Last Week in AI

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Saturday Dec 02, 2023

Our 145th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news, this time around with guest co-hosts Kevin and Gavin from AI For Humans podcast
Check out the AI For Humans episode on which Andrey and Jeremie guest co-host here.
Also 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
Timestamps + links:
Tools & Apps
(06:00) OpenAI rival Anthropic makes its Claude chatbot even more useful
(12:33) Stability AI debuts Stable Video Diffusion models in research preview
(16:33) Generative Video Startup Pika Labs Launches Version 1.0, Raises $55 Million in Funding
(25:25) Screenshots show xAI’s chatbot Grok on X’s web app
(30:37) Amazon Introduces Q, an A.I. Chatbot for Companies
Applications & Business
(34:28) Unpacking the hype around OpenAI’s rumored new Q* model
(47:37) NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2024
(52:40) Nvidia Delays Rollout Of China-Focused AI Chip: Report
(56:31) Share sale set to test financial impact of OpenAI’s leadership turmoil
(58:55) Amazon and Salesforce Expand Partnership to Add New AI Capabilities
(59:55) AI21 takes Series C to $208 million with additional $53 million in funding
Projects & Open Source
(01:03:15) Starling-7B: Increasing LLM Helpfulness & Harmlessness with RLAIF
(01:12:10) Defending your voice against deepfakes
Research & Advancements
(01:16:07) Orca 2: Teaching Small Language Models How to Reason
(01:22:16) New technique can accelerate language models by 300x
(01:23:35) DeepMind Says New Multi-Game AI Is a Step Toward More General Intelligence
(01:27:00) GAIA: A Benchmark for General AI Assistants
(01:30:45) Language Models are Super Mario: Absorbing Abilities from Homologous Models as a Free Lunch
Policy & Safety
(01:33:42) US, Britain, other countries ink agreement to make AI 'secure by design'
(01:36:07) Chinese GPU recycling factories have a workaround for the US government's newly imposed export rules — modified NVIDIA RTX 4090 cards serve as great AI accelerators
(01:39:00) The EU AI Act needs Foundation Model Regulation
Putin to boost AI work in Russia to fight a Western monopoly he says is ‘unacceptable and dangerous’
Inside U.S. Efforts to Untangle an A.I. Giant’s Ties to China
(01:41:55) More than half of Americans are worried about AI than excited
(01:46:10) State Dept prioritizes ‘AI-ready workforce’ in its first AI strategy
US chip export ban is hurting China’s AI startups, not so much the giants yet
Synthetic Media & Art
(01:48:18) Sarah Silverman Hits Stumbling Block In AI Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Meta
(01:52:23) Outro

Friday Nov 24, 2023

Our 144th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news, now back with the usual hosts!
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Timestamps + links:
(00:00) Intro/Banter
Applications & Business
(01:30)  Sam Altman Is Reinstated as OpenAI’s Chief Executive
Before Altman’s Ouster, OpenAI’s Board Was Divided and Feuding
(20:05) Cruise co-founder and CEO Kyle Vogt resigns
GM Cruise cofounder, senior exec Dan Kan quits day after CEO exit
(22:30) GM’s Self-Driving Car Unit Skids Off Course
(24:00) Leaked email shows Amazon is cutting 'several hundred' jobs across Alexa business, including the newly launched Artificial General Intelligence team
(25:35) US Chip Ban Fallout Spreads as Alibaba Scraps Cloud Spinoff
(27:48) Tencent Stockpiled Enough NVIDIA AI GPUs To Last Them A Couple More Generations
(29:44) Nvidia teases its most powerful GPU ever — no, it's not the newly-announced H200, but the 2024-bound B100 Blackwell AI powerhouse
(31:37) US Launches $3 Billion Effort to Boost Advanced Chip Packaging
(34:50) Meta disbanded its Responsible AI team
Tools & Apps
(38:15) Meta launches AI-based video editing tools
(39:48) Discord is already killing Clyde, its experimental OpenAI chatbot
(40:50) Be My Eyes AI offers GPT-4-powered support for blind Microsoft customers
Projects & Open Source
(42:25) Kyutai is a French AI research lab with a $330 million budget that will make everything open source
Research & Advancements
(45:43) Technical Report: Large Language Models can Strategically Deceive their Users when Put Under Pressure
(53:35) Meet JARVIS-1: Open-World Multi-Task Agents with Memory-Augmented Multimodal Language Models
(58:10) NVIDIA’s “NeMo” Model Now Tuned For Chip Development, Showing Exceptional Results
(01:00:33) UFOGen: You Forward Once Large Scale Text-to-Image Generation via Diffusion GANs
Policy & Safety
(01:02:35) President Biden Issues Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence
(01:12:44) Tech firms to allow vetting of AI tools, as Musk warns all human jobs threatened
As A.I.-Controlled Killer Drones Become Reality, Nations Debate Limits
(01:16:41) France, Germany and Italy join forces to propose unified AI regulation in the EU
(01:22:02) UK will refrain from regulating AI ‘in the short term’
(01:24:31) If you get sued for an AI-generated creative work, OpenAI says it will protect you while Anthropic says you're on your own
(01:29:41) China tightens rare-earth export curbs amid tension with U.S.
Synthetic Media & Art
(01:32:45) Microsoft AI Image Generator Blocks ‘Disney’ After Viral Movie Poster Trend

