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👀 Amazon’s AI infatuation

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Amazon’s CEO Andy Jassy believes that AI holds the key to Amazon’s growth, Apple is gearing up to release its latest line of MacBooks with new AI-focused M4 chips, and Adobe is on a data buying spree…

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  • 👀 Amazon’s AI infatuation

  • 💻️ Apple’s AI MacBooks

  • 📼 Adobe’s data buying spree

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  • 🤑 AI Fundraising News

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In his annual shareholder letter, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy emphasized the company's dual focus on cost-cutting and investing in AI as a key growth area.

Despite slow sales and economic headwinds leading to Amazon's largest layoffs (over 27,000 job cuts), Jassy believes there are still opportunities to "lower our cost to serve" in the retail business. 

However, he stressed the importance of staying "resilient" long-term by finding new areas for growth and building "primitive services" - foundational building blocks that can bring about new projects and businesses.

Jassy views GenAI as potentially Amazon's next big "pillar" or major line of business, following retail, Prime subscriptions, and cloud computing (AWS). While Amazon will build many AI applications, Jassy said AWS aims to become the platform on which "much of this world-changing AI will be built."

Amazon has already made a flurry of AI moves, including: 

With both cost discipline and aggressive AI investments, Jassy aims to position Amazon for long-term success as AI reshapes the tech landscape.

Read more: CNBC

Source: 9to5 Mac

According to Bloomberg, Apple is gearing up for a major overhaul of its Mac lineup powered by the new AI-focused M4 chips - the company aims to update every Mac model with the next-generation processors, which will feature AI processing capabilities.

The updated Macs are expected to launch late this year or early next year. The lineup will include: 

  • New iMacs,

  • A low-end 14-inch MacBook Pro, 

  • A high-end 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and 

  • Mac Minis - all equipped with AI-enabled M4 chips.

The move comes as PC makers look to revive sales by integrating more powerful AI chips that can handle tasks like document summarization without relying on cloud processing.

Apple plans to highlight the M4 chips' AI capabilities and how they will integrate with the next macOS version. The initiative aligns with Apple's anticipated AI announcements at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where the company could unveil new AI partnerships and iOS changes.

With Mac sales down 27% last fiscal year, the AI-focused M4 chips present an opportunity for Apple to breathe new life into its computer lineup and meet rising demands for on-device AI processing power.

Read more: Yahoo Finance

Source: Mint Lounge

With data being the currency in this AI world, Adobe is taking a proactive approach to building its AI text-to-video generator by actively procuring videos from its network of creators and artists. 

The software giant is aiming to source over 100 video clips depicting people engaged in everyday actions, expressing emotions like joy and anger, or interacting with objects - while offering $2.62 to $7.25 per minute of submitted video content.

Overall: This move comes as Adobe faces increasing competitive pressure from OpenAI's impressive Sora video generation model.

While Adobe has already released AI tools for generating images and illustrations in its creative software, like Photoshop, it recognizes the need to catch up in the video AI space.

Read more: Bloomberg

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