Last Week in AI

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Sunday Mar 03, 2024

Our 157th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
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Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00) Intro / Banter
Tools & Apps
(00:04:55) Google apologizes for ‘missing the mark’ after Gemini generated racially diverse Nazis
(00:15:07) Stability announces Stable Diffusion 3, a next-gen AI image generator
(00:19:04) Mistral AI releases new model to rival GPT-4 and its own chat assistant
(00:24:56) Windows just got its own Magic Eraser to AI-modify your photos
(00:25:47) Adobe previews new cutting-edge generative AI tools for crafting and editing custom audio
(00:27:47) AI video wars heat up as Pika adds Lip Sync powered by ElevenLabs
Applications & Business
(00:30:09) Microsoft Strikes Deal with France’s Mistral AI
(00:33:45) Figure Raises $675M at $2.6B Valuation and Signs Collaboration Agreement with OpenAI
(00:37:05) Nvidia posts record revenue up 265% on booming AI business
(00:39:54) MediaTek’s latest chipsets are now ‘optimized’ for Gemini Nano
(00:41:28) Tumblr’s owner is striking deals with OpenAI and Midjourney for training data, says report
(00:43:45) Mistral AI models coming soon to Amazon Bedrock
Projects & Open Source
(00:44:34) Generative AI Startup Mistral Releases Free ‘Open-Source’ 7.3B Parameter LLM
(00:46:57) Google Delves Deeper Into Open Source with Launch of Gemma AI Model
(00:51:10) Microsoft releases its internal generative AI red teaming tool to the public
(00:54:25) Introducing Phind-70B – closing the code quality gap with GPT-4 Turbo while running 4x faster
Research & Advancements
(00:57:51) Genie: Generative Interactive Environments
(01:07:08) Griffin: Mixing Gated Linear Recurrences with Local Attention for Efficient Language Models
(01:15:16) Quantum Circuit Optimization with AlphaTensor
(01:20:56) Back to Basics: Revisiting REINFORCE Style Optimization for Learning from Human Feedback in LLMs
(01:22:10) Repetition Improves Language Model Embeddings
Policy & Safety
(01:25:45) AI Warfare Is Already Here
(01:29:36) Man admits to paying magician $150 to create anti-Biden robocall
(01:32:45) Google DeepMind forms a new org focused on AI safety
(01:34:53)  Facebook whistleblower, AI godfather join hundreds calling for deepfake regulation
US regulators investigate whether OpenAI investors were misled, say reports
(01:36:51)  Users Say Microsoft's AI Has Alternate Personality as Godlike AGI That Demands to Be Worshipped
Synthetic Media & Art
(01:40:23) The Intercept, Raw Story, and AlterNet sue OpenAI and Microsoft
(01:41:15) A viral photo of a guy smoking in McDonald's is completely fake — and of course made by AI
Fun!
(01:42:54) Impossible AI Food

