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Enterprise AI startup SambaNova releases a large language model tool


SambaNova Systems, a Palo Alto–based AI startup, announced a new language service model with a familiar description: GPT, which stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer, and has no links to OpenAI's GPT series of language models. SambaNova markets their GPT as an everyman's alternative to OpenAI's GPT-3, writing in the press release that it will allow companies "to be up and running with a customized language model in as fast as one month as opposed to nine months or a year." What it's all about: You may have heard of SaaS (Software as a Service) or IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), but SambaNova Systems offers DaaS: Dataflow-as-a-Service. The aim is to sell a suite of AI tools, including natural language processing ones, for startups to adopt quickly and seamlessly. GPT is the latest tool in its box: a model that can both produce and process natural language. It's built for enterprise use cases, according to the company.

Benchmark genome study demonstrates accuracy of artificial intelligence in rapidly diagnosing rare diseases


Fabric Genomics and Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine today announced the publication of a retrospective study in Genome Medicine showing that across six leading genomic centers and hospitals, researchers were able to detect more than 90% of disease-causing variants in infants with rare diseases using the Fabric GEM AI algorithm and whole-genome and whole-exome data from previously diagnosed newborns and rare disease patients at Rady Children's Hospital – San Diego and other clinical sites. Despite differences in case collection, sequencing methods, and bioinformatics pipelines across all sites, Fabric GEM's performance demonstrated a new standard of accuracy, ranking the causative variant first or second more than 90% of the time. In addition, Fabric GEM ranked specific diseases and conditions associated with these genes to assist clinicians in the ultimate diagnosis of each case. These findings demonstrate how artificial intelligence (AI) can successfully reduce the burden of gene variant review by clinical geneticists. "Fast and definitive genetic diagnosis is essential to providing the right treatment in a timely manner for critically ill newborns," said Stephen Kingsmore, MD, DSc, a co-author of the study and the President and CEO of Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine.

UC creates recommendations for responsible use of artificial intelligence


The University of California has created recommendations to create a path toward the responsible use of artificial intelligence in future UC endeavors. UC's increasing dependence on the use of AI has increased its overall productivity as an institution, according to the UC Office of the President, or UCOP. However, with the implementation of AI, there is also potential for problems to arise. To combat this, former UC President Janet Napolitano and current president Michael Drake created the Presidential Working Group on Artificial Intelligence, or the Working Group, in August 2020. The Working Group's final report noted that the group consists of 32 faculty and staff from all 10 UC campuses and an additional number of representatives from UC Legal and the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services, among other groups.

You Can Get This Free Crypto--If the 'Orb' Scans Your Eye


Sam Altman wants to give every person on the planet free money--or rather free cryptocurrency. Co-founded by Altman earlier this year, the project has raised $25 million to date from grandees such as Andreessen Horowitz and Coinbase Ventures. It's part crypto buzz, part financial inclusion dream--and Altman believes that by piggybacking on the network effect of doling out a bit of the pie to every single human on Earth, WorldCoin could evolve into a global, fairly distributed electronic currency. Altman, who runs AI research outfit OpenAI and used to be the CEO of Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, says that the concept is untested. "A lot of elementary school kids have thought that [to give free money to everyone] is a good idea," Altman says.

Verizon partners with Nissan to test car safety alerts on its edge network


Verizon on Thursday said it has completed a research proof-of-concept with Nissan, demonstrating how its edge network can be used to process data from cars and surrounding infrastructure and then send back safety warnings to vehicles in near real time. Transportation is about to get a technology-driven reboot. The details are still taking shape, but future transport systems will certainly be connected, data-driven and highly automated. The demos, completed with Nissan's Silicon Valley-based Research and Advanced Engineering team, tested different scenarios in which drivers could find it difficult to see nearby pedestrians or oncoming traffic emerging from behind visual obstructions. Now, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) in California will begin validating the technology for its Automated Driving Systems Grant Program.

7 Best Artificial Intelligence Companies Hiring in India Right Now


If you're one of those who are looking for a new and exciting job, we have great news for you. Since artificial intelligence is high on demand at present, many artificial intelligence companies are looking to hire artificial intelligence professionals in their teams. Here are the best artificial intelligence companies hiring in India right now. Google is an American multinational technology company that is an expert in Internet-related services and products that include online advertising technologies, cloud computing, a search engine, software, and hardware company. The company was founded in 1998 in California, United States.

Activision Blizzard asks to pause harassment lawsuit, citing dispute between two government agencies

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Major gaming company Activision Blizzard, known for titles such as "World of Warcraft," "Call of Duty" and "Candy Crush," requested Tuesday that the ongoing lawsuit with California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) be moved to a separate court. The filing also asked to pause proceedings to examine alleged ethical violations by the DFEH, including that it hired lawyers from another government agency already investigating Activision Blizzard. The DFEH filed a gender-based discrimination, inequality and sexual harassment lawsuit against Activision Blizzard in July, alleging the company had a "frat boy culture."

Activision Blizzard says over 20 employees have 'exited' following harassment cases


Activision Blizzard has confirmed that more than 20 employees have "exited" the company as part of its efforts to change its internal culture following allegations of fostering a "frat boy" workplace. The video game company has published the letter Executive VP for Corporate Affairs Fran Townsend sent to employees revealing the move, in which she also said that more than 20 other individuals faced different types of disciplinary action. Back in July, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against the developer for allowing a work environment wherein female employees were allegedly subjected to constant sexual harassment. The agency, which sued the company after a two-year investigation, detailed several of its findings in the lawsuit. It said female employees constantly have to fend off unwanted sexual comments, and that they have to endure being groped by male colleagues. They're also not paid as much as their male counterparts, are typically promoted more slowly and fired more quickly.

Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Relief: A Primer - Lexalytics


Governments and agencies are struggling to coordinate effective disaster relief programs. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP) can help. Natural disasters wreak havoc around the world every year. But it's hard to appreciate the scale of this damage. And that doesn't include the Northern California Wildfires or the biggest hurricanes.