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OpenAI Strikes: Account-less ChatGPT Rolls Out With Limited Features

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OpenAI is cautiously testing a text-to-speech model known as Voice Engine, capable of reproducing human-like voices complete with personal nuances. Already shared with ten developers, the AI startup chose not to release this feature more broadly due to deepfake risks and is actively seeking feedback from various stakeholders. The tool has potential applications such as restoring voices for medical patients, translating audio content into different languages, and creating educational content.

AI search engine Perplexity, fresh from securing a $73.6 million Series B funding led by Jeff Bezos, intends to begin selling ads, signaling a potential challenge to Google. The company plans to introduce native ads into its user queries, particularly those related to the search topic. The platform, founded by experienced AI researchers, aims to leverage its user base of 10 million active monthly users. Yet, the effectiveness of its audience targeting and brand safety measures remains to be proven.

Apple researchers have unveiled an advanced AI model, ReALM, that the company claims surpasses OpenAI’s GPT4. ReALM's proficiency lies in understanding and managing different contexts, which helps it provide superior responses to user queries. This breakthrough is particularly significant for tasks involving onscreen entities, conversational entities, and background entities. This development further hints at the advanced AI features expected in upcoming iOS 18 and macOS 15.

Microsoft and OpenAI are in talks to create a $100 billion supercomputer, titled "Stargate," to enhance OpenAI's AI model development. Set to be launched in 2028 and expanded by 2030, the U.S.-based supercomputer could be one of the largest tech investments in history. Furthermore, a smaller supercomputer costing around $10 billion is reportedly expected to be operational by 2026.

OpenAI has made its conversational AI, ChatGPT, accessible to everyone, even unregistered users, but with limited features. Users aren't required to log in and can opt out of their chats for training data. However, such users can't save or share chats or use custom instructions. The non-logged-in version of ChatGPT will have a stricter content policy and OpenAI is on the watch for misuse and abuse attempts.

The influx of billions into AI is leading to overhyped expectations and undermining scientific advancements, warns DeepMind's co-founder Demis Hassabis. He suggests that the resulting hype clouds genuine progress in the field and draws parallels with crypto-scams seen in other over-inflated sectors. Despite this, Hassabis still sees AI as one of the most transformative inventions in human history with considerable potential unexplored.

Instagram is creating a new feature, "Blend," to curate a private feed of recommended Reels for users and a friend. Designed to boost Reels' discovery and watch time, Blend will use data from shared Reels to suggest content both parties might enjoy. If launched, the feature could give Instagram a slight competitive edge over TikTok.

Fidelity's Blue Chip Growth Fund reduced the value of its stake in company X by 5.7% in February, signaling a 73% plunge in former Twitter Inc. since Elon Musk's acquisition. Despite aiming to attract back advertisers, company X's ad sales fell short, totaling approximately $2.5 billion against a target of $3 billion.

Microsoft has announced plans to globally sell its chat and video application, Teams, separately from its Office product. The move, aimed at avoiding potential antitrust fines, comes six months after the tech giant unbundled the two products in Europe.

The Fed's fundamental inflation measure, the core personal consumption expenditures price index, increased 2.8% year-on-year in February, aligning with the 0.3% growth forecast by the Dow Jones consensus estimate.

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