🕶️ Publishers alarmed by AI evading web protocols

NASA solutions for school safety

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One of the most recurring fears with the use of generative AI is its access to content that should not reach reference material databases. The threat is becoming a reality in a dispute about which we still know little, but that could continue escalating soon. ⚖️

On the other hand, the startup Cover might start setting a trend with cutting-edge technology used to detect and alert about the presence of weapons in educational centers. It's a great example of technology with a great purpose!

And in more news, which European country do you think is leading the funding of generative AI startups in Europe? A clue: 🥐


Six bullets of updates

  1. 🇫🇷 France tops Europe in generative AI funding, while London boasts 3x more AI startups.

  2. 🔍 OpenAI acquired Rockset, known for its vector search technology, to enhance AI-powered applications.

  3. 🏅 Anthropic claims its new AI model, Claude 3.5 Sonnet, is “best-in-class” and twice as fast, with a 200,000-token context window.

  4. 📱 Roots introduces a screen time app to track digital dopamine, with 300K users already on board daily.

  5. 👁️ Worldcoin faces backlash in Kenya, raising privacy concerns as 350K citizens sign up for its iris-scanning tech.

  6. ☑️ Fact-checking startup Factiverse secures $1.2M to combat AI "hallucinations" and launches a 30-day free trial program.

NASA tech to the rescue: tackling school shootings


A new startup by Figure's founder is licensing NASA tech to reduce school shootings. Think Iron Man, but with a focus on safety rather than supervillains. The startup, Cover, uses NASA's sensor technology to detect concealed weapons and alert authorities in real-time.

This move highlights the startup's innovation and sets a precedent for tech transfer from space to public safety. While the startup ecosystem often revolves around software, this approach showcases hardware and sensor tech's critical role in addressing societal issues.

It may be a first step for more startups to explore similar avenues, blending advanced tech with real-world applications. Read more here! 

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  3. ⏲️ Tinybird raises $30M to transform data into real-time APIs, dealing a significant win for metrics-driven startups.

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  5. 🚀 Brazilian logistics SaaS platform LogShare raised a $2.4M seed round to boost features and expand into new markets.  

  6. 🌙 Moonflow raises $1.74M in seed funding to boost its receivables automation platform, now serving 22 countries.

AI firms bypass web standards, worrying publishers

The content licensing startup TollBit claims that several AI companies are bypassing a common web standard that blocks the extraction of media content for generative AI systems. Reuters reports that this occurs amid a public dispute between the AI search startup Perplexity and Forbes over the same web standard.

The issue includes allegations of plagiarism of investigative stories in AI-generated summaries without citing Forbes. A Wired investigation found that Perplexity likely bypassed efforts to block its web crawler using the Robots Exclusion Protocol, or "robots.txt."

The News Media Alliance, representing over 2,200 U.S. publishers, expressed concern about the impact of ignoring "do not crawl" signals on its members.

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