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Apple Final Cut Pro 2 on iPad and Mac get new AI features

Apple introduced Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 based on capabilities of the new iPad Pro. Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 transforms iPad into a multicam production studio with Live Multicam. Users can speed up their shoot by connecting and previewing up to four cameras at once. To support Live Multicam, Final Cut Camera — a new video capture app — comes to iPhone and iPad, letting creators wirelessly connect and remotely direct each video angle with pro controls. Final Cut Camera also works as a standalone professional video capture app on iPhone and iPad. External project support allows users to edit projects directly from an external drive with the Thunderbolt connection of iPad Pro. Editing and finishing a project with Final Cut Pro on the new iPad Pro with the M4 chip enables users to color grade, apply multiple effects, and render graphically intense timelines faster.

New artificial intelligence features come to Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8, giving editors the ability to rapidly customize the look of videos or photos in a single click and retime visuals easily. Workflow-accelerating tools add ways to manage color correction and video effects, as well as search and navigate the timeline with ease.

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2024/05/final-cut-pro-transforms-video-creation-with-live-multicam-on-ipad-and-new-ai-features-on-mac

Acquia supports latest content accessibility guidelines

Acquia, a digital experience software vendor , today announced that its Monsido web optimization platform offers support for WCAG 2.2, the latest web content accessibility guidelines recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Using the Accessibility Module in Monsido, customers can automatically scan their websites, obtain an accessibility score, and receive actionable recommendations to help ensure the accessibility of their digital content for individuals with disabilities. 

WCAG 2.2 expands on WCAG 2.1 – which addressed accessibility issues for individuals with blindness, deafness, and mobility requirements – with new criteria to make the web more productive for those with low vision and cognitive disabilities, as well as those using tablets and other mobile devices. The Monsido platform addresses common accessibility issues against these latest guidelines, and enables errors to be filtered by the desired level of compliance (e.g. A, AA, or AAA) for easy prioritization. Comprehensive reports explain how to resolve issues, and the Accessibility Fast Track feature empowers teams to instantly fix repetitive errors across multiple pages. For additional support, teams can access the Accessibility Help Center, which breaks down the more technical WCAG 2.2 checks in plain language. 

https://www.acquia.com/products/monsido

Gilbane Advisor 5-1-24 — Next token predictors, AI product fit

This week we feature articles from Rachel Draelos, and Benedict Evans.

Additional reading comes from Walid Saba, Benj Edwards, and Daniel Tunkelang.

News comes from WordPress VIP, Trados, Snowflake, and AtScale.

Note: Taking next week off — next issue on May 15th.

All previous issues are available at https://gilbane.com/gilbane-advisor-index


Opinion / Analysis

Human and artificial general intelligence arises from next token prediction

“This post frames and explores the hypothesis that general intelligence arises when a learning system becomes very good at next token prediction. This hypothesis is often implied, hidden, or dancing at the margins of industrial and academic AI research — but so far, I don’t think it’s received as much open discussion as I think it merits.”

Rachel Draelos, who is an MD with a PhD in Computer Science starts by pointing out that humans are next-word predictors — literally all the time. She then makes the more general case that we are token predicting the world around us through our senses, and how all of this is consistent with current neuroscience research. 

An interesting read and in spite of the topic the post is easily accessible to a general audience — there are links to technical papers. (16 min)

https://towardsdatascience.com/human-and-artificial-general-intelligence-arises-from-next-token-prediction-712500310a93

Looking for AI use-cases

“We’ve had ChatGPT for 18 months, but what’s it for? What are the use-cases? Why isn’t it useful for everyone, right now? Do Large Language Models become universal tools that can do ‘any’ task, or do we wrap them in single-purpose apps, and build thousands of new companies around that?”

