Marc Andreessen's take on AI and unemployment
PLUS: AI generates movies, podcast and games
Hello and welcome to the 4,558 new folks joining since last week. A quiet weekend for me, which meant I had time to tinker…
I created a quick program called ‘Raise’ - a way for AI startups and investors to get connected. Simplest landing page in the world here.
Founders - are you raising? If so, submit your startup to get in front of investors.
Investors - fill in the form and get access to startups raising.
If there’s a mutual fit, we’ll connect you. (I borrowed this setup from the Mercury Raise program)
Let’s get to it.
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Highlights if you've only got 2 minutes
Stability AI, the parent company of Stable Diffusion, raised its last round in October, i.e. less than 5 months ago. They raised $101M at a $1B valuation and now they’re reportedly talking with investors again. Bloomberg reports that this time the valuation in discussion is $4B dollars.
(non-paywalled version here)
Marc Andreessen has recently started a substack and in this post, he debunks the belief that AI will take away your job. According to Marc, in regulated industries, say healthcare or education, innovation is stagnant or sometimes even illegal. And the percentage of these industries in the GDP is increasing (because of higher prices).
He then released a follow-up to this post: “AI is going to have a profound (and almost entirely positive) effect on our society. It just won’t show up in the economy the way many people expect.”
Ruth Card and her husband were tricked by a phone scammer pretending to be their grandson who was in jail. The scammer used artificially-generated voice technology to imitate their grandson's voice. This scam is part of a rising trend of people, often elderly, being duped into sending money to those pretending to be their friends and family. Despite recent advancements in AI technology, there are few legal precedents to hold companies accountable for these scams, leaving victims with few leads to identify the perpetrator.
4/ Ben’s Bites challenge
I ran a very casual challenge where I put up 2x $1000 prizes for the most impressive projects built with ChatGPT API and Whisper API. I’ll be announcing winners shortly, but just check out the quality of submissions (70+).
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🛠️ Cool Tools
Product launches, updates and demos
Es GPT - Intercept elastic search results and send them to GPT3 to provide accurate and relevant answers. (link)
Sumplete - A puzzle game coded by GPT. (link)
DataQA - Knowledge management app that helps teams bookmark, tag and saves information inside Slack. (link)
Advice Magic - Marketing for financial advisers made simple. (link)
Quora’s Poe is now available on desktop. (link)
Chatbase - Build a custom ChatGPT trained on your data. (link)
Texel - Make AI models, video processing, and more up to 10x faster while cutting costs by up to 90%. (link)
Gitchat - Understand your Github pull requests. (link)
Halist MacOS - Get instant answers from ChatGPT on your desktop. (link)
High-speed download for LLaMA, Facebook's 65B parameter GPT model. (link)
Zeeno - AI assistant that lives on your mobile keyboard. (link)
Dagworks - Spend less time maintaining ML ETLs, more time building features and models. (link)
HeyBot - Convert your website to Chatbot powered by ChatGPT. (link)
Cargoship - Add AI to your software without any machine learning knowledge. (link)
Magnaplay - Localise your game in a day instead of waiting for months. (link)
Cerebrum - Build and deploy AI models quickly. (link)
Typing Mind - A better UI for ChatGPT. (link)
Deep Agency - Hire virtual models and create a virtual twin with an avatar that looks just like you. (link)
Open AI cost calculator - Calculate how much it will cost to generate a certain number of words by using OpenAI GPT-3.5 API. (link)
Nerdo AI - Quick chit chat with your new smart-ish friend. (link)
Transkribieren - Transcribe audio in seconds. (link)
Stable Diffusion + Automatic1111 Photoshop plugin gets an update. (link)
Startupy Ask - Search the hivemind curated by intellectuals in the startupy community. (link)
News, podcasts, videos, blogs etc
Edward Saatchi on creating AI generated movies and winning an Emmy. (link)
Ultimate AI voice assistant with ChatGPT API and OpenAI Whisper. (link)
Fully AI generated podcast with 2 hosts that don't really exist. (link)
How to make AI write like your favourite author. (link)
Reid Hoffman decides to step back from the OpenAI board. (link)
Startupy’s founder Sari Azout has built an AI-powered search engine of her mind. (link)
These AI voices are scarily good. (link)
The inside story of how ChatGPT was built from the people who made it. (link)
An overview of the latest open source AI image and video editing neural network models on HuggingFace. (link)
LinkedIn’s flood of collaborative articles start out with AI prompts. (link)
Adobe’s Scott Belsky talks generative AI and why it’s not going to end up like web3. (link)
Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian gave a fiery speech on AI during an internal town hall. (link)
Accenture data lead says Generative AI tools like ChatGPT will hand power back to smaller companies and away from Big Tech. (link)
Apple approves ChatGPT-powered app after assurance of content moderation. (link)
Yes, Generative AI will innovate in writing, art, music, & STEM. (link)
Who’s actually getting rich off of AI? (link)
The hidden army of workers in China influencing how AI is built. (link)
AI feats to astonish and amaze. (link)
Great features, not products - The viability of AI-first companies. (link)
Your guide to AI in March 2023. (link)
How-to’s and resources
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Published research papers
A new open-source Flan 20B with UL2 from Google. (link)
Performer MPC - An end-to-end learnable robotic system to enable real-world navigation. (link)
ZoeDepth - Metric depth estimation from a single image. (link)
Unleashing text-to-image diffusion models for visual perception. (link)
Sparse MoE as the new dropout - Scaling dense and self-slimmable transformers. (link)
MobileBrick - Building LEGO for 3D reconstruction on mobile devices. (link)
Delicate textured mesh recovery from NeRF via adaptive surface refinement from Baidu. (link)
Prompt, Generate, then Cache - Cascade of foundation models makes strong few-shot learners. (link)
Fast forward computer vision for self-supervised learning from Meta AI. (link)
Alexa Arena from Amazon - A user-centric interactive platform for embodied AI. (link)
Word-as-image for semantic typography creates illustrations that present a visualisation of the meaning of the word. (link)
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