AI-Watch Newsletter, June 25, 2023


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The last few weeks have been amazing, scarry and thought-provoking. These articles are presented with a dash of history where possible. We are presenting the latest technology in AI, super high-bandwidth communication, super- and quantum computing, and considering concepts such as: “When does a perceptual schematic become consciousness? When does a difference engine become the search for truth? When does the personality simulation become the bitter mote of a soul?” – I-Robot Movie quote. That’s sci-fi. Here we go, FOR REAL.

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    Significant Finds Include:

    Sir Paul McCartney says artificial intelligence has enabled a 'final' Beatles song.

    Part of John Lennon is now a Ghost in the Machine

    “You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will be as one”

    Sir Paul McCartney says artificial intelligence has enabled a ‘final’ Beatles song.

    Details at: Morning Joe

    AI Slays Top F-16 Pilot In DARPA Dogfight Simulation

    WASHINGTON: In a 5 to 0 sweep, an AI ‘pilot’ developed by Heron Systems beat one of the Air Force’s top F-16 fighter pilots in DARPA’s simulated aerial dogfight contest today.

    “It’s a giant leap,” said DARPA’s Justin (call sign “Glock”) Mock, who served as a commentator on the trials.

    Details at:

    New NSF-Australia awards will tackle responsible and ethical artificial intelligence

    The U.S. National Science Foundation, in partnership with Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is announcing grants totaling $1.8 million on the U.S. side and $2.3 million on the Australian side to accelerate groundbreaking research in responsible and ethical artificial intelligence solutions to societal challenges, including pandemic preparedness, drought resilience and harmful environmental emissions.

    Details at:

    Autonomous vehicles are ONLY are rated as Learner’s Permit worthy

    and not more and causing safety concerns

    Details at: Source: Government of California NPR CAPRADIO

    Banking and finance companies hop on the generative AI bandwagon

    “There are lots of sectors where the burden of precision is higher than social chitchat,” Natarajan said. “And finance happens to be one of them.”

    The banking and finance industries, heavily regulated though they may be, are clambering onto the generative AI bandwagon.

    Morgan Stanley said it is working with OpenAI to develop a tool that offers insights to its financial advisors; JPMorgan Chase recently submitted a trademark application for an AI-based program called IndexGPT focused on analyzing and recommending investments to customers; and Goldman Sachs is currently testing large language models (LLMs) for internal use.

    Details at: Tech Brew

    Wireless Signal Transmission at the 2 and 3 THz-Band Enabled by Photonics-Based Transmitter and Hot Electron Bolometer Mixer

    We have demonstrated terahertz (THz) wireless transmission of quadrature phase-shift keying (QPSK) signals at 2 and 3 THz-bands.

    Details at: IEEE Xplore (Subscription required)


    ”Recommendations by computers may have an air of rationality or infallibility, and people might blindly follow them.”

    Details at: (Resolves to downloadable PDF file)

    The Hamilton 2.0 dashboard

    The dashboard uses natural language processing and other machine learning and auto-translation tools to extract key information from the data.

    Details at: The Hamilton Dashboard

    Artists curious about AI?

    Digitizing art, creating 3d immersive art galleries, please see:

    AR/VR/AI – Apple Vision Pro

    Welcome to the era of spatal computing.

    Details at Vision Pro

    New Funding Fuels Acceleration of Optical I/O Roadmap Supporting Generative AI, Machine Learning and HPC Applications

    Ayar Labs, a leader in silicon photonics for chip-to-chip connectivity, today announced it has raised an additional $25 million in Series C1 funding, bringing its total Series C raise to $155 million. The oversubscribed up round was led by new investor Capital TEN. VentureTech Alliance also entered the Series C expansion that included participation by previous investors Boardman Bay Capital Management, IAG Capital Partners, NVIDIA, and Tyche Partners. Existing strategic and financial investors include Applied Ventures, GlobalFoundries, Hewlett Packard Pathfinder, Intel Capital and Lockheed Martin Ventures.

    Details at: Ayerlabs

    IBM: Quantum Computers Are Already Doing Heavy Lifting

    Using Google’s Sycamore quantum processor, a new study reveals that quantum computers need exponentially fewer experiments than classical machines to reveal insights about viruses, black holes, and more.

    Quantum computers can theoretically achieve a quantum advantage where they can find the answers to problems no classical computer could solve even if given thousands of years or more. This advantage can grow exponentially when a quantum computer links together a greater number of qubits—the quantum-mechanically entangled bits that such a computer uses.

    Details at: classical computers would take eons to solve.”

    Archaeologists use artificial intelligence (AI) to translate 5,000-year-old cuneiform tablets

    A team of archaeologists and computer scientists have created an AI program that can translate ancient cuneiform tablets instantly using neural machine learning translations.
    In a paper published in the journal PNAS Nexus, from the Oxford University Press, the researchers have applied the AI program to translate Akkadian texts with a high level of accuracy.
    Akkadian is an ancient East Semitic language, was once spoken in various regions of ancient Mesopotamia, including Akkad, Assyria, Isin, Larsa, Babylonia, and possibly Dilmun.
    The language is preserved on clay tablets dating back to 2500 BC that was written using cuneiform, a script adopted from the Sumerians using wedge-shaped symbols pressed in wet clay.

    Details at: Heritage Daily

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