We strive to inform readers not only about the events in the bitcoin industry, but also to talk about what is happening in related technological areas – cybersecurity, and now in the world of artificial intelligence (AI).
Cryplogger AI collected the most important news from the world of AI over the past week.
- The European Union has imposed sanctions against Russian manufacturers of processors.
- GitLab stopped providing services on the territory of the Russian Federation and Belarus.
- Intel to build $19 billion semiconductor manufacturing plant in Europe
- Meta will deploy a data center in Spain to support the Metaverse.
- Amid the failure of the deal with Nvidia, ARM announced the layoff of 1,000 employees.
- MyHeritage and D-ID taught photography to talk.
The EU imposed sanctions against Russian processor manufacturers
European Union introduced sanctions against Russian companies Baikal Electronics JSC, which produces Elbrus processors, MCST JSC, NM-Tech LLC and STC Modul.
The measures introduced by the EU prohibit European enterprises from providing sanctioned Russian legal entities with any technological services related to the production of dual-use goods, as well as providing financial assistance, including grants, loans and credits.
Qualcomm stopped deliveries of chips to the Russian companies
Qualcomm has announced the termination of the supply of chips to Russia.
This is incorrect. Qualcomm has called for a peaceful resolution to Russia’s aggression Ukraine, made direct donations to relief organizations, & match employee contributions. We have stopped selling products to Russian companies & comply with US sanctions.
— Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) March 16, 2022
“We have stopped selling products to Russian companies and adhere to US sanctions,” the company said.
Qualcomm also made donations to humanitarian organizations and called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
GitLab stopped working in Russia and Belarus
Service for storing git repositories GitLab suspended work in Russia and Belarus.
The company said it was deeply saddened by the unjustified Russian military invasion of Ukraine and acts of violence against a sovereign nation, as well as the horrific impact on all residents of the region, including startup employees. GitLab management recognizes that the situation is dynamic and is reviewing and updating its business practices accordingly, according to a press release.
The company supports Ukrainians affected by the war through the fund Sijbrandij Foundationwhich passes on the team’s donations to UNICEF, Save the Children, Médecins Sans Frontières and Amnesty International.
Reface left the Russian market
Ukrainian startup Reface removed its own application for creating deepfakes from the Russian Federation.
Previously, the company sent out over 13 million anti-war notices to 2 million Russians through the program, which caused a negative reaction from the audience. Users began to massively underestimate the application in the AppStore and Google Play Market.
Reface commented on the actions of the Russian audience as “indifference to the women, children and destroyed houses killed in Ukraine.”
Intel will build a plant in Europe for $19 billion
Intel will build a new $19 billion chip manufacturing plant in Germany. Over the next ten years, the company will invest up to $88 billion in the development of the semiconductor ecosystem in the EU.
The new production site in Magdeburg will consist of two factories, scheduled for construction in the first half of 2023 and start of production in 2027.
At the factories, the company intends to create chips using the advanced transistor technology of the Angstrom era. According to Intel, 7,000 jobs will be created during the construction of the factories, and 3,000 permanent jobs and more than 1,000 more for partners and suppliers after they start working.
The company is also investing $13 billion in the development of a plant in Ireland. Intel intends to double the production capacity of the current site and expand foundry services.
In addition, the tech giant plans to build a European research and development center in France, which will create about 1,000 new jobs, 450 of which will open before the end of 2024.
Meta Corporation will build data center to serve the metaverse in the Spanish region of Toledo for 1 billion euros. The company will also open a Meta Lab business incubator in Madrid and invest in laying new submarine cables.
The tech giant plans to build the data center in 2023 and fully operate it in 2029.
Employees of the company itself, as well as local technology startups and entrepreneurs of the corresponding profile, will work remotely in the Meta Lab.
In addition, the tech giant, together with local operator Telefónica, will create the Metaverse Innovation Hub in Madrid, designed to develop networks that can meet the needs of the metaverse in data transmission.
ARM to lay off 1,000 employees after Nvidia deal fails
Chip maker ARM announced layoffs up to 1,000 employees after the Nvidia deal failed. Most of the layoffs will be for workers in the US and the UK.
According to the company’s CEO René Haas, the layoffs are related to cost containment.
“ARM is constantly reviewing its business plan to strike the right balance between capability and cost discipline. Unfortunately, this process includes downsizing around the world,” he said.
MyHeritage and D-ID taught photography to talk
MyHeritage together with D-ID startup introduced a LiveStory tool that makes photos talk.
The user needs to upload a portrait of a famous person or deceased relative to the site and AI algorithms will convert it into a short animated video. He can also select the voice of the person in the photo to tell his or her life story from a library of over 140 samples supported in 31 languages.
The biography of people in the photo can be generated automatically from the family history already available on the service or compiled manually. The user needs to write the text in the first person, and optionally break it into chapters and illustrate it.
Then the algorithm will combine the shots into a video, convert the text to speech according to the selected voice model, and animate the portrait.
You.com launches online text generation service
Startup You.com together with OpenAI launched YouWrite tool for creating texts on demand.
According to the developers, the system is based on a technology “very similar” to GPT-3.
To use the tool, the user needs to go to the AI search engine and enter a query. Then he needs to specify the length of the resulting text, the audience or recipients, the tone of the story and the content.
At first, the tool will be free. In the future, it will become paid for regular users and those who generate long texts like essays.
In Japan, created a four-legged robotic goat
Japanese company Kawasaki introduced riding robotic goat Bex.
The device has four limbs, allowing you to move over rough terrain. In cases where the surface is flat, the robot kneels and quickly rides on wheels mounted in its legs. The load capacity of Bex is up to 100 kg.
Robo-goose can move independently or be controlled by a person with the help of special levers. According to the company, the device is capable of transporting people and building materials, and in the future will allow for remote inspections of industrial sites.
The most important AI deals of the last week
From March 13 to March 19, 2022, AI startups raised over $423 million. Here are the most interesting transactions.
- Talent.com received $120 million to support the recruitment platform.
- Twelve Labs collected $5 million to commercialize a service for finding content within videos.
- TruEra attracted $25 million to support an AI quality management platform.
- B2B sales automation service developer RightBound collected $15 million
- Nautilus Labs received $34 million to optimize ship routes while reducing emissions.
- quadric attracted $21 million to accelerate the production of edge chips for artificial intelligence.
- AI workload optimization platform developer Run:AI collected $75 million
- Synthetaic received $13 million to expand the synthetic data service.
- Sedai attracted $15 million to automate cloud management tasks.
- Cyber insurance platform developer for small and medium businesses Cowbell collected $100 million
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