Japan-AUKUS technology cooperation likely topic for Japan-US summit: US official

A senior US government official has hinted that next month’s Japan-US summit will discuss technological collaboration between Japan and AUKUS, a security framework of Australia, Britain and the United States. Speaking to reporters in Tokyo on Thursday, US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said US President Joe Biden and Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio are likely to discuss the topic at their meeting in Washington. The trilateral AUKUS partnership was launched in 2021 in the face of China’s increasing maritime activities. AUKUS currently has two pillars. One is the deployment of nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, and the other is…

OpenAI could release GPT-5 in a few months: Report | Technology News

Sam Altman-led OpenAI could release GPT-5, the next generation of its multimodal large language model, in the next few months. The company could introduce GPT-5 sometime in mid-year during summer, according to a BusinessInsider report citing two people familiar with the company. OpenAI has reportedly offered demos to enterprise customers. “It’s really good, like materially better,” said one CEO who recently saw a version of GPT-5, according to the report. Sales to enterprise customers is one of OpenAI’s main revenue streams and it makes the sense that the company is offering these features to these customers. In the meantime, the…

Drone technology helps fix power cuts across South East

A typical high voltage fault impacts 100 properties, after an initial process to restore power to as many as possible. Traditionally, engineers would walk underneath the entire length of the overhead electricity cables to try to find the fault. However, drones can be flown above and images viewed on a laptop on site. Phil Burke, an electrical engineer leading the trial at UK Power Networks, said: “Our teams face hedgerows, wire fences, ditches, woodland, fallen branches and uneven ground. “Sometimes we’ll reach an obstacle like a fence and need to walk further away from the line to return to the…

Tech News Today: Aditya-L1 now in final orbit, iQOO 9 Pro coming in February and more | Technology News

Tech News Today in India: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced that its first mission to study the sun – Aditya L1 has passed the Lagrange 1 (L1) point. In other news, Apple has finally started sending out payments to iPhone users in the United States for the infamous Batterygate scandal. 01 ISRO’s Aditya L-1 crosses Lagrange 1 point ISRO’s first mission to the Sun – Aditya L-1 has successfully crossed the Lagrange 1 point, a location where the spacecraft will stay for the next five years to observe the Sun. It is carrying seven payloads that will be…

Tech News Today: Ather 450 Apex scooter launch, OpenAI sued by writers, and more | Technology News

Tech News Today in India: Technology is advancing at lightning speed, but it’s not without its growing pains. From the launch of new devices to high-stakes legal battles, this Saturday’s top tech headlines provide a snapshot of the sector’s currents – greater connectivity through 5G, intensifying debates around AI ethics, and nostalgia for the tools of yesteryear. Let’s take a look. 01 Motorola launches budget 5G phone Moto G34 in India The budget segment is gaining another affordable 5G option with Motorola set to launch the Moto G34 in India on January 9 for Rs 10,999. It promises snappy performance…

Amazon Web Services lays off several hundred tech, sales staff | Technology News

Amazon Web Services has eliminated several hundred sales, marketing and tech roles, it said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of job cuts by its parent Amazon.com. The impacted staff include several hundred each at AWS’ sales, marketing and global services division and the physical stores technology team, the cloud-computing arm of Amazon said. “We’ve identified a few targeted areas of the organization we need to streamline,” an AWS spokesperson said in the mail. Amazon has over the past months laid off hundreds of staff in divisions, including its Prime Video service, healthcare business and Alexa voice assistant unit,…

Microsoft’s AI lead puts Amazon cloud dominance on watch | Technology News

Upcoming quarterly reports from US tech giants may show Microsoft is closing the gap on cloud-computing market leader Amazon.com as more businesses switch to its services, attracted by a clutch of generative AI features that are powered by OpenAI’s technology. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant has beaten rivals Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet to the market with AI services including the Copilot, a set of genAI tools that work in Microsoft’s business apps, which was rolled out in November for $30 a month. Its earnings on Thursday will be an indicator of AI adoption and could influence the movement of technology…

One Tech Tip: How to spot AI-generated deepfake images

LONDON (AP) — AI fakery is quickly becoming one of the biggest problems confronting us online. Deceptive pictures, videos and audio are proliferating as a result of the rise and misuse of generative artificial intelligence tools. With AI deepfakes cropping up almost every day, depicting everyone from Taylor Swift to Donald Trump, it’s getting harder to tell what’s real from what’s not. Video and image generators like DALL-E, Midjourney and OpenAI’s Sora make it easy for people without any technical skills to create deepfakes — just type a request and the system spits it out. These fake images might seem…