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Inflection AI launches new model for Pi chatbot, nearly matches GPT-4

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1. Inflection AI launches new model for Pi chatbot, nearly matches GPT-4

Inflection AI, a Palo Alto-based startup, has introduced a new foundation model called Inflection-2.5, which outperforms its original Inflection-1 significantly and nearly matches OpenAI's GPT-4 model, especially across STEM subjects.

The upgraded model powers the Pi assistant, designed to compete with ChatGPT and Gemini, and can be tested via mobile and web. The model has been built with a signature personality and exceptional emotional quotient, and has shown substantial improvements over Inflection 1 across benchmarks. However, it still lags behind GPT-4.

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2. Europe launches AI office to serve as 'global reference point' on safety, policy and development

The European Commission has opened its new AI office, which will serve as a global reference point and policy setting center. The office will support the development and use of trustworthy AI while protecting against AI risks.

The office will coordinate policy between member states and support their governance bodies, a key point of the Bletchley Park agreement signed last year during the world's first AI safety summit. The EU also launched an AI innovation package, including the GenAI4EU initiative, to support startups and small and midsize enterprises.

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3. Florida middle-schoolers charged with making deepfake nudes of classmates

Two teenage boys in Miami, Florida, were arrested in December for allegedly creating and sharing AI-generated nude images of classmates without consent. The boys, aged 13 and 14, were charged with third-degree felonies under a Florida law passed in 2022, which makes it a felony to share any altered sexual depiction of a person without their consent.

The incident occurred at Pinecrest Cove Academy in Miami, and parents of the victims have urged the school to expel the boys. The boys were arrested without incident.

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4. With AI, workplace surveillance has ‘skyrocketed’—leaving Canadian laws behind

Canada's laws are not keeping up with the rapid growth of AI-powered employee surveillance technology. Experts warn that AI-powered monitoring is a reality for most workers and could also determine whether someone gets or keeps a job. Automated hiring is already widespread, with nearly all Fortune 500 companies in the US using AI to hire new workers.

A 2022 study by the Future Skills Centre found that 75% of employees reported some or all aspects of their work were being digitally monitored. However, some in the industry argue that AI can help individuals navigate workplaces being rapidly changed by the technology.

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5. 'My AI twin may get me more modelling work'

London-based model Alexsandrah is creating a virtual, AI-generated version of herself to secure her future in modelling. The virtual version is not cut out from anything, and proceeds will go to Alexsandrah. The industry is closely monitoring the growth of AI, with nearly three-quarters of fashion executives stating AI was a priority for their companies in 2024.

The Diigitals, founded by Cameron Wilson, is using Alexsandrah's virtual twin to promote ethical use of AI and protect jobs. The British Fashion Model Agents Association urges caution against AI's growth.

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