Microsoft unveils Copilot+ PCs

+ China is establishing AI academies.

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  • Microsoft unveils Copilot+ PCs and major AI enhancements for Windows

  • China aims to establish AI academies to attract global talent

  • Today’s biggest AI funding, valuations, and acquisitions

  • Tool highlight: Synthesia

  • LLM Prompt: SQL sorcerer

  • Results from the last poll

INDUSTRY NEWS
Microsoft unveils Copilot+ PCs and major AI enhancements for Windows

Microsoft has introduced Copilot+ PCs, a new class of AI-optimized Windows PCs with powerful hardware and dedicated AI processors. The company also announced over 150 new AI features in Windows 11, including integrating the Copilot AI assistant across the OS and apps, and debuted Surface devices with a dedicated Copilot key.

What to know:

  • Copilot+ PCs feature CPU, GPU and NPU (Neural Processing Unit) for advanced on-device AI

  • New AI capabilities in Windows 11 like Copilot assistance from the taskbar and AI-enhanced apps

  • Microsoft unifying Copilot AI assistant across Windows, Microsoft 365 apps, and Edge browser

  • Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 for Business introduced with dedicated Copilot key

  • Copilot+ PCs start at $999, available June 18 from Microsoft, Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung

Microsoft is making an aggressive push to define the next era of PC computing around AI, with optimized hardware, a more powerful OS-level AI assistant, and a physical key to summon your AI copilot.

Microsoft is unifying Copilot across Windows, apps, and Edge. Will this give them an advantage over Apple and Google in the AI race?

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FUNDING 
Some notable funding rounds, valuations, and acquisitions

Scale AI raises $1 billion in Series F funding led by Accel, valuing the company at $13.8 billion

Databricks launches second AI-focused venture fund to expand investments in AI ecosystem companies

Nvidia to acquire Israeli AI startup Deci for $300 million

French AI startup H (formerly Holistic AI) raises $220 million seed round from billionaires, VCs and strategic investors

ARway.ai acquires real-world mapping software company Map Dynamics to accelerate growth and expand offerings

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AI TOOL
Synthesia

Synthesia is an AI-powered video creation platform that enables users to generate professional-quality videos from plain text in minutes, without the need for cameras, microphones, or studios.

By harnessing AI, Synthesia offers a user-friendly interface that allows businesses, educators, and content creators to produce engaging video content efficiently and cost-effectively.

How Synthesia can increase your productivity:

  • Synthesia significantly reduces video production time by up to 90%, allowing users to create high-quality content in a matter of minutes, compared to traditional video creation methods

  • The platform offers a wide range of customizable AI avatars, voices, and templates, enabling users to create diverse and inclusive content tailored to their target audience, without the need for expensive equipment or specialized skills.

  • Synthesia's collaboration features and seamless integration with popular authoring tools, LMS, and LXP systems streamline the video creation process, making it easier for teams to work together and keep their video content up-to-date

INDUSTRY NEWS
China aims to establish AI academies to attract global talent

China plans to set up AI academies to recruit international talent and stay competitive in artificial intelligence, as reported by the South China Morning Post. A meeting of over 100 experts, held by China's top political advisory body, discussed strategies to bolster China's AI workforce and modernization efforts, though no timeline was given for launching the academies.

What to know:

  • Renowned AI expert Zhu Songchun advocated for Chinese institutions to welcome foreign AI experts and students without discrimination

  • Zhu suggested using private foundations for recruitment, expanding AI education, and creating an "innovation vitality index"

  • China's vice minister of science and technology, Long Teng, reiterated China's commitment to promoting international talent exchanges

  • The move comes as China increases AI initiatives to boost economic growth amid intensifying tech rivalry with the US

  • China aims to become the global leader in AI by 2030

The establishment of AI academies reflects China's determination to attract top global talent and maintain its competitive edge in AI development, even as tensions with the US escalate in the tech sphere.

PROMPT OF THE DAY
SQL sorcerer
Source: Anthropic

Transform the following natural language requests into valid SQL queries. Assume a database with the following tables and columns exists:

Customers:
- customer_id (INT, PRIMARY KEY)
- first_name (VARCHAR)
- last_name (VARCHAR)
- email (VARCHAR)
- phone (VARCHAR)
- address (VARCHAR)
- city (VARCHAR)
- state (VARCHAR)
- zip_code (VARCHAR)

Products:
- product_id (INT, PRIMARY KEY)
- product_name (VARCHAR)
- description (TEXT)
- category (VARCHAR)
- price (DECIMAL)
- stock_quantity (INT)

Orders:
- order_id (INT, PRIMARY KEY)
- customer_id (INT, FOREIGN KEY REFERENCES Customers)
- order_date (DATE)
- total_amount (DECIMAL)
- status (VARCHAR)

Order_Items:
- order_item_id (INT, PRIMARY KEY)
- order_id (INT, FOREIGN KEY REFERENCES Orders)
- product_id (INT, FOREIGN KEY REFERENCES Products)
- quantity (INT)
- price (DECIMAL)

Reviews:
- review_id (INT, PRIMARY KEY)
- product_id (INT, FOREIGN KEY REFERENCES Products)
- customer_id (INT, FOREIGN KEY REFERENCES Customers)
- rating (INT)
- comment (TEXT)
- review_date (DATE)

Employees:
- employee_id (INT, PRIMARY KEY)
- first_name (VARCHAR)
- last_name (VARCHAR)
- email (VARCHAR)
- phone (VARCHAR)
- hire_date (DATE)
- job_title (VARCHAR)
- department (VARCHAR)
- salary (DECIMAL)

Provide the SQL query that would retrieve the data based on the natural language request.

POLL RESULTS
Poll results from the last edition of AI Disruptor

“Will the convenience of AI-generated search summaries ultimately reduce traffic to websites and harm content creators?”

Yes, users will increasingly rely on AI overviews and visit websites less (56%)

No, AI summaries will drive more curiosity and clicks to original sources (44%)

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