TotemoTech - 2023-10-23


Hello and welcome to today’s news from TotemoTech on October 23rd, 2023. In today’s news, NHK’s business program ‘Professional: Work Style’ has made history by featuring an anime protagonist for the first time. The show provided an in-depth look into the life of the main character from the popular anime ‘Attack on Titan’ ahead of its final episode.

Next, we have an interesting story about a manga artist who claims to be a watermelon craftsman. Sadataro-san, who got hooked on the watermelon game after watching a VTuber’s gaming commentary, was able to consistently create watermelons at one point. However, he seems to be going through a bit of a slump lately.

Moving on, Canon recently held its ‘Canon Expo 2023’ event, showcasing its latest technologies and solutions. One notable exhibit was the display of two satellites that Canon had launched. These satellites were equipped with Canon’s own DSLR cameras, demonstrating their commitment to pushing the boundaries of imaging technology.

In other news, the Orionid meteor shower, also known as the Orionids, reached its peak on the night of October 21st to the early morning of October 22nd. This annual meteor shower provided a great opportunity for stargazers on the Pacific side to witness the celestial spectacle. Some even had the chance to enjoy live broadcasts of the event.

Shifting gears, a court in Tokyo ruled against the author of the novel ‘Dragon Quest V,’ Kumisaori-san, in a lawsuit regarding the unauthorized alteration and use of the protagonist’s name, Luca, and public appeals in a movie adaptation. The court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims against Square Enix and others.

In the field of artificial intelligence, the National Institute of Informatics (NII) has released a large-scale language model called ‘LLM-jp-13B,’ which consists of a staggering 13 billion parameters. This release, including the corpus and tools, aims to contribute to academia and the industry’s research and development efforts.

Lastly, Toyota has announced its decision to adopt Tesla’s charging standard, known as NACS, for its battery electric vehicles (EVs) sold in North America. This agreement between Toyota and Tesla, reached through Toyota’s North American subsidiary, TMNA, makes Toyota the third domestic automaker, following Nissan and Honda, to adopt the NACS standard.

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