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This Week in Tech: November 16, 2023

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OpenAI hosts its first big tech showcase - Maker of ChatGPT unveiled the future it has in mind for its artificial intelligence technology in San Francisco, launching a new line of chatbot products that can be customized to a variety of tasks.
The company unveiled a new version called GPT-4 Turbo that it says is more capable and can retrieve information about world and cultural events as recent as April 2023.

They also unveiled a new line of products called GPTs — emphasis on the plural — that will enable users to make their own customized versions of ChatGPT for specific tasks.


grokai-min.pngGROK - ChatGPT’s newest competitor is Grok, which billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled
 over the weekend on his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. Musk, who helped start OpenAI before parting ways with the company, launched a new venture this year called xAI to set his own mark on the pace of AI development.
Grok is only available to a limited number of early users but promises to answer “spicy questions” that other chatbots decline due to safeguards meant to prevent offensive responses.



VEGA - Amazon is ditching its Android Open Source Project (AOSP)-based Fire OS for a custom, Linux-powered operating system dubbed Vega. Amazon had the project in mind since 2017.
Amazon has begun replacing Android with its own software on some products.
The latest Echo Show 5 is running a completely new software platform — even if it looks and feels the same as Fire OS on Amazon’s other devices.
Having full control over its OS from top to bottom would also help Amazon squeeze even more advertising revenue from Fire TV, its smart displays (whenever that changeover happens), and other products. Further, it’ll allow the company to keep the software current at its own pace; Fire OS and many Android-powered TV streamers are often based on years-old versions of Google’s platform.


Microsoft is finally making custom chips — and they’re all about AI. The Azure Maia 100 and Cobalt 100 chips are the first two custom silicon chips designed by Microsoft for its cloud infrastructure.
Microsoft has built its own custom AI chip that can be used to train large language models and potentially avoid a costly reliance on Nvidia. Microsoft has also built its own Arm-based CPU for cloud workloads. Both custom silicon chips are designed to power its Azure data centers and ready the company and its enterprise customers for a future full of AI.

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