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Group 11 strikes $20 million deal for second fund holdings, including Tipalti, Navan, and Sunbit
Investment in Israeli climate tech is shrinking at an alarming rate
Mekorot to allow small suppliers to sell it electricity
After losing 99% of its value, hospitality company Selina receives $20 million lifeline from Osprey Investments
Tuition of terror: Qatari money flowed into U.S. universities - and now it's fueling violence
Tech titans line up: The leading companies ready for blockbuster IPOs in 2024
Fintech startup Pontera raises $60 million at $550 million valuation
Hackers extorting fintech unicorn Tipalti, threaten to leak data of clients Roblox and Twitch
Houthi ship attacks threaten to escalate into global crisis as two more vessels hit in Red Sea
20 stories about Generative AI
Deepdub launches GenAI royalty program to compensate actors for the use of their voices
The generative AI tool has been announced following months of an embattled Hollywood struggling to reach an agreement between actors and studios surrounding the adoption of artificial intelligence.
OpenAI's ChatGPT turns one: A deeper look at the AI that changed the world
Despite rising competitors and a boardroom battle at OpenAI, ChatGPT has emerged as the market leader
OpenAI scientists raised alarm on AI innovation before CEO was ousted
Ahead of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s four days in exile, several staff researchers wrote a letter to the board of directors warning of a powerful artificial intelligence discovery that they said could threaten humanity
Munch raises $7.2 million Seed round for AI-powered automation platform for social media
The funding will be used for R&D, customer growth and team expansion to further accelerate the company's global presence after reaching $2 million annual recurring revenue within 8 months
AI21 takes Series C to $208 million with additional $53 million in funding
The AI company’s additional funding, including from new investors Intel Capital and Comcast Ventures, was raised at a $1.4 billion valuation
Fetcherr appoints former J.P. Morgan Chase executive as President and GM of New Markets
Prior to joining Fetcherr, Ziv Gafni spent nearly six years at J.P. Morgan Chase, most recently serving as EMEA Head of Tech Strategy, Innovation & Partnerships
What’s behind the hasty firing of Sam Altman from OpenAI?
The CEO and co-founder of the artificial intelligence company was fired just half an hour before the official announcement was made; the board said that it "no longer has confidence" in his ability to lead the company, but did not provide explanations; it is believed that OpenAI's chief scientist Ilya Sutskever is behind the move; meanwhile, a conversation held by interim CEO Mira Murati didn't really help, and several senior employees resigned.
OpenAI's board ousted CEO Sam Altman: we lost confidence in him
CTech and Reuters
Altman was removed from his position because "he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board", the statement said. The company's CTO Mira Moratti will serve as interim CEO until a permanent CEO is found
Generative AI called up for duty
Shiran Mlamdovsky Somech
“The innovative technology enables the creation of content that evokes involvement, raises awareness, and even generates empathy and personal experience,” writes Shiran Mlamdovsky Somech
Number of Israeli Gen AI startups more than doubles in six months
Kevin Baxpehler, Eze Vidra, and Amit Revivo
The total amount raised by Israeli generative AI startups so far has reached $2.3 billion, a 2.5x increase compared to the total figure from April of this year
“The GenAI hype is real. It is not the metaverse”
Noam Fine and Yossi Marouani have just founded their fourth company - this time looking to tap into Generative AI
VC in the Age of AI: Redefining due diligence
“AI can improve efficiency, but human interaction remains irreplaceable,” writes Danielle Avidor of IBI Tech Fund
AI21 Labs riding GenAI wave with $155 million Series C at $1.4 billion valuation
The Israeli startup, founded by Prof. Amnon Shashua, Prof. Yoav Shoham, and Ori Goshen, earned unicorn status thanks to its text-based generative AI services for enterprises. Investors include Google, Nvidia, and co-founder Shashua
"Any cybersecurity company failing to leverage AI is obsolete"
"The bar has been raised for both attackers and defenders. No one will ultimately emerge victorious; it will remain a cat-and-mouse game. Education is valuable, but technology is the solution," says Team8 Chief Innovation Officer Bobi Gilburd
Why is it so hard to get VCs to invest in my Generative AI startup?
By focusing on market needs, technical excellence, and innovative approaches, generative AI startups can position themselves for success in this rapidly evolving field, writes Nir Sabato of Entrée Capital
Google play? AI for the masses toys with online advertising business
The generative AI tool that Google rushed to deploy to the general public is used to create fictitious news sites, which divert good money from advertisers. NewsGuard found that ads from 141 global brands were planted on such sites, 90% of them by the Google Ads service
Google executive: "Bard is not intended to provide factual answers, just a companion for creative tasks"
Adi Mayrav Gilady, a product manager in Google's research division, delves into the intricacies of the innovative AI chatbot, the challenges and triumphs in training Bard in Hebrew, and sheds light on the efforts to make it as bias-free and creative as possible
Ethics of LLMs in investments: dos and don’ts
Roy Geva Glasberg, Lee Moser
Roy Geva Glasberg and Lee Moser, Managing Partners of AnD Ventures, discuss the rise of large language models (LLMs) in the investment world - the benefits, limitations, and ethical considerations
Can AI Public Benefit Corporations truly serve the public?
A “Public Benefit Corporation" is a nice branding idea, but the primary unanswered question remains: what benefit, and for whom?
Vendict raises $9.5 million for its generative AI GRC tool
The company helps technology vendors fulfill their security requirements when responding to security questionnaires for each prospect
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