5 things about AI you may have missed today: Accenture unveils Gen AI studio, Biden's AI strategy sparks concern, more | Tech News

5 things about AI you may have missed today: Accenture unveils Gen AI studio, Biden's AI strategy sparks concern, more

Accenture unveils Gen AI studio in Bengaluru, France leads global shift with AI-powered surveillance ahead of 2024 Olympics, and much more today.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Dec 18 2023, 21:59 IST
Humongous 1100-foot asteroid, 4 other space rocks to pass Earth soon, reveals NASA
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1/5 Asteroid 2023 XL11: This asteroid is designated by NASA as Asteroid 2023 XL1. This asteroid is expected to pass Earth today, December 18, 2023. According to NASA, this asteroid will come as close to Earth as 2.37 million kilometers during its approach. This space rock is 52 feet wide and will travel towards Earth at a speed of 42021 kilometers per hour. (Pixels)
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2/5 Asteroid 2023 XF2: This space rock is designated as Asteroid 2023 XF2 and is expected to pass Earth tomorrow, December 19. This asteroid is 68 feet wide and will come as close as 3.74 million kilometers. This asteroid will be traveling towards our planet at a speed of 28743 million kilometers. (Pixabay)
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3/5 Asteroid 2023 XS: This huge space rock is 95 feet wide and is designated as Asteroid 2023 XS. According to NASA, this asteroid will pass Earth tomorrow, December 19. During its approach, this asteroid will come as close as 4.39 million kilometers. It will travel towards Earth at a speed of 32653 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
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4/5 Asteroid 2016 XD2: This asteroid is designated as Asteroid 2016 XD2 and is expected to pass Earth tomorrow, December 19. This asteroid is 180 feet wide and will come as close as 7.19 million kilometers to Earth during its approach. It will travel towards Earth at a speed of 24677 kilometers per hour. (NASA)
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5/5 Asteroid 341843( 2008 EV5): This asteroid is designated as Asteroid 341843( 2008 EV5) by NASA. This humungous asteroid is 1100 feet wide and is expected to pass Earth on December 20. During its approach, this asteroid will come as close as 6.32 million kilometers to the planet. It will be traveling towards our planet at a speed of 19243 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
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Pakistan's Imran Khan speaks from prison through AI in virtual rally amid election concerns; France leads global shift with AI-powered surveillance ahead of 2024 olympics; Biden's stealthy AI strategy sparks clash with Elon Musk and OpenAI over transparency; Accenture unveils Gen AI studio in Bengaluru - this and more in our daily roundup. Let us take a look.

1. Pakistan's Imran Khan speaks from prison through AI in virtual rally

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, currently imprisoned, addressed supporters via a five-hour "virtual powershow" organised by his party using artificial intelligence. The online rally featured a four-minute speech delivered by an AI voice replicating Khan. Despite garnering 1.5 million views on YouTube within 12 hours, the event faced challenges like reduced internet speeds and limited social media access, raising concerns about the fairness of the upcoming elections amid accusations of favouritism and media censorship, AFP reported.

2. France leads global shift with AI-powered surveillance ahead of 2024 olympics

Nice, France, dubbed the "most monitored city," pioneers AI video surveillance with 4,200 cameras. Equipped with thermal imaging and AI, they detect even minor infractions and potential threats. The technology, tested on the Promenade des Anglais, aims to swiftly identify irregular movements, enhancing security after the 2016 terrorist attack. Mayor Christian Estrosi advocates AI as a protective weapon, crucial for combating those who have "declared war." France plans extensive algorithmic video surveillance for the 2024 Olympics, focusing on threat detection capabilities, according to a Washington Post report.

3. Biden's stealthy AI strategy sparks clash with Elon Musk and OpenAI over transparency

President Joe Biden's approach to AI is creating a clash between Elon Musk and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman over public access to AI technology. The battleground is the source code, the algorithms that underpin AI. Musk and Altman advocate for openness, while Biden's secretive AI strategy raises concerns about potential bias and censorship. Despite the prominent debate, Biden's recent executive order on AI does not address the terms "source code," "open source," or "closed source," according to a Fox news report.

5. Indian companies face surge in demand for AI talent, offering lucrative salaries

Indian companies face a surge in demand for mid- and senior-level artificial intelligence (AI) professionals across sectors like IT, retail, healthcare, and finance. Due to a talent scarcity, AI role salaries start at 50-60 lakh for mid-level positions, rising to 1.2-1.5 crore for senior roles. With increasing recognition of AI's business-transforming potential, companies like Amazon, EY, and Intel actively seek AI talent amid a nationwide shortage of 213,000 professionals in the field, TOI reported.

5. Accenture unveils Gen AI studio in Bengaluru, invests $3 billion in AI and data practices

Accenture inaugurated its Generative AI Studio in Bengaluru, India, as part of a $3 billion investment in AI and data practices. The studio integrates talent and technology to deliver comprehensive generative AI solutions, emphasising modern data and AI foundations, ecosystem partnerships, and responsible AI frameworks. The facility will provide services like the proprietary gen AI model "switchboard," customization techniques, model management, and specialised training programs, enabling global clients to optimise business processes and advance enterprise reinvention, Moneycontrol reported.

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