Hugging Face launches Idefics2 vision-language model

Hugging Face has announced the release of Idefics2, a versatile model capable of understanding and generating text responses based on both images and texts. The model sets a new benchmark for answering visual questions, describing visual content, story creation from images, document information extraction, and even performing arithmetic operations based on visual input.

Idefics2 leapfrogs its predecessor, Idefics1, with just eight billion parameters and the versatility afforded by...

OpenAI chooses Tokyo for its first Asian office

OpenAI has announced the opening of a new office in Tokyo to drive its expansion into the Asian market.

The new office aims to foster collaboration with the Japanese government, local businesses, and research institutions to develop AI tools tailored to Japan's unique requirements.

Tokyo was selected for OpenAI's first Asian venture due to its global leadership in technology, a culture dedicated to service, and an innovative community.

"We're excited to be in...

UK and South Korea to co-host AI Seoul Summit

The UK and South Korea are set to co-host the AI Seoul Summit on the 21st and 22nd of May. This summit aims to pave the way for the safe development of AI technologies, drawing on the cooperative framework laid down by the Bletchley Declaration.

The two-day event will feature a virtual leaders' session, co-chaired by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, and a subsequent in-person meeting among Digital Ministers. UK Technology Secretary...

US and Japan announce sweeping AI and tech collaboration

The US and Japan have unveiled a raft of new AI, quantum computing, semiconductors, and other critical technology initiatives.

The ambitious plans were announced this week by President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio following Kishida's Official Visit to the White House.

While the leaders affirmed their commitment across a broad range of areas including defence, climate, development, and humanitarian efforts, the new technology collaborations took centre...

OpenAI makes GPT-4 Turbo with Vision API generally available

OpenAI has announced that its powerful GPT-4 Turbo with Vision model is now generally available through the company's API, opening up new opportunities for enterprises and developers to integrate advanced language and vision capabilities into their applications.

The launch of GPT-4 Turbo with Vision on the API follows the initial release of GPT-4's vision and audio upload features last September and the unveiling of the turbocharged GPT-4 Turbo model at OpenAI's developer...

Stability AI unveils 12B parameter Stable LM 2 model and updated 1.6B variant

Stability AI has introduced the latest additions to its Stable LM 2 language model series: a 12 billion parameter base model and an instruction-tuned variant. These models were trained on an impressive two trillion tokens across seven languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, and Dutch.

The 12 billion parameter model aims to strike a balance between strong performance, efficiency, memory requirements, and speed. It follows the established framework of...

Microsoft AI opens London hub to access ‘enormous pool’ of talent

Microsoft is doubling down on its AI efforts in the UK with the opening of a major new AI hub in London. The Microsoft AI London outpost will focus on advancing state-of-the-art language models, supporting infrastructure, and tooling for foundation models.

The hub will be led by AI scientist and engineer Jordan Hoffmann, who previously distinguished himself as a pioneer at AI companies Inflection and DeepMind, which are also based in London.

"There is an enormous pool of...

ML Olympiad returns with over 20 challenges

The popular ML Olympiad is back for its third round with over 20 community-hosted machine learning competitions on Kaggle.

The ML Olympiad – organised by groups including ML GDE, TFUG, and other ML communities – aims to provide developers with hands-on opportunities to learn and practice machine learning skills by tackling real-world challenges.

Over the previous two rounds, an impressive 605 teams participated across 32 competitions, generating 105 discussions and...

Microsoft: China plans to disrupt elections with AI-generated disinformation

Beijing is expected to ramp up sophisticated AI-generated disinformation campaigns to influence several high-profile elections in 2024, according to Microsoft's threat intelligence team.

Microsoft warned that state-backed Chinese cyber groups – with assistance from North Korean actors – "are likely to target" the presidential and legislative elections in countries such as the US, South Korea, and India this year. Their primary tactic is projected to be the creation and...

Why data quality is critical for marketing in the age of GenAI

A recent survey reveals that CMOs around the world are optimistic and confident about GenAI’s future ability to enhance productivity and create competitive advantage. Seventy per cent are already using GenAI and 19 per cent are testing it. And the main areas they’re exploring are personalisation (67%), content creation (49%) and market segmentation (41%).

However, for many consumer brands, the divide between expectations and reality looms large. Marketers envisioning a...