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Google’s emissions are off the charts ever since going all in on AI, Google’s Pixel 9 phone series will soon see “Google AI” features, and OpenAI signs a partnership with Time magazine to get access to their archives…

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  • 🏭 Google’s emissions

  • 📱 AI Pixel

  • ⌚️ It’s about Time

  • 🛠️ AI Tools to Check Out

  • 🤑 AI Fundraising News

  • 🐦 Tweet Post of the Day

Three years ago, Google set a goal to achieve "net zero" emissions by 2030.

But it turns out that they are not even close to hitting that goal. 

Google's latest environmental report reveals a 48% increase in greenhouse gas emissions from 2019 to 2023, primarily driven by the explosive growth of AI. This surge is attributed to the increased energy demands of its data centers, which are working harder than ever to power AI-driven services.

Here’s the tea:

  • AI-powered applications require significantly more computing power and electricity than standard online activities.

  • A recent study suggests that GenAI systems like ChatGPT may use up to 33 times more energy than task-specific software.

  • While Google aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, the company acknowledges that reducing emissions will be challenging as AI integration continues.

  • About two-thirds of Google's energy comes from carbon-free sources, but notable regional disparities exist.

  • Data centers in Europe and the Americas use mostly carbon-free energy, while those in the Middle East, Asia, and Australia lag behind.

Overall: Experts warn that the environmental impact of AI and data storage is often underestimated. Organizations are urged to reduce their "dark data" – information collected but rarely or never used – which still consumes energy when stored.

As AI adoption accelerates, concerns about energy and water consumption are growing. However, some industry leaders, like Bill Gates, believe AI's potential to improve efficiency may outweigh its environmental costs.

Read more: Financial Times

📱 AI Pixel

Source: Independent

Google is set to introduce "Google AI" on its upcoming Pixel 9 series, bringing advanced AI features to enhance user experience. 

According to inside sources, this initiative will combine existing capabilities like Circle to Search and Gemini with exciting new offerings.

Key new features include:

  1. Add Me: An upgraded version of Best Take that potentially allows users to merge multiple group photos to ensure everyone is included.

  2. Studio: A creative AI tool for generating and editing images, similar to Apple's Image Playground.

  3. Pixel Screenshots: Google's privacy-focused answer to Microsoft's controversial Recall feature. Unlike Recall, which automatically captures all on-screen content, Pixel Screenshots only processes manually taken screenshots. It adds metadata and uses on-device AI to enable content-based search and Q&A functionality.

Overall: While some may find AI-enhanced photo manipulation controversial, Google seems determined to explore AI's potential in redefining how we capture and interact with digital memories.

OpenAI and Time magazine have announced a multi-year partnership that grants OpenAI access to Time's extensive archive, spanning over a century of journalistic content. 

Their goal? The same as it’s always been - to enhance ChatGPT's capabilities and improve OpenAI's products.

Key aspects of the deal include:

  1. OpenAI can display Time's content within ChatGPT, with proper citations and links to original sources.

  2. Time gains access to OpenAI's technology for developing new products.

  3. The partnership follows similar deals between OpenAI and other media giants like News Corp and Reddit.

This agreement comes amid growing concerns over AI companies' use of copyrighted material.

  • The New York Times recently sued Microsoft and OpenAI for alleged intellectual property violations, seeking billions in damages.

  • Additionally, several prominent authors have filed lawsuits against OpenAI for using their work to train ChatGPT without consent.

Overall: These partnerships represent a shift in the AI industry's approach to content usage, potentially addressing copyright concerns while improving AI models' knowledge bases. 

As AI evolves, collaborations between tech companies and established media outlets may become increasingly common, reshaping the landscape of information access and artificial intelligence development.

Read more: CNBC

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🤑 AI Fundraising News

  • Vida raises $3M in Seed funding to provide enterprise-grade AI voice solutions for telecom service providers and small to medium-sized businesses.

  • Redactive AI raises $7.5M in Seed funding to offer a platform addressing the lack of AI engineering and security skills in enterprise software teams. It ensures secure, reliable deployment of generative AI applications.

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