Microsoft and Meta Compete for AI Market Dominance with Different Pricing Strategies

Wednesday: Microsoft wants money for AI, Metas AI also in the new version free of charge

– Commercial use of Microsoft’s AI services, such as Bing Chat Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Copilot, will now incur charges for corporate customers. They will have to pay a monthly fee per user for access to these services, with the promise of data protection in return.
– In contrast, Meta (formerly Facebook) does not currently charge anything for its artificial intelligence offerings. This includes the successor to Meta’s language model LLaMA, called LLaMA 2, which is bigger and better than its predecessor. LLaMA 2 is open source and royalty-free, allowing startups and companies to create tailor-made software with the language model.
– The German military, Bundeswehr, also utilizes open source technology for its own messenger. In an interview with BWI GmbH, the IT service provider for the Bundeswehr, they discussed the secure messenger’s requirements and their cooperation with Matrix, an open-source protocol that forms the basis for the Bundeswehr’s messenger.
– A new vibrating suit has been developed to allow deaf individuals to experience live music. Traditional methods, such as sign language interpretation, do not provide the full music experience for the deaf. This suit, with vibrating plates strategically placed on the body, allows for better transmission of vibrations from the loudspeakers, enabling deaf people to feel the music.
– Jan Marsalek, an ex-Wirecard manager who is currently on the run, sent a letter to the Munich I district court. Marsalek, who is believed to be in Russia under a new identity, is suspected of committing various crimes, including commercial gang fraud. In his letter, Marsalek implicates his ex-Wirecard colleague Oliver Bellenhaus and supports the defense of former Wirecard CEO Markus Braun.
– Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors per chip doubles about every two years, has been a fundamental principle in the semiconductor industry. However, there are now doubts about its relevance and applicability given the challenges faced in shrinking structures. In a podcast called Bit-Rauschen, the future of Moore’s Law, nanosheets, and 3D stacking in chip optimization are discussed.

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