TotemoTech - 2023-04-19


Hello and welcome to TotemoTech on April 19th. Let’s start with some tech news from Japan.

First up, Google’s experimental chat AI, Bard, is now available for testing in Japan. However, it can only converse in English at the moment.

In logistics news, Yamato Transport will be changing the delivery schedule for some of its courier services. Starting from June 1st, some areas that previously had next-day delivery will now have delivery delayed by one day.

In music news, Yamaha Music Japan has signed an endorsement contract with the Osaka mascot character, “Kuidaore Taro.” During the contract period, the use of other companies’ drums will be restricted.

In snack news, Calbee has apologized for mistakenly selling the unreleased second edition of “Shin Kamen Rider Chips” on some e-commerce sites. Fans were surprised and excited to hear that there is a second edition of the popular snack.

In job-related news, a survey conducted by MyNavi and Nikkei revealed the most popular companies among university and graduate students majoring in mechanical, electrical, and information engineering who will graduate in 2024. Sky came in third, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in second, and the top spot went to… we’ll have to wait and see.

In AI news, Yokosuka City announced that it will be testing the AI chat service “ChatGPT” at the city hall. The service will not handle confidential or personal information.

Finally, Adobe has announced that it will be introducing its AI generation tool, Adobe Firefly, to video tools such as Premiere Pro in the latter half of 2023. It remains to be seen what kind of capabilities this will bring to video editing.

Also, HiJoJo Partners has released the latest version of “UNICORN100,” a list of 100 unicorn companies in the US, including AI company Anthropic, whose members are from OpenAI.

That’s it for today’s news. Thanks for listening to TotemoTech.

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