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Ego, Fear and Money: How the A.I. Fuse Was Lit
  + stars: | 2023-12-03 | by ( Cade Metz | Karen Weise | Nico Grant | )   time to read: +1 min
Page, hampered for more than a decade by an unusual ailment in his vocal cords, described his vision of a digital utopia in a whisper. If that happens, Mr. Musk said, we’re doomed. Finally he called Mr. Musk a “specieist,” a person who favors humans over the digital life-forms of the future. That debate has pitted some of the world’s richest men against one another: Mr. Musk, Mr. Page, Mark Zuckerberg of Meta, the tech investor Peter Thiel, Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Sam Altman of OpenAI.
Persons: Page, Musk, we’re, , Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel, Satya Nadella, Sam Altman, OpenAI Organizations: Valley, Meta, Microsoft Locations: Silicon
[1/2] Members of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations hold placards during a protest demanding an end to fossil fuels at COP28 World Climate Summit, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 3, 2023. Climate-related impacts "have become one of the greatest threats to human health in the 21st century", COP28 President Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber said in a statement. The World Bank on Sunday launched a new Climate and Health program to explore possible interventions and public health solutions for developing countries. "We have new tools at the lab level that decimate mosquito populations," said Gates, whose foundation supports public health research and projects for the developing world. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also spoke on Sunday at COP28, urging reform to the world's insurance system as another key requirement to keep people safe.
Persons: Amr Alfiky, Sultan Ahmed Al, Jaber, COP28, Joseph Vipond, Storm Daniel, Bill Gates, Gates, Hillary Clinton, Clinton, Gloria Dickie, Elizabeth Piper, Alexander Cornwell, Simon Jessop, Kate Abnett, William James, Katy Daigle, Jan Harvey Organizations: International Federation of Medical, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Rights, Physicians, World Health Organization, Bank, Sunday, Health, World Bank, Microsoft, Former U.S, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Dubai, United Arab, Alberta, Canada, Western, Libya, Pakistan, COP28
In the final run-up to the late-July peak in stocks this column surveyed the rally , and asked, "Enough for now? .SPX YTD line The S & P 500's year-to-date performance Yes, the market is overbought by various technical measures. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo and Barclays are seeing the S & P 500 as dead money next year, at best. The virtues of owning the S & P 500 passively have always been low cost, tax efficiency, low turnover and broad exposure to the asset class. While 2021 was a Nasdaq 100 melt-up year, 2022 was the mirror image: Big Tech got blasted and the equal-weight S & P 500 held up better.
Persons: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Wells, Jack Bogle, Alan Greenspan's Organizations: Federal, Deutsche, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America, Barclays, Hamas, Nasdaq, Nvidia, Meta, Apple, Microsoft, Big Tech, matchless, Treasury Locations: Wells Fargo, Israel
Amazon Web Services unveiled Q, its business-focused generative AI chatbot, last week. Q was designed to be a more reliable alternative to consumer-focused AI chatbots. AdvertisementAmazon's Q , the AI chatbot for workers its cloud division unveiled on Tuesday, appears to have a few issues. It's not uncommon for generative AI chatbots to falter. It wasn't long after Microsoft released its consumer-focused generative AI assistant, Sydney, that it went viral with its own hallucinations .
Persons: , Slack, it's, It's Organizations: Amazon Web Services, Service, Microsoft Locations: Sydney
Within two months of ChatGPT's launch, the groundbreaking chatbot amassed 100 million users, wowing investors, consumers and Wall Street with its ability to compose human-like text and hold a conversation. A year later, Wall Street hasn't stopped obsessing over it. Megacap technology stocks also prospered amid the newfound investor focus on AI. MSFT 1Y mountain Microsoft shares over the last year Rounding out the megacap list, both Meta Platforms and Amazon have rallied more than 177% and 51%, respectively. Salesforce shares surged more than 9% during Thursday's session on the back of a stronger-than-expected quarterly print .
Persons: , hasn't, Alphabet, Mark Zuckerberg, Andy Jassy, Salesforce, Brent Thill, CNBC's, Snowflake's, ChatGPT, Brad Gerstner Organizations: Federal, Nvidia, Devices, Marvell Technology, Microsoft, OpenAI, Meta, Amazon, CNBC, Semiconductor, Oracle, Jefferies, Technologies Locations: Salesforce
What to watch at COP28 on Sunday
  + stars: | 2023-12-02 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
[1/3] U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the Transforming Food Systems in the Face of Climate Change event on the sidelines of the COP28 climate summit at Dubai Expo, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates December 1, 2023. SAUL LOEB/Pool via REUTERS Acquire Licensing RightsDUBAI, Dec 2 (Reuters) - After two days of back-to-back speeches by world leaders, the COP28 climate summit turns its attention on Sunday to the reality of climate change fuelling more sickness and disease. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will also visit the sprawling COP28 compound, where more than 70,000 people from across the world have gathered for the two-week conference. Clinton was due to take part in an event on women and climate change. COP28 will also see an appearance from former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their work to increase public knowledge about global warming.
