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Biden admin bets big on digital twin tech for US chip dominance

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🌏 Biden admin bets big on digital twin tech for US chip dominance
πŸŽ™ OpenAI's venture into the competitive field of search with SearchGPT
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The Biden administration is taking applications for $285 million in federal funding, allotted from the $280 billion CHIPS and Science Act, to establish a CHIPS Manufacturing USA institute focused on digital twins for the semiconductor industry. The institute aims to create a diverse network to share resources with companies developing and manufacturing both physical semiconductors and digital twins.

What to know:

  • Digital twins are virtual representations of physical chips that mimic the real version, making it easier to test new processors before production.

  • The funding will support operational activities, basic and applied research, shared facilities, demonstration projects, and workforce training related to digital twins.

  • Digital twin-based research can leverage AI to accelerate chip development and manufacturing in the US.

  • The government will brief interested parties on May 16th to discuss funding opportunities.

The CHIPS Act, passed in 2022 to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the US, has struggled to keep up with the capital demand. This new initiative aims to encourage the development of innovative processors, especially as demand for high-powered chips grows due to the AI boom.

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OpenAI is reportedly on the verge of launching its own search engine, codenamed "Sonic" and branded as "SearchGPT." Web developer Tibor Blaho has revealed unannounced features and details about the upcoming search product.

What to know:

  • SearchGPT will offer text-based search, image search, widgets, and follow-up questions, similar to the LLM search engine Perplexity.

  • Results will be displayed in a chat window similar to ChatGPT, with tabs for sources and images.

  • Web pages will be summarized in a maximum of 300 characters to address potential issues with unlicensed use of web content.

  • The language model powering SearchGPT could be GPT-4 Lite, GPT-4, or GPT-3.5.

  • OpenAI has reached agreements with several publishers, including the Financial Times, to display their news in full within ChatGPT.

As Google's AI developer conference I/O approaches on May 14th, OpenAI's launch of SearchGPT could give them a head start in the race to dominate the AI search market.


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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman shared insights on the future of AI and its potential impact on society during a recent Q&A session at Stanford University. He discussed the opportunities for startups, OpenAI's deployment strategy, the trajectory of AI model capabilities, and the importance of adapting society to the pace of AI development.

OpenAI and developer platform Stack Overflow have announced a partnership to improve AI model performance and bring more technical information into ChatGPT. OpenAI will have access to Stack Overflow's API and receive feedback from the developer community, while Stack Overflow will use OpenAI's large language models to expand its Overflow AI application.

Microsoft has reaffirmed its ban on U.S. police departments using generative AI for facial recognition through Azure OpenAI Service. The updated terms of service prohibit integrations with Azure OpenAI Service from being used by or for police departments for facial recognition in the U.S., and explicitly bar the use of real-time facial recognition technology on mobile cameras globally.

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