Monday Nov 20, 2023

Our 143rd episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news, now back with the usual hosts!
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Timestamps + links:
Applications & Business(02:53) Sam Altman fired as CEO of OpenAI
(12:00) Everything announced at OpenAI’s first developer event
(16:05) GM's Cruise suspends supervised and manual car trips, expands probes
(18:30) Under Fire Over Robotaxi Safety, GM Halts Production Of Cruise Driverless Van
(20:55) Microsoft unveils first AI chip, Maia 100, and Cobalt CPU
(21:35) AV Startup May Mobility Locks Up Another $105M From NTT, Toyota
(22:38) Aleph Alpha raises $500m Series B in Europe’s third-largest AI round ever
(23:22) AI startup Twelve Labs attracts US$10 mln from Nvidia, Intel, others
(24:16) Defense Tech Startup Shield AI Raises $200M At $2.7B Valuation
Tools & Apps(25:00) Elon Musk debuts 'Grok' AI bot to rival ChatGPT, others
(27:38) Brave responds to Bing and ChatGPT with a new ‘anonymous and secure’ AI chatbot
(30:03) ChatGPT is combining its different abilities into a single ‘Voltron-style’ chat
(31:01) LinkedIn's new AI chatbot wants to help you get a job
(32:07) Meet Samsung's Answer to ChatGPT: A New AI Model Called Gauss
(33:33) Humane’s AI Pin: all the news about the new AI-powered wearable
Projects & Open Source(36:06) Valued at $1B, Kai-Fu Lee’s LLM startup unveils open source model
Research & Advancements(40:03) Google DeepMind wants to define what counts as artificial general intelligence
(42:35) Google DeepMind breaks new ground with ‘Mirasol3B’ for advanced video analysis
(45:15) MetNet-3: A state-of-the-art neural weather model available in Google products
(46:06) Instant3D: Instant Text-to-3D Generation
(47:54) Title:One-2-3-45++: Fast Single Image to 3D Objects with Consistent Multi-View Generation and 3D Diffusion
(49:12) Holistic Evaluation of Text-To-Image Models
Policy & Safety(51:37) Biden Issues Executive Order to Create A.I. Safeguards
(56:10) Amy Klobuchar and John Thune introduce legislation for creating generative AI framework
(57:55) Midjourney, Stability AI and DeviantArt win a victory in copyright case by artists — but the fight continues
(01:00:19) At UK's AI Summit developers and govts agree on testing to help manage risks
(01:02:15) White faces generated by AI are more convincing than photos, finds survey
Synthetic Media & Art(01:04:12) Striking Actors and Hollywood Studios Agree to a Deal
(01:07:46) Google is embedding inaudible watermarks right into its AI generated music
(01:10:10) YouTube previews AI tool that clones famous singers — with their permission
(01:11:08) Microsoft is bringing AI characters to Xbox
(01:11:49) CBS News Launches New Venture To Identify AI Deepfakes And Misinformation

