Microsoft's 'AI PCs' sound like a potential privacy disaster

Microsoft Copilot+ PC
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Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro 11th generation and Surface Laptop 7th generation this week. But the launch was a little different from the usual announcement of iterative updates. The tech giant sought to rebrand its Surface line, dubbing the new models 'Copilot+ PCs' after its AI chatbot.

Naturally, people are wondering what that actually means. To an extent, the concept of an 'AI laptop' feels like an attempt to jump on the buzzword of the moment. But in the case of Microsoft, it isn't mere 'AI washing'. There'a new Neural Processing Unit (NPU) and connection to large language models running in the Azure Cloud. There's also a bunch of new AI tools, one of which is already raising concerns.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.