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Profluent, spurred by Salesforce research and backed by Jeff Dean, uses AI to discover medicines

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1. Profluent, spurred by Salesforce research and backed by Jeff Dean, uses AI to discover medicines

Salesforce's ProGen project, which used generative AI to design proteins, has been relaunched by Ali Madani, who aims to bring similar technology to pharmaceutical companies. Profluent, a company led by Madani, aims to reverse the drug development paradigm by creating "custom-fit" treatments solutions.

The company uses AI models to predict new proteins with novel functions, allowing for the creation of "genetic medicines" with the most promising paths to approval. Profluent plans to collaborate with outside partners to yield "genetic medicines" with the most promising paths to approval.

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2. GitHub’s latest AI tool can automatically fix code vulnerabilities

GitHub has launched its first beta of its code-scanning autofix feature, combining real-time capabilities of Copilot with CodeQL, the company's semantic code analysis engine.

The feature aims to remediate over two-thirds of vulnerabilities found, often without developers editing any code themselves. It covers over 90% of alert types in JavaScript, Typescript, Java, and Python. The feature is now available for all GitHub Advanced Security (GHAS) customers.

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3. Qualcomm S5 Gen 3 Sound platform will add 'almost 50x more AI power' to earbuds

Qualcomm has introduced two next-generation Snapdragon Sound offerings, the S5 Gen 3 and S3 Gen 3 Sound platforms, to improve audio experiences in both premium and mid-tier earbuds, headphones, and speakers. The S5 Gen 3 offers nearly 50x more AI power, a better digital-to-analog converter, and 4th-generation adaptive active noise cancellation.

It also boasts 50% more memory than the S5 Gen 2 Sound Platform and dedicated cores for audio curation. The S3 Gen 3 also supports Qualcomm Voice & Music Extension Program, allowing developers to add perks like fit- and hearing tests and health-tracking options.

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4. Microsoft pays Inflection $650 mln in licensing deal while poaching top talents, source says

Microsoft has agreed to pay AI startup Inflection $650 million in cash in an unusual deal that would allow Microsoft to use Inflection's models and hire most of the startup's staff, including its co-founders. The high-profile AI startup's models will be available on Microsoft's Azure cloud service.Inflection is using the licensing fee to pay Greylock, Dragoneer, and some other investors, saying the investors will get a return of 1.5 times what they invested.

Microsoft hired Inflection co-founders Mustafa Suleyman and Karen Simonyan for a newly created consumer AI unit called Microsoft AI. Inflection AI has emerged as one of the most high-flying names in generative AI after raising $1.3 billion from Microsoft and Nvidia in a mix of cash and cloud credit at a valuation of $4 billion in June.

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5. MidJourney just announced a huge AI expansion — here's what you'll be able to do next

MidJourney, an AI image generation platform, has announced plans to create a virtual environment where users can build video games or shoot movies. The platform is working on 3D, video, and real-time creation models that would allow it to simulate the entire world.

The company has been adding and upgrading features such as image description and consistent characters while building new models. MidJourney has remained primarily inside Discord for interaction and image creation, with work on the seventh version of the image model already underway.

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