Thursday Nov 16, 2023


Our 142nd episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI new.
Apologies for this one coming out after a pause, episodes will resume being released regularly as of this week.
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Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai
Timestamps + Links:
(00:00) Intro / Banter
Tools & Apps(03:00) Introducing PlayHT 2.0 Turbo ⚡️ - The Fastest Generative AI Text-to-Speech API
(07:15) YouTube Music now lets you make your own playlist art with AI
(09:23) Sick of meetings? Microsoft’s new AI assistant will go in your place
(11:54) Anthropic brings Claude AI to more countries, but still no Canada (for now)
 Applications & Business(14:55) Humanoid robots face a major test with Amazon’s Digit pilots
(18:40) Figure 01 humanoid takes first public steps
(22:31) AI-generating music app Riffusion turns viral success into $4M in funding
(23:35) ChatGPT Creator Partners With Abu Dhabi’s G42 in Middle East AI Push
(25:00) AMD Scores Two Big Wins: Oracle Opts for MI300X, IBM Asks for FPGAs
(26:38) Alibaba, Tencent among investors in China’s rival to OpenAI with $341 million funding
(30:35) AI companies drive demand for office space in tech hubs, new study finds
(32:13) OpenAI is in talks to sell shares at an $86 billion valuation
Projects & Open Source(35:00) Introducing Video-To-Text and Pegasus-1 (80B)
(39:35) Adept Releases Fuyu-8B for Multimodal AI Agents
(42:03) MiniGPT-v2: large language model as a unified interface for vision-language multi-task learning
(44:53) Meta’s Habitat 3.0 simulates real-world environments for intelligent AI robot training
(48:22) DeepMind UniSim simulates reality to train robots, game characters 
(49:13) Jina AI Launches World's First Open-Source 8K Text Embedding, Rivaling OpenAI
(51:13) Llemma: An Open Language Model For Mathematics
Research & Advancements(53:22) Eliciting Human Preferences with Language Models
(57:23) New Nvidia AI agent, powered by GPT-4, can train robots
(01:01:38) Unveiling the General Intelligence Factor in Language Models: A Psychometric Approach
(01:04:48) AgentTuning: Enabling Generalized Agent Abilities for LLMs
(01:09:51) Contrastive Prefence Learning: Learning from Human Feedback without RL
(01:11:25) ‘Mind-blowing’ IBM chip speeds up AI 
Policy & Safety(01:14:57)  GM Cruise unit suspends all driverless operations after California ban
(01:18:52) AI researchers uncover ethical, legal risks to using popular data sets
(01:22:22) AI Safety Summit: day 1 and 2 programme
(01:25:23) Anthropic's AI chatbot Claude is posting lyrics to popular songs, lawsuit claims
(01:26:38) Mike Huckabee says Microsoft and Meta stole his books to train AI
(01:27:10) Clearview AI Successfully Appeals $9 Million Fine in the U.K.
(01:28:11) North Korea experiments with AI in cyber warfare: US official
(01:30:17) OpenAI forms new team to assess ‘catastrophic risks’ of AI
UK poised to establish global advisory group on AI
Synthetic Media & Art(01:32:22) This new data poisoning tool lets artists fight back against generative AI
(01:34:32) Amazon now lets advertisers use generative AI to pretty up their product shots
(01:36:36) The Beatles: ‘final’ song Now and Then to be released thanks to AI technology

