Sunday Signal #31

Humanoid Robots, Apple GPT and AI TV Shows

Hey friends 👋 You’re reading Sunday Signal where I filter > 500 AI updates and deliver the best straight to your inbox. I saw Christopher Nolan’s new film Oppenheimer yesterday—it was explosively good (Barbie will have to wait until next weekend). In a week full of noise let’s get to the signal.

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💎 5 News Nuggets

  • 🔗 Link: Seven AI companies agree to safeguards in the US. Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft and OpenAI formally made their commitment to new standards for safety, security and trust with President Biden at the White House.

  • 🔗 Link: Apple tests ‘Apple GPT’ to rival OpenAI. Apple has built its own framework called “Ajax” to create large language models and serve as the foundation for an internal ChatGPT-style tool.

  • 🔗 Link: MI6 is leveraging AI to disrupt Russia’s weapon supply. The Chief of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service spoke publicly in Prague, stating the increasing need to monitor the potentially harmful use of AI by hostile states.

  • 🔗 Link: Two big ChatGPT updates. Over the next week, ChatGPT Plus members will have a higher message limit (25 → 50 messages every 3 hours) and custom instructions have been introduced to give you more control over ChatGPT’s responses.

  • 🔗 Link: Hollywood actors are striking in response to a proposal for eternal AI replicas of their likenesses. The studios propose that actors be scanned once and use the digital replica of a background actor in a motion picture for which the background actor is employed.

🎨 4 Cool Creations

Mark Zuckerberg / Search Engine Journal

  • 🔗 Link: Meta releases Llama 2 an open-source AI model. The public can use the large language model to create a ChatGPT-like chatbot. Meta believes that making LLMs open-source will make them safer and better by inviting external scrutiny.

  • 🔗 Link: Google is trialling an AI tool named 'Genesis', capable of drafting news articles, designed to bolster journalists' productivity. Demonstrations were conducted for media executives from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • 🔗 Link: Wix’s new AI tool lets you build an entire website using only prompts. Every aspect, including design, text, and images, can be auto-generated to suit your specifications.

  • 🔗 Link: Assembly AI introduces Conformer-2. Created for automatic speech recognition, this model is trained on 1.1M hours of English audio data.

💡 3 Startup Spotlights

Introducing Figure / YouTube

  • 🔗 Link: Figure received a $9M equity investment from Intel Capital shortly after the Figure 01 robot took its first steps. CEO Brett Adcock believes the investment and expertise of the Intel team will help accelerate the growth and success of Figure.

  • 🔗 Link: Character AI is raising again after its $150M Series A at a $1B valuation 4 months ago. The AI Startup will use the capital to support the demand for their chatbots, modelled after celebrities and historical figures.

  • 🔗 Link: Cleanlab raised $5M in seed funding to eliminate the “dirty data problem” plaguing the machine learning space. They aim to enhance dataset quality, boosting the reliability and performance of models.

🐥 2 Top Tweets

Fable Studios / The Simulation Twitter

  • 🔗 Link: Fable Studios released a paper on creating episodes of TV shows with a prompt. They used South Park as their case study to automate scriptwriting, animation, direction, voicing and editing.

  • 🔗 Link: GPT-4 is getting worse over time, not better. I thought this Tweet from Santiago was fascinating as I’ve also seen a dramatic decrease in quality.

🍿 1 Media Marvel

Robert Playter, CEO of Boston Dynamics, with the Atlas robot / The Boston Globe

  • 🔗 Link: The evolution of Boston Dynamics. They have been creating robots for decades and I find it mind-blowing to see how far they’ve come.

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