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Here’s how AI is regulated around the world

Robotaxis not perfect but getting better, Meet Arabic-GPT, Digital character signed to music contract, and more

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  • 🌎 Here’s how AI is regulated around the world

  • 🚕 Robotaxis now hitting American streets

  • 🇦🇪 Meet “Jais”, ChatGPT for Arabic-speaking world

  • 🎤 Warner Music sign first digital character Noonoouri

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Here’s how AI is regulated around the world

  1. Brazil: Draft AI law emphasizes users' rights, requires transparency, and mandates risk assessments before launching AI products.

  2. China: Draft regulation for generative AI underscores developers' responsibility for AI output and accurate content generation, with a focus on "Socialist Core Values."

  3. European Union: The AI Act categorizes AI into different risk levels, banning systems deemed "threats" and mandating approval for high-risk AI.

  4. Israel: Draft policy promotes responsible AI development, respecting human dignity and privacy, and encourages self-regulation.

  5. Italy: Banned ChatGPT temporarily due to data concerns; allocated funds to support workers impacted by digital transformation.

  6. Japan: Takes a "soft law" approach, relying on existing laws while observing AI's development to avoid stifling innovation.

  7. UAE: Focuses on encouraging AI development, integrating it into key sectors, and reviewing global best practices through the Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Council.

Artificial intelligence's rapid integration into mainstream society brings both excitement and concerns. While AI can replicate voices and entertain with chatbots, its potential to disrupt industries and social norms raises worries. Despite its potential for positive change, concerns about job displacement and surpassing human intelligence persist. A recent Pew Research Center survey indicates that 52% of Americans feel more concerned than excited about AI's increased use, citing privacy and control worries. 

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Robotaxis now hitting American streets

In this summertime of 2023, self-driving taxis, referred to as robotaxis, traverse San Francisco roads, capturing attention and curiosity from pedestrians and onlookers. As California greenlights the expansion of autonomous taxi services, their presence comes with both promise and challenges. There have been instances of technical hitches, including vehicles getting stuck in peculiar scenarios, halting during events, and even colliding with emergency vehicles. Despite their imperfections, advocates emphasize that these robotaxis, albeit disruptive, may pave the way for a safer, autonomous-driving future.

While the robotaxis are not devoid of imperfections, their imperfections pale in comparison to the alarming fatality rate on American roads due to human-driven vehicles. The introduction of autonomous-driving technology raises the potential to address issues such as drunk driving, distractions, and speeding. Although challenges persist in their deployment, the autonomous cars could serve as a vital step toward improving road safety. San Francisco, with its chaotic and demanding road conditions, serves as a testing ground for these self-driving vehicles.

Meet “Jais”, ChatGPT for Arabic-speaking world

Inception, an AI company, has announced the release of Jais, an open-source Arabic Large Language Model (LLM) with 13 billion parameters. Developed in collaboration with the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) and Cerebras Systems, Jais was trained on a vast 395 billion-token dataset in Arabic and English.

Inspired by the UAE's highest peak, Jais aims to bring the benefits of generative AI to the Arabic-speaking world, offering over 400 million Arabic speakers the potential to harness generative AI's power for innovation. While Jais outperforms existing Arabic models and demonstrates competitive performance in English, its release marks a significant stride toward AI advancement in the Middle East, establishing Abu Dhabi's role as an AI hub.

By open-sourcing Jais, Inception seeks to stimulate scientific, academic, and developer engagement, fostering an Arabic language AI ecosystem. [Download Whitepaper]

Warner Music sign first digital character Noonoouri

Warner Music has given its first-ever record deal to a digital character named Noonoouri, who released her debut single "Dominoes" featuring German DJ Alle Farben. Noonoouri's singing voice was created using artificial intelligence (AI) technology, based on a real singer's voice but with a unique twist. The song's writers and musicians will receive the usual royalties and publishing splits, resembling the compensation structure for traditional songs.

The debut track "Dominoes" by Noonoouri features collaboration with DJ Alle Farben and was crafted by a team of songwriters and musicians. The music video showcases Noonoouri dressed in Kim Kardashian's Skims shapewear brand, chosen by her creator, Joerg Zuber. Noonoouri's debut in the music industry marks a milestone where AI-assisted technology plays a role in shaping her singing voice, with Warner Music Central Europe excited to introduce fans to her unique sound and artistic endeavors.

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