Hey folks, today' we’ve got all the big updates from Microsoft’s event Build 2023 with the main highlight being AI coming straight to Windows 11.
Anthropic raised its C series funding from Spark Ventures, Google, and more. And the much-awaited addition of generative AI into Photoshop is finally happening officially. Sprinkle in some tiny Google experiments as well.
Let’s get to it then.
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All these big tech firms need to give us a break with their annual conferences! We’ve got another beast of an AI product dump for you guys today, and this time it’s Microsoft leading the charge. Gonna keep each one brief:
OpenAI is bringing live search to ChatGPT, and you guessed who the provider is… Bing
Bing Search is getting stuck into plug-ins, and they’re providing full interoperability between Microsoft and OpenAI apps.
Power Pages is Microsoft’s website-building tool, and you’ll now be able to describe what you want, and AI will create. This is a big step in web development from such a big provider!
It might not be as good as the Code Interpreter, but Microsoft Fabric will let you build end-to-end data platforms with an AI-based analytics tool.
Microsoft’s Canva-like web app can generate designs for presentations, posters, and more, and they’re now providing watermarks to verify AI generation.
And if you’re just sick of me rambling on and you wanna listen to Microsoft instead, then… Well, stuff you. But here is their announcement anyway. Oh, and I almost forgot - TechCrunch, you owe us one again.
Is the tide beginning to turn from RLHF to constitutional AI? Anthropic’s recent success suggests it may well be… they’ve just slam-dunked a $450m Series C to keep creating their generative ai chat technology. This takes them up to $1.45bln in total funding - jeez! These ex-OpenAI guys are making real waves right now, and I’m keen to see where they go.
Our old friend Photoshop is back with a new feature: “Generative Fill.” You just circle the relevant area and tell AI (powered by Adobe Firefly) to change it. It’s awesome in action.
Right now, Adobe is the go-to option for anyone who wants to avoid copyright claims and court cases (aka big companies) with gen AI. This tweet from Andreas sums it up: "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated" – Adobe Photoshop
Google’s not silent as well. They are experimenting on
a) Dynamic search ad copy, so that ads can appear in AI-generated snippets.
b) Product Studio, letting merchants create product imagery using generative AI.
Also: Image results are starting to show up in Bard now. (link)
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Product launches, updates and demos
Open Lecture - A ChatGPT plugin that sources MIT lectures with timestamp. (link)
ChatShitGPT - Get roasted like never before with our sassy chatbot. (link)
Mobile Diffusion - Use Stable Diffusion locally on your iPhone. (link)
Wudpecker - Prebuilt templates, high-quality meeting notes by ChatGPT. (link)
Dify - Open-source platform for LLMOps, define your AI-native apps. (link)
YouTube-to-chatbot - Train a chatbot on an entire YouTube channel. (link)
UX writing assistant by Frontitude - Improve your user experience with AI-powered copy inside Figma. (link)
Girlfriend GPT - A Python project to build your own AI girlfriend using GPT-4. (link)
Playtext - Read at the speed of light. (link)
Trava - AI-scaled modern travel agent. (link)
Lintrule - The tool for having a large language model do your code reviews. (link)
News, podcasts, videos, blogs etc
BuzzFeed’s rides the AI wave with “Botatouille,” an AI-powered culinary companion. (link)
AlpacaFarm - A simulator to run and study the full RLHF pipeline in less than 24h and $200 w/ LLM-simulated annotators. (link)
Goat - Fine-tuned LLaMA outperforms GPT-4 on arithmetic tasks. (link)
QLoRA - Efficient finetuning of quantized LLMs. (link)
Generative AI - Incumbents vs. upstarts. (link)
Sequoia India’s Surge backs AI-powered video creation platform Gan.ai in $5.2M funding. (link)
Modular app-building platform Builder AI raises $250 million Series D funding. (link)
Dumber LLM agents need more constraints and better tools. (link)
Solana launches ChatGPT plugin to help users interact with its network. (link)
The generative AI revolution in games. (link)
Spotify may use AI to make host-read podcast ads that sound like real people. (link)
How-to’s and resources
Langchain 101: Indexes from McKay Wrigley. (link)
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