Sunday Feb 25, 2024

Our 156th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
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Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00) Intro / Banter
Tools & Apps(00:02:16) OpenAI introduces Sora, its text-to-video AI model
(00:13:24) Gemini 1.5 is Google’s next-gen AI model — and it’s already almost ready
(00:24:00) Groq AI model goes viral and rivals ChatGPT, challenges Elon Musk’s Grok
(00:29:26) Introducing IP Adapters: Create Consistent Game Assets in Seconds
(00:31:36) Report: OpenAI working on web search product
(00:33:20) Adobe Acrobat adds generative AI to ‘easily chat with documents’
Applications & Business(00:34:17) Sam Altman owns OpenAI's venture capital fund
(00:38:17) Reddit Signs AI Content Licensing Deal Ahead of IPO
(00:41:15) Nvidia reveals its Eos supercomputer for AI processing sporting 4,608 H100 GPUs
(00:44:41) Google quietly launches internal AI model named 'Goose' to help employees write code faster, leaked documents show
(00:46:24) Chinese start-up Moonshot AI raises US$1 billion in funding round led by Alibaba and VC HongShan amid strong interest for OpenAI-type firms
(00:50:06)  AI Computing Firm Lambda Raises $320 Million in Fresh Funding
(00:51:01) Exclusive: Ex-Salesforce Co-CEO Bret Taylor and longtime Googler Clay Bavor raised $110 million to bring AI ‘agents’ to business
Projects & Open Source(00:51:41) BioMistral: A Collection of Open-Source Pretrained Large Language Models for Medical Domains
(00:54:33) Nomic AI Releases the First Fully Open-Source Long Context Text Embedding Model that Surpasses OpenAI Ada-002 Performance on Various Benchmarks
Research & Advancements(00:57:33) Meta unveils V-JEPA AI model that improves training by learning from video
(01:04:51) Chain-of-Thought Reasoning Without Prompting
(01:09:45) OS-Copilot: Towards Generalist Computer Agents with Self-Improvement
(01:11:40) World Model on Million-Length Video And Language With RingAttention
(01:15:00) Amazon AGI Team Say Their AI Is Showing "Emergent Abilities"
Policy & Safety(01:17:15) Hackers for China, Russia and Others Used OpenAI Systems, Report Says
(01:21:15) House leaders launch bipartisan artificial intelligence task force
(01:25:08) Your fingerprints can be recreated from the sounds made when you swipe on a touchscreen — Chinese and US researchers show new side channel can reproduce fingerprints to enable attacks
(01:27:05) States are introducing 50 AI-related bills per week
(01:28:12) Air Canada found liable for chatbot's bad advice on plane tickets
(01:30:26) The FTC warned about ‘quiet’ TOS changes for AI training. Here’s why it might not be enough
Synthetic Media & Art(01:32:13) Sarah Silverman’s lawsuit against OpenAI partially dismissed
Fun & Miscellaneous(01:36:14) A Visual Guide to Mamba and State Space Models
(01:38:00) Scientific Journal Publishes AI-Generated Rat with Gigantic Penis In Worrying Incident
(01:40:50) Helen Mirren Rips Up AI-Generated Speech at American Cinematheque Awards
(01:41:40) Microsoft's game-changing Super Bowl ad

Friday Feb 16, 2024

Our 155th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Correction: Andrey said CLIP came out with DALL-E 2; it came out alongside the first DALL-E.
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Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00) Intro / Banter
Tools & Apps(00:03:45) ChatGPT is getting ‘memory’ to remember who you are and what you like
(00:08:20) Reka Flash: An Efficient and Capable Multimodal Language Model
(00:14:22) Say What? Chat With RTX Brings Custom Chatbot to NVIDIA RTX AI PCs
Applications & Business(00:17:49) Sam Altman Seeks Trillions of Dollars to Reshape Business of Chips and AI
(00:26:12) Report: China’s SMIC to begin production of 5nm chips for Huawei
(00:30:32) A crowd destroyed a driverless Waymo car in San Francisco
(00:34:18) OpenAI reportedly developing two AI agents to automate entire work processes
(00:37:23) Cruise names first chief safety officer following crash and controversy
Projects & Open Source(00:39:15) Cohere for AI launches open source LLM for 101 languages
(00:43:10 ) BUD-E: ENHANCING AI VOICE ASSISTANTS’ CONVERSATIONAL QUALITY, NATURALNESS AND EMPATHY
(00:47:36) EVA-CLIP-18B: Scaling CLIP to 18 Billion Parameters
(00:51:30) Introducing Stable Cascade
Research & Advancements(00:53:14) SELF-DISCOVER: Large Language Models Self-Compose Reasoning Structures
(01:01:30) BlackMamba: Mixture of Experts for State-Space Models
(01:05:34) An Interactive Agent Foundation Model
(01:09:00) Grandmaster-Level Chess Without Search
(01:13:42) More Agents Is All You Need
(01:16:04) MusicMagus: Zero-Shot Text-to-Music Editing via Diffusion Models
Policy & Safety(01:16:41) Debating with More Persuasive LLMs Leads to More Truthful Answers
(01:23:49) In Big Tech’s backyard, California lawmaker unveils landmark AI bill
(01:28:06) AI Deployed Nukes 'to Have Peace in the World' in Tense War Simulation
(01:31:32) Protesters gather outside OpenAI office, opposing military AI and AGI
(01:35:43) AI safeguards can easily be broken, UK Safety Institute finds
Synthetic Media & Art(01:39:35) Stability, Midjourney, Runway hit back in AI art lawsuit
(01:42:25) AI Companies Take Hit as Judge Says Artists Have “Public Interest” In Pursuing Lawsuits
(01:44:42) Outro

