Canadians are optimistic about AI and prone to ignore warnings of attainable dangers. Meta/Fb is rising as a champion of open supply in AI with a variety of key papers printed on the Interspeech convention this 12 months. And the return of the X information – the Musk is on the market.
These tales and much more as we deliver you the highest tech information on right this moment’s Hashtag Trending.
I’m your host Jim Love, CIO of IT World Canada and Tech Information Day within the US.
Canadians are extremely and fairly optimistic about the way forward for AI, however are they ignoring the attainable dangers? A research by the Canadian Institute for Superior Analysis (CIFAR) exhibits that Canadians are diving into new AI instruments with pleasure however are lacking out on understanding the potential downsides.
The research checked out social media references, google searches and different knowledge to attempt to get an image of how Canadian curiosity has grown, particularly for the reason that launch of ChatGPT.
It’s an fascinating have a look at a rustic that has had an actual influence on the event of AI. One of the crucial extremely regarded pioneers of AI and neural networks Geoffrey Hinton comes from the College of Toronto the place loads of the preliminary work on neural networks was executed.
The report discovered that this extremely engaged and educated inhabitants is way extra actively speaking about methods to use AI and is way much less involved with detrimental points or warnings in regards to the risks of AI.
There’s a hyperlink to the report within the present notes at itworldcanada.com/podcasts
Sources embody: IT World Canada
And whereas we’re taking a look at social chat and search outcomes analyzing Canadian attitudes, right here’s one other cool piece.
A brand new type of mining frenzy has taken maintain within the dwelling of the Klondike gold rush.
A latest research using Google Key phrase knowledge over the previous 12 months, unveiled the degrees of cryptocurrency curiosity throughout Canadian provinces and territories, rating them based mostly on month-to-month searches per 100,000 residents. The Yukon emerged as Canada’s main crypto fanatic with 1,228 common month-to-month searches regardless of its smaller inhabitants, making it the nation’s high crypto hotspot. Following intently have been British Columbia and Ontario, with 1,156 and 1,032 month-to-month searches respectively.
However the dwelling of Canada’s historic gold rush appears to be the champion of curiosity on this new sort of mining.
The research was executed by a agency referred to as Dataslots which runs a on line casino playing website. Irony is outwardly not useless in any case.
Meta, previously generally known as Fb, showcased its developments in speech and audio processing at Interspeech 2023. With six premier papers offered, the corporate demonstrated its efforts to make digital interactions extra immersive. The analysis spanned numerous matters together with enhancing speech recognition, enhancing voice assistants, and producing extra real looking digital auditory environments. These improvements are essential for Meta because it continues to push in the direction of what is likely to be a convergence of AI and its goals of a metaverse the place digital areas really feel as lifelike as attainable.
Sources embody: Analytics India Magazine
IBM is parting methods with its climate unit, which incorporates The Climate Channel cellular app, Climate.com, Climate Underground, and Storm Radar. The tech large introduced on Tuesday that it’s promoting The Climate Firm and its related belongings to Francisco Companions, a tech-centric personal fairness agency. Whereas the precise quantity stays beneath wraps, the transaction is about to conclude by April. This deal encompasses the climate unit’s forecasting know-how and platform, in addition to enterprise knowledge providers catering to numerous sectors like broadcast, media, aviation, and advert tech. Curiously, Francisco Companions goals to steer a portion of the climate enterprise in the direction of a extra consumer-centric path, introducing new instruments centered round well being and well-being.
IBM’s resolution to retain entry to the corporate’s climate knowledge is noteworthy, because it powers a number of of IBM’s AI fashions bought to enterprise purchasers. This method, which additionally makes use of NASA’s satellite tv for pc knowledge, focuses on ESG knowledge interpretation and local weather evaluation, together with monitoring pure disasters.
IBM acquired the corporate for $2 billion in 2016 and has been considering a sale since not less than April to refine its enterprise operations. With the climate unit catering to a mean of 415 million individuals month-to-month, speculations in April hinted on the deal’s worth surpassing $1 billion.
This transfer is in keeping with IBM’s strategic evolution, emphasizing core areas like software program, cloud providers, and above all, AI. A testomony to this shift is Watsonx, IBM’s enterprise AI improvement instrument introduced in Might, set to launch within the third quarter. IBM aspires to pioneer user-friendly AI improvement for companies, particularly given the hovering demand and shortage of AI experience.
This platform boasts options like AI-generated code, an AI governance toolkit, and an unlimited library of large-scale AI fashions, together with The Climate Firm’s knowledge, which IBM will persistently make the most of.
Apparently, you don’t want a climate app to see which method the wind is blowing.
Sources embody: CNBC
And on our persevering with sequence, the X Recordsdata right here’s the newest from the artist previously generally known as Twitter.
After Twitter’s rebranding to X, the platform has seen a major drop in its high downloaded chart place throughout each the App Retailer and Play Retailer. It seems that searches for “Twitter” on app shops put opponents forward of X/Twitter. Because of this, Threads is outperforming X by way of downloads on each shops.
Supply: Daring FireBall
Elon Musk supposedly has over 153 million followers on X, making him the platform’s most adopted person. Nevertheless, an article in Mashable features an evaluation into his followers and exhibits that a good portion of Musk’s followers is likely to be inactive and even doubtlessly faux.
One clue is that numerous Elon’s followers have commonplace icons and as many as 4 numbers within the X deal with (I wished to say Twitter). That’s a basic signal of a faux account.
42 per cent of his followers have zero followers of their very own, and over 62.5 million have by no means tweeted.
Furthermore, greater than 25 per cent Musk’s followers’ accounts have been created on the day of or after Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.
Solely a minuscule 0.3 per cent of Musk’s followers will shell out the 8 bucks a month to subscribe to X Premium, the platform’s paid subscription service.
And X is about to overtake how information tales seem in customers’ feeds. At the moment, information articles are showcased with a preview card that options the headline and a quick abstract. Nevertheless, the upcoming replace will solely show the article’s hyperlink and its lead picture, omitting any further context. This resolution, introduced by Musk, goals to reinforce the platform’s aesthetics and probably scale back clickbait. Musk has additionally been encouraging journalists to publish straight on X for extra freedom and doubtlessly increased revenue.
Earnings for who?
And that’s the X information.
And an ideal piece in Enterprise Insider is titled “Tech’s damaged guarantees.” I needed to deliver it to you.
The article talks in regards to the tech world’s guarantees of revolutionizing our lives and the way that appears to be… effectively, not precisely as illustrated.
Bear in mind when video streaming was hailed because the cheaper, ad-free different to cable? Now, platforms like Netflix and Disney are mountaineering up their costs, and the as soon as easy bundles have gotten as perplexing as cable packages. And, shock, shock, we’re paying to look at advertisements once more. Amazon Prime Video, for example, expenses $9 a month, however don’t be fooled – advertisements sneak in throughout “Thursday Night time Soccer.” And in case you thought that was the top of it, there’s chatter about an ad-supported model of Prime Video.
Switching gears to ride-hailing, Uber’s quest for profitability led to this anecdote: Uber’s CEO estimated a brief virtually 3 mile trip in New York to be round $20. The precise value? $51.69. Why? They get to cost extra when there’s extra individuals . A lot for disruptive innovation.
And the cloud, as soon as the beacon of inexpensive and safe computing, is getting extra and dearer. Firms like Salesforce and Microsoft are growing their cloud service costs. I used to be in a dialogue with CIOs just some months in the past and so they have been speaking about costs rising from 7 per cent to 35 per cent. Even AWS, Amazon’s cloud service, is introducing expenses which can be elevating eyebrows in company boardrooms.
And whereas the cloud was as soon as seen as a safe haven, Google lately restricted hundreds of its staff to computer systems not related to the web to cut back cyberattack dangers. Makes you marvel, if the cloud isn’t secure for Google, who’s it secure for?
At the moment, irony remains to be alive and effectively.
Sources embody: Enterprise Insider
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