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Hub71’s Startup Ecosystem Now Boasts Over 200 Members

Companies from 6 individual countries have been welcomed by the Abu Dhabi-based tech ecosystem in the latest round of admissions.

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Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem that assists creators in tech businesses, has grown its ranks to over 200 members. After a 60% increase in applications, an additional 20 firms were chosen to join the community, helping more startups than ever to maximize opportunities for funding and other business development in the UAE’s capital.

Entrepreneurs joining Hub71 gain access to huge networking potential within the ecosystem, which has now grown into a sizable community of tech entrepreneurs and attracted the attention of leading investors, as well as corporate, governmental, and academic partners.

Startups from six different nations have been welcomed to Hub71 in this latest round of admissions, and another 11 companies have relocated to Abu Dhabi after joining the growing community. The UAE is enjoying something of a tech renaissance of late, as it draws more and more top-flight companies from around the globe.

Also Read: How To Find The Best Remote Work Opportunities In The Middle East

“This success is a testament that Abu Dhabi is becoming a destination for high-quality startups that showcase great potential and impact,” says Badr Al-Olama, acting CEO of Hub71.

Among the companies chosen to join Hub71 is 44.01, an unusually-named business that aims to reduce carbon emissions by converting CO2 into rock. Adding to the community’s green credentials is Finland’s iFarm, which develops agricultural tech solutions to support automated vertical farming, highlighting the importance of cleantech and agribusiness development in the Hub71 portfolio.

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Truecaller To Use Microsoft Azure AI Speech For Call Answering

The new service features a powerful speech generation tool to allow users to create AI versions of their voices.

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Truecaller, a well-known app for identifying and blocking spam calls, is enhancing its services by allowing users to create AI versions of their voices. The new feature, available to those with access to Truecaller’s AI Assistant, stems from a partnership with Microsoft and its Azure AI Speech tool, allowing the generation of realistic AI voices that accurately mimic users’ speech patterns and tone.

“This groundbreaking capability not only adds a touch of familiarity and comfort for the users but also showcases the power of AI in transforming the way we interact with our digital assistants,” explained Truecaller product director and general manager Raphael Mimoun in a recent blog post.

The AI Assistant in Truecaller screens incoming calls, informing recipients of a caller’s purpose. Based on this information, users can decide whether to answer the call themselves or let the AI Assistant handle it.

When the feature was introduced in 2022, users could only choose from a collection of preset voices. The ability to record one’s own voice represents a significant step towards the complete personalization of the service.

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Azure AI Speech, showcased during the last Build conference, only recently added a personal voice feature that lets people record and replicate voices. Microsoft explained in a blog post, however, that Personal Voice is available on a limited basis and only for specific use cases like voice assistants.

To maintain ethical standards, Microsoft’s Azure AI Speech automatically adds watermarks to AI-generated voices. Additionally, a code of conduct requires companies to obtain full consent from individuals being recorded and prohibits impersonation.

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