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πŸ€– AI brings Buzzfeed back to life πŸ“ˆ

PLUS: Google releases new music model 🎢

Greetings, fellow humans. πŸ‘‹

This is Not A Bot - the newsletter about AI that was definitely not written by AI. I’m Haroon, founder of AI For Anyone, and I’ll be sharing with you the latest news, tools, and resources from the AI space.

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In today's edition:

  • πŸ“ˆ AI brings Buzzfeed back to life

  • 🎢 Google releases MusicLM, using AI to create music from text

  • πŸ—£οΈ NAB Q&A: Zain Kahn discusses future of AI in marketing

πŸŽ‰ To celebrate our rebrand, we're giving away 10 Google AIY Kits! Each kit gives you all the tools you need to build an AI-powered camera or an AI-powered speaker.

You can find more details on how to enter at the end of this email. Winners announced on Jan 31st on my Twitter.

πŸ“ˆ AI brings Buzzfeed back to life

Remember BuzzFeed? Well, they had a couple of big announcements to share yesterday that shot their stock up 150%.

The two announcements:

  1. they'll be using AI technology from OpenAI to help create content for their audience

  2. they struck a deal with Meta (formerly known as Facebook)

Using AI to create content

The AI technology will be used to create personalized quizzes and content for its readers, as well as to aid with their content brainstorming process.

As we've covered in several of this week's issues, other media companies, such as CNET and Associated Press, have also been using AI to generate content. However, using AI has resulted in some controversy for CNET.

The Meta deal

The Meta deal is worth close to $10 million and sees Buzzfeed generating creator content for Facebook and Instagram. As part of the deal, BuzzFeed is helping creators understand how to create content that resonates widely and is training them to grow their presence online.

There's already an existing relationship between both companies, as BuzzFeed relied on Facebook for viral content.

Read more: WSJ (link) / CNN (link)

🎢 Google releases MusicLM, using AI to create music from text

Google researchers have created a model called MusicLM, capable of generating high-fidelity music from text descriptions.

Here's a demo of MusicLM at work:

And here's a live look at me while listening to its music for the first time.

MusicLM outperforms previous models in audio quality and text description adherence and is more arguably more advanced than ChatGPT, as it can transform intention into a song.

Google has made the MusicCaps dataset (which consists of 5.5k music-text pairs created by human experts) publicly available. However, sadly, Google does not plan to release the model to the public. πŸ₯²

πŸ—£οΈ ICYMI: Expert Q&A with Zain Kahn

In case you missed it, our second expert Q&A went live yesterday!

Our guest is Zain Kahn (@heykahn), a marketing executive for early and growth-stage consumer startups. Zain has helped companies acquire over 8 million users and is an angel investor and marketing advisor to AI startups.

During our chat, we cover a range of topics, including:

  • How marketing has changed forever in the past few months

  • Capitalizing on the latest AI trends in marketing

  • Predictions about the future of AI in marketing

Click the link below to check it out. πŸ‘‡

πŸ—žοΈ Byte size: Summaries of my favorite AI article

Disclaimer: AI is (partially) used to summarize these articles.

The first AI-written speech delivered by congressman is as flavorless as you’d expect [The Verge] - Congressman Jake Auchincloss delivered the first AI-written speech on the floor of the House of Representatives in 2020. The speech was in support of a bill that would establish a joint AI research center run by the US and Israel, and was written using ChatGPT. The speech was dull and unoriginal, repeating phrases like "mutually beneficial," "critical step," and "leadership role" but lacked spirit or originality.

Canadian political party makes video of AI bot endorsing them, immediately regrets it [Semafor] - The Alberta Party, a centrist political party in the Canadian province of Alberta, created a video of an AI-generated man endorsing the party, but quickly deleted it after comments on Instagram pointed out that something seemed off. They hoped to spark a conversation about AI's role in society but removed the post to better their mistake and reshoot the video with real party members. They later reposted the deleted video of the AI-generated friend.

MS in AI launches at UT Austin [UT Austin] - The University of Texas at Austin is launching a new online Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence (MSAI) program, which is the first large-scale degree program of its kind and the only master’s degree program in AI from a top-ranked institution to be priced close to $10,000.

πŸ”₯ Trending tools & resources

  • Ambient (link) - use AI to create calendar events from a screenshot

  • WritingMate.ai (link) - an AI communications helper and writing companion powered by GPT-3, ChatGPT.

  • Fini (link) - AI-driven customer support - transform your knowledge base into AI chat

Have cool tools to share? Tweet me at @haroonchoudery if you'd like me to include it in a future issue of Not A Bot.

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And that does it for today's issue.

As always, thanks for reading, and see you next time. ✌️

- Haroon - (definitely) Not A Robot and @haroonchoudery on Twitter

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