Sunday Signal #14

Google's Bard Stumbles, Bing Back With a Bang & Staggering ChatGPT Plug-in Announcement

Hey friends 👋 ,

Happy Sunday, it’s a pleasure to see you once again. Looks like every tech company under the sun is releasing their AI this week. Luckily, you’re reading Sunday Signal where I filter > 500 pieces of AI-related content, so you don’t have to. I’m sipping my earl grey tea here in London this fine afternoon, so let’s get on with it & dive into this week’s best AI news.

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🤖 AI Summary

This week’s newsletter, summarised with humour, by ChatGPT in 3 sentences:

Well, it looks like the robots are taking over the world with the help of AI—NVIDIA is teaming up with Morningstar, Getty Images, Quantiphi and Shutterstock to create custom AI models. Bill Gates is concerned about the implications of AI but mentions that it could be useful in improving global health and education. Meanwhile, GitHub releases CoPilotX to help coders write 55% faster—it's like having a robot assistant, but without the attitude.

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⛏ 5 News Nuggets

Bard AI / Google Website

  • 🔗 Link: Google is taking another step forward with AI by unveiling Bard, an experimental conversational AI service that combines the world's knowledge with the intelligence and creativity of large language models. Just be careful not to ask it if a hotdog is a sandwich, we don't want to start another internet debate.

  • 🔗 Link: Adobe has introduced a new family of creative AI models called Firefly that gives creators "superpowers" to work at the speed of their imaginations, producing limitless variations of content, all on brand.

  • 🔗 Link: NVIDIA is teaming up with various companies—Morningstar, Getty Images, Quantiphi and Shutterstockto create custom AI models so that robots can take over the world sooner, I mean, to improve productivity and creativity.

  • 🔗 Link: Bill Gates publishes an article detailing concerns and opportunities for AI. Mentions global health & education as the 2 most impactful areas of improvement through AI.

  • 🔗 Link: GitHub releases CoPilotX—with promises to help coders write 55% faster. With Microsoft owning GitHub, it looks like they’re doubling down on the CoPilot shtick.

😎 4 Cool Creations

Yusuf Mehdi (Bing Image Creator’s creator) / Microsoft Blog

  • 🔗 Link: Microsoft releases Bing image creator using an advanced version of DALL-E. The upgraded version can create, describe and even analyse the meta-data of images. Is Bing back with a bang?

  • 🔗 Link: Trellis is a Chat-GPT powered textbook companion that helps you study by explaining graphs, quizzing you & answering questions. It’s still a waitlist but ironically I can’t wait to use it for overly technical AI roadmaps.

  • 🔗 Link: TripNotes plans your holiday to anywhere in the world. Just type in your destination & what you want from the experience to receive a personalised itinerary.

  • 🔗 Link: ChatShape builds chatbots from your data remarkably fast. With another application built atop OpenAI, the possibilities seem limitless. How will you interact with your data? is it just me collating 5 years of notes to communicate with a past version of myself?

🔦 3 Startup Spotlights

Artera’s Founder - Andre Esteva | Artera Twitter

  • 🔗 Link: Artera—which uses AI to predict, and test for prostate cancer—has raised a $90m round from Johnson & Johnson, Koch Disruptive Technologies & more to reach a total of $135m raised. Artera is looking to personalise cancer treatment to combat the yearly 288,000 US-based prostate cancer deaths.

  • 🔗 Link: Mozilla piles $30m in to—a spin-off search engine that focuses on building a trustworthy, independent and open-source AI ecosystem. I vividly remember Firefox being my go-to browser throughout my youth, what did you use to login to Runescape?

  • 🔗 Link: Unlearn—a biotech startup that creates digital co-patient twins to speed up the pace of drug discovery—raises $15m from Insight Partners, 8VC & Mubadala Ventures to reach $265m valuation.

🐥 2 Top Tweets

Image made to dance | Eliot Higgins (Twitter)

  • 🔗 Link: Runway ML now allows you to transfer the style of any video to any image using AI. Who, or what, will you make dance?

  • 🔗 Link: OpenAI is rolling out ChatGPT plugins. This is massive; Zapier, Shopify, Slack & more are already involved. It allows ChatGPT to browse the web, execute actions for the user & interact with specific sites. Whilst it’s still in beta, and only available to a select few, it marks the beginning of the next phase—a fully functional AI stripped of it’s training wheels.

😮 1 Media Marvel

Canva Magic Design | Canva Website

  • 🔗 Link: Canva releases Magic Design—simplifying all things creative. They’re rolling out features to translate designs, generate presentations & sync music perfectly to animations. For the analytically minded (artistically inept) individuals such as myself, creating a presentation, a pitch deck, or even just a drawing has never been easier.

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