Apple is developing new natural language generation features for Siri. The project, codenamed 'Bobcat', started testing in the latest tvOS 16.4 beta. Apple is currently using the technology for Siri on Apple TV for telling jokes and experimenting with timers. The feature is only available on the Apple TV, and there is no indication yet when it will be expanded to other Apple operating systems.
Microsoft has announced an AI-powered assistant for its Microsoft 365 apps and services. Copilot is designed to assist users with creating content, answering questions, and to provide information such as upcoming meetings, organizational changes, and updates on co-workers. While Copilot is not always correct, it can create a context for users to work within Microsoft 365 apps. Copilot is currently undergoing trials with 20 customers and is expected to be expanded in the coming months.
Midjourney has released version 5 of its AI image generation service. The new version produces photorealistic images considered by some art fans as too perfect. It includes improvements in realistic skin textures, facial features, cinema lighting, reflections, glares, shadows, and hand and eye replication. Midjourney v5 offers a wider stylistic range, more prompt sensitivity, less unwanted text, and a 2x enhancement in image resolution. It is available for testing via a subscription through Discord.
Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Institute for Biological Research have developed the world's first antibiotic-free vaccine that's 100 percent effective in preventing the plague. This mRNA-based single-dose vaccine was tested on mice and protected all vaccinated animals against the disease. Overuse of antibiotics has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Although antibiotics are used to treat the plague, these drugs aren't effective against multiple antibiotic-resistant strains. The researchers are optimistic that their research will help produce safe and effective mRNA antibacterial vaccines for other diseases.
React has launched React.dev, a site designed to serve as a hub for documentation. React.dev teaches modern React with function components and Hooks through interactive examples, diagrams, illustrations, and challenges. With over 600 new interactive examples, React.dev will be a major resource for React developers moving forward. The old React documentation site is still available.
The agile philosophy, which aims to improve software development, is highly popular in the tech industry. However, following the agile philosophy leads to task bloating, where the amount of time and employees required to complete a task is highly exaggerated during planning sessions. Many organizations have taken the approach of adopting 'agile recipes', leading to inefficiencies and task bloating becoming worse. Task bloating has resulted in a phenomenon where many people in tech do almost no work despite being paid high salaries.
Many individuals have flocked to the Bay Area's AI scene to become more involved in tech-related events and communities. Driven by a desire to secure their future, they have formed several AI communities and hacker houses in Hayes Valley. The area has been named 'Cerebral Valley'. A mix of various factors such as recent Big Tech layoffs, a return to in-person events following lockdowns, and more accessible entry requirements have led to the rise of new group houses.
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