Briefly informed: production ban, Microsoft AI, Activision, needle robots
For the time being, there is no ban on high-tech production in China for EU companies
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced several times that she wants to reduce technological dependencies on China and the associated risks. The Brussels government institution and the Community representative for foreign and security policy, Josep Borrell, therefore presented the first European economic security strategy in June. This should ultimately prevent EU companies from outsourcing the production of critical technologies. But a concrete legislative proposal from the Commission is not expected within the next twelve months, a high-ranking official told the newsletter service Politico Playbook. France and Germany in particular are said to have pulled the emergency brake and warned that the Commission was encroaching on their national responsibilities. This assessment was also confirmed by diplomats.
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Microsoft is using new AI models
Microsoft is expanding the use of artificial intelligence in both the Edge browser and the Bing search engine. For this purpose, new AI models will be used. A prominent example is the integration of the recently introduced Dall-E 3 text-to-image AI, which will soon serve as the basis for creating AI-generated images in Bing’s “Image Creator”. The Image Creator – based on Dall-E – can already create quite impressive images within a few seconds if the textual specifications match. Now the new version of the AI model will soon be used. Dall-E 3 from OpenAI is said to deliver better results thanks to native chat GPT support, because the textual description of the desired image should be better understood.
Preliminary clearance for Activision takeover
The CMA also wants to accept Microsoft’s planned takeover of Activision Blizzard. This emerges from a current communication from the British antitrust authorities. “The CMA had limited residual concerns about the new agreement,” it said, “but Microsoft has proposed remedies that the CMA’s preliminary assessment is designed to address these issues.” The announcement does not yet mean a final green light for Microsoft’s planned billion-dollar deal. However, the CMA is making it clear that it will no longer stand in the way of the takeover under Microsoft’s proposed terms.
Needle robot moves autonomously through lungs
Scientists at the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University have succeeded in allowing a needle robot to navigate autonomously in real time through a model of a living lung. The robot is able to traverse lung tissue without damaging it. The technology is intended to be used to detect and combat lung cancer, which is difficult or impossible to reach with conventional instruments such as standard or robotic bronchoscopes. The researchers tested the technology on a laboratory model that imitates a living lung, i.e. also simulates breathing. The robot moves forward whenever the breath stops for a moment after taking a breath.
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