Netflix sounds warning on threat of productive AI to operations and competition; Microsoft's AI for Good initiative targets India's linguistic diversity; Opera unveils AI-powered 'Opera One' browser for iOS following Apple's DMA update in Europe; Amitabh Bachchan warns of AI face mapping threat in film industry – this and more in our daily roundup. Let's have a look.
1. Netflix sounds warning on threat of productive AI to operations and competition
Netflix has warned that artificial AI poses a threat, potentially affecting its operations and competitiveness. In its annual SEC filing, the streaming giant expresses concerns about competitors gaining advantages through such technologies, leading to adverse effects on operations and results. Netflix also highlights uncertainties in intellectual property protection for AI-generated content, acknowledging the evolving landscape of productive AI in the entertainment industry, the Economic Times reported.
2. Microsoft's AI for Good initiative targets India's linguistic diversity
Microsoft's AI for Good initiative addresses India's linguistic diversity with 120 languages and 1,300 dialects. Jugalbandi Chatbot, a flagship project with a focus on rural areas, uses a large language model to provide information and services in local languages. Microsoft sees India's complexity as a global testing ground, aiming to address linguistic challenges and unlock globally applicable advances, underscoring the importance of addressing India's multilingual setting for global solutions, Fortune reported.
3. Opera unveils AI-powered 'Opera One' browser for iOS following Apple's DMA update in Europe.
Opera is set to launch “Opera One for iOS,” an AI-powered browser in Europe, capitalizing on Apple's shift post-European Digital Markets Act (DMA). With Apple's new allowance for non-WebKit-based browsers, Opera aims to offer iPhone users an AI-centric alternative to Safari. Jørgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera, welcomed the DMA changes, emphasizing competition and consumer choice. The browser will launch in March, which coincides with the implementation of DMA, but Opera anticipates a global rollout of these changes by Apple, Times Now reported.
4. Amitabh Bachchan warns about the threat of AI face mapping in the film industry
Amitabh Bachchan warned about the threat of AI face mapping in the film industry during the Symbiosis Film Festival. Expressing concern over rapid technological change, he shared the face mapping incident on Tom Hanks, highlighting the potential misuse of AI. Bachchan raised ethical issues, saying artists could face challenges as producers claim ownership over face-mapped content. He envisions a future where AI representations will replace in-person presentations, ANI reported.
5. AI-designed drug for inflammatory bowel disease enters human trials
Hong Kong and NYC-based biotech company, Insilico Medicine, has entered Phase I clinical trials of ISM5411, an AI-designed drug for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). If approved, it could be the first IBD drug to target the proline prolyl hydroxylase domain (PHD), which regulates gut barrier protection genes. Alex Zavoronkov, CEO, FOX News reports, calling ISM5411 a first-in-class candidate for a new IBD therapeutic, addressing the growing condition's lack of cures and limited treatments.
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