Plans to use social media posts to train AI criticised, Nvidia overtakes Apple

Plans to use peoples’ public posts and images on Facebook and Instagram to train artificial intelligence (AI) tools belonging to parent company Meta have been attacked by digital rights groups. The social media giant recently has been informing UK and European users of the platforms that, under privacy policy changes, external taking effect 26 June, their information can be used to “develop and improve” its AI products. This includes posts, images, image captions, comments and Stories that users have shared with a public audience on Facebook and Instagram, but not private messages. BBC 

Nvidia has overtaken Apple to become the world’s second-most valuable company after surpassing a $3 trillion (£2.4 trillion) valuation. The milestone comes amid soaring demand for the microchip maker’s artificial intelligence processors, which are key to systems such as ChatGPT. Nvidia’s shares have climbed by more than 150pc this year alone and are up more than 600pc since November 2022, when ChatGPT was released. The boom has made Jensen Huang, Nvidia’s Taiwanese-born founder and chief executive, one of the world’s wealthiest men. Telegraph 

Microsoft, OpenAI and Nvidia face increased antitrust scrutiny of their roles in the artificial intelligence industry after a report that US regulators have reached an agreement on investigating the companies. The New York Times reported that the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have reached an agreement on investigations into the main protagonists in the AI market. The deal is expected to be completed in the coming days, according to the report. The Guardian 

The latest CEO of UK telecoms giant BT says that Scandinavian nations are far more developed than Britain when it comes to telco infrastructure, and the government needs to overhaul regulations to fix this. Allison Kirkby, who took over as chief of the former state-owned monopoly in February, told the Deloitte and Enders media and telecoms conference in London that “Scandinavia is way ahead of the UK” when it comes to rolling out next-gen broadband infrastructure. Kirkby joined BT from Swedish telco Telia. The Register 

At a launch event attended by Tech Digest yesterday, Zoom showed off its flashy new facility in the heart of London’s Holborn district. Called the Zoom Experience Center (note the US spelling), it’s billed as ‘a first-of-its-kind flagship facility that brings the Zoom brand to life.’ It follows the company’s opening of the Zoom Engagement Hub in London in August 2023.  Keen to stress that Zoom is much more than a video conferencing company, guests at the event were treated to presentations showcasing some of its advanced AI technology for improving customer service. Tech Digest

Below is an image showing off the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold6 and Z Flip6 that came from Samsung’s Kazakhstan website. It shows the two new foldables from only one angle, but it’s enough to give us a feel for the design. In short, nothing much has changed. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold6 does look like its has less rounding on its corners than the Z Fold5 did. This matches up with the live image shared by Ice Universe a few days ago. You can see the same in this image. GSMArena

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