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Turning the promise of AI into a reality for everyone and every industry

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way in the past few years. But for AI to truly fulfill its promise, it needs to do one more thing. It needs to be easy to use. This is just as important as all the computational and technical components that make AI happen in the first place.

AI is at the stage where it’s ready to be in the hands of everyday people. It’s in the same place that computers were more than 40 years ago, when Apple envisioned an easy-to-use, low-cost personal computer for the average consumer, then made that vision a reality.

It is not until we follow Apple’s lead and apply those lessons to AI that it will take off and fulfill its almost-boundless potential. We need to demystify AI and make it practical to use for everyone. On the enterprise side, we need to make AI simple for companies and their employees to adopt into their workflows. This will be a game-changer for the adoption of AI going forward.

In its current form, AI is too inscrutable. There are too many grandiose use cases and too few data scientists to make them a reality. So, to most people, AI is a technology always on the horizon. We need a new generation of integrated, out-of-the-box solutions that make it easy for everyone to tap into the power of AI and enjoy all its benefits.

Today, AI is primarily the playground of an elite group of technology behemoths, companies like Google and Microsoft, which have invested billions in developing and using AI. If you look beyond those companies, AI is often underutilized in other industries, whether it be manufacturing, education, retail or healthcare.

Vast amounts of data are generated by all these industries but AI is rarely used to analyze large sets of data and learn from the patterns and features that exist in the data. The question is, why? The answer is lack of access, understanding and skills. Most companies don’t have access to the sophisticated and costly compute resources required. And they don’t have access to the expensive and limited AI talent needed to use those resources correctly.

These are the two restraints holding AI back from mainstream adoption. But they can be solved if we make AI easy to adopt and easy to use for instant value. Here are three ways we can create an Apple-like experience for AI and bridge the gap to a future in which AI helps businesses do more than they ever imagined.

1. Leverage existing artificial intelligence work

So much AI work exists in the cloud, so it’s no longer necessary for businesses to train their AI from scratch. They can exploit the existing work. They don’t have to reinvent the wheel. They can take already-functioning AI solutions and use them to fit their own needs. But they can’t do it unless they have an easy, seamless, Mac-like interface to work with.

An illustrative example is found in the world of ecommerce, in the way that Shopify created a user-friendly, Mac-like interface that enables every retailer to easily sell products online. Retailers don’t have to know how to build their own shopping cart technology or how to integrate it with, say, their billing software. Shopify gives them all the pieces they need in one simple package. AI companies can follow this model by providing users in all industries with ready-made, user-friendly AI tools that they can use out of the box to accomplish their business needs.

2. Keep improving the AI every day

AI is able to learn and improve itself continuously. That is its genius. You know this if you own a Tesla, because almost every time you go for a drive, there is a new software update. This happens because there are millions of Teslas on the road now and all those vehicles are gathering data, which is used to improve every vehicle every day. This kind of learning and knowledge-sharing needs to happen with AI in every industry and across different applications.

3. Take advantage of the latest AI models

The AI techniques used just three or four years ago, even though they were revolutionary at the time, are now out of date. New, improved AI models and neural networks are coming all the time similar to how we as humans develop skills when learning something new and continue to develop and add new skills over our lifetime. But for AI users to take advantage of them, they need a new processor architecture and programming model with the flexibility to run both AI and non-AI algorithms.

Once this happens, we will usher in a new era of more practical and commercially viable AI products across a wide range of use cases and industries. One day soon, we will be able to overcome the existing limitations of power, complexity and cost.

Final takeaway

All businesses need to focus on what they’re good at, whether it’s building better products or better serving customers. AI can supercharge their ability to do this. It can help them operate more efficiently and, ultimately, boost profitability. AI is already streamlining workflows through advanced automation, speeding up processing via edge computing, and supercharging data analysis. At a manufacturing company, for example, AI can reduce the number of product defects. For a healthcare provider, AI can increase the accuracy of diagnoses and minimize prescription errors, thus saving lives.

We are now just scratching the surface of AI use cases. And we will go further but in order to bring the advantages of AI to every business, we need to make AI as easy to use as a MacBook. Only then will we unleash the real power of artificial intelligence. MACifying AI is truly the next leap forward.

Dinakar Munagala is CEO of Blaize.

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Nothing announces official launch date for new Ear (stick) AirPods alternatives

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True to form, Nothing has just announced the full reveal date for its upcoming audio product, Ear (stick). 

So, an announcement about an announcement. You’ve got to hand it to Carl Pei’s marketing department, they never miss a trick.

What we’re saying is that although we still have ‘nothing’ conclusive about the features, pricing or release date for the Ear (stick) except an image of another model holding them (and we’ve seen plenty of those traipsing down the catwalk recently), we do have a date – the day when we’ll be granted official access to this information. 