Persons: Antony Blinken, SAUL LOEB, Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton, Clinton, Al Gore, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Piper, Diane Craft Organizations: Food Systems, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS Acquire, Rights, Microsoft, Former U.S, U.S, Thomson Locations: Dubai, United Arab
That's why "lifting and shifting" existing on-premises SQL Server environments to SQL Server on Azure Virtual machines is a simple, quick, and cost-effective path for companies that are concerned about complex cloud migration for legacy workloads, but need to gain cloud benefits today. Simple path of migration to accelerated performanceSQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines is 100% compatible with on-premises SQL Server. Once migrated, teams can leverage their existing SQL Server skills seamlessly — using the same powerful SQL Server they are familiar with, now in the cloud. SQL familiarity with cloud innovationAzure Virtual Machine customers benefit from a comprehensive cloud computing platform with security from the ground up. The use of Azure Virtual Machines made the success of Atrium's Azure ecosystem possible.
Persons: Nic Hopper Organizations: Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine, Intel, Microsoft, Virtual, Atrium Underwriters, Insider Studios Locations: London
Amazon’s space dreams deserve to be grounded
  + stars: | 2023-12-01 | by ( Robert Cyran | )   time to read: +4 min
Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos unveils his space company Blue Origin's space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon during an unveiling event in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne - RC153E11B8F0 Acquire Licensing RightsNEW YORK, Oct 16 (Reuters Breakingviews) -’s (AMZN.O) Project Kuiper is a misguided technological marvel. A recent U.S. government report warned that space junk from currently planned networks could start regularly falling back to Earth by 2035. Facing an uncertain payoff and the possibility that its efforts will burn up on reentry, Amazon’s best move is bowing out of a futile space race. The $1.3 trillion technology company plans to eventually launch over 3,200 satellites into low-earth orbit to provide high-speed internet globally.
Persons: Amazon Jeff Bezos, Clodagh, Jeff Bezos, SpaceX’s, Andy Jassy, Bill Gates, SpaceX honcho Elon Musk, OneWeb, Jonathan Guilford, Sharon Lam, Aditya Sriwatsav Organizations: Amazon, REUTERS, Reuters, SpaceX, Reuters Graphics Reuters, Kuiper, Eutelsat Communications, Origin, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Bezos, China
Foundation models like the one built by Microsoft (MSFT.O)-backed OpenAI are AI systems trained on large sets of data, with the ability to learn from new data to perform various tasks. In a meeting of the countries' economy ministers on Oct. 30 in Rome, France persuaded Italy and Germany to support a proposal, sources told Reuters. Until then, negotiations had gone smoothly, with lawmakers making compromises across several other conflict areas such as regulating high-risk AI, sources said. France-based AI company Mistral and Germany's Aleph Alpha have criticised the tiered approach to regulating foundation models, winning support from their respective countries. Other pending issues in the talks include definition of AI, fundamental rights impact assessment, law enforcement exceptions and national security exceptions, sources told Reuters.
Persons: Carlos Barria, Thierry Breton, Geoffrey Hinton, Alpha, Mistral, Mark Brakel, Supantha Mukherjee, Josephine Mason, Alexander Smith Organizations: Technology, Intelligence, REUTERS, Rights, Reuters, Foundation, Microsoft, European Commission, Mistral, Lawmakers, Life Institute, Thomson Locations: San Francisco, California, U.S, Rights STOCKHOLM, BRUSSELS, LONDON, France, Germany, Italy, Rome, Spain, Belgium, Stockholm
The person behind a female coder's Instagram account is a man, 404 Media reports. The page, called coding_unicorn, has 115,000 followers and claims to be run by a woman called Julia. AdvertisementA popular Instagram account fronted by a woman named Julia Kirsina is run by a man, according to a 404 Media investigation. But in reality, the person running the account is a male software developer called Eduards Sizovs, according to a 404 Media report. Advertisement404 Media dug into Sizovs' IP logs and old YouTube videos, and said it found that he had access to an email account called coding_unicorn.
Persons: Julia, , Julia Kirsina, Kirsina, coding_unicorn, Sizovs, Ayodeji, Satya Nadella, Gergely Orosz, Anna Boyko, Alina Prokhoda, Kristine Howard, Julia Kirsina —, Scott Hanselman Organizations: Service, Business, Sizovs, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Bloomberg
Bill Gates arrives for a press conference to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the European Commission's Berlaymont headquarters in Brussels on October 11, 2023. Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Friday said the world is likely to overshoot a critical temperature threshold that scientists have long warned could bring dangerous and potentially irreversible impacts on people, wildlife and ecosystems. However, the Microsoft co-founder said any headway in the climate fight would likely not be enough to prevent 2 degrees Celsius of global warming. His comments come as policymakers and business leaders convene in Dubai for the United Nations' biggest and most important annual climate summit. "There is not some binary cut-off where at a certain temperature everything is horrible," Gates said on Friday.
Persons: Bill Gates, CNBC's Tania Bryer, Gates, we've, we'll Organizations: UNITED, EMIRATES — Billionaire, United, United Arab Emirates, Microsoft, United Nations Locations: Brussels, Dubai, United Arab
Tech giants lead surge in global mega-caps as inflation eases
  + stars: | 2023-12-01 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) market value jumped 11.2% to $2.95 trillion over the past month, while Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) saw a 12.1% increase in its market cap, reaching $2.8 trillion. Reuters Graphics Reuters GraphicsNvidia Corp's (NVDA.O) market cap soared 14.7% to $1.15 trillion, following its announcement of a 206% year-over-year revenue increase to $18.1 billion in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) saw its market cap increase by 12.2% to $451 billion by the end of November. In other sectors, Tesla Inc's (TSLA.O) market value rose nearly 20% to $763.2 billion last month, following a price hike for its Model 3 and Y vehicles in China. Saudi Arabian Oil Co (2222.SE) and Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) saw market caps fall by 0.3% and 2.9%, respectively.
Persons: Mike Segar, Tesla, Patturaja Murugaboopathy, Gaurav Dogra, Kim Coghill Organizations: Apple Inc, Apple, REUTERS, Microsoft Corp, Reuters Graphics Reuters, Nvidia, JPMorgan Chase &, Rho, Saudi Arabian Oil Co, Exxon Mobil Corp, Thomson Locations: Manhattan , New York, U.S, China, Saudi, Bengaluru
The benchmark index closed at 4,594.63, nearly 6 points above its previous closing high for 2023 set in late July. The S&P 500 is up over 19% year-to-date after posting its biggest monthly rise in over a year in November. The S&P 500 reached its previous 2023 closing high on July 31, also spurred in part by excitement over developments in artificial intelligence technology. The megacaps' outperformance has increased their combined weight to well over one-fourth of the entire S&P 500, meaning the stocks' moves have outsized influence on the benchmark index. The S&P 500 currently trades at roughly 19 times forward earnings estimates, compared to a historical average of 15.6 times.
Persons: Mike Segar, Jerome Powell, Stocks, Lewis Krauskopf, Noel Randewich, Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, Ira Iosebashvili, Nick Zieminski Organizations: New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Federal, Valley Bank, Citigroup, Microsoft, Nvidia, Thomson Locations: Lower Manhattan, New York, U.S
Wall Street will endeavor to keep the November momentum going in the final month of 2023, as investors look for a broadening out of the rally that has been dominated this year by a handful of tech names. It also marked the best monthly performance for the S & P 500 and Nasdaq Composite since July 2022. While the S & P 500 cap-weighted index climbed more than 18% this year, the equal-weighted index is up by just over 4%. They highlight the attractive relative valuation of value stocks compared to growth stocks, as well as the significant underweighting of value names in portfolios by traders. And the question is, is it going to be in 2024, is it going to be 2025 or in 2026?
Persons: Stocks, Hogan, Olivier Sarfati, GenTrust's Sarfati, Carlos Asilis, Asilis, FactSet, nonfarm payrolls, They're, TK, Nonfarm Organizations: Dow Jones, Dow, Nasdaq, Treasury, Riley, Apple, Nvidia, Meta, Microsoft, Tesla, Expedia, Paramount Global, Russell, Glovista Investments, PMI, Services PMI, ADP, Labor, Consumer Credit, Broadcom Locations: U.S, Michigan
FL YTD mountain Foot Locker (FL) performance year-to-date Foot Locker (FL) climbed 28.3% during November, making it the Club's No. Foot Locker stock, down more than 26% year-to-date, closed 1.4% lower Thursday, at just under $27.28 apiece. CRM YTD mountain Salesforce (CRM) performance year-to-date Salesforce (CRM) shares jumped 25.4% in November, coming in second place for monthly gains. NVDA YTD mountain Nvidia (NVDA) performance year-to-date Nvidia (NVDA) — an "own it, don't trade it" name — was the portfolio's fifth-best performer in November. WFC YTD mountain Wells Fargo (WFC) performance year-to-date Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) jumped 12.07% in November, as the broader market rally lifted financials.
