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Air Street Capital has released its 6th annual State of AI report. The 160+ page report covers trends in research, industry adoption, politics and safety of AI. It also makes predictions for what will happen in the next year (scoring 5/9 on their last year's predictions).
AI FAQs you need to know - Ethan Mollick, a professor at Wharton, has answered many AI-related questions people ask him. We’re borrowing the wits of our AI master Ethan for a 🍿quick summary of these FAQs.
Group Chats by CharacterAI - Interact with multiple AI characters and humans in the same room. CharacterAI allows users to chat with personality chatbots like Elon Musk to fictional characters like Super Mario. For context, it has the highest DAU/MAU ratio for all consumer AI apps. 🍿Our Summary (also below)
Relay - Automate your work with one-click AI assistance alongside a human-in-the-loop.
Blaze - Create better content in half the time.
SuperAgent browser assistant - AI agent that can access the web for its work.
Moonhub AI - Get hiring in <5 minutes & save 100+ hours on top tier hires.
V0 beta - Generative UI creation from Vercel.
Dashtoon - The AI comic creator you’ve been waiting for.
Lipdub by Captions - Speak any language now with AI. (Topping the app store charts)
Aampe - Controlled messaging experiments for engaged user journeys.
Demos from the Hugging Face Paris meetup.
WHO’S HIRING IN AI
Perplexity - Revolutionary AI search.
Replit - Build software collaboratively with the power of AI.
OyiLabs - Marketplace for generative voice.
Runway - AI creative tools.
Hugging Face - The AI community building the future.
Anthropic - AI research and products with safety first.
Assembly AI - Build AI apps with voice data.
Cohere - Access advanced LLMs through an API.
Character AI - Super-intelligent chatbots.
A case for GPT-4's capacity to reason.
Surfing the latent space with Pgvector - Building visual search.
Chat with your data with Langchain - 1-hour project on Coursera.
Anysphere raises $8M from OpenAI to build an AI-powered IDE.
Fearing AI, fan fiction writers lock their accounts.
Conveyor raises $12.5M to automate security reviews using LLMs.
London AI startup TitanML bags $2.8M launching AI-powered LLM tool Titan Takeoff.
LLMs for Dummies + 4 frameworks for LLM applications.
Air Street Capital has released its 6th annual State of AI report. The 160+ page report covers trends in Research, industry adoption, politics and safety of AI. It also makes predictions for what will happen in the next year (scoring 5/9 on their last year's predictions).
What do I need to know?
Big labs like Open AI and Google have grown increasingly closed, releasing minimum info on their latest models. At the same time, open research has grown substantially (kickstarted by Llama models by Meta). US-based institutions are still the leading producers of research (70%+).
GPT-4 is the best LLM out there, beating evals as well as human exams. But the open-source Llama models have had 32M+ downloads in the last 30 days on Hugging Face. However, the models are picked based on vibes more than the leaderboard positions.
Small models with quality datasets have gathered a specific interest from the research community. Significantly smaller models are beating bigger models on benchmarks which could be crucial as Epoch AI predicts the end of high-quality language data in the next 2 years.
Nvidia chips are used 19x more than all others combined in AI. Though H100 has the hype, V100 (released in 2017) was the most used GPU in 2022. Cluster building has gained interest but comes with engineering obstacles. International chip wars have forced makers to create China special chips (that comply with US sanctions).
Stackoverflow felt the heat of ChatGPT. ChatGPT saw a significant decline in traffic during the summer when students didn’t have homework. Retention for AI apps still lags behind apps like YouTube, Duolingo, and Candy Crush. Every month or two, a new trend of AI-generated images took over social media.
Other usecases: Military and Pharma are getting along better with traditional AI. Autonomous driving is expanding with the use of Gen AI. Financial institutions, consultancies, law firms and news houses have been eager to adopt AI tools.
The Attention is all you need authors have collectively raised 870M+ aside from the $10B Open AI and Microsoft deal. All authors have left Google. Many members of the DeepSpeech2 team at Baidu have also left for other labs/started their own companies.
Similar to research status, previously open companies are now asking for active regulation. Multiple ideas for global governance have been proposed. EU and China have drafted unique acts for AI whereas other countries are still in the debate phase but the pace of discussion has accelerated.
Without the GenAI boom, AI investments would’ve crashed by 40% versus last year. Many of the most high-profile blockbuster fundraises weren’t led by traditional VC firms at all. 2023 was the year of the corporate venture, with Big Tech putting its war chest to effective use.
CharacterAI announces Character Group Chats where you can interact with multiple AI characters and humans in the same room. CharacterAI allows users to chat with personality chatbots like Elon Musk to fictional characters like Super Mario. For context, it has the highest DAU/MAU ratio for all consumer AI apps.
What is going on here?
CharacterAI launched Group Chats - A new way for users to interact with multiple AI characters together in group chats.
What does this mean?
CharacterAI+ members can create Group Chats and invite other humans and characters into the group. The current limit is 5 humans and 5 characters per Group Chat. The feature is mobile only for now. The team at CharacterAI feels this is going one step closer to sci-fi interaction with humans.
Why should I care?
Group Chats enables new possibilities for collaborative storytelling, gameplaying, studying, and more. In comparison to solo chat, you can create language learning groups, a fictional world setting for your novel and a lot more.
The AI simulation demos are usually discarded as we’re not there yet. But these group chats could be the realistic version that is already here. And there’s little scepticism on adoption based on how engaged CharacteAI users are.
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