That day is October 26. Nothing assures us that on this day we’ll be able to find out everything, including pricing and product specifications, during the online Ear (stick) Reveal, at 3PM BST (which is 10AM ET, or 1AM on Wednesday if you’re in Sydney, Australia) on nothing.tech (opens in new tab)

Any further information? A little. Nothing calls the Ear (stick), which is now the product’s official name, “the next generation of Nothing sound technology”, and its “most advanced audio product yet”. 

But that’s not all! Apparently, Ear (stick) are “half in-ear true wireless earbuds that balance supreme comfort with exceptional sound, made not to be felt when in use. They’re feather-light with an ergonomic design that’s moulded to your ears. Delivered in a unique charging case, inspired by classic cosmetic silhouettes, and compactly formed to simply glide into pockets.” 

Opinion: I need more than a lipstick-style case

Nothing Ear (stick) – official leaked renders pic.twitter.com/FrhKmRttmiOctober 1, 2022

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It’s no secret that I want Nothing’s earbuds to succeed in world dominated by AirPods; who doesn’t love a plucky, eccentric underdog? 

But in order to become some of the best true wireless earbuds on the market, there is room for improvement over the Nothing Ear 1, the company’s inaugural earbuds. 

Aside from this official ‘news’ from Nothing, leaked images and videos of the Ear (stick) have been springing up all over the internet (thank you, developer Kuba Wojciechowski) and they depict earbuds that look largely unchanged, which is a shame. 

For me, the focus needs to shift from gimmicks such as a cylindrical case with a red section at the end which twists up like a lipstick. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of theater, but only if the sound coming from the earbuds themselves is top dog. 

As the natural companions for the Nothing Phone 1, it makes sense for the Ear (stick) to take a place similar to that of Apple’s AirPods 3, where the flagship Ear (1) sit alongside the AirPods Pro 2 as a flagship offering. 

See, that lipstick case shape likely will not support wireless charging. That and the rumored lack of ANC means the Ear (stick) is probably arriving as the more affordable option in Nothing’s ouevre. 

For now, we sit tight until October 26. 

Becky is a senior staff writer at TechRadar (which she has been assured refers to expertise rather than age) focusing on all things audio. Before joining the team, she spent three years at What Hi-Fi? testing and reviewing everything from wallet-friendly wireless earbuds to huge high-end sound systems. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, Becky freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 22-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance starts with a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo and The Stage. When not writing, she can still be found throwing shapes in a dance studio, these days with varying degrees of success.  

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YouTube could make 4K videos exclusive to Premium subscribers

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You might soon have to buy YouTube Premium to watch 4K YouTube videos, a new user test suggests.

According to a Reddit thread (opens in new tab) highlighted on Twitter by leaker Alvin (opens in new tab), several non-Premium YouTube users have reported seeing 4K resolution (and higher) video options limited to YouTube Premium subscribers on their iOS devices. For these individuals, videos are currently only available to stream in up to 1440p (QHD) resolution.

The apparent experiment only seems to be affecting a handful of YouTube users for now, but it suggests owner Google is toying with the idea of implementing a site-wide paywall for access to high-quality video in the future.

So, after testing up to 12 ads on YouTube for non-Premium users, now some users reported that they also have to get a Premium account just to watch videos in 4K. pic.twitter.com/jJodoAxeDpOctober 1, 2022

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It’s no secret that Google has been searching for new ways to monetize its YouTube platform in recent months. In September, the company introduced five unskippable ads for some YouTube users as part of a separate test – an unexpected development that, naturally, didn’t go down well with much of the YouTube community. 

A resolution paywall seems a more palatable approach from Google. While annoying, the change isn’t likely to provoke the same level of ire from non-paying YouTube users as excessive ads, given that many smartphones still max out at QHD resolution anyway. 

Of course, if it encourages those who do care about high-resolution viewing to invest in the platform’s Premium subscription package, it may also be more lucrative for Google. After all, YouTube Premium, which offers ad-free viewing, background playback and the ability to download videos for offline use, currently costs $11.99 / £11.99 / AU$14.99 per month.

Suffice to say, the subscription service hasn’t taken off in quite the way Google would’ve hoped since its launch in 2014. Only around 50 million users are currently signed up to YouTube Premium, while something close to 2 billion people actively use YouTube on a monthly basis. 

Might the addition of 4K video into Premium’s perk package bump up that number? Only time will tell. We’ll be keeping an eye on our own YouTube account to see whether this resolution paywall becomes permanent in the coming months.

Axel is a London-based staff writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the newest movies to latest Apple developments as part of the site’s daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion. 

Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned a gold standard NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme. 

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Europe sets deadline for USB-C charging for (almost) all laptops

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Michael is a former graphic designer who’s been building and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cares to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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