Sunday Feb 11, 2024

Our 154th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
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Correction: Andrey mentioned "State space machines", he meant "State space models"
Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00) Intro / Banter
Tools & Apps(00:02:06) Google Releases Gemini, an A.I.-Driven Chatbot and Voice Assistant
(00:05:56) Copilot gets a big redesign and a new way to edit your AI-generated images
(00:09:40) Arc Search's AI responses launched as an unfettered experience with no guardrails
(00:12:40) Brilliant Labs’s Frame glasses serve as multimodal AI assistant
(00:15:30) Stability AI launches SVD 1.1, a diffusion model for more consistent AI videos
(00:16:18) OpenAI launches ChatGPT app for Apple Vision Pro
Applications & Business(00:19:04) A Waymo robotaxi hit a cyclist in San Francisco – here’s what happened
(00:23:30) Canon plans to disrupt chipmaking with low-cost “stamp” machine
(00:27:33) US industry group calls for multilateral chip export controls to address disadvantage over Korea, other allies
(00:30:10) U.S. blocks shipment of 24 Nvidia AI GPUs to China over concerns about self-driving truck company
(00:32:24) Nvidia reportedly selects Intel Foundry Services for GPU packaging production — could produce over 300,000 H100 GPUs per month
Projects & Open Source(00:37:23) Allen Institute for AI launches open and transparent OLMo large language model
(00:42:46) Meet ‘Smaug-72B’: The new king of open-source AI
(00:47:02) Introducing Qwen1.5
(00:50:54) Hugging Face launches open source AI assistant maker to rival OpenAI’s custom GPTs
(00:53:20)  Apple releases ‘MGIE’, a revolutionary AI model for instruction-based image editing
Research & Advancements(00:54:30) Learning Universal Predictors
(01:01:00) Can Mamba Learn How to Learn? A Comparative Study on In-Context Learning Tasks
(01:04:40) MusicRL: Aligning Music Generation to Human Preferences
(01:05:47) FP6-LLM: Efficiently Serving Large Language Models Through FP6-CentricAlgorithm-System Co-Design
(01:09:06) AgentBoard: An Analytical Evaluation Board of Multi-turn LLM Agents
(01:12:36) Specialized Language Models with Cheap Inference from Limited Domain Data
Policy & Safety(01:13:22) EU’s AI Act passes last big hurdle on the way to adoption
(01:17:04) Building an early warning system for LLM-aided biological threat creation
(01:23:44) FCC votes to ban scam robocalls that use AI-generated voices
(01:24:33) Biden administration names a director of the new AI Safety Institute
(01:26:23) OpenAI's GPT-4 finally meets its match: Scots Gaelic smashes safety guardrails
Synthetic Media & Art(01:28:04) AI poisoning tool Nightshade received 250,000 downloads in 5 days: ‘beyond anything we imagined’
(01:30:24) Labeling AI-Generated Images on Facebook, Instagram and Threads
(01:33:06) OpenAI is adding new watermarks to DALL-E 3
(01:34:38)  Following lawsuit, rep admits “AI” George Carlin was human-written
 (01:36:20) Outro

