Meta Touts Progress on Universal Translator

Meanwhile, for your list of Things There’s No Reason for Meta to Do, you can add an “all-in-one multilingual multimodal AI translation and transcription model” that aims to provide a universal speech and text translator across nearly 100 languages. They haven’t actually released the system, but have posted a one-sentence demo and technical resources for researchers.  It’s not like Meta has better places to spend the money, such as improving content moderation or chasing down fake news.


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Meta Removes Facebook News in UK, Germany, and France

September 6, 2023

Meta may be just-short-of-criminally irresponsible, but at least they’re consistent.  Having decided that news coverage isn’t important to their business, even though Meta is an important news source for many people, they’ve decided to remove their Facebook News section in the UK, Germany and France.  They haven’t yet blocked links from news sites, as they did in Canada, but that seems certain to follow.

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Previous Article Teams with Scope3 to Reduce Advertising Carbon Impact

September 6, 2023 identifies advertising audience segments using advanced contextual analysis.  They recently teamed with Scope3 to let clients measure the carbon impact of their campaigns.  All good and noble, but the International Energy Agency estimates global energy-related CO2 emissions were over 36.8 billion metric tons in 2022  while Scope3 estimates that digital advertising creates 7.2 million metric tons (or maybe 13.9 million, although I couldn’t find the source of that figure).  That’s roughly 0.02% of the whole, which, one might argue, isn’t enough to matter.  

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Salesforce Buys for Automated Customer Service

September 22, 2023

Salesforce is buying, which builds low-code, AI-powered e-commerce customer service agents.  You might have thought Salesforce could already do that, but presumably Airkit does it better.  It doesn’t hurt that the company founders sold a previous business to Salesforce, the company was partly funded by Salesforce Ventures, and the product is already listed on AppExchange.  Price was not announced.

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