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New AI Alliance to oppose big tech companies

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Today’s Menu

Appetizer: Gmail uses AI to detect spam 🔎

Entrée: New AI Alliance to oppose big tech companies 🦾

Dessert: U.S. Defense gets Nvidia in trouble 🙃


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I just got hired as CEO of the Spam food company … Suddenly nobody will answers my emails. 🤣

What’s new? Google has unveiled a robust upgrade to Gmail’s spam filters, dubbed "one of the largest defense upgrades in recent years" by Google. This enhancement revolves around a cutting-edge text classification system named RETVec (Resilient & Efficient Text Vectorizer).

What does it do? RETVec is designed to combat "adversarial text manipulations," such as emails laden with special characters, emojis, and homoglyphs, which were previously challenging for machines to decipher. Google’s approach has notably improved spam detection rates by 38% and reduced false positives by 19.4%. This revolutionary defense upgrade, already seamlessly integrated into Gmail, marks a formidable leap in safeguarding users against evolving cyber threats.

How does it work? Adversarial text manipulations, exemplified by bizarrely formatted messages like “Check_Your_Account,” often exploited homoglyphs and Unicode characters to bypass conventional spam filters. RETVec, trained to be resilient against character-level manipulations, efficiently encodes all UTF-8 characters and words, ensuring adaptability across over 100 languages.


AI has been dominated by big players for too long now. It is time for the small guys to get in on the integration! 💪

What’s new? Meta Platforms and International Business Machines (IBM) have joined forces to establish the “AI Alliance,” a coalition comprising over 50 AI companies and research institutions.

Why? IBM and Meta, dissatisfied with the limited diversity in recent AI discussions, have worked since August to bring together organizations often overshadowed by high-profile entities like OpenAI. The AI Alliance addresses the surge in interest around generative AI, led by OpenAI and competitors like Anthropic and Cohere, whose closed systems require companies to pay for their use. This collaboration aims to champion an “open model” of AI, emphasizing open innovation and science in the rapidly expanding AI market. Members like Intel, Oracle, Cornell University, and the National Science Foundation advocate for the open-source approach, fostering collaboration among industry leaders, academics, and independent programmers.

An open alternative? As enterprises worldwide are projected to have spent nearly $16 billion on generative AI solutions in 2023, the AI Alliance presents an alternative, distributed approach to AI, fostering resilience against disruptions in the AI market and development from a single institution. This resonates with businesses seeking diversified AI product providers, especially in the wake of upheavals at OpenAI last month. The alliance, with a focus on regulation, safety, and releasing an AI safety benchmarking tool, aims to instill confidence in the world of open innovation and position itself as a compelling choice for businesses and individuals navigating the evolving AI landscape.


Nvidia got called out for trying to make money. 😳

What happened? Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo emphasized the urgent need for increased funding to safeguard the United States’ technological edge in semiconductor development, particularly against China. In the process, she called out AI chip manufacturer, Nvidia, for redesigning chips to avoid regulatory measures.

Why? Raimondo asserted that denying China access to cutting-edge chips was paramount for national security. She urged Congress to allocate more resources to the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, responsible for managing export controls. Raimondo highlighted the inadequacy of her current $200 million budget, emphasizing the importance of adequately funding operations to counter China’s semiconductor advancements.

What about Nvidia? The Commerce Secretary underscored the necessity for American companies to align with national security priorities, even if it means forfeiting short-term revenue. Raimondo singled out Nvidia, noting their chip redesign for the Chinese market post-U.S. restrictions. She said, “If you redesign a chip around a particular cut line that enables them to do AI, I’m going to control it the very next day.”

What does this mean? The debate between government regulation and AI development continues. The Chinese market represents a huge opportunity for Nvidia, so cracking down on their sales with no financial alternative seems to stifle AI dominance in America rather than limit AI development in other countries. It also inspires foreign countries to become more innovative in their AI developments rather than relying on U.S. companies.


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