Sunday Feb 04, 2024

Our 153rd episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Check out our sponsor, the SuperDataScience podcast. You can listen to SDS across all major podcasting platforms (e.g., Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts) plus there’s a video version on YouTube.
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Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai and/or hello@gladstone.ai
Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00)  Intro / Banter
Synthetic Media & Art
(00:03:15) Trolls have flooded X with graphic Taylor Swift AI fakes
(00:08:30) YouTube Deletes 1,000 Videos of Celebrity AI Scam Ads
(00:10:20) Iceland Has Its Own AI George Carlin Moment, Considers Law Against Deepfaking the Dead
(00:12:20) Guns N’ Roses share AI-generated video for ‘The General’
Tools & Apps
(00:13:30) Microsoft Makes Swift Changes to AI Tool
(00:16:38) OpenAI drops prices and fixes ‘lazy’ GPT-4 that refused to work
(00:20:40) ChatGPT's new "@GPT" feature paves the way for OpenAI's vision of a universal assistant
(00:23:47)  ChatGPT finally has competition — Google Bard with Gemini just matched it with a huge upgrade
(00:26:37) Browser alternatives Brave, Arc, add new AI integrations
(00:28:37) Baidu's Ernie AI chatbot to power Samsung's new Galaxy S24 smartphones
Applications & Business
(00:30:40) AI companies lose $190 billion in market cap after Alphabet and Microsoft report
(00:34:25) Cruise wasn’t hiding the pedestrian-dragging video from regulators — it just had bad internet
(00:40:32) Hugging Face teams up with Google to accelerate open AI development
(00:43:33) Elon Musk's xAI eyes $6 billion funding to challenge ChatGPT maker OpenAI
(00:47:22)  AI Chip Startup Rebellions Snags Funding to Challenge Nvidia
Projects & Open Source
(00:50:07) New open source AI coding tool surpasses its inspiration: Google DeepMind’s AlphaCode
(00:53:00) Meta’s free Code Llama AI programming tool closes the gap with GPT-4
(00:54:30) DeepSeek-Coder: When the Large Language Model Meets Programming -- The Rise of Code Intelligence
Lighting round
Research & Advancements
(00:55:50) Meta-Prompting: Enhancing Language Models with Task-Agnostic Scaffolding
(01:05:15) EAGLE: Speculative Sampling Requires Rethinking Feature Uncertainty
(01:09:20) Are Vision Transformers More Data Hungry Than Newborn Visual Systems?
(01:15:52) Circuit Component Reuse Across Tasks in Transformer Language Models
(01:20:30) A ‘Shocking’ Amount of the Web Is Already AI-Translated Trash, Scientists Determine
Policy & Safety
(01:22:45) Taylor Swift AI images prompt US bill to tackle nonconsensual, sexual deepfakes
(01:27:50) OpenAI and Google will be required to notify the government about AI models
(01:32:12) The campaign to take down the Biden AI executive order
(01:33:06) Rep. Jeff Jackson Introduces Bipartisan CLOUD AI Act to Stop China from Remotely Using American Technology to Build AI Tools
(01:39:00) AI Startup ElevenLabs Bans Account Blamed for Biden Audio Deepfake
(01:40:06) How the West Can Match Russia in Drone Innovation
(01:45:15) Outro

Sunday Jan 28, 2024


Our 152nd episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Read out our text newsletter and comment on the podcast at https://lastweekin.ai/
Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai and/or jeremie@gladstone.ai
Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00) Intro / Banter
Tools & Apps(00:02:15) Samsung’s latest Galaxy phones offer live translation over phone calls, texts
(00:06:16) The Rabbit R1 will receive live info from Perplexity’s AI ‘answer engine’
(00:10:31) Google is using AI to organize and customize your Chrome browser
(00:12:10) Adobe’s new AI-powered Premiere Pro features eradicate boring audio editing tasks
(00:13:16) Waymo looks to launch full fleet of robotaxis in LA
(00:15:16) Tesla finally releases FSD v12, its last hope for self-driving
Applications & Business(00:19:45) OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is still chasing billions to build AI chips
(00:25:00) Mark Zuckerberg’s new goal is creating artificial general intelligence
(00:32:43) AI voice startup ElevenLabs lands $80M round, launches marketplace of cloned voices
(00:35:03) Anthropic’s Margins Raise Questions on AI Startups’ Long-Term Profitability
(00:38:00) Cohere in talks to raise as much as $1bn as AI arms race heats up
(00:39:40) DOJ and FTC push to investigate Microsoft's OpenAI partnership- Politico
(00:41:30)  Figure announces commercial agreement with BMW Manufacturing to bring general purpose robots into automotive production
Projects & Open Source(00:43:28) Stability AI unveils smaller, more efficient 1.6B language model as part of ongoing innovation
Research & Advancements(00:48:58) AlphaGeometry: An Olympiad-level AI system for geometry
(00:54:02) Lumiere: A Space-Time Diffusion Model for Video Generation
(00:56:33) ChatQA: Building GPT-4 Level Conversational QA Models
(00:59:13) Vision Mamba: Efficient Visual Representation Learning with Bidirectional State Space Model
(01:01:28) VMamba: Visual State Space Model
(01:03:40) Depth Anything: Unleashing the Power of Large-Scale Unlabeled Data
Policy & Safety(01:04:40) OpenAI suspends developer behind Dean Phillips bot
(01:06:49) Fake Joe Biden robocall tells New Hampshire Democrats not to vote Tuesday 
(01:09:10)  Sharing Fake Nude Images Could Become a Federal Crime Under Proposed Law
(01:11:00) San Francisco takes legal action over ‘unsafe,’ ‘disruptive’ self-driving cars
(01:13:40) Slew of deepfake video adverts of Sunak on Facebook raises alarm over AI risk to election
(01:15:55) AI is the buzz, the big opportunity and the risk to watch among the Davos glitterati
Synthetic Media & Art(01:20:27) Test Yourself: Which Faces Were Made by A.I.?
(01:23:48) AI models that don’t violate copyright are getting a new certification label

