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OpenAI's new voice cloning is INSANE 🤯

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🎙 Daily Podcast Episode: From OpenAI’s new voice cloning model to Apple’s latest AI plans, here’s this week’s AI news that matters! Give it a listen.

🕵️‍♂️ Fresh Finds: An AI-powered M&A advisor for startups, what DeepMind’s CEO had to say about AI, and how AI chatbots beat humans in a debate. Read on for Fresh Finds.

🗞 Byte Sized Daily AI News: Microsoft and OpenAI's $100 Billion Stargate Project, US Congress restricts Microsoft Copilot use, and Taco Bell and KFC adding AI. For that and more, read on for Byte Sized News.

🚀 AI In 5: Ever dreamed of becoming a DJ? Well, Google is making it a reality with this new feature! See how it works here

🧠 AI News That Matters: Missed the latest AI news this past week? We’re bringing you the most important takeaways to get your week started. Keep reading for that!

↩️ Don’t miss out: Did you miss our last newsletter? We talked about Grok-1.5 being announced, Microsoft's new Prompt Shields, and how to implement AI into your e-commerce business. Check it here!

AI News That Matters - April 1st, 2024 📰

Did you see the latest Apple rumors regarding AI?

Have you heard OpenAI’s latest voice cloning feature?

And what does the $100-billion Stargate partnership between Microsoft and OpenAI actually mean?

Here's this week's AI news that matters!

Join the conversation and ask Jordan any questions on AI here.

Also on the pod today:

• OpenAI's New Voice Engine 🗣
• Microsoft and OpenAI's AI Supercomputer Project 🤝
• Collaboration between tech giants to counter NVIDIA 🥊

It’ll be worth your 31 minutes:

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Here’s our favorite AI finds from across the web:

New AI Tool Spotlight – Circle To Search is a Chrome extension that lets you search what you circle, Dealwise is an AI-powered M&A advisor for startups, and Uppply is an AI job search engine.

Big Tech - In a recent interview, Google DeepMind’s CEO said that AI can be overhyped sometimes.

Money in AI – Cognition Labs is seeking a $2 billion valuation for its AI code-writing tool.

AI in Society - These AI chatbots beat humans at a debate.

Pop Culture – Here’s how artists are using AI in their work.

ChatGPT updates — Using ChatGPT to browse the web? OpenAI announced and is starting to roll out more prominent links and citations. (Something we can all get on board with!)

1. Microsoft and OpenAI's $100 Billion Stargate Project 🤝

Microsoft and OpenAI are teaming up to unleash the ultimate supercomputer named Stargate, set to revolutionize AI capabilities by 2028. This ambitious project involves millions of specialized server chips and could cost a staggering $100 billion, dwarfing current computing powers.

2. US Congress Cracks Down on Microsoft's AI Copilot 🚫

Congress imