News coverage on artificial intelligence and machine learning tech, the companies building them, and the ethical issues AI raises today. This encompasses generative AI, including large language models, text-to-image and text-to-video models; speech recognition and generation; and predictive analytics.

Dot is a new AI companion and chatbot that thrives on getting to know your innermost thoughts and feelings.

Dot’s AI really, really wants to get to know you

The Rockset buy fits into OpenAI’s broader recent strategy of investing heavily in its enterprise sales and tech orgs.

OpenAI buys Rockset to bolster its enterprise AI

Photographers say the social media giant is applying a ‘Made with AI’ label to photos they took, causing confusion for users.

Meta is tagging real photos as ‘Made with AI,’ say photographers

Speak, the AI-powered language learning app, has raised new money from investors at double its previous valuation.

Language learning app Speak nets $20M, doubles valuation

Paris has quickly established itself as a major European center for AI startups, and now another big deal is in the works.

Poolside is raising $400M+ at a $2B valuation to build a supercharged coding co-pilot

GrayMatter self-reports that its systems currently produce “a 2~4x improvement in production line productivity [and a] 30% or more reduction in consumable waste.”

Labor shortages are still fueling growth at automation firms like GrayMatter

Claude 3.5 Sonnet can analyze both text and images as well as generate text, and it’s Anthropic’s best-performing model yet — at least on paper.

Anthropic claims its latest model is best-in-class

Lightspeed Ventures-backed audio platform Pocket FM announced it has partnered with voice-cloning company ElevenLabs to quickly convert text content, such as script, into audio series using AI. Pocket FM, which…

Pocket FM partners with ElevenLabs to convert scripts into audio content quickly

The U.S. is facing an accountant shortage. Fewer first-time candidates took the CPA exam in 2022 than in 2006, according to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. One possible…

Materia looks to make accountants more efficient with AI 

Amazon is bringing its generative AI listing smarts to more sellers, revealing today that those in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. can now access tools designed to improve…

Amazon extends generative AI-powered product listings to Europe

Worldcoin — the crypto “proof of personhood” startup co-founded by OpenAI’s Sam Altman — has been given the green light to resume iris-scanning and other operations in Kenya after a…

Kenya closes its probe of Worldcoin, opening the door to a relaunch of its orbs after a year-long suspension

Malicious hacking is getting increasingly sophisticated, and that’s leading to a very clear trend in security technology. To keep people and organizations safe, security also has to continue improving.  Security…

PQShield secures $37M more for ‘quantum resistant’ cryptography

Wordsmith, a fledgling Scottish legal tech startup, has somehow managed to attract the backing of two well-known venture capital firms. The startup targets in-house legal teams and law firms with…

‘Lawyer-in-the-loop’ startup Wordsmith wants to bring AI paralegals to all employees

Like it or hate it, artificial intelligence — especially generative AI — is the technology story of 2024. OpenAI, with its rollouts of viral services like ChatGPT and billions in…

France leads the pack for generative AI funding in Europe

Ilya Sutskever, one of OpenAI’s co-founders, launches Safe Superintelligence (SSI), just a month after leaving OpenAI.

Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI’s former chief scientist, launches new AI company

Hiya, folks, and welcome to TechCrunch’s regular AI newsletter. This week in AI, generative AI is beginning to spam up academic publishing — a discouraging new development on the disinformation…

This Week in AI: Generative AI is spamming up academic journals

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In spite of hype, many companies are moving cautiously when it comes to generative AI

Companies are extremely interested in generative AI as vendors push potential benefits, but turning that desire from a proof of concept into a working product is proving much more challenging.

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In spite of hype, many companies are moving cautiously when it comes to generative AI

Meta AI removes restrictions around answering election-related queries in India while Google is still restricting them.

Meta AI removes block on election-related queries in India while Google still applies limits

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How Abridge became one of the most talked about healthcare AI startups

Ask any of the health-focused VCs to name one of the top AI startups and one name comes up over and over again: a company  based in Pittsburgh called Abridge. And it’s a startup that launched before OpenAI was a household name and large language models (LLMs) entered the common…

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How Abridge became one of the most talked about healthcare AI startups

At the Augmented World Expo on Tuesday, Snap teased an early version of its real-time, on-device image diffusion model that can generate vivid AR experiences. The company also unveiled generative…

Snap previews its real-time image model that can generate AR experiences

Butterflies wants to let users create AI personas that then take on their own lives and coexist with others. 

Former Snap engineer launches Butterflies, a social network where AIs and humans coexist

Genspark taps generative AI to write custom summaries in response to search queries.

Genspark is the latest attempt at an AI-powered search engine

Apple is continuing its AI push, this time with its education offering. The company announced on Tuesday that it will train all Apple Developer Academy students and mentors on the…

Apple Developer Academy adds AI training for students and alumni

Decagon is a generative AI platform that automates various aspects of customer support channels.

Decagon claims its customer service bots are smarter than average

SewerAI sells cloud-based, AI-powered subscription products designed to streamline field inspections and data management of sewer infrastructure.

SewerAI uses AI to spot defects in sewer pipes

The company says its platform functions like a search engine for materials, enabling the fast evaluation of a “vast number of novel structures.”

CuspAI raises $30M to create a GenAI-driven search engine for new materials

Suse on Tuesday is announcing its AI strategy and SUSE AI solutions, a new vendor- and LLM-agnostic generative AI platform.

SUSE wants a piece of the AI cake, too

Google has released its dedicated AI mobile app Gemini in India — over four months after its debut in the U.S. — with support for nine Indian languages alongside English. The…

Google brings Gemini mobile app to India with support for 9 Indian languages

Finbourne, founded out of London’s financial center, has built a platform to help financial companies organize and use more of their data in AI and other models.

Finbourne taps $70M for tech that turns financial data dust into AI gold 

ChatGPT, OpenAI’s text-generating AI chatbot, has taken the world by storm since its launch in November 2022. What started as a tool to hyper-charge productivity through writing essays and code…

ChatGPT: Everything you need to know about the AI-powered chatbot