Sunday Signal #39

Prisoners Training AI, ChatGPT Diagnosis and Funding Records Broken

Hey friends 👋 You’re reading Sunday Signal where I filter > 500 AI updates and deliver the best straight to your inbox. We had a Black Mirror marathon last night—uploading our minds to achieve digital immortality doesn’t feel too distant after all. But today, I’m here to filter out the fiction and bring you the facts. In a week full of noise let’s get to the signal.

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💎 5 News Nuggets

Elon Musk & Mark Zuckerberg / Midjourney

  • 🔗 Link: AI leaders meet for regulation talks in Washington. The who's who of AI, including Musk, Zuckerberg, and Altman, convened for some rule-making discussions. The verdict was unanimous on the need for regulation.

  • 🔗 Link: Prisoners are training AI. The Finnish startup, Metroc, is employing inmates at €1.54/hr as clickworkers to train their AI models. This process teaches machines the difference between pedestrians and palm trees. Is this a step forward or just cutting corners?

  • 🔗 Link: AI tool detects diseases from retinal images. "RETFound" uses self-supervised learning on 1.6 million images to predict ocular and systemic health risks like heart failure, stroke, and Parkinson’s.

  • 🔗 Link: Metaphysic unveils toolset that allows actors to manage their own digital twins. The likes of Anne Hathaway and Tom Hanks are working with Metaphysic Pro to address consent, compensation, and copyright issues in AI content creation.

  • 🔗 Link: ChatGPT diagnoses cause of child’s chronic pain after 17 doctors failed. Courtney's son, Alex, suffered 3 years of chronic pain. ChatGPT's analysis led to a tethered cord syndrome diagnosis.

🎨 4 Cool Creations

AI-generated QR Code (scan it) / The Coca-Cola Company

  • 🔗 Link: Coca-Cola unveils Y3000 Zero Sugar, a new flavour co-created with AI & human insights. I can’t help but feel this AI campaign (1) shows just how hard big companies are trying to find their AI angle and (2) signals we’re at the peak of AI euphoria.

  • 🔗 Link: Translate your videos into any language with one click. HeyGen debuts a translation tool that seamlessly translates short videos across multiple languages, expertly fine-tuning lip-sync and voice to retain the original's tone.

  • 🔗 Link: Stability AI debuts "Stable Audio", a breakthrough in audio generation. It can generate 95 seconds of audio in under a second. My favourite listen so far has been “Trance, Ibiza, Beach, Sun, 4 AM”.

  • 🔗 Link: Adobe's Firefly generative AI tools are now out of beta. New features like Photoshop’s Generative Fill and Illustrator's vector recolouring are available across Creative Cloud. Adobe also introduced a bonus scheme for stock contributors helping with AI training.

💡 3 Startup Spotlights

Decrypt / Shutterstock

  • 🔗 Link: Defense AI startup Helsing secures $223M Series B, led by General Catalyst with Saab as a strategic investor. The funding boosts its valuation to over €1.7B, breaking records for the largest European AI and defence tech company.

  • 🔗 Link: Drone startup Shield AI secures $150M, valuing the company at $2.5B. Specialising in autonomous drone tech for military applications, their software, Hivemind, operates without communication or GPS.

  • 🔗 Link: AI fertility tech startup Myma Medical secures £145k from LYVA Labs. Founded in 2020, their 'AutoICSI' system uses AI to enhance IVF success rates. They aim to reduce the costly IVF process, which can reach £12k per round with variable success rates.

🐥 2 Top Tweets

LINGO-1 demo /

  • 🔗 Link: Autopilot thinks out loud when driving. Nvidia’s Senior AI Scientist Jim Fan shares LINGO-1, a video-language-action model for self-driving that comments on the ongoing scene. I feel the shift from perception-action to adding textual reasoning is a game-changer.

  • 🔗 Link: You can now remove objects and watermarks in videos. ProPainter is smarter and faster than previous tools whilst able to improve video quality. Think of it as a magic eraser for your videos.

🍿 1 Media Marvel

Yuval Noah Harari and Mustafa Suleyman on the future of AI / The Economist

  • 🔗 Link: Two guys with VERY different views on AI. Bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari and DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman kick off a thought-provoking discussion with The Economist's editor-in-chief.

🔥 A Little Something Extra

  • Growthschool is running a free 3-hour ChatGPT & AI Workshop (worth $49) to master AI tools and ChatGPT hacks.

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