TotemoTech - 2023-07-19


Hello and welcome to today’s news from TotemoTech on July 19th, 2023. Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has announced the release of a new large-scale language model called Llama 2. This model, with 7 billion parameters, is said to be on par with ChatGPT as of March 1st. What’s even more impressive is that Meta is offering free usage of Llama 2, including for commercial purposes. This move further intensifies the competition in the AI-generated content space.

In other news, the National Consumer Affairs Center has issued a warning regarding fraudulent automated voice calls. Many people have reported receiving calls from automated systems claiming unpaid bills from companies like NTT Finance. These scam calls aim to deceive individuals into making payments for non-existent debts. It’s important to stay vigilant and not provide any personal or financial information over the phone.

Moving on, Roland, the well-known music equipment manufacturer, has launched a new service called BGM CAST. This service offers copyright-free background music and sound effects specifically designed for content creators, such as gamers and streamers. With BGM CAST, creators can enhance their videos with high-quality music without worrying about copyright infringement.

Next up, let’s talk about a peculiar live camera feed that has been making waves. The Marunuma Kogen Ski Resort has a live camera streaming the inside of its closed restaurant, where only stuffed animal plush toys of bears and penguins are present. While the footage remains mostly unchanged, viewers have noticed that the positions of the plush toys occasionally change, leading to some eerie speculation. The live camera feed has sparked curiosity and discussions among online communities.

In technology news, KDDI, a major Japanese telecommunications company, is bringing satellite broadband to music festivals. They will be using SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service to provide reliable connectivity at events like the FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ‘23 and ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2023. This move aims to enhance the festival experience for attendees by ensuring a stable and high-speed internet connection.

Lastly, the popular documentary series ‘Jounetsu Tairiku’ (Passion Continent) will feature Naoki Yoshida, the director and producer of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV and the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI. The episode, scheduled to air on July 23rd, will delve into Yoshida’s journey and contributions to the gaming industry. Fans of the Final Fantasy franchise and gaming enthusiasts won’t want to miss this insightful episode.

That wraps up today’s news from TotemoTech. Stay tuned for more updates on the latest tech happenings. Thank you for listening! And that’s all for today’s news. Thanks for listening to TotemoTech.

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