Sunday Signal #28

Harvard's AI Instructor, NASA's Talking Spaceship and Elvis' Back

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You’re reading Sunday Signal where I filter > 500 AI updates and deliver the best straight to your inbox. My week in the rustic French countryside was exactly what I needed, bringing to life scenes straight from "A Good Year." In a week full of noise let’s get to the signal.

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💎 5 News Nuggets

Harvard University Campus / Bloomberg

  • 🔗 Link: Harvard is adopting AI as an official learning tool for its flagship computer science course CS50. The AI instructor will help students answer questions and debug code, encouraging problem-solving rather than providing immediate solutions.

  • 🔗 Link: AI cuts treatment time for cancer patients. Radiotherapy waiting times for the NHS could be drastically reduced by the new health tool OSAIRIS. It enables treatment planning for cancer doctors to be 2.5x faster.

  • 🔗 Link: OpenAI announced its first international office in London. The new UK hub aims to attract world-class talent and drive development towards artificial general intelligence (AGI).

  • 🔗 Link: Illegal & explicit content is being made using AI designed for art generation. Whilst AI ultimately delivers a net positive result to humanity, it can lead to horrific consequences in the wrong hands.

  • 🔗 Link: European VCs and tech companies sign an open letter warning the EU against over-regulation of AI. They argue the Al Act is ineffective and could negatively impact Europe’s competition.

🎨 4 Cool Creations

Cooper and TARS, Interstellar / Business Insider

  • 🔗 Link: NASA is developing a ChatGPT interface for spacecraft. It could allow astronauts to talk to their spacecraft and converse with AI-powered robots to explore distant planets. An early version is expected to be included on Lunar Gateway in November 2024.

  • 🔗 Link: YouTube integrates an AI-powered dubbing tool. Aloud, part of Google’s in-house incubator, allows creators to effortlessly dub their videos into different languages helping expand audiences globally.

  • 🔗 Link: Wimbledon introduces AI-powered commentary. This year the popular tennis tournament will offer AI-generated audio commentary and captions in its online highlights videos.

  • 🔗 Link: Baidu’s Ernie 3.5 outperforms ChatGPT. The tech giant claims the model surpasses "ChatGPT in comprehensive ability scores" and outperformed "GPT-4 in several Chinese capabilities".

💡 3 Startup Spotlights

Runway co-founders Cristóbal Valenzuela (CEO), Anastasis Germanidis (CTO) and Alejandro Matamala Ortiz (Chief Design Officer) / TIME

  • 🔗 Link: Runway secured $141M in funding from Google, Nvidia and Salesforce. Its current flagship product is Gen-2, an AI model that lets you generate videos from text prompts.

  • 🔗 Link: Inflection AI has raised $1.3B in funding at a $4B valuation. Steered by former DeepMind founder Mustafa Suleyman, they will use the funds to expand its computing capabilities to further develop “Pi”, their conversational chatbot.

  • 🔗 Link: Databricks acquires MosaicML for $1.3B. The deal combines Databricks’ data-management technology with MosaicML’s language-model platform as they look to deploy AI tools to rival OpenAI.

🐥 2 Top Tweets

MotionGPT / GitHub

  • 🔗 Link: MotionGPT can generate human-like motion based on text prompts. I wrote more about it in this tweet.

  • 🔗 Link: Researchers have been able to reconstruct sounds from human brain activity using an fMRI and a generative AI model.

🍿 1 Media Marvel

Elvis Presley & Jennifer Holden / Jailhouse Rock (Richard Thorpe, USA, 1957)

  • 🔗 Link: I’m a big fan of Elvis and this week I came across Mr Presley singing "Baby Got Back”. I think I might prefer it to the original. What do you think?

🔥 A Little Something Extra

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