Thursday Oct 26, 2023

Our 141st episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news, now back with the usual hosts!
Read out our text newsletter and comment on the podcast at https://lastweekin.ai/
Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai
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.
Timestamps + Links:
(00:00) Intro / Banter
(01:00) SuperDataScience podcast ad
Tools & Apps(02:55) Adobe is upgrading Photoshop’s generative AI model — and releasing more for Illustrator and Express
(07:52) Character.AI introduces group chats where people and multiple AIs can talk to each other
(14:15) Kendall Jenner becomes "Billie": Meta's AI celebrities face more resistance than enthusiasm
(18:22) Dropbox redesigns its web interface and releases AI-powered Dash in open beta
Applications & Business(20:22) Google Cloud pledges a ‘shared fate,’ offering legal indemnification for customers
(25:00) Chinese search engine company Baidu unveils Ernie 4.0 AI model, claims that it rivals GPT-4
(31:05) Key Arm China Staff Quit to Create Government-Backed Startup
(33:30) AMD to acquire AI software startup in effort to catch Nvidia
(34:47) Microsoft Will Pay You $15,000 If You Get Bing AI to Go Off the Rails
(37:20) ChatGPT’s mobile app hit record $4.58M in revenue last month, but growth is slowing
(38:46) TSMC: ecosystem for 2nm chip development is nearing completion
(41:50) OpenAI has quietly changed its core values, and being 'thoughtful' and 'audacious' no longer makes the cut
Research & Advancements(46:35) LLark: A Multimodal Foundation Model for Music
(50:20) TimeGPT-1
(55:25) How FaR Are Large Language Models From Agents with Theory-of-Mind?
(01:00:17) HyperAttention: Long-context Attention in Near-Linear Time
(01:04:33) PaLI-3 Vision Language Models: Smaller, Faster, Stronger
(01:05:42) A Long Way to Go: Investigating Length Correlations in RLHF
(01:08:20) Understanding the Effects of RLHF on LLM Generalisation and Diversity
Policy & Safety(01:12:05) No Fakes Act wants to protect actors and singers from unauthorized AI replicas
(01:15:03) Ukrainian AI attack drones may be killing without human oversight
(01:19:59) How a billionaire-backed network of AI advisers took over Washington
(01:28:38) China targets 50% boost in computing power as AI race with U.S. ramps up
(01:31:03) China proposes blacklist of sources used to train generative AI models
(01:34:44) Biden to cut China off from more Nvidia chips, expand curbs to more countries
(01:37:51) TSMC expects permanent U.S. approval to supply chip tools to its China factory
(01:40:34) Southeast Asia eyes hands-off AI rules, defying EU ambitions
Synthetic Media & Art(01:44:05) AI Images Detectors Are Being Used to Discredit the Real Horrors of War
(01:47:03) Outro

Tuesday Oct 17, 2023

Our 140th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
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Note: the CEO of GitHub disputes "Report: GitHub Copilot Loses an Average of $20 Per User Per Month"
Timestamps + Links:
(00:00)  Intro / Banter
Tools & Apps
(03:00) Reka launches Yasa-1, a multimodal AI assistant to take on ChatGPT
(06:48) Arc browser’s new AI-powered features combine OpenAI and Anthropic’s models
(11:00) ElevenLabs Launches Voice Translation Tool to Break Down Language Barriers for Content
(13:11) Canva’s new AI tools automate boring, labor-intensive design tasks
(16:32) Adobe previews AI upscaling to make old, fuzzy videos and GIFs look fresh
(20:45) Google Bard is gaining a new 'Memory' toggle to remember key details
(22:22) Assistant with Bard: A step toward a more personal assistant
(24:14) Android 14’s AI-generated wallpapers might be its coolest new feature
Applications & Business
(24:50) Waymo’s robotaxi service is now available to tens of thousands of people in San Francisco
(28:54) Report: GitHub Copilot Loses an Average of $20 Per User Per Month
(32:34) TSMC Sales Fell Less Than Feared as AI Demand Offsets Slump
(34:54) Microsoft could debut its AI chip next month: Report
(37:06) Exclusive: ChatGPT-owner OpenAI is exploring making its own AI chips
(39:08) Google announces new generative AI search capabilities for doctors
Projects & Open Source
(40:05) Replit’s new AI Model now available on Hugging Face
(43:46) Introducing Stable LM 3B: Bringing Sustainable, High-Performance Language Models to Smart Devices
(46:30)  Protesters Decry Meta’s “Irreversible Proliferation” of AI
Research & Advancements
(52:10) Scaling up learning across many different robot types
(59:35) Decomposing Language Models Into Understandable Components
(01:06:54) Promptbreeder: Self-Referential Self-Improvement Via Prompt Evolution
(01:11:45) China's First 28nm Lithography Tool to Be Delivered This Year
(01:15:03) LLMs can’t self-correct in reasoning tasks, DeepMind study finds
(01:18:07) Fine-tuning Aligned Language Models Compromises Safety, Even When Users Do Not Intend To!
Policy & Safety
(01:22:08) RISC-V technology emerges as battleground in US-China tech war
(01:26:48) Meta and X questioned by lawmakers over lack of rules against AI-generated political deepfakes
(01:33:44) Five Takeaways From Bellwether AI Copyright Case
(01:36:19) A.I. Could Soon Need as Much Electricity as an Entire Country
(01:38:12) Governments race to regulate AI tools
(01:40:09) US curbs on chip tools to China nearly finalized, government posting shows
Synthetic Media & Art
(01:45:35) WGA Ratifies Three-Year Deal With Studios, Officially Ending Hollywood Strike
(01:47:50)  AI Watermarks Are No Match for Attackers
(01:50:00) Stable Signature: A new method for watermarking images created by open source generative AI
(01:51:36) How an AI deepfake ad of MrBeast ended up on TikTok
(01:53:53) Disney’s Loki faces backlash over reported use of generative AI

