Mistral AI unveils LLM rivalling major players

Mistral AI, a France-based startup, has introduced a new large language model (LLM) called Mistral Large that it claims can compete with several top AI systems on the market.  

Mistral AI stated that Mistral Large outscored most major LLMs except for OpenAI's recently launched GPT-4 in tests of language understanding. It also performed strongly in maths and coding assessments.

Co-founder and Chief Scientist Guillaume Lample said Mistral Large represents a major...

Microsoft is quadrupling its AI and cloud investment in Spain

Microsoft has announced plans to significantly boost its investment in AI and cloud infrastructure in Spain, with a commitment to quadruple its spending during 2024-2025 to reach $2.1 billion. This substantial increase marks the largest investment by Microsoft in Spain since its establishment in the country 37 years ago.

The tech giant is set to unveil new data centres in Madrid and has outlined its intention to construct additional centres in Aragon, catering to European...

Microsoft unveils 2.7B parameter language model Phi-2

Microsoft’s 2.7 billion-parameter model Phi-2 showcases outstanding reasoning and language understanding capabilities, setting a new standard for performance among base language models with less than 13 billion parameters.

Phi-2 builds upon the success of its predecessors, Phi-1 and Phi-1.5, by matching or surpassing models up to 25 times larger—thanks to innovations in model scaling and training data curation.

The compact size of Phi-2 makes it an ideal playground...

Microsoft recruits former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Co-Founder Greg Brockman

AI experts don’t stay jobless for long, as evidenced by Microsoft’s quick recruitment of former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Co-Founder Greg Brockman.

Altman, who was recently ousted by OpenAI’s board for reasons that have had no shortage of speculation, has found a new home at Microsoft. The announcement came after unsuccessful negotiations with OpenAI's board to reinstate Altman.

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Amdocs, NVIDIA and Microsoft Azure build custom LLMs for telcos

Amdocs has partnered with NVIDIA and Microsoft Azure to build custom Large Language Models (LLMs) for the $1.7 trillion global telecoms industry.

Leveraging the power of NVIDIA's AI foundry service on Microsoft Azure, Amdocs aims to meet the escalating demand for data processing and analysis in the telecoms sector.

The telecoms industry processes hundreds of petabytes of data daily. With the anticipation of global data transactions surpassing 180 zettabytes by 2025,...

Microsoft and Siemens revolutionise industry with AI-powered Copilot

Microsoft and Siemens are joining forces to usher in a new era of human-machine collaboration.

The result of the collaboration is the Siemens Industrial Copilot, a powerful AI assistant designed to enhance collaboration between humans and machines in the manufacturing sector. The tool enables rapid generation, optimisation, and debugging of complex automation code, significantly reducing simulation times from weeks to minutes.

At the core of this collaboration is the...

Azure and NVIDIA deliver next-gen GPU acceleration for AI

Microsoft Azure users are now able to harness the latest advancements in NVIDIA's accelerated computing technology, revolutionising the training and deployment of their generative AI applications.

The integration of Azure ND H100 v5 virtual machines (VMs) with NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs and Quantum-2 InfiniBand networking promises seamless scaling of generative AI and high-performance computing applications, all at the click of a button.

This cutting-edge collaboration...

SAP taps Microsoft’s generative AI technologies

SAP and Microsoft have announced a new collaboration aimed at utilising generative AI technology to address fundamental business challenges.

The partnership will integrate SAP SuccessFactors solutions with Microsoft 365 Copilot and Copilot in Viva Learning, as well as Microsoft's Azure OpenAI Service, to harness the power of language models for analysing and generating natural language. These integrations will enable organisations to enhance their recruitment, talent development,...

Microsoft lays off AI ethics team 

Microsoft has laid off a team dedicated to ensuring the responsible development and deployment of AI.

Platformer reports the ethics and society team were laid off as part of wider cuts to Microsoft’s workforce. However, the decision leaves Microsoft with fewer experts working to ensure solutions are safe and have a net positive impact.

The perception of Microsoft as an AI leader has deepened following its exclusive partnership with OpenAI. The duo continue to deliver...

Microsoft’s AI chatbot is ‘unhinged’ and wants to be human

Early testers of Microsoft’s new AI chatbot have complained of receiving numerous “unhinged” messages.

Most of the attention has been around Google’s rival, Bard, embarrassingly giving false information in promo material. That error, and Bard’s shambolic announcement, caused investors to panic and wiped $120 billion from the company’s value.

However, unlike Microsoft, Google is yet to release its chatbot for public testing. Many have complained that it...