer the call or not.
- FaceTime video messages: You can now leave video messages for people who don’t answer their FaceTime calls.
- More expressive FaceTime calls: FaceTime calls can now be more expressive with reactions such as hearts, balloons, and fireworks.
- “Hey, Siri” is losing the “Hey”: You can now activate Siri by simply saying “Siri” instead of “Hey Siri.”
- NameDrop: This feature makes it easier to exchange contact information with someone by bringing your iPhones close to each other.
- Contact Poster update: iPhone users can now design a custom image that will show up when making calls.
- Autocorrect update: Autocorrect is getting a comprehensive update with a transformer language model that better supports typing and offers sentence-level autocorrections.
- StandBy mode: This new full-screen experience provides glanceable information when the iPhone is on its side and charging.
- Journal app: This new app helps users reflect and practice gratitude through the daily practice of journaling.
Updates of Windows 11
Windows 11 is receiving a major update in September 2023, which includes the AI-powered Copilot tool. This update aims to enhance user tasks, solve math problems, and generate art intelligently. To install the Windows 11 September 2023 update and access Copilot, follow these steps:
- 1. Ensure your PC supports Windows 11.
- 2. Open the Windows Update app and click “Check for updates.”
- 3. Install the Windows 11 September 2023 Update and restart your PC.
- 4. However, Microsoft’s track record with updates may pose risks, so it’s essential to back up your PC before proceeding.
For users who don’t immediately see the update, Microsoft will gradually roll it out starting on September 26. If you’re eager to try it, you can join the Windows Insider Programme for early access to Windows 11 updates, though these early versions may have bugs.
The Windows 11 September 2023 Update brings exciting possibilities with Copilot, and while it may evolve, it has the potential to transform the Windows 11 experience significantly.
Elon Musk’s Accusations of Animal Cruelty
Neuralink, the brain-machine interface corporation founded by Elon Musk, has admitted to the fatalities of primates used in its research but has denied allegations of animal maltreatment. The company stated that its research involving primates aimed to develop medical devices and remedies that could be ethically tested on humans in the future.
While acknowledging one surgical complication related to an FDA-approved product, Neuralink defended its commitment to ethical and humane animal treatment in its research. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit advocating alternatives to animal experimentation, raised the allegations of animal maltreatment.
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