Sunday Jan 21, 2024

Our 151st episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Check out our sponsor, the SuperDataScience podcast. You can listen to SDS across all major podcasting platforms (e.g., Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts) plus there’s a video version on YouTube.
Read out our text newsletter and comment on the podcast at https://lastweekin.ai/
Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai
Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00) Intro / Banter
Tools & Apps(00:02:55) Microsoft’s new Copilot Pro brings AI-powered Office features to the rest of us
(00:04:43) Microsoft Copilot is now using the previously-paywalled GPT-4 Turbo, saving you $20 a month
(00:07:02) Amazon launches generative AI tool to answer shoppers’ questions
Applications & Business(00:08:07) DeepMind spin-off aims to halve drug discovery times following Big Pharma deals
(00:13:16) China planning 1,600-core chips that use an entire wafer — similar to American company Cerebras 'wafer-scale' designs
(00:17:12)  ChatGPT will have video functionality and more accuracy in future versions — Sam Altman says GPT-5 will be a big improvement
(00:19:38) Huawei Teardown Shows 5nm Chip Made in Taiwan, Not China
(00:22:15) OpenAI’s news publisher deals reportedly top out at $5 million a year
(00:25:04) Inside AI Unicorn Anthropic’s Unusual $750 Million Fundraise
(00:28:46) Microsoft executive Dee Templeton joins OpenAI board - Bloomberg News
(00:31:33) OpenAI-backed 1X raises another $100M for the race to humanoid robots
Projects & Open Source(00:34:25) Meet LLama.cpp: An Open-Source Machine Learning Library to Run the LLaMA Model Using 4-bit Integer Quantization on a MacBook
(00:38:06) LLAMA PRO: Progressive LLaMA with Block Expansion
(00:43:48) One of the world’s largest AI training datasets is about to get bigger and ‘substantially better’
Research & Advancements(00:47:52) Towards Conversational Diagnostic AI
(00:51:50)  Sleeper Agents: Training Deceptive LLMs that Persist Through Safety Training
(00:56:27) LLM Augmented LLMs: Expanding Capabilities through Composition
(01:02:23) Self-Play Fine-Tuning Converts Weak Language Models to Strong Language Models
(01:05:16) Clinical predictive models created by AI are accurate but study-specific, researchers find
(01:09:01) Secure, Governable Chips
Policy & Safety(01:14:01) US companies and Chinese experts engaged in secret diplomacy on AI safety
(01:18:28) China Cyberspace Security Association releases first batch of Chinese basic corpus
(01:22:33) OpenAI Bans Use of AI Tools for Campaigning, Voter Suppression
(01:24:49) OpenAI Quietly Deletes Ban on Using ChatGPT for “Military and Warfare”
Synthetic Media & Art(01:27:20) Musicians Set to Begin Contract Negotiations With Studios On AI, Streaming Priorities
(01:29:26) Scammy AI-Generated Book Rewrites Are Flooding Amazon
(01:33:15) Deepfaked Celebrity Ads Promoting Medicare Scams Run Rampant on YouTube
(01:35:15) Outro

Sunday Jan 14, 2024

Our 150th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Read out our text newsletter and comment on the podcast at https://lastweekin.ai/
Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai
Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00) Intro / Banter
Tools & Apps(00:02:49) OpenAI’s custom GPT Store is now open for business
(00:06:52) OpenAI debuts ChatGPT subscription aimed at small teams
Lighting round(00:09:18) The Rabbit R1 is an AI-powered gadget that can use your apps for you
(00:11:18) Amazon’s Alexa gets new generative AI-powered experiences
(00:12:55) Google appears to be working on an ‘advanced’ version of Bard that you have to pay for
Applications & Business(00:14:24) Nvidia's newest chips are designed to run AI at home as competition from Intel, AMD looms
(00:16:52) Valve opens the door to more Steam games developed with AI
Lighting round(00:19:16) AI-powered search engine Perplexity AI, now valued at $520M, raises $73.6M
(00:21:33) Waymo will start testing robotaxis on Phoenix highways
(00:23:24) Getty and Nvidia bring generative AI to stock photos
Research & Advancements(00:25:10) DeepMind is trying to train robots for real-world activities
(00:29:03) MoE-Mamba: Efficient Selective State Space Models with Mixture of Experts
Lighting round(00:33:18) PIXART-δ: Fast and Controllable Image Generation with Latent Consistency Models
(00:35:20)  InseRF: Text-Driven Generative Object Insertion in Neural 3D Scenes
(00:37:06) The Impact of Reasoning Step Length on Large Language Models
(00:39:33) Mixtral of Experts
Policy & Safety(00:40:38) Meta and OpenAI have spawned a wave of AI sex companions—and some of them are children
(00:46:30) ‘Impossible’ to create AI tools like ChatGPT without copyrighted material, OpenAI says
Lighting round(00:49:52) Judges in England and Wales are given cautious approval to use AI in writing legal opinions
(00:51:43) Hallucinating Law: Legal Mistakes with Large Language Models are Pervasive
Synthetic Media & Art(00:55:09) A list going viral reveals famous artists whose work was used to train AI generator
(00:58:28) YouTube is cracking down on AI-generated true crime deepfakes
Lighting round(01:00:27) AI-Generated George Carlin Comedy Special Slammed by Comedian’s Daughter
(01:01:56) SAG-AFTRA Signs Deal With Voiceover Studio for AI Use in Video Games
(01:03:26) Early Mickey Mouse is now in the public domain—and AI is already on the case

Sunday Jan 07, 2024

Our 149th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Check out our sponsor, the SuperDataScience podcast. You can listen to SDS across all major podcasting platforms (e.g., Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts) plus there’s a video version on YouTube.
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Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai
Some recommended resources for keeping up with AI research:
Davis Summarizes Papers
AK’s Substack
Deep Learning Weekly
NLP News
Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00) Intro / Banter
(00:08:13) Reflections on 2023
Tools & Apps
(00:26:32) Midjourney Version 6: Look Ma, Text!
(00:32:09) Baidu's ChatGPT-like Ernie Bot has more than 100 mln users
(00:36:05) Android Auto will have Google Assistant summarize your messages with AI
(00:37:00) Some of the Samsung Galaxy S24's key AI features just leaked
(00:38:33) Microsoft quietly launches dedicated Copilot app for Android
Applications & Business
(00:39:00) Anthropic forecasts more than $850 mln in annualized revenue rate by 2024-end
(00:42:25) Anthropic, the OpenAI rival, is in talks to raise $750 million in funding at an $18.4 billion valuation
(00:44:10) OpenAI annualized revenue tops $1.6 billion
(00:44:46) Nvidia releases slower, less powerful AI chip for China
(00:47:30) SMIC is reportedly working on 3nm process technology despite US sanctions
(00:50:16) Huawei Files A Patent That Enhances Wafer Alignment And Efficiency, Hinting At The Company’s Self-Built Fabrication Plants
(00:52:36) ASML ships first "High NA" lithography system to Intel -statement
Research & Advancements
(00:54:45) Unified-IO 2: Scaling Autoregressive Multimodal Models with Vision, Language, Audio, and Action
(00:59:11) Task Contamination: Language Models May Not Be Few-Shot Anymore
(01:02:49) Evaluating Language-Model Agents on Realistic Autonomous Tasks
(01:08:14) TinyGPT-V: Efficient Multimodal Large Language Model via Small Backbones
(01:09:47) Improving Text Embeddings with Large Language Models
(01:10:41) DeWave: Discrete EEG Waves Encoding for Brain Dynamics to Text Translation
Policy & Safety
(01:13:23) The Times Sues OpenAI and Microsoft Over A.I. Use of Copyrighted Work
(01:18:12) Congress warns science agency over AI grant to tech-linked think tank
(01:21:48) Elon Musk’s xAI Jumps on the Bandwagon of Rich Startups 'Benefiting Humanity'
(01:23:40) Outro

