TLDR 2023-03-17

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Big Tech & Startups

Apple testing new Siri natural language generating features starting with latest tvOS update (2 minute read)

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 announces Copilot: the AI-powered future of Office documents (4 minute read)

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.
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Science & Futuristic Technology

AI imager Midjourney v5 stuns with photorealistic images—and 5-fingered hands (2 minute read)

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.

World’s first mRNA vaccine against deadly plague bacteria is 100% effective (2 minute read)

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.
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Programming, Design & Data Science

Announcing TypeScript 5.0 (31 minute read)

TypeScript 5.0 is now available. It introduces several new features aimed at making it smaller, simpler, and faster while continuing to build on JavaScript. The new release also includes enhanced ESM project support, the ability for library authors to control generic inference, and expanded JSDoc functions. Configuration has been simplified and a new decorators standard has been implemented.

Introducing react.dev (9 minute read)

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.
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Miscellaneous

I’ve been employed in tech for years, but I’ve almost never worked (18 minute read)

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.

AI is reviving San Francisco’s tech scene. Welcome to ‘Cerebral Valley.’ (11 minute read)

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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Amazon doubling down on return to office (8 minute read)

Amazon expects employees to return to the office at least three days a week even if they do not live within commuting distance from their assigned office.

PyTorch 2.0: Our next generation release that is faster, more Pythonic and Dynamic as ever (13 minute read)

PyTorch 2.0 fundamentally changes how PyTorch operates at compiler level, with faster performance and support for Dynamic Shapes and Distributed.

I gave GPT-4 a budget of $100 and told it to make as much money as possible (6 minute read)

HustleGPT created an affiliate marketing site making content around Eco Friendly/sustainable living products.

Transformers.js (GitHub Repo)

Transformers.js allows users to run the following Transformers in their browsers: BERT, ALBERT, DistilBERT, T5, T5v1.1, FLAN-T5, GPT2, BART, CodeGen, Whisper, CLIP, Vision Transformer, and VisionEncoderDecoder.

Free data-center heat is allegedly saving a struggling public pool $24K a year (8 minute read)

Deep Green's data center will generate around 62% of the public pool's annual heating needs.

Hundreds of Google workers in Zurich walked out after 200 of their colleagues got laid off (5 minute read)

Google rejected a proposal from thousands of staff who offered to have their wages and hours reduced to avoid job losses.
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