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🤖 Ernie Bot beats ChatGPT on key measures

PLUS: OpenAI Plans ‘Personal Assistant for Work,’ Setting Up Microsoft Rivalry

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🧵 In today's edition:

  • 🤖 Ernie Bot beats ChatGPT on key measures

  • 🧑‍🌾 Betting the Farm on AI

  • 🚜 Where’s Waldo?

  • 🤑 AI Fundraising News

🤖 Top AI News

🤖 Ernie Bot beats ChatGPT on key measures

We’ve officially reached that stage in the AI race where new incumbents are starting to outperform some of the OG’s of the space.

In the latest edition: Baidu claims that its Ernie 3.5 model has outperformed OpenAI's GPT-3.5 in general abilities and Chinese-language capabilities, surpassing even the more advanced GPT-4.

How? According to Baidu, Ernie Bot is trained on “trillions of web pages, tens of billions of search and image data, hundreds of billions of daily voice data, and a knowledge graph of 550 billion facts.

Ernie Bot aims to become the next must-have app in China's largest internet arena, integrating it across multiple business lines, including cloud computing and smart speakers.

The only thing stifling their growth is the US Sanctions that have been placed on China, hindering Baidu’s ability to get access to world-class GPUs.

Despite that, Baidu has set aside $140 million to invest in OpenAI-like startups, with hopes that its investments in research and development, along with Ernie Bot, will lure users back from all-in-one platforms like Tencent's WeChat.

Read more: Yahoo Finance

🧑‍🌾 Betting the Farm on AI

The LaserWeeder

We love real-life use cases of AI.

Carbon Robotics, a leader in the AI x AgTech revolution, has developed an AI-powered agricultural tool called LaserWeeder that can identify and remove weeds on a large scale, eliminating over 200,000 weeds per hour.

Traditionally, farmers relied on manual labor or chemical herbicides to control weed growth, which is time-consuming, expensive, and harmful to the environment.

However, this new approach offers a promising solution.

The AI-powered robots are programmed to recognize different types of weeds and distinguish them from crops using computer vision technology.

Once identified, the robots utilize precision lasers to zap the weeds, eliminating them while leaving the crops unharmed.

Using a 20-foot-wide device comprised of three rows of 10 lasers, the LaserWeeder:

  1. Uses a "process of thermal energy" at a millimeter accuracy…

  2. …to recognize different types of weeds and distinguish them from crops using computer vision technology.

  3. Once identified, the robots utilize precision lasers to zap the weeds, eliminating them while leaving the crops unharmed.

The LaserWeeder is easy to use, making it "good for labor costs" and a great investment for farmers struggling with labor availability.

Overall: Integrating AI and robotics in agriculture presents a game-changing solution to the age-old weed management issue. Farmers can enhance their efficiency, sustainability, and productivity through AI, ultimately contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly farming industry.

All things we love to see.

Read more: Fox Business

🚜 Where’s Waldo?

A Twitter user by the handle @StephanSturges recently launched a demo for Waldo 2.0, an AI system that can detect and label objects from a drone or satellite footage.

Now - immediate thoughts (in order) are:

  1. This has to be science fiction

  2. If this is our new reality, it is both impressive and scary

  3. Military use cases seem the most obvious for this kind of technology

  4. Question: Should this be open to the public?

If these kinds of tools get you goin’, there is currently a waitlist form you can fill out for early access.

If you get in, let us know what you think!

Read more: Twitter

🤑 AI Fundraising News

Nvidia backs Flywheel in a $54M round to allow healthcare providers to organize, curate, and clean medical imaging data for AI development.

Data security startup Cyera lands $100M investment in Series B funding to provide companies with visibility over their sensitive data, offering complete cloud data security coverage across SaaS, platform-as-a-service, and infrastructure-as-a-service environments.

🗞️ AI Quick-Bytes

What else is going on?

  1. Mizuho Rolls Out Generative AI to All 45,000 Bank Staff in Japan

  2. Stability AI Head of Research Resigns From Startup

  3. Microsoft Wants to Shoot Windows 11 Into the Cloud

  4. Brilliant Labs puts AI in front of your eye with its tiny open-source AR lens

  5. Tempo’s new take on AI personal training adds 3D body scans and dynamic reps

  6. Gather AI buys drone inventory competitor, Ware

  7. Thomson Reuters buys Casetext, an AI legal tech startup, for $650M in cash

  8. OpenAI Plans ChatGPT ‘Personal Assistant for Work,’ Setting Up Microsoft Rivalry

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