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Nice to be back from a vacation. Hope you all enjoy reading a little about it. You can always send feedback to j[email protected] anytime.

I asked Bard AI what was new in AI this week. It said…

  • Databricks acquires MosaicML for $1.3 billion. This acquisition will give Databricks access to MosaicML’s generative AI technology, which could be used to improve the company’s products and services.
  • Meta launches Llama 2 open-source LLM. Llama 2 is a large language model that is designed to be more efficient and easier to use than previous LLMs. It is available for free to anyone who wants to use it.
  • Assessing the risks of generative AI in the workplace. A new report has warned of the potential risks of generative AI in the workplace, such as the misuse of AI-generated content and the potential for AI to create bias in the workplace.
  • Beijing publishes its AI governance rules. China has published its first set of AI governance rules, which aim to ensure that AI is used in a responsible and ethical manner.
  • Anthropic launches ChatGPT rival Claude 2. Claude 2 is a new language model from Anthropic that is designed to rival ChatGPT. It is still under development, but it has already shown promising results.

This was announced by Deputy Defense Minister Volodymyr Havrylov, commenting on media reports of alleged cases of theft of Western weapons.

“Artillery, ammunition, sophisticated air defense systems, armored vehicles – everything is accounted for in Ukraine. Last year, an automated system was introduced to account for all weapons and military equipment and to keep track of their logistics. With the help of our partners, we introduced the LOGFAS and Karavay programs, which allow us to accompany military equipment to a military unit using barcodes and QR codes, and, if necessary, to come there and see what is there,” said Volodymyr Havrylov.

There is a lot going on with crypto. Venture money still flowing into new startups with new ideas. The bedrock, in my opinion, is Bitcoin. The price is hanging around $30,000 plus/minus but the long term looks good to me. A lot of hope is based on Blackrock and Fidelity and others all pushing for ETF offerings including spot Bitcoin prices. The SEC has shot down prior attempts but Blackrock and Fidelity have muscle. Hopefully, they have figured out how to structure their ETF Bitcoin offerings in a way others have not done. Coinbase is taking on the SEC and from what I can see, they will come out a winner and possibly the global leader.

Nice to enjoy longest rally in almost six years. Seems to be rotation among sectors. Everything is not up but generally tech is doing well. GAMMNAT stocks over $11 trillion and more than 30% of S&P 500. I am not happy to see UnitedHealth Care stock doing so well while millions have no healthcare and drug prices are devastating many families. 

Following are four videos of talks I gave during the last few months. I have been fortunate to be able to share my thoughts on technology with four groups. On March 8th I was the guest speaker at the first meeting of Probus in Palm Coast, Florida on March 8. Probus is a worldwide organization of retired and semi-retired men and women who come together to make new friends, learn new things, and have fun. There are over 4,000 Probus clubs in more than 100 countries, with over 400,000 members. Probus clubs are non-political, non-sectarian, and non-profit. They are self-governing and autonomous, and each club sets its own policies and activities.

On March 30, I gave my 12th annual lecture called Tech Talk at Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast, Florida where I live in the winter.

On March 23, gave a town hall-like speech and Q&A with the IT special interest group (SIG) of the New York Executive Forum. The event was via Zoom.

On April 19, I gave a talk and Q&A with a group of Union Carbide retirees. Some years ago, Union Carbide had its headquarters about a mile from where I live in Connecticut. The event was via Zoom.