Benedict Evans is trying to figure out how the AI application market will evolve beyond niche use cases to deliver on the widely expected growth and step change. His focus on product market fit makes his article more useful than speculative. (9 min)

https://www.ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2024/4/19/looking-for-ai-use-cases

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WordPress VIP introduces VIP API Mesh to enable composable digital experiences

API Mesh simplifies data integration with a single API, improves caching, supports data transformation, and is accessible to technical and non-technical users.
https://wpvip.com/2024/04/25/vip-api-mesh-composable-digital-experiences/

Trados announces Trados Studio 2024

The computer-assisted translation tool improves accessibility, democratizes access to generative AI, and increases management capabilities.
https://slator.com/trados-enhances-platform-with-new-accessibility-ai-and-management-features/

Snowflake launches Arctic, an open enterprise-grade LLM

Snowflake Arctic LLM is a part of the Snowflake Arctic model family that also include practical text-embedding models for retrieval use cases.
https://www.snowflake.com/news/snowflake-launches-arctic-the-most-open-enterprise-grade-large-language-model/

AtScale introduces Developer Community Edition for semantic modeling

The Developer Community Edition is a fully featured, free version of AtScale’s semantic layer platform, promoting collaboration and versatility.
https://www.atscale.com/press/atscale-developer-community-edition-for-semantic-modeling/

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Trados announces Trados Studio 2024

Trados, the translation platform by RWS, announced the upcoming release of Trados Studio 2024, their computer-assisted translation tool. Studio 2024 includes new features that improve accessibility, democratize access to generative AI, and increase management capabilities:

  • Perform a project roundtrip (create, manage, translate, deliver) with screen readers and leverage native dictation in the online editor.
  • Access smart AI capabilities, such as our new ‘Trados Copilot – AI Assistant’ app exclusive to Trados Studio 2024, seamless support for Machine Translation Quality Estimation (MTQE) data and Smart Help – intelligent support as you work.
  • Benefit from full support for local, server and cloud-based projects in the new Manager view, better integration with cloud capabilities and the ability to leverage cloud resources during batch processing in local Studio projects.

Additional enhancements:

  • The workflow editor has the option to edit outcomes in human workflow tasks. This functionality simplifies the user experience for administrators making it easier for them to manage workflows, particularly when handling task transitions (which help users decide which ‘route’ they want their workflows to follow).
  • The customer portal is designed to streamline the translation project management process, providing a simple and efficient interface for requestors to create, track and retrieve their projects.

https://slator.com/trados-enhances-platform-with-new-accessibility-ai-and-management-features/

WordPress VIP introduces VIP API Mesh to enable composable digital experiences

WordPress VIP introduced VIP API Mesh, a new part of the WordPress VIP platform which simplifies the integration of backend systems. It handles the complex connections between WordPress VIP and other platforms, allowing front-end developers to retrieve all necessary data with a single GraphQL call.

The API Mesh simplifies data integration with a single API improves performance with caching, supports data transformation, and is accessible to both technical and non-technical users.

  • Single API: Regardless where data resides, the API Mesh manages pulling from various backends.
  • Performance acceleration: With built-in caching and indexing, queries go faster, improving user experience..
  • Data composition and transformation: Enables data transformation per your schema across multiple systems.
  • Prebuilt connectors, GraphQL, and REST: The API Mesh comes with dozens of prebuilt connectors, and can pull data from systems that don’t support GraphQL.
  • Read/write/execute: The API Mesh isn’t limited to pulling data from a backend. Just as easily update backend data across systems or invoke actions like triggering a marketing automation workflow on the backend.
  • No-code/low-code tools for content practitioners: The VIP API Mesh integrates with the WordPress Block Editor (Gutenberg), allowing non-technical staff to incorporate data from any API connected to the API Mesh into their content.

https://wpvip.com/2024/04/25/vip-api-mesh-composable-digital-experiences/

Snowflake launches Arctic, an open enterprise-grade LLM

Snowflake announced Snowflake Arctic, a large language model (LLM) an open, enterprise-grade LLM. It is optimized for complex enterprise workloads. In addition, Snowflake is releasing Arctic’s weights under an Apache 2.0 license and details of the research leading to how it was trained. The Snowflake Arctic LLM is a part of the Snowflake Arctic model family, a family of models built by Snowflake that also include practical text-embedding models for retrieval use cases.

