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Unveiling the Sci-Fi Spectacle: NextCypher's "Deathlands" Directed by Jonathan Frakes

Jeff Garzik's production company, NextCypher, has enlisted the talents of Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes to direct an adaptation of the sci-fi novel Deathlands. Frakes, known for his role as Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, brings his experience as a veteran director who has worked on TV shows like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Picard, and Leverage: Redemption to this project. Garzik expressed his excitement by stating that he was "incredibly humbled and blessed" to have Frakes on board. Key Points: Deathlands Adaptation: Based on a series of novels by James Axler and Jack Adrian, Deathlands follows a group of survivors navigating a post-apocalyptic world using teleportation technology. Garzik described the show as a blend of "Mad Max meets AI meets the monsters from Tremors." Refreshed Adaptation: Garzik highlighted that the TV series offers a modern take on the original post-Cold War, post-nuclear war scenario presented in

Google Makes $2 Billion Investment in Anthropic: A Major Step in the AI Arms Race

Global tech giant Google has announced a significant increase in its investment in Anthropic, the creators of Claude AI. According to reports from the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by an Anthropic spokesperson to Decrypt, Google will be investing a total of $2 billion in the company. This investment will be made in two payments of $500 million, followed by another payment of $1.5 billion.

Google's Increasing Investment

This $2 billion commitment from Google marks a substantial increase from the $400 million it previously invested in Anthropic back in February. Furthermore, just last month, e-commerce titan Amazon committed to investing $4 billion in the company. It is clear that both Google and Amazon recognize the potential of Anthropic and its AI technology.

The AI Arms Race

The hefty investment from Google is the latest move in the ongoing AI arms race between tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Microsoft recently announced a partnership worth $3.2 billion with the Australian government to build data centers and provide AI training to Australian citizens. Similarly, Google has also invested $1 billion in the Oceanic country. While Amazon and Google are pouring money into Anthropic, Microsoft seems to be committed to its long-standing partnership with OpenAI, the creators of ChatGPT.

ChatGPT and Google Bard

Microsoft's ChatGPT has gained popularity, with ChatGPT Plus subscribers being able to search the internet directly through the ChatGPT interface using the Browse with Bing feature. However, this feature was temporarily taken offline due to concerns about users bypassing paywalled content. Microsoft has also integrated ChatGPT and OpenAI's Dall-E into its free Edge browser, making it accessible to a wider audience.

On the other hand, Google has not only invested in other companies but has also launched its own ChatGPT competitor called Google Bard. Bard is a generative AI chatbot that uses prompts to produce various types of content, including audio, code, images, and text. With this move, Google is positioning itself as a major player in the AI space.

Google's Commitment to Responsible AI Development

In addition to its investments, Google has also launched the $20 million Digital Futures Project. This project aims to support responsible AI development, including combatting bias and incorporating diverse perspectives. This initiative demonstrates Google's commitment to the ethical and responsible use of AI technology.

The Future of AI Investment

With these significant investments and developments in the AI space, it is clear that technology companies are recognizing the potential and importance of AI in shaping the future. As the AI arms race continues, it will be interesting to see how these investments and partnerships unfold and what impact they will have on the development and adoption of AI technologies.


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