TotemoTech - 2024-03-12


Hello and welcome to today’s news from TotemoTech on March 12th, 2024. In today’s news, Tokyo Electric Power and GreenWay Grid have jointly developed a location-based game called ‘PicTree - Battle of the Electric Poles,’ aiming to achieve infrastructure management and regional revitalization through gaming. The game allows players to take photos of electric poles and ‘conquer’ them, earning rewards in return. It is an innovative initiative combining technology and community engagement.

Moving on to our next story, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has launched the ‘Supporting Your Life! TOKYO Genki Campaign’ on March 11th. The campaign offers a maximum 10% cashback in points for code payments at eligible stores in Tokyo. By using designated code payment services, such as PayPay, customers can receive points back as a form of support from the city government.

Shifting gears, let’s talk about the popular chat AI called ‘Claude 3.’ The provider, Anthropic, has released an official prompt collection for Claude 3, featuring 64 different prompts. The collection, titled ‘Prompt Library,’ is available on their website and showcases various use cases for the chat AI.

In other news, OpenAI, led by Elon Musk, announced that they will open-source their language model ‘Grok’ this week. The decision to make Grok open-source aligns with OpenAI’s mission to promote accessible and transparent artificial intelligence technologies.

Now, let’s discuss the rise of robot vacuum cleaners. While appliances like rice cookers, washing machines, and air conditioners have long been considered essential household items, robot vacuum cleaners have recently become commonplace. The era when iRobot’s ‘Roomba’ was synonymous with robot vacuum cleaners has passed, and now there are numerous manufacturers competing in the market, offering a wide range of options.

Moving on, Awawa Inc., a media company, has announced a potential data leak due to a misconfiguration in a Google Form. It is suspected that personal information from 95 individuals may have been exposed. The company was collecting photos of babies through a Google Form, but due to a misconfiguration, it allowed other users to access and view all past inputted data.

Lastly, the payment of premium membership fees on ‘Niconico’ using American Express cards has been temporarily suspended. The company cited ‘various circumstances’ as the reason for the suspension, but further details have not been disclosed.

That wraps up today’s news from TotemoTech. Thank you for tuning in, and we’ll be back with more tech updates soon. Visit for the news, yen exchange rates, and a daily Japanese proverb.

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