Tuesday Oct 10, 2023

Our 139th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news, now back with the usual hosts!
Read out our text newsletter and comment on the podcast at https://lastweekin.ai/
Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai
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.
Timestamps + Links:
(00:00) Intro / Banter
(01:30) SuperDataScience podcast ad
(03:07) Response to listener comments / corrections
Tools & Apps(05:59) ChatGPT goes multimodal: now supports voice, image uploads
(10:44) ChatGPT can now search the web in real time
(13:30) Meet the A.I. Jane Austen: Meta Weaves A.I. Throughout Its Apps
(18:26) Meta's new AI chatbot trained on public Facebook and Instagram posts
(19:32) Windows 11’s next big update is now available with Copilot, AI-powered Paint, and more
(20:21) Adobe launches Photoshop’s web version with Firefly-powered AI tools
(21:32) YouTube Unveils Suite of AI-Powered Tools For Video Creators
(23:20) Google is opening up its generative AI search experience to teenagers
Applications & Business(25:00) AI startup Lamini bets future on AMD's Instinct GPUs
(29:28) Amazon to Invest Up to $4 Billion in AI Startup Anthropic 
(36:24) China to Challenge ASML with a better technology than EUV
(40:00) Intel says newest laptop chips, software will handle generative AI
(43:03) Getty made an AI generator that only trained on its licensed images
(46:02) AI Startup Writer Pens $100M Round
(46:40) AI chip startup Kneron secures $49M investment
(48:45) AI startup AlphaSense valued at $2.5 billion after latest funding round
(51:01) A Silicon Valley Supergroup Is Coming Together to Create an A.I. Device
(52:42) Microsoft Cloud hiring to "implement global small modular reactor and microreactor" strategy to power data centers
(55:24) Google adds a switch for publishers to opt out of becoming AI training data
Projects & Open Source(56:11) Mistral AI makes its first large language model free for everyone
(01:01:12) Adept AI Labs Open-Sources Persimmon-8B: A Powerful Fully Permissively-Licensed Language Model with <10 Billion Parameters
(01:03:20) BTLM-3B-8K: 7B Parameter Performance in a 3B Parameter Model
Research & Advancements(01:07:10) AnyMAL: An Efficient and Scalable Any-Modality Augmented Language Model
(01:09:35) DreamGaussian: Generative Gaussian Splatting for Efficient 3D Content Creation / Text-to-3D using Gaussian Splatting
(01:12:40)  Google DeepMind AI tool assesses DNA mutations for harm potential
(01:15:38) Prompt engineering for Claude's long context window
(01:17:26) John Carmack and Rich Sutton partner to accelerate development of Artificial General Intelligence
Policy & Safety(01:19:46) Top GOP senator teams up with key Dem on ‘light-touch’ AI bill
(01:24:03) AI facial recognition tech leads to wave of lawsuits from Black plaintiffs after mistaken identities end in arrests
(01:26:20) California governor vetoes bill banning robotrucks without safety drivers
(01:27:47) Fake naked pictures of young girls created with AI spark fury in a small Spanish town
(01:29:00) AI Security Center to Open at National Security Agency
(01:30:36) We Can Prevent AI Disaster Like We Prevented Nuclear Catastrophe
 
