📞 OpenAI answers the call

PLUS: Amazon working on a home robot

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🧵 In today's edition:

  • 📞 OpenAI answers the call

  • 💪 Meta’s Ad domination continues

  • 🪐 AI…to the Moon?

  • 🤑 AI Fundraising News

🤖 Top AI News

OpenAI is back shipping features that users really want.

On Friday, they announced two big upgrades to ChatGPT - plugins and web browsing.

Plugins: With 70 third-party plugins, you can now use GPT4 for entertainment, job searches (much needed), marketing & prompt generation, among others.

Some of the plugins include:

  • Instacart: You can ask for recipes and get the plugin to generate a link with a ready-to-order shopping list.

  • Wolfram|Alpha: In case you want to solve some gnarly differential equations or just double-check what 2×2 is.

Web Browsing: ChatGPT joins Bard and Bing in allowing users to browse the web through the chatbot. But wait, there’s more - instead of just giving you the answer, the chatbot shows the steps it took to reach the information, so the users can check whether the sources are accurate.

This brings me back to middle school, where you had to show your work for those crazy long-division problems.

I should mention, though, that this is a Beta version and only available to ChatGPT+ users (ofc).

Give it a go, and let us know what you think!

Read more: Mashable

Meta is massive for advertisers simply based on the number of people they can reach through Facebook and Instagram.

To help advertisers in their quest to create better ad campaigns, Meta introduced the AI Sandbox, a tool that allows users to:

  • Generate text for ads that cater to various audiences

  • Create images based on text

  • Automatically resize images to adjust for different platforms.

They also introduced Meta Lattice, a technology that can help businesses predict ad performance using a “bigger data set” than what was available before.

Thoughts: This is a great way for Meta to continue dominating the ads space. It also seems like a big unlock for copywriters, who can rely on AI to do the heavy lifting while adding the finishing touches at the end. Writer's block is officially for the weak.

A small group of advertisers is currently testing the efficacy of these new ad tools - they should be available widely in July.

Read more: Yahoo Finance

Do you remember this picture of a black hole (left) that went viral? It was awesome - but blurry and didn’t give us a true indication of its size. Using AI, astronomers were able to produce a clearer pic (right), which gave us a more accurate depiction.

Astronomers have been using AI for decades to try and make sense of the universe, often to find patterns within the huge datasets they come across. And with the amount of data today’s telescopes provide, AI algorithms are the only way to make sense of that information.

Example: In 2010, astronomers began using an AI called “neural networks” to help classify galaxies. Fast forward to today, and these algorithms are effective enough to classify galaxies with 98% accuracy.

Astronomers have also started developing AI to help synthesize information that would take them years to do manually:

  • A team from Harvard created astroBERT - a model that can read and organize 15 million scientific papers on astronomy.

  • A NASA team proposed using AI to prioritize which astronomy projects should be worked on instead of manually deciding every 10 years.

AI will play a significant role in developing our understanding of the universe, especially as AI gets the power to extract and make sense of trillions of data points with no discernable patterns.

The next wave of space discoveries is guaranteed to absolutely blow us away.

Read more: Gizmodo

🤑 AI Fundraising News

Cyber Fraud Start-up Closes €11.5 Million Seed Round for Its Online Fraud Detection Solution Fraud Risk Suite.

🗞️ Byte size: AI article summaries

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

Google’s new Magic Editor pushes us toward AI-perfected fakery [The Verge] - Google introduced the Magic Editor, an AI-powered tool that allows users to manipulate photos. Although the prototype presented during Google I/O is not perfect, the company hopes to make photo editing as easy as tapping or dragging and potentially benefit anyone who wants to leverage the power of AI to alter their pictures. (Read more)

Amazon’s working on a secret new home robot that could be more like Rosie [The Verge] - Amazon is reportedly developing a new home robot project called Burnham that will add "intelligence and a conversational spoken interface" to intelligent home robots such as its existing Astro product. The reports indicate that this technology is advanced, although Amazon warns that it has a way to go before Burnham can be put into a product. (Read more)

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⏰ Crazy times we live in.

And that does it for today's issue.

As always, thanks for reading. Have a great day, and see you next time! ✌️

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

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