Snowflake Arctic comes with an Apache 2.0 license that permits ungated personal, research, and commercial use. Snowflake also provides code templates, alongside flexible inference and training options so users can get started with deploying and customizing Arctic using their preferred frameworks. These will include NVIDIA NIM with NVIDIA TensorRT-LLM, vLLM, and Hugging Face. For immediate use, Arctic is available for serverless inference in Snowflake Cortex, Snowflake’s service that offers machine learning and AI solutions in the Data Cloud. It will also be available on Amazon Web Services(AWS), alongside other model gardens and catalogs, which will include Hugging Face, Lamini, Microsoft Azure, NVIDIA API catalog, Perplexity, and Together AI. In addition to the Arctic LLM, the Snowflake Arctic family of models also includes the recently announced Arctic embed. 

https://www.snowflake.com/news/snowflake-launches-arctic-the-most-open-enterprise-grade-large-language-model

AtScale introduces Developer Community Edition for semantic modeling

AtScale, a provider of semantic layer solutions for analytics and Generative AI, today announced the public preview of the AtScale Developer Community Edition. This free downloadable version of AtScale’s semantic layer platform allows users to build and share semantic models to democratize analytics. The Developer Community Edition serves as a Universal Semantic Hub, allowing semantic models to be distributed to various AI/BI tools, promoting a connected data environment. Features include:

  • Semantic Modeling Language – An object-oriented modeling language called the semantic modeling language (SML) was introduced to express complex business concepts. SML facilitates the sharing and reusing of composable and versionable semantic objects, supporting an analytics mesh, or hub-and-spoke governance style for users.
  • Business-Friendly Interface – Users can comprehend and analyze data without needing to know complex query languages or database knowledge.
  • Public Semantic Model GitHub Repository – AtScale Developer Community Edition adds a public GitHub repository for pre-built, reusable semantic models, helping users and the community to share, learn, and innovate together, making the benefits of analytics widely accessible. Industry-specific semantic models are readily available for use with any BI tool, offering value to companies seeking to leverage data modeling in their operations.

https://www.atscale.com/press/atscale-developer-community-edition-for-semantic-modeling/

Gilbane Advisor 4-24-24 — GenAI Compass, continuous knowledge graphs

This week we feature articles from Vincent Koc, and Mike Dillinger.

Additional reading comes from Stanford HAI, Kunal Sawarkar, Avi Chawla, and The Linux Foundation.

News comes from Adobe, NebulaGraph, ThoughtSpot, and expert ai.

All previous issues are available at https://gilbane.com/gilbane-advisor-index


Opinion / Analysis

The GenAI Compass: a UX framework to design generative AI experiences

Vincent Koc’s comprehensive framework is a must read for teams building GenAI applications. (17 min)

https://uxdesign.cc/the-genai-compass-a-ux-framework-to-design-generative-ai-experiences-49a7d797c114

Continuous Knowledge Graphs for Neurosymbolic AI

“One blocker to more widespread deployment of knowledge graphs in AI is the belief that they are inherently a discrete form of knowledge. This is how they are often contrasted with large language models, which are described as a continuous form of knowledge. And it is a counterproductive way of characterizing these forms of knowledge representation that fundamentally misrepresents both.”

Mike Dillinger’s thoughtful and stimulating piece should be part of any discussion on the relative roles of LLMs and KGs. (8 min)

https://medium.com/@mike.dillinger/continuous-knowledge-graphs-for-neurosymbolic-ai-9000b4aa0eb7

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Adobe adds Firefly to Adobe Express App

Adobe Express brings popular Firefly GenAI features like Text to Image, Generative Fill, Text Effects and Text to Template to mobile devices.
https://news.adobe.com/news/news-details/2024/All-New-Adobe-Express-Mobile-App-with-Firefly-AI-Now-Available-to-Millions-Empowering-them-to-Create-Standout-Content-On-the-Go/default.aspx

NebulaGraph Enterprise v5.0 offers native GQL support

Built on and designed for GQL data compatibility and interoperability to provide the business value of graph databases across various scenarios.
https://www.nebula-graph.io/posts/nebulagraph_enterprise_5.0_gql_support ■ https://www.iso.org/standard/76120.html

ThoughtSpot renames and adds features to ThoughtSpot Everywhere

Initiatives support developers and product builders to help their customers, partners, and employees with GenAI and embedded natural language search. 
https://www.thoughtspot.com/press-releases/thoughtspot-makes-embedding-ai-powered-analytics-easy-and-ubiquitous-for-everyone

Expert.ai launches Insight Engine for Life Sciences

Harnessing advanced AI capabilities to mine and aggregate scientific content, synthesize knowledge, extract relevant information & reveal hidden correlations.
https://www.expert.ai/expert-ai-launches-insight-engine-for-life-sciences/

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