Last Week in AI

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Sunday Jan 21, 2024

Our 151st 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(00:02:55) 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!
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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!
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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!
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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

Sunday Dec 17, 2023


Our 147th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Correction: Gemini also supports audio
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Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00) Intro/Sponsor Read
Tools & Apps
(00:03:00) Google Just Launched Gemini, Its Long-Awaited Answer to ChatGPT
(00:14:15) Google’s best Gemini demo was faked 
(00:19:33) Early impressions of Google’s Gemini aren’t great
(00:22:30) Google unveils AlphaCode 2, powered by Gemini
(00:24:50) Pixel 8 Pro — the first smartphone with AI built in — is now running Gemini Nano
(00:25:55) Meta unveils Audiobox, an AI that clones voices and generates ambient sounds
(00:29:55) Oops! Elon Musk's Grok AI Caught Plagiarizing OpenAI's ChatGPT
(00:33:21) Elon Musk Fans Horrified When His Grok AI Immediately "Goes Woke"
(00:34:51) Gmail’s AI-powered spam detection is its biggest security upgrade in years
(00:35:55) Augmenting Local AI with Browser Data: Introducing MemoryCache
Applications & Business
(00:37:23) Meta and Microsoft say they will buy AMD’s new AI chip as an alternative to Nvidia’s
(00:42:02) China poised to break 5nm barrier — Huawei lists 5nm processor presumably built with SMIC tech, defying U.S. sanctions
(00:46:44) OpenAI’s Altman Ouster Was Result of Drawn-Out Tensions
(00:50:20) The OpenAI Board Member Who Clashed With Sam Altman Shares Her Side
(00:51:46)  Google announces the Cloud TPU v5p, its most powerful AI accelerator yet
(00:54:08) Tesla’s Dojo Supercomputer Head Exits in Blow to Efforts
(00:56:45) AssemblyAI lands $50M to build and serve AI speech models
(00:57:41) Sydney-based generative AI art platform Leonardo.Ai raises $31M
Projects & Open Source
(00:59:20) Mixtral of experts
(01:05:50) Meta AI unveils ‘Seamless’ translator for real-time communication across languages
(01:07:07) Paving the way to efficient architectures: StripedHyena-7B, open source models offering a glimpse into a world beyond Transformers
(01:10:15) Introducing Purple Llama for Safe and Responsible AI Development
Research & Advancements
(01:13:21) WALT is a new AI video tool that creates photorealistic clips from a single image — you have to see it to believe it
(01:14:20) Long context prompting for Claude 2.1
(01:17:40) Real-World Humanoid Locomotion with Reinforcement Learning
(01:19:04) Defending ChatGPT against jailbreak attack via self-reminders
(01:21:20) Beyond Human Data: Scaling Self-Training for Problem-Solving with Language Models
(01:23:40) Who is leading in AI? An analysis of industry AI research
Policy & Safety
(01:26:41) E.U. Agrees on Landmark Artificial Intelligence Rules
(01:33:58) More Trouble Brews For Microsoft As FTC Allegedly Starts Inquiring Into OpenAI Investment
(01:39:12) Asking ChatGPT to Repeat Words ‘Forever’ Is Now a Terms of Service Violation
(01:41:22)  US in talks with Nvidia about AI chip sales to China
(01:44:12) MIT group releases white papers on governance of AI
(01:47:25) G7 agrees on first comprehensive guidelines for generative AI
Synthetic Media & Art
(01:49:03) High Court rules that Getty v Stability AI case can proceed
(01:52:55) Top Execs at Sports Illustrated's Publisher Fired After AI Debacle
(01:55:57) Outro

Tuesday Dec 12, 2023

Our 146th episode with a summary and discussion of last week's big AI news!
Note: this one is coming out a bit late, sorry! We'll have a new ep with coverage of the big news about Gemini and the EU AI Act out soon though.
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Timestamps + links:
(00:00:00) Intro/Banter
Tools & Apps(00:02:03) ChatGPT’s 1-year anniversary: how it changed the world
(00:06:15) Perplexity AI Introduces New Online LLMs for Real-Time Information Access 
(00:11:45) Intuit Adds Generative AI-Powered Tax Prep to TurboTax
(00:12:57) Microsoft Paint’s DALL-E 3 integration is rolling out on Windows 11
(00:13:56) Mastercard launches Shopping Muse, an AI to help consumers find the perfect gift
(00:14:54) Voicemod will now let you create and share your own AI voices
(00:16:15) Amazon finally releases its own AI-powered image generator
Applications & Business(00:17:48) Ego, Fear and Money: How the A.I. Fuse Was Lit
(00:20:39) Sam Altman returns as CEO, OpenAI has a new initial board
(00:25:48) Google is reportedly pushing the launch of its Gemini AI to 2024
(00:27:38) OpenAI Agreed to Buy $51 Million of AI Chips From a Startup Backed by CEO Sam Altman
(00:29:03) US Compels Saudi Fund to Exit AI Chip Startup Backed by Altman
(00:30:15) OpenAI Rival Mistral Nears $2 Billion Valuation With Andreessen Horowitz Backing
(00:31:57) US artificial intelligence leader OpenAI applies for GPT-6, GPT-7 trademarks in China
(00:32:59) CoreWeave backed by Fidelity and Jane Street at $7 billion valuation as cloud provider bolsters status as one of AI’s hottest startups
(00:34:14) AWS debuts next-generation Graviton4 and Trainium2 chips for cloud and AI workloads
(00:35:08) Together lands $102.5M investment to grow its cloud for training generative AI
(00:36:09) Indian AI Video Startup Rephrase.ai Announces Acquisition by Adobe
(00:36:40) Report: Stability AI Positioning Itself for Acquisition
Projects & Open Source(00:39:31) ChatGPT's One-year Anniversary: Are Open-Source Large Language Models Catching up?
(00:43:50) China Open Sources DeepSeek LLM, Outperforms Llama 2 and Claude-2
Research & Advancements(00:48:37) Google DeepMind AI reveals potential for thousands of new materials
(00:54:11) Researchers quantify the carbon footprint of generating AI images
(00:56:40) Adopting and expanding ethical principles for generative artificial intelligence from military to healthcare
(00:57:51) White-Box Transformers via Sparse Rate Reduction: Compression Is All There Is?
(01:00:09) Can Generalist Foundation Models Outcompete Special-Purpose Tuning? Case Study in Medicine
(01:02:30) MMMU: A Massive Multi-discipline Multimodal Understanding and Reasoning Benchmark for Expert AGI
Policy & Safety(01:05:19) ChatGPT can leak training data, violate privacy, says Google's DeepMind
(01:12:45) UK to invest £500M more in AI compute capacity, launch five new quantum projects
(01:13:39) Microsoft's $3.2 bln UK investment to drive AI growth
(01:14:35) A new Pentagon program aims to speed up decisions on what AI tech is trustworthy enough to deploy
(01:16:06) US gov fires a warning shot at Nvidia: 'We cannot let China get these chips... If you redesign a chip that enables them to do AI, I'm going to control it the very next day'
(01:19:13) The UAE’s leading AI CEO addresses bombshell New York Times report alleging China ties, says he didn’t finish reading the story
(01:21:07) Meta updates political advertising rules to cover AI-generated images and videos
Synthetic Media & Art(01:22:34) AnyDream: Secretive AI Platform Broke Stripe Rules to Rake in Money from Nonconsensual Pornographic Deepfakes
(01:25:02) Outro

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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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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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

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