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World News Roundup: OpenAI, South Korea Exports Surge, Xiaomi’s EV, & Ethiopia’s Iftar Tradition

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OpenAI’s Voice Engine: Advancements, Applications, and Ethical Considerations

OpenAI has introduced the ‘Voice Engine,’ a groundbreaking text-to-speech model known for its remarkable ability to replicate human voices accurately within 15 seconds of recorded audio as input. Due to concerns about potential misuse, the company decided to limit its initial rollout after receiving feedback from stakeholders, including policymakers and industry experts. Voice Engine goes beyond replication by capturing individual nuances like cadence and intonation. Partners are exploring various applications, from aiding patients in regaining their voices to enhancing multilingual audio content for platforms like Spotify. OpenAI emphasizes safety measures, including obtaining consent from original speakers and detecting AI-generated audio. Public awareness and proactive measures are essential for addressing challenges posed by advanced AI technologies.

South Korea’s Exports Surge: Semiconductor Demand Boosts Economic Outlook

South Korea’s exports surged in March, rising by 9.9% year-on-year, reflecting a robust demand for semiconductors and technology devices globally. Adjusted for working-day differences, exports increased by 9.9%, while overall imports decreased by 12.3%, resulting in a trade surplus of US$4.3 billion. As a major exporter of goods, especially in memory chips and smartphones, South Korea’s export performance serves as a crucial indicator for global commerce. However, authorities remain cautious, emphasizing the need for a broader-based export recovery beyond semiconductors to ensure sustained economic growth, especially amid geopolitical tensions and regional conflicts.

Xiaomi Unveils SU7 Electric Vehicle: A New Player in China’s EV Market

Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has launched its inaugural electric vehicle, the SU7, priced at 215,900 yuan ($29,868). Positioned to compete in China’s fiercely competitive EV sector, the SU7 offers sleek design and innovative features like “sound simulation” and karaoke equipment. CEO Lei Jun claims the SU7 rivals Tesla’s Model 3, targeting the 200,000 to 250,000 yuan price range. Despite challenges in the EV market, Xiaomi aims to establish a niche against established brands. This launch coincides with significant developments in the Chinese EV landscape, including BYD’s record profits and Evergrande NEV’s struggles. Founded in 2010, Xiaomi is a leading global smartphone manufacturer.

Ethiopian Muslims Celebrate Grand Street Iftar Together

Ethiopian Muslims converged in Addis Ababa for the annual Grand Street Iftar, a communal meal marking the breaking of the fast during Ramadan. Preparations commenced on Wednesday, with the event culminating on Thursday, fostering a sense of community among participants. Observing Ramadan with worship, charity, and fasting from dawn to dusk, Muslims celebrated the occasion with growing enthusiasm over the past four years. Hikma Sani, a 17-year-old volunteer coordinator, highlighted the significance of communal support during Ramadan. The event typically falls on the 17th day of Ramadan, coinciding with historic victories such as Prophet Muhammad’s triumph in the Battle of Badr and Ethiopia’s victory at Adwa in 1896. Attendees enjoyed traditional Ethiopian dishes, promoting interfaith harmony and showcasing Ethiopia’s culture of coexistence.

New Zealand Sees 43% Surge in International Student Enrolments in 2023

New Zealand experienced a remarkable 43% increase in international student enrolments in 2023, with 59,306 enrolments recorded from January to August. China leads as the primary source market, constituting 36% of enrolments, followed by India (10%), Japan (10%), South Korea (5%), and Thailand (4%). Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Penny Simmonds, underscores New Zealand’s appeal as an education destination, citing the country’s top-ranked universities and emphasis on practical learning. Aditya V, an aspiring MBA student, praises New Zealand’s academic reputation and industry-linked teaching methods, further boosting its allure for international students.

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