Google ushers in the “Gemini era” with AI advancements

Google has unveiled a series of updates to its AI offerings, including the introduction of Gemini 1.5 Flash, enhancements to Gemini 1.5 Pro, and progress on Project Astra, its vision for the future of AI assistants.

Gemini 1.5 Flash is a new addition to Google's family of models, designed to be faster and more efficient to serve at scale. While lighter-weight than the 1.5 Pro, it retains the ability for multimodal reasoning across vast amounts of information and features the...

UAE unveils new AI model to rival big tech giants

The UAE is making big waves by launching a new open-source generative AI model. This step, taken by a government-backed research institute, is turning heads and marking the UAE as a formidable player in the global AI race.

In Abu Dhabi, the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) unveiled the Falcon 2 series. As reported by Reuters, this series includes Falcon 2 11B, a text-based model, and Falcon 2 11B VLM, a vision-to-language model capable of generating text...

GPT-4o delivers human-like AI interaction with text, audio, and vision integration

OpenAI has launched its new flagship model, GPT-4o, which seamlessly integrates text, audio, and visual inputs and outputs, promising to enhance the naturalness of machine interactions.

GPT-4o, where the “o” stands for “omni,” is designed to cater to a broader spectrum of input and output modalities. “It accepts as input any combination of text, audio, and image and generates any combination of text, audio, and image outputs,” OpenAI announced.

Users can...

Intel’s Aurora achieves exascale to become the fastest AI system

Intel, in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), has revealed that its Aurora supercomputer has exceeded the exascale computing threshold reaching speeds of 1.012 exaflops to become the fastest AI-focused system.

"The Aurora supercomputer surpassing exascale will allow it to pave the road to tomorrow's discoveries,” said Ogi Brkic, Intel's VP and GM of Data Centre AI Solutions. “From understanding climate patterns to unravelling...

Chuck Ros, SoftServe: Delivering transformative AI solutions responsibly

As the world embraces the transformative potential of AI, SoftServe is at the forefront of developing cutting-edge AI solutions while prioritising responsible deployment.

Ahead of AI & Big Data Expo North America – where the company will showcase its expertise – Chuck Ros, Industry Success Director at SoftServe, provided valuable insights into the company's AI initiatives, the challenges faced, and its future strategy for leveraging this powerful...

Igor Jablokov, Pryon: Building a responsible AI future

As artificial intelligence continues to rapidly advance, ethical concerns around the development and deployment of these world-changing innovations are coming into sharper focus.

In an interview ahead of the AI & Big Data Expo North America, Igor Jablokov, CEO and founder of AI company Pryon, addressed these pressing issues head-on.

Critical ethical challenges in AI

"There's not one, maybe there's almost 20 plus of them," Jablokov stated when asked about the...

Microsoft unveils Phi-3 family of compact language models

Microsoft has announced the Phi-3 family of open small language models (SLMs), touting them as the most capable and cost-effective of their size available. The innovative training approach developed by Microsoft researchers has allowed the Phi-3 models to outperform larger models on language, coding, and math benchmarks.

"What we're going to start to see is not a shift from large to small, but a shift from a singular category of models to a portfolio of models where customers get...

Meta raises the bar with open source Llama 3 LLM

Meta has introduced Llama 3, the next generation of its state-of-the-art open source large language model (LLM). The tech giant claims Llama 3 establishes new performance benchmarks, surpassing previous industry-leading models like GPT-3.5 in real-world scenarios.

"With Llama 3, we set out to build the best open models that are on par with the best proprietary models available today," said Meta in a blog post announcing the release.

The initial Llama 3 models being...

Mixtral 8x22B sets new benchmark for open models

Mistral AI has released Mixtral 8x22B, which sets a new benchmark for open source models in performance and efficiency. The model boasts robust multilingual capabilities and superior mathematical and coding prowess.

Mixtral 8x22B operates as a Sparse Mixture-of-Experts (SMoE) model, utilising just 39 billion of its 141 billion parameters when active.

Beyond its efficiency, the Mixtral 8x22B boasts fluency in multiple major languages including English, French, Italian,...

SAS aims to make AI accessible regardless of skill set with packaged AI models

SAS, a specialist in data and AI solutions, has unveiled what it describes as a “game-changing approach” for organisations to tackle business challenges head-on.

Introducing lightweight, industry-specific AI models for individual licence, SAS hopes to equip organisations with readily deployable AI technology to productionise real-world use cases with unparalleled efficiency.

Chandana Gopal, research director, Future of Intelligence, IDC, said: “SAS is evolving its...