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Meta is adding AI to its Ray-Ban smart glasses next month

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1. Meta is adding AI to its Ray-Ban smart glasses next month

Meta is set to introduce AI to its Ray-Ban smart glasses starting next month, according to a report from The New York Times. The multimodal AI features, which include translation, object, animal, and monument identification, have been available since December. Users can activate the glasses' smart assistant by saying "Hey Meta" and asking a prompt or question.

The glasses can be used in various settings, such as grocery stores, museums, and zoos. Despite the AI's ability to correctly identify pets and artwork, it struggled to identify zoo animals and an exotic fruit. The AI features are currently only available through an early access waitlist for US users.

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2. Generative AI develops potential new drugs for antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Stanford Medicine researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence model, SyntheMol, to create recipes for chemists to synthesize drugs for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The model, which uses generative AI, was trained to construct potential drugs using a library of over 130,000 molecular building blocks and validated chemical reactions.

The model generated around 25,000 possible antibiotics and the recipes to make them in less than nine hours. To prevent bacteria from developing resistance, the generated compounds were filtered to only those that were dissimilar from existing compounds.

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3. Scientists turn to AI to make beer taste even better

Belgian researchers have used artificial intelligence to improve the taste of beer. The study analyzed the chemical makeup of 250 commercial Belgian beers, including lagers, fruit beers, blonds, West Flanders ales, and non-alcoholic beers. The researchers used machine learning to predict the taste and appreciation of a beer based on its composition.

The results showed that adding substances like lactic acid and glycerol improved ratings for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers. While the AI models predict chemical changes, the skill of brewers remains vital.

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4. Google AI introduces AutoBNN: A new open-source machine learning framework for building sophisticated time series prediction models

Google AI has introduced AutoBNN, an open-source machine learning framework for building sophisticated time series prediction models. AutoBNN combines traditional Bayesian approaches with the scalability and flexibility of neural networks, allowing for the creation of interpretable models.

It introduces new kernels and operators, such as OneLayer kernel, ChangePoint, LearnableChangePoint, and WeightedSum, which enable the modeling of complex time series patterns and improves computational efficiency.

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5. Samsung says it needs to ‘redefine’ its voice assistant Bixby with generative AI upgrade

Samsung could add generative AI to its voice assistant Bixby, according to a top executive at the company. Bixby, launched in 2017, is used across the company's devices, from smartphones and smartwatches to its appliances.

The company is looking to enhance the appeal of its devices with more advanced AI features. Samsung is also looking to infuse its devices with Galaxy AI, which includes an option that allows users to circle something on their screens and search for it on Google without having to switch apps.

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