Synthetic Media & Art(01:33:19) Hollywood’s Deal With Screenwriters Just Rewrote the Rules Around A.I.
(01:35:10) Indian actor Anil Kapoor wins court battle over AI use of his likeness
(01:36:24) Tom Hanks warns dental plan ad image is AI fake
(01:37:36) Amazon restricts authors from self-publishing more than three books a day after AI concerns
(01:39:59) Project Gutenberg has implemented one of the worst AI fears of striking actors
(01:42:17) Meta’s AI stickers are here and already causing controversy
(01:45:22) Franzen, Grisham and Other Prominent Authors Sue OpenAI
(01:48:55) OpenAI and ChatGPT Lawsuit List
(01:50:16) Outro

Tuesday Oct 03, 2023

Our 138th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news, with guest host Jon Krohn of the the SuperDataScience podcast!!
Note: this one is coming out a week late, but we'll be back on schedule going forward!
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Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai
Timestamps + Links:
(00:00) Intro / Banter
(04:30) Preview of news
Tools & Apps
(05:40) DALLE-3
(12:47) YouAgent (Richard Socher thread)
Applications & Business
(20:03) Google's Gemini AI surpasses Chat GPT-4 fivefold: Report
(25:16) Google begins external testing of its GPT-4 competitor "Gemini"
(26:30) From sanctions to silicon: China’s semiconductor breakthrough
(35:41) AI app Character.ai is catching up to ChatGPT in the U.S.
(41:19) SoftBank planning OpenAI investment: Financial Times
(44:30) OpenAI Hustles to Beat Google to Launch ‘Multimodal’ LLM
(46:40) The AI Detection Arms Race Is On
(51:30) Nvidia's dominance in AI chips deters funding for startups
(55:15) AI chip startup Enfabrica raises $125 mln, with backing from Nvidia
(56:41) Databricks raises over $500 mln at $43 bln valuation
Projects & Open Source
(01:01:15) Meta Is Developing a New, More Powerful AI System as Technology Race Escalates
Research & Advancements
(01:10:19) NExT-GPT: Any-to-Any Multimodal LLM
(01:15:35) On measuring situational awareness in LLMs
(01:22:50) Language Modeling Is Compression
(01:26:22) How AI can Revolutionize Science  (Jeremie’s gift link)
Policy & Safety
(01:33:33) Inside the Senate’s Private AI Meeting With Tech’s Billionaire Elites
(01:36:08) Anthropic's Responsible Scaling Policy
(01:41:45) Rishi Sunak considers banning Chinese officials from half of AI summit
(01:43:48) EU to let ‘responsible’ AI startups train models on its supercomputers
(01:44:26) Biden-⁠Harris Administration Secures Voluntary Commitments from Eight Additional Artificial Intelligence Companies to Manage the Risks Posed by AI    
(01:45:23) Microsoft president and Nvidia chief scientist to testify in Senate AI hearings 
(01:46:40) AI Chatbots Are Invading Your Local Government—and Making Everyone Nervous
(01:47:27) Inside Elon Musk's Struggle for the Future of AI
(01:50:18) Gary Gensler confirms SEC’s use of AI for financial surveillance
Synthetic Media & Art
(01:50:55) Self-publishers must declare if content sold on Amazon’s site is AI-generated
 

Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

Our 137th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
With guest host Jessica Dai. Check out her Reboot publication!
Read out our text newsletter and comment on the podcast at https://lastweekin.ai/
Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai
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.
Timestamps + Links:
(00:00) Intro 
(01:37) SuperDataScience podcast ad
Tools & Apps
(02:32) Salesforce launches AI assistant across its apps including Slack and Tableau
(06:06) Roblox’s new AI chatbot will help you build virtual worlds
(09:22) Bybit debuts AI-powered ‘TradeGPT’ for market analysis and data driven Q&A
(11:14) China’s Ant Group unveils finance AI model as race heats up
Applications & Business
(13:24) TSMC warns AI chip crunch will last another 18 months
(16:50) Even AI Hasn’t Helped Microsoft’s Bing Chip Away at Google’s Search Dominance
(20:05) OpenAI will host its first developer conference on November 6
(22:54) AI reading coach startup Ello raises $15M to bolster child literacy
(25:71) Nasdaq gets SEC nod for first exchange AI-driven order type
(27:17) NVIDIA Adds New Software That Can Double H100 Inference Performance
Projects & Open Source
(30:10) Meta Platforms reportedly building open-source generative AI system to rival OpenAI’s ChatGPT
(34:13) Indian Developers Top Hugging Face Leaderboard with GenZ 70B
(38:31) Supporting the Open Source AI Community
Research & Advancements
(40:31) Artificial intelligence allows paralysis patient to speak for first time in 18 years
(45:42) Efficient Benchmarking (of Language Models)
(49:31) Online AI-based test for Parkinson’s disease severity shows promising results
(52:52) Scientists used machine learning to perform quantum error correction
Policy & Safety
(56:18) Tech leaders including Musk, Zuckerberg call for government action on AI
(01:01:32) US court rules that artificial intelligence generated artwork cannot be copyrighted
(01:04:00) 2 Senators Propose Bipartisan Framework for A.I. Laws
(01:05:47) Transcript: US Senate Judiciary Hearing on Oversight of A.I.
(01:06:02) U.S. Copyright Office Invites Public To Comment On AI
Synthetic Media & Art
(01:09:10) Venice Film Festival 2023 Is Cinematic AI’s Coming Out Party
(01:13:52) Revolution Software is using their own AI technology to remake Broken Sword
(01:16:24) As his Kickstarter passes $1.3M, publisher defends Terraforming Mars’ generative AI art: ‘It’s too powerful a technology’
(01:17:23) Outro

Sunday Sep 10, 2023

Our 136th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
With guest host Daniel Bashir. Check out his AI interview podcast!
Read out our text newsletter and comment on the podcast at https://lastweekin.ai/
Email us your questions and feedback at contact@lastweekin.ai
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.
Timestamps + links:
(00:00) Intro 
(01:15) SuperDataScience Ad
(01:51) Response to listeners
Tools & Apps(02:47) Anthropic’s Claude AI chatbot gets a paid plan for heavy users
(04:36) Watch out, Midjourney! Ideogram launches AI image generator with impressive typography
(06:37) Intuit launches generative AI–powered digital assistant for small businesses and consumers
(07:17) Zoom Is Jumping on the AI Chatbot Bandwagon
Applications & Business(08:47) China lets Baidu, others launch ChatGPT-like bots to public, tech shares jump
(11:23) Tencent releases AI model for businesses as competition in China heats up
(12:00) Microsoft says it will take the heat if Copilot AI users get sued
(14:52) How We Chose the TIME100 Most Influential People in AI
(17:30) ChatGPT creator OpenAI is reportedly earning $80M a month
(19:16) AI chip startup d-Matrix raises $110 mln with backing from Microsoft
(21:00) ThetaRay nabs $57M for AI tools to ID and fight money laundering
(22:18) Sapeon raises $46m for AI chips
(23:20) Imbue raises $200M to build AI models that can ‘robustly reason’
Projects & Open Source(25:48) Announcing the commercial relicensing and expansion of DINOv2, plus the introduction of FACET
(27:02) UAE launches Arabic large language model in Gulf push into generative AI
(29:23) New Open-Source ‘Falcon’ AI Language Model Overtakes Meta and Google
Research & Advancements(31:01) Qwen-VL: A Frontier Large Vision-Language Model with Versatile Abilities
(33:57) RLAIF: Scaling Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback with AI Feedback
(36:22) Perception, performance, and detectability of conversational artificial intelligence across 32 university courses
(39:28) SyncDreamer: Generating Multiview-consistent Images from a Single-view Image
Policy & Safety(41:00) US curbs AI chip exports from Nvidia and AMD to some Middle East countries
(42:55) China suspected of using AI on social media to sway US voters, Microsoft says
(46:37) Trusting A.I.-written mushroom hunting guides sold on Amazon could get you killed. But like deadly fungi, identifying them is tricky
(48:25) Ads for AI sex workers are flooding Instagram and TikTok
(50:30) The UK releases key ambitions for global AI summit
Synthetic Media & Art(51:55) AI Took the Stage at the World's Largest Arts Festival. Here's What Happened
(54:12) Ghostwriter Returns With an A.I. Travis Scott Song, and Industry Allies
(56:17) Artists sign open letter saying generative AI is good, actually
(58:57) The latest canvas for Refik Anadol’s AI-generated art? The new Sphere in Las Vegas
(01:01:20) Outro

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