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Look, and listen: An AI headphone system developed by University of Washington researchers can make one voice stand out in a crowded environment when the person wearing the headphones glances at the speaker and pushes a button to “enroll” and isolate that speaker's voice. Read more.

Just Another Coding Bot? That’s the tongue-in-cheek name behind “JACoB,” a new AI assistant for developers by Kevin Leneway of Seattle-based Pioneer Square Labs. Despite the modest moniker, JACoB actually stands out in the growing field of automated coding companions – starting with the fact that it’s now open-source. Read more

Can AI help teachers? A team at the University of Washington is rolling out a free product called Colleague that acts as an AI assistant to help with lesson plan creation and more. 

As the interim CTO of the City of Seattle and leader of IT-related projects within the city’s departments, Jim Loter has deep insights into how municipal employees use emerging technology and the steps necessary to manage the risks associated with generative artificial intelligence. Speaking on a new episode of the Shift AI Podcast, Loter talks about building internal systems and checkpoints to implement AI safely and responsibly.

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