TotemoTech - 2023-04-20


Welcome to TotemoTech, it’s April 20th and here are today’s top tech news stories from Japan.

First up, Alibaba Group, Baidu, Google, and Amazon are among the companies developing their own chatbot AI. Alibaba Group recently announced their conversational AI, and Baidu and Google have already entered the competition. Several Chinese companies are planning to release their own version of the “Chinese ChatGPT” by May, with the possibility of China leading the way in social implementation.

Next, portable refrigerators are gaining popularity due to the Stay Home and outdoor boom, and Anker has recently joined the competition. Originally designed for outdoor use, advancements in lithium-ion battery technology have allowed for use in places without a power source. Anker’s EverFrost Powered Cooler 30 can reportedly keep items cool for up to 32 hours.

Stability AI has released an open-source language model called “StableLM,” which includes two models with 3 billion and 7 billion parameters, respectively. The company plans to release models with 150 billion to 650 billion parameters in the future, and the model is available for commercial and research purposes.

Tokyo University, Kyoto University, Tohoku University, and B.Creation have successfully proven that natural network relationships, such as food chains, have information processing capabilities that humans can utilize. The experiment used microbial groups as a future prediction AI.

Spotify has updated its smartphone app’s home screen to include a preview function for music and podcast content, with subtitles to understand the content.

Google has launched a beta version of Google Play Games for Windows, allowing users to play Android games on their PC using a mouse and keyboard. However, it is limited to certain Android games.

Lastly, the National Consumer Affairs Center has issued a warning regarding the use of the “¥” symbol on online shopping sites. Some sites may use the symbol to represent a different currency, causing confusion and leading to price discrepancies.

That’s all for today’s tech news. Thanks for tuning in to TotemoTech.

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