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This week in AI: Apple’s shift to AI, Google’s AI testing and AI news reader 

Welcome to AI Weekly, where we delve into the cutting-edge and ever-evolving world of artificial intelligence and bring you concise yet comprehensive summaries of the most exciting AI developments. 

Workday to Acquire HiredScore

Workday, a leading HR software provider, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire HiredScore, a company specializing in AI-powered talent orchestration solutions. These solutions enable companies to leverage data-driven insights to enhance their recruiting and talent mobility processes. The integration of Workday Talent Management, Workday Skills Cloud, and HiredScore’s Talent Orchestration solutions will offer customers a comprehensive, transparent, and intelligent talent acquisition and internal mobility platform, enabling them to better address their evolving people needs.

Google’s Initiative to Test Unreleased Gen AI Platform with Publishers

Google has initiated a private program involving a select group of independent publishers, offering them beta access to an unreleased generative artificial intelligence platform in exchange for analytics and feedback. According to documents obtained by ADWEEK, participating publishers are expected to utilize the suite of tools to generate a specified volume of content over 12 months. In return, they receive a monthly stipend totaling a five-figure sum annually, along with access to content production resources tailored to their readership, all at no cost.

Particle: An AI-Powered News Reader Developed by Former Twitter Engineers

Particle.news, developed by a team led by former Twitter engineers, introduces a novel approach to using AI to assist people in processing news and information. This startup offers a personalized, multi-perspective news reading experience, leveraging AI not only to summarize news articles but also to ensure fair compensation for authors and publishers. Although Particle’s business model has yet to be disclosed, it arrives amidst growing concerns about the impact of AI on the news ecosystem, particularly regarding potential reductions in website traffic and advertising revenue for publishers.

Apple Shifts Focus from Electric Car Project to AI Research

Apple has terminated its electric car project, known as “Project Titan,” redirecting its research funding toward generative artificial intelligence endeavors. This decision reflects Apple’s strategy to diversify its focus beyond its flagship product, the iPhone, which still constitutes approximately half of its global sales. While the decade-long effort to develop a rival to Tesla and Rivian was never officially confirmed by Apple, news of the project’s cancellation was relayed to employees on Tuesday. Apple declined to comment on the matter.

Google Introduces Genie: An AI Model for Generating 2D Platformer Games

Google has unveiled Genie, a new generative artificial intelligence model capable of producing an infinite variety of 2D platformer video games. Marketed as an action-controllable world model, Genie was trained on unsupervised video game data and utilizes predictive analysis to generate game levels. Additionally, it can control playable characters and determine their movements. This development follows OpenAI’s recent introduction of Sora, a world model capable of generating hyperrealistic videos up to one minute in length.

EU Investigates Microsoft’s Partnership with Mistral AI

The European Union is scrutinizing Microsoft’s collaboration with French startup Mistral AI as part of its broader examination of the rapidly growing generative artificial intelligence sector, aiming to identify any potential competition concerns. In a brief statement released on Tuesday, February 27, the European Commission, the executive arm of the 27-nation bloc, announced its analysis of the agreement between the two companies, which was unveiled a day earlier. Microsoft refrained from commenting on the matter, while Mistral did not respond to requests for comment.

Microsoft’s recent announcement revealed a €15 million investment in Mistral, a French company established less than a year ago. This partnership has the potential to reduce the US software giant’s dependence on OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, for the supply of the next generation of chatbots and other generative AI products.

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Yajush Gupta

Yajush Gupta

Yajush is a journalist at Dynamic Business. He previously worked with Reuters as a business correspondent and holds a postgrad degree in print journalism.

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