Sunday Dec 24, 2023

Our 148th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Read out our text newsletter and comment on the podcast at https://lastweekin.ai/
Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai
Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00) Intro / Banter
Tools & Apps(00:02:43) Google Deepmind unveils its most advanced AI image generator, Imagen 2
(00:08:21) Anthropic will help users if they get sued for copyright infringement
(00:13:50) Midjourney Alpha is here with AI image generations on the web
(00:16:34) Instagram introduces gen-AI powered background editing tool
(00:17:09) Microsoft drastically expands Azure AI Studio to include Llama 2 Model-as-a-Service, GPT-4 Turbo with Vision
(00:18:54) ChatGPT Is Apparently Becoming Lazy as It Has Started Asking Users to Solve Their Own Problems
(00:22:17) You can create your own AI songs with this new Copilot extension
(00:23:57) Stability AI announces paid membership for commercial use of its models
Applications & Business(00:25:42) ByteDance is secretly using OpenAI’s tech to build a competitor
(00:31:55) Intel unveils new AI chip to compete with Nvidia and AMD
(00:36:36) Chinese chip-related companies shutting down with record speed — 10,900, or around 30 per day, shut down in 2023
(00:40:11) TSMC mentions 1.4nm process tech for the first time, says 2nm remains on track
(00:42:57) Meta has done something that will get Nvidia and AMD very, very worried — it gave up on GPU and CPU to take a RISC-y route for AI training and inference acceleration
(00:46:17) Nvidia rushes to deliver modified AI GPU chips to China customers, allegedly places 'Super Hot Run' priority order with TSMC
(00:49:17) Sam Altman’s OpenAI agrees to pay German media giant Axel Springer for using its content to train AI models
Projects & Open Source(00:52:20) Introducing DeciLM-7B: The Fastest and Most Accurate 7 Billion-Parameter LLM to Date
(00:57:27) Introducing Stable Zero123: Quality 3D Object Generation from Single Images
Research & Advancements(01:00:42) FunSearch: Making new discoveries in mathematical sciences using Large Language Models
(01:09:12) OpenAI Demos a Control Method for Superintelligent AI
(01:16:41) Cheating Fears Over Chatbots Were Overblown, New Research Suggests
(01:18:13) SwitchHead: Accelerating Transformers with Mixture-of-Experts Attention
(01:20:04) CogAgent: A Visual Language Model for GUI Agents
(01:21:10) Limits to the Energy Efficiency of CMOS Microprocessors
Policy & Safety(01:24:24) OpenAI announces ‘Preparedness Framework’ to track and mitigate AI risks
(01:32:08) Pro-China YouTube Network Used A.I. to Malign U.S., Report Finds
(01:37:07) AI is a danger to the financial system, regulators warn for the first time
(01:38:42) Anonymous Sudan hacking group sets sights on ChatGPT
(01:40:33) Scenario planning for an AGI future
(01:42:51) The widening web of effective altruism in AI security
Synthetic Media & Art(01:49:22) Facebook Is Being Overrun With Stolen, AI-Generated Images That People Think Are Real
(01:52:34) Pakistan’s former prime minister is using an AI voice clone to campaign from prison

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