🎢 Elon’s latest adventure

PLUS: IBM mulls using its own AI chip to lower costs

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Happy Thursday, fellow humans. 👋

I watched the new Mission Impossible yesterday. It was brilliant, as promised.

But can we agree that, at this point, the Missions are, in fact…Possible? The man is effortlessly jumping off cliffs, for crying out loud.

Anyway, let’s dive into some AI news…

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🧵 In today's edition:

  • 🎢 Elon’s latest adventure

  • 🧑‍💻 Google has been in the lab

  • 💰️ $1 Billion for AI training?

  • 🤑 AI Fundraising News

🤖 Top AI News

🎢 Elon’s latest adventure

Cool pic of Elon (Kristen Radtke / The Verge; Getty Images)

Elon Musk isn’t one to shy away from a challenge.

To date, Musk has:

  • Managed to crack his way into the notoriously tricky automobile industry and made EVs fun again with Tesla

  • Tried to provide an answer for traffic (through tunnels) via the Boring Company

  • Begun a long journey to make humans an Interplanetary species with SpaceX

And with his most recent endeavor, xAI, he’s on a mission to "understand the true nature of the universe."

The AI company has assembled an absolute star cast, with folks from OpenAI, Google Research, Microsoft Research, and DeepMind, and is advised by the director of the Center for AI Safety, Dan Hendrycks.

But that’s all we get for now. More details will be revealed in a July 14th AMA on Twitter Spaces with Musk and his team. Come prepared with your questions.

Want another reason to get curious? xAI was launched yesterday, 7/12/23

7+12+23 = 42, AKA the answer to life, the universe, and everything.


Read more: The Verge

🧑‍💻 Google has been experimenting

Dang, The Verge has some really cool illustrations today

Google has secretly been in build mode, constantly starting, upgrading, and scraping tools and AI projects.

For instance, Google recently ended its “Bubble Characters” project - an AI-powered chatbot for Gen Z that featured “human-like” conversations with digital characters.

On the flip side, Google rebranded its AI-backed note-taking tool, Project Tailwind, as NotebookLM.

“Notebook,” because it’s a note-taking tool (duh), and “LM” because… well, is the project even worthwhile if it doesn’t have AI or LM in its name today?

As a reminder, NotebookLM:

  • Is a personal AI trained on user data and notes.

  • Has in-built citations, making it easy to fact-check AI-generated responses.

  • Helps produce summaries of papers/articles, among other written content.

The tool also promises to keep the data safe, ensuring it is only available to the users and not used to train new AI models.

But despite all this, Google still warns that the model might hallucinate and get information wrong.

Do you think companies will ever stop saying that^ about their AI? Or is it a “Terms and Conditions apply” kinda thing?

Read more: CNBC / The Verge

💰️ $1 Billion for AI training?

I’ve conservatively watched about 208,906 Instagram Reels to date (I said conservatively, right?). And without fail, I regularly come across videos about how important it is to upskill if you want to stay relevant in the workforce.

With this AI boom, it will soon become essential for everyone to learn how to leverage AI at work. Currently, you can choose to do so through courses (cc. Google, MS) or maybe by going back to school to learn those skills in a classroom setting.

But Indian company Wipro Ltd. has a different plan.

They recently announced a $1 billion initiative to train their 250,000 employees in AI and integrate the technology into all operations and customer solutions.

The company aims to bring together 30,000 employees to implement the technology in internal and external activities while training the workforce to understand AI’s capabilities.

Should more companies adopt this mass-training protocol?

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Read more: Yahoo Finance

🤑 AI Fundraising News

Prolific raises $32M to train and stress-test AI models using its network of 120K people

Voice cloning platform Resemble AI lands $8M in a Series A funding round for its platform that uses generative AI to clone realistic-sounding voices.

🗞️ AI Quick-Bytes

What else is going on?

  1. IBM mulls using its own AI chip in new cloud service to lower costs

  2. Huawei Plows Forward With AI Models Despite U.S. Sanctions

  3. Google’s AI Chatbot Is Trained by Humans Who Say They’re Overworked, Underpaid, and Frustrated

  4. Clibrain joins the generative AI race with Lince, an LLM optimized for Spanish

  5. Kakao ups its game in generative AI with Karlo 2.0, an AI image generator

  6. Quora’s Poe chatbot introduces better context window and document upload support

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