Also Chinese disinformation gets AI boost and Google Cloud teams with Accenture

Ben Wodecki, Junior Editor - AI Business

December 19, 2023

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A ChatGPT screen on a mobile device
You can now read news from Business Insider and Politico in your ChatGPT responses. Jonathan Kemper — Unsplash

This week’s roundup covers OpenAI’s deal with Axel Springer to bring news content from its library of media brands to ChatGPT and more.

OpenAI to add news snippets to ChatGPT

ChatGPT users will receive snippets of news content from titles including Politico, Business Insider and Bild as OpenAI strikes a deal with publishing giant Axel Springer.

ChatGPT will now show snippets of news in responses and will include attribution and links to the full articles.

OpenAI said the new integration will “enrich users’ experience with ChatGPT by adding recent and authoritative content on a wide variety of topics.”

The deal will also see content from Axel Springer’s media brands used to train OpenAI’s large language models.

“We want to explore the opportunities of AI-empowered journalism – to bring quality, societal relevance and the business model of journalism to the next level,” said Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer.

“We are deeply committed to working with publishers and creators around the world and ensuring they benefit from advanced AI technology and new revenue models,” says Brad Lightcap, COO of OpenAI.

Chinese Disinformation Campaign Turns to AI

A YouTube-based Chinese misinformation campaign trying to smear the U.S. is using AI to voice its videos.

Bloomberg reports that a viral online AI-generated campaign has posted more than 4,500 videos to a network of YouTube channels with content containing pro-China and anti-U.S. narratives.

The videos were spotted by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute think tank, with the content featuring AI-generated voiceovers often for the content in awkward grammar.

Among the narratives found in the videos were economic doom-mongering and claims that Russia was a responsible geopolitical ally and that Chinese technology is better than American-made devices.

The AI-generated videos have gathered around 120 million views with the 30 channels posting them amassing 730,000 subscribers in a year.

Bloomberg cites the Australian institute analyst Jacinta Keast who said it might be “one of the most successful influence operations related to China ever witnessed on social media.”

Google Cloud and Accenture to Help Businesses Scale Gen AI

Google Cloud is teaming up with Accenture to help businesses adopt generative AI to improve operations.

The pair will work on creating a global, joint generative AI Center of Excellence designed to provide businesses with resources and knowledge to build and scale applications.

Businesses with access to the Center of Excellence can use Google Cloud’s large language model - including the new Gemini model to scale their work.

Users will also obtain specialized access to Accenture data and AI architects and engineers to help develop prompt engineering strategies.

The agreement will also see Accenture expand its own internal use of Google Cloud tech by making the new Duet AI for Developers accessible to its software engineers.

“Through our joint center of excellence, enterprises across industries have access to leading technical experts and engineers that can address their most complex business challenges and quickly begin creating value from Google Cloud’s advanced generative AI technology,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud.

NEC Corp Embraces Generative AI

Japanese tech giant NEC Corporation is working on new large language models.

The model, scheduled to launch in Spring 2024, can be customized by customers for their business needs. It’s designed to be lightweight while still being able to handle up to 300,000 Japanese characters - which NEC claims is up to 150 times longer than third-party LLMs.

NEC is also working on a large-scale model with around 100 billion parameters in size.

The company is also working on a new architecture for building new models by combining existing systems according to input data and tasks. Using this, NEC wants to establish a scalable foundation model that can be scaled from small to large without performance degradation.

This article was first published on IoT World Today's sister site AI Business.

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Ben Wodecki

Junior Editor - AI Business

Ben Wodecki is the junior editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to junior editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others.

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