Persons: Jim Cramer, Mary Dillon's, Locker, Palo, CrowdStrike, We're bullish, , Wall, Walt Disney, Nelson Peltz's, Wells, Morgan Stanley, Sam Altman, OpenAI, Altman, Jim Cramer's, Jim, Michael M Organizations: , Palo Alto Networks, Palo Alto, Management, Nvidia, DIS, Walt Disney, Disney, Oracle, Microsoft, CNBC, Traders, New York Stock Exchange, Santiago, Getty Locations: FL, Palo, Palo Alto, Wells, Wells Fargo, OpenAI, DHR
Executives don't need to worry about Irrational misrepresenting their company, and participation can open them up to potential inclusion in products such as an ETF, van Adelsberg said. In total, the ETF recently held nearly 150 equities and is benchmarked to the CIBC Human Capital Index. Still, the team noted some challenges in building broader awareness of what human capital is or why it matters. "In this market, what we're seeing is that those companies who have strong human capital ratings are outperforming," van Adelsberg said. "The role that human capital plays in driving future equity performance isn't going down.
Persons: doesn't, Kristof Gleich, , it's, Gleich, , Morningstar, HAPI, David van Adelsberg, van Adelsberg, Eli Lilly, Johnson, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase, they've, It's Organizations: Capital Factor, Capital Advisors, Irrational, ETF, Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia, Meta, Morningstar, Mastercard, Berkshire, CIBC Human, JPMorgan, Securities, Exchange
Its most advanced silicon is primarily manufactured by one vendor, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. "We built what we call the unified memory architecture that is scalable across products," Srouji said. Apple's silicon team has grown to thousands of engineers working across labs all over the world, including in Israel, Germany, Austria, the U.K. and Japan. The primary type of chip Apple is developing is known as a system on a chip, or SoC. Apple's senior director of hardware validation Godfrey D'Souza shows off an M3 SoC in an Apple chip lab in Cupertino, California, on November 14, 2023.
Persons: John Ternus, Srouji, we're, Katie Tarasov, Andrew Evers, Ben Bajarin, Bajarin, Apple, Apple there's, Pro Max, Kaiann Drance, That's, who's, Ternus, Nvidia —, Tesla, Stacy Rasgon, Apple's, Godfrey D'Souza, Sydney, they've, Rasgon, Apple's Srouji, It's Organizations: AMD, MU, Apple Watch, U.S, Apple, Intel, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Microsoft, CNBC, Apple's, Amazon, Google, Tesla, Semiconductor, Creative, Pro, Triple, MacBook Air, Qualcomm, Nvidia, Bernstein Research, Sydney Boyo, Bluetooth, Broadcom, Samsung, Micron, Thursday Apple Locations: Cupertino , California, Israel, Germany, Austria, Japan, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Austin , Texas, AirPods, Taiwan, China, Arizona, Peoria , Arizona, Asia, Europe, U.S
One in particular is open only to very important cloud customers: a meeting for "XXL" or "extra-extra-large" AWS users. Roughly 50 people attended the meeting, they said, including about a dozen AWS representatives and employees from eight large AWS customers, including Salesforce and Adobe. Not all of the largest AWS customers attended the meeting. Though the meeting is for important customers, AWS CEO Adam Selipsky did not attend, the people said. Do you have information or insight to share about AWS or other large cloud providers?
Persons: Adam Selipsky, Ellen Thomas Organizations: Web Services, AWS, Business, Venetian Convention, Expo, Adobe, FinOps Foundation, Microsoft, Google Locations: Las Vegas,
Speaking as world leaders convened in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on the second day of the COP28 summit, Gates said he believed there were many encouraging climate solutions but that these projects required the necessary support from policymakers and business leaders. "And that requires government policies, it requires the big corporations to come in and so all these different communities that have to come together, they are represented here." COP28 is the United Nations' biggest and most important annual climate conference. The two-week long summit got underway on Thursday, with more than 160 world leaders expected to attend — alongside an estimated 70,000 delegates. "And so, facilitating the speed of innovation and the speed of the scale up, that's my big hope for COP28."
Persons: Bill Gates, Gates, CNBC's Tania Bryer Organizations: UNITED, EMIRATES, Microsoft, United Arab Emirates, United Nations Locations: Dubai, United
A new report described in more detail why the OpenAI board initially pushed out Sam Altman. Altman reportedly tried to get a board member, Helen Toner, kicked out, but it backfired. The report cited an unnamed source who said Altman tried to play board members against each other. Here's what the outlet wrote in part (emphasis added):Some members of the OpenAI board had found Altman an unnervingly slippery operator. Read here: The Inside Story of Microsoft's Partnership With OpenAI (The New Yorker)
Persons: Sam Altman, Altman, Helen Toner, , Sam Altman —, Kevin Scott, Mira Murati, he'd, OpenAI, Toner Organizations: Service, Yorker, Microsoft, New York Times, Center for Security, Emerging Technology, Georgetown University, Microsoft's Locations: Turkey, New, Yorker
There is growing evidence that artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT can make you more efficient and capable at work. And the effect will be particularly noticeable if no one else in the company is using AI in this way. All said that outsourcing time-consuming, small jobs to AI tools freed up their time. AI at work still needs careful handlingThere are obvious caveats to using AI to do your work for you. Some companies also have specific rules for AI tools due to fears around copyright or data security.
Persons: ChatGPT, , OpenAI's, techies, Google's, Matt Calkins, Appian, It's, Shakespeare, Shona Ghosh Organizations: Service, Harvard Business School, Boston Consulting, Developers, Microsoft, Workers
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWhy Apple doubled down on the expensive custom chip business, edging out Intel and starting a trendApple has designed its own custom chips for iPhones since 2010, kicking off a trend followed by other non-chip giants like Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla. In November, CNBC became the first journalists to film inside an Apple chip lab, where it tests its latest M3 chips that replaced Intel processors in all new Macs. We also got a rare chance to talk with Apple's head of silicon, Johny Srouji, about geopolitical risks in Taiwan, slowdowns, and what's next in AI.
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EU flag and TikTok logo are seen in this illustration taken, June 2, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration//File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsBRUSSELS, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Chinese conglomerate ByteDance's TikTok has asked Europe's second highest court to suspend its designation as a gatekeeper under onerous new EU tech rules until judges rule on its challenge against the label. TikTok last month challenged the EU decision at the Luxembourg-based General Court, saying its designation risks undermining the DMA goal of protecting gatekeepers from newer competitors like itself. "We have applied for interim measures," a spokesperson said. The bar for the court to approve interim measures is very high.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, TikTok, Europe's, Foo Yun Chee, Barbara Lewis Organizations: REUTERS, Rights, Markets, Google, Apple, Microsoft, EU, Companies, Commission, Thomson Locations: Luxembourg
CNBC Daily Open: The heat is truly on COP28
  + stars: | 2023-11-30 | by ( Clement Tan | )   time to read: +3 min
This report is from today's CNBC Daily Open, our new, international markets newsletter. CNBC Daily Open brings investors up to speed on everything they need to know, no matter where they are. Japan's Nikkei 225 closed 0.5% higher, clocking monthly gains of more than 8%, while South Korea's KOSPI finished the day up 0.6%, advancing more than 11% this month. [PRO] Golden crossesThree stocks are on the verge of taking off, according to a chart pattern closely watched by technical analysts. The phenomenon, known as a "golden cross," occurs when a stock's 50-day moving average share price rises above the longer-term 200-day moving average.
Persons: KOSPI, China's, Rebooting, Sam Altman, Altman Organizations: Expo, CNBC, Nikkei, Dow Jones, National Bureau of Statistics, Microsoft, Auto, United Auto Workers, Volvo, BMW, Mercedes, Benz, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Detroit, General Motors Locations: Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Asia, Pacific, South, Hong Kong, China, OpenAI, U.S
Vice Chairman of Microsoft Brad Smith looks on during the 5th Summit of "Christchurch Call", at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris, France November 10, 2023. LUDOVIC MARIN/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsLONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The president of tech giant Microsoft (MSFT.O) said there is no chance of super-intelligent artificial intelligence being created within the next 12 months, and cautioned that the technology could be decades away. Reuters last week exclusively reported that the ouster came shortly after researchers had contacted the board, warning of a dangerous discovery they feared could have unintended consequences. However, Microsoft President Brad Smith, speaking to reporters in Britain on Thursday, rejected claims of a dangerous breakthrough. Asked if such a discovery contributed to Altman's removal, Smith said: "I don't think that is the case at all.
Persons: Microsoft Brad Smith, LUDOVIC MARIN, Sam Altman, Brad Smith, It's, Smith, ” Smith, Martin Coulter, Sharon Singleton, Mark Porter Organizations: Microsoft, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Christchurch, Elysee, Paris, France, Britain
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