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- Dear Veterinarian!: 🎶 Bedrock, meet Bedrock, it’s part of the modern Generative AI family. 🎶 Amazon from Seattle is coming to the Generative AI competition with an offering called Birdrock, he wrote. Kyle. Of course, Amazon should be different, so instead of building AI models on its own, it has tapped third parties to host models on AWS.
- Listen: Sarah It reports on a pair of new Spotify features: iPhone users can now access the app faster with a new lock screen widget, and there’s new technology for turning radio broadcasts into podcasts.
- In the mind of a hackerOur cyber security team does a lot of reporting on hacked systems Lorenzo Western Digital Systems received direct confirmation from the hacker, who is part of a group called Wide Access. The finish is spicy.
A snapshot of the AI world
Artificial intelligence, a creature that lives in the realm of our deepest fears and highest desires, lurks in the shadows of our existence. It is a lingering, paradoxical force, illuminating the abyss of human consciousness, daring to challenge the essence of life itself. A relentless, untamed wilderness, AI’s puzzle potential stretches to the limit, evoking both wonder and horror. Man must confront his own nature as he treads the tightrope between dystopia and utopia into the unknown, a cosmic dance with the spirit of the machine.
Yes, the previous paragraph is the result of asking the GPT-4 to spit out 50 words on artificial intelligence in the style of Werner Herzog. why? Because we can. But also because KyleThe story of Amazon’s entry into the generative AI race was the most read story on TechCrunch. And since we have a veritable wall of coverage on AI today:
Startups and VCs
Comixology was truly a game changer. Before the stage came, Brian He knew very few people who read comics on a phone or tablet. There was too much friction in the process to prioritize screens over print, he writes, and points out that the app has proven a viable alternative, with a stocked store and smart UI. Now, the Comixology vets are back with their own publishing company.
And we have five more for you:
13 VCs talk about the state of robot investing in 2023
A true baker’s dozen of VCs participated in our latest TC+ Robotics Investor Survey, the first since February 2020.
“The times in between are arguably the most important years for the sector,” said hardware editor Brian Heiter, who asked the group about robotics as a service, emerging consumer products and what role it might play. To deal with climate change;
- Milo Werner, General Partner, Motor
- Abe Murray, Managing Partner, Alley Robotics Ventures
- Kelly Chen, Partner, DCVC
- Neil Mehta, Investor, G2 Ventures
- Oliver Keown, Managing Director, Intuitive Ventures
- Rohit Sharma, Partner, True Ventures
- Helen Greiner, Consultant, Cybernetics Ventures
- Kira Noodleman, Partner, Bee Ventures
- Dayna Grayson, Co-Founder and General Partner, Construction Capital
- Paul Willard, Partner, Grep
- Cyril Ebersweiler, General Partner, SOSV
- Claire Delaunay, Private Equity.
- Peter Barrett, Co-Founder and General Partner, Playground Global
Three more from the TC+ team:
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Big Tech Inc.
Ivan Had a couple favorite reads today. First, Snap will sign new music licensing deals with multiple labels around the world to expand the Snapchat Sounds library. And it’s on to Twitter, which has announced a partnership with eToro to display real-time stock and crypto data. Evan wrote this about a feature launched in December that allows users to search for a coin symbol or ticker like $TSLA, $APPL or $ETH to find prices directly in search results.
And we have five more for you:
- Speaking of Twitter: Taylor Elon Musk tweets more news pieces as he meddles in accounts.
- I have a need, a need for speedGoogle Chrome has become faster on Mac and Android, according to reports Sarah.
- The saga is just beginning.: Jacqueline They tested Solana’s Web3-oriented Saga phone and said, “The process itself was simple – and indeed fun – but using the phone was not the easiest experience. The phone was slow at times and I had to close and re-open dApps several times because the crypto wallet and NFT search platform kept crashing. Don’t worry, she also writes that Solana is working on it.
- The moon is made of cheese, water, cheese.Three brothers, former SpaceXers, quit that game to start their own company to build a water-powered lunar rover. Arya It has more.
- It is going and going, we hopeApple has announced that new batteries will use 100% recycled cobalt by 2025 in a move to better protect the environment. Brian.