All about Mistral

PLUS: Are salespeople in trouble?

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儭 Your Weekly Round-Up

1儭All about Mistral

Mistral released Mistral Large, their most powerful model yet.

Here's the TL;DR

  • It can handle 32k tokensof context.

  • It is fluent in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian.

  • It boasts an 81.2% accuracy on MMLU

  • It surpasses most major LLMs, except for @OpenAI's GPT-4, on key benchmarks.

Mistral also released Le Chat, their open-source ChatGPT competitor designed to be:

  • As useful and as "little opinionated as possible."

  • As safe as possible, with the chatbot warning you if youre pushing the conversation in "directions that may produce sensitive or controversial content"

And finally, Microsoft announced a multi-year partnership with Mistral AI.

The deal is focused on:

  • Supercomputing Infrastructure: Microsoft will enhance Mistral AI's capabilities with Azure's advanced supercomputing, optimizing AI model training and inference for peak performance and scale.

  • Scale to Market: Through Azure AI Studio and Machine Learning catalogs, Microsoft will extend Mistral's AI models to a broader audience.

  • AI R&D: The partnership will allow the development of specialized models focusing on European public sector projects.

Read more: Azure Blog

2儭Instant Reply

This week, Superhuman dropped Instant Reply, an AI feature that offers ***drumroll please*** instant replies to emails, aiming to make email communication quicker and more personalized.

This feature:

  • Provides three contextual reply options.

  • Aims to help users achieve inbox zero more efficiently.

  • Promises replies that are more tailored than those found in similar services like Gmail's smart replies.

  • Doubled beta-testers' email-sending speed

Read more: TechCrunch

3儭Google Genie

Google DeepMind unveiled Genie, an AI system that uses prompts and sketches to create interactive virtual worlds.

Trained on over 200,000 hours of 2D platformer games, this "actionable-controllable world model" creates unique game assets and intelligently responds to player actions with a deep understanding of game physics.

While Genie's potential extends beyond gaminghinting at applications in roboticsit raises questions about the future of game development and the role of AI in creative industries.

Read more: Mashable

4儭Alibaba EMO

A couple of weeks ago, we saw Sora, an OpenAI product, create flawless videos from text.

Today, Alibaba took it a step further with "EMO," short for Emote Portrait Alive, a tool that transforms still photos into lifelike talking and singing videos.

Heres the tea :

  • EMO employs an innovative diffusion model trained on several talking head videos (sounds creepy, I know). This enables it to animate portraits with human-like motions and expressions that match the accompanying audio perfectly.

  • EMO directly translates audio into expressive video frames, bypassing the need for 3D modeling.

Like all other contenders in the AI arena, EMO is striding to ensure that the technology advances responsibly and hopefully avoids all ethical concerns regarding impersonation and misinformation.

Read more: Venture Beat

5儭Is sales in trouble?

This week, an image has been going viral showing the impact of Klarna's customer support AI.

Check it out for yourself

Heres what stands out:

  • One chatbot doing the work of 700 full-time employees is scary, especially given that Klarna laid off 700 people (~10% of their workforce) in 2022 and instituted a hiring freeze in 2023.

  • Solving problems in 2 mins vs. 11 mins is a drastic difference.

  • $40M in profit?! Wild.

But is the chatbot as good as they say?

Heres what Gergely Orsoz found out :

  • The chatbot is just a filter to get to customer support - it cannot handle the entire process.

  • It replies to basic queries by sending users to company docs. If it cant find the answers in the docs, it sends the question to a human assistant.

  • It does a good job of not hallucinating.

So夷s sales really in trouble?

Read more: Gizmodo

6儭Project Music GenAI Control

Adobe just announced Project Music GenAI Control, a cutting-edge tool that offers unparalleled precision and creativity through GenAI technology.

Designed to be a co-creator, it caters to broadcasters, podcasters, and anyone needing bespoke audio, providing music that perfectly matches the desired mood, tone, and length.

Heres how it works:

  • Youre given a simple text prompt, like "powerful rock," "happy dance," or "sad jazz."

  • The AI then generates music based on these cues, with fine-grained editing tools allowing users to refine their audio.

  • You can adjust tempo, structure, intensity, and more, tailoring the music to fit your projects needs.

Read more: The Adobe Blog

7儭AI on the Board of Directors?

Abu Dhabi's International Holding Co. (IHC) is integrating an AI-powered observer, Aiden Insight, as a non-voting observer on its board. The AI will provide real-time analysis of extensive business data, financial records, market trends, and economic indicators.

IHC's exploration of AI, which includes a partnership with India's Adani Group, aligns with the UAE's larger strategy to innovate in this field.

Whats the AIs purpose? To enhance risk assessment and compliance monitoring.

Read more: Yahoo Finance

儭 New Episode ft. Yasser Elsaid, Founder of Chatbase

Hey team! This week, we had the pleasure of having Yasser Elsaid, Founder of Chatbase, on the pod.

During the episode, he discussed:

  • If a simple AI "wrapper" is enough to succeed,

  • How to stand out in a crowded space,

  • How Chatbase combats AI hallucinations,

  • The inner workings of Chatbase's RAG system,

  • How to create a thriving product community,

  • And much more!

Catch the episode on YouTube, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts today!

AI Fundraising News

  • Figure AI raises $675M in funding to create robots that perform dangerous jobs unsuitable for people and alleviate labor shortages.

  • Monumo raises $13.5M/瞿10.5M in Seed funding to redesign electric motors and has already produced a patented design for a switched reluctance motor, which reduces torque ripple by 50%.

  • Mobly raises $2.5M in Seed funding to develop a platform that captures qualified leads at in-person events and gets them into CRM and marketing automation systems.

  • CellVoyant raises $9.6M/瞿7.6M in Seed funding to create novel stem cell-based therapies for chronic diseases using its technology, which uses AI-first live cell imaging to predict and optimize stem cell differentiation.

  • Exodigo raises $105M in Series A funding to lead "non-intrusive underground mapping."

  • Photoroom raises $43M to train its models and make its AI image editor more efficient.

  • Gradial raises $5.4M to bring AI to enterprise marketing workflows

  • Slice raises $7M in seed funding to use GenAI to ensure companies comply with tax laws and regulations when issuing equity to international employees.

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