Sunday Signal #30

Elon Musk Launches xAI, Stability AI's 'Stable Doodle' and Apple Picking Drones

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๐Ÿ’Ž 5 News Nuggets

Elon Musk / Midjourney

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: Elon Musk launches xAI to "understand the true nature of the universe." The AI startup includes talent from OpenAI and Google, championing a 'pro-humanity' stance offering a realistic alternative to pausing superintelligence evolution.

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: Generative AI imagines new protein structures. MIT researchers have developed โ€œFrameDiffโ€ a tool that crafts new protein structures, with the aim of accelerating drug development and improving gene therapy.

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: OpenAI's ChatGPT is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The investigation is over whether OpenAI has "engaged in unfair or deceptive privacy or data security practices."

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: A CEO fired 90% of his support staff, replacing them with an AI chatbot โ€” a move that he announced on Twitter. The decision has sparked widespread controversy and backlash on social media.

  • ๐Ÿ”— Link: ChatGPT use has declined for the first time since launch. While total traffic decreased by 9.7% in June from May, ChatGPT boasts 1.5 billion monthly visits, one of the top 20 websites in the world.

๐ŸŽจ 4 Cool Creations

Stability AI / Stable Doodle

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: Stability AI releases 'Stable Doodle'. The sketch-to-image service enables users with basic drawing skills to create high-quality images in seconds.

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: Alphabet, Googleโ€™s parent company launches โ€˜Bardโ€™ in Europe and Brazil. Aiming to rival ChatGPT, Bard can audibly deliver answers and even respond to image-inclusive prompts, a serious step forward in AI capabilities.

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: Anthropic debuts Claude 2, another ChatGPT competitor that efficiently summarises large text blocks. Claude acts as a personal assistant and is now live in the US and UK.

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: Google Labs Introduces NotebookLM the AI-first notebook. The AI-first notebook is grounded in your own documents, designed to help you gain insights faster.

๐Ÿ’ก 3 Startup Spotlights

Leonardo DiCaprio / Daily Mail

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: KPMG is set to invest $2 billion in AI and Cloud services, automating parts of its tax, audit, and consulting to deliver quicker analysis and strategic advice. Their partnership with Microsoft has predicted $12 billion in revenue over five years.

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: AI platform for drug discovery and biomedical research, secures $60M Series B. Causaly, the London-based startup, is building a product to reduce the number of false starts and dead ends that characterise the drug discovery process.

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: Shutterstock signs 6-year training data agreement with OpenAI. Shutterstock will have early access to all OpenAI technology whilst OpenAI will be able to use their image, video and music libraries.

๐Ÿฅ 2 Top Tweets

Stanford Business / Marc Andreessen

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: Marc Andreessen believes AI will save the world. I wrote a thread this week on my favourite takeaways from his article and recommend you check it out.

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: What sets the great builders apart from the rest? Alexander Wang, the CEO of Scale AI weighs in.

๐Ÿฟ 1 Media Marvel

Tevel Aerobotics Technologies Ltd

  • ๐Ÿ”—ย Link: Check out this video of drones picking apples in Israel. Amid worker shortages and climate change, these robot innovations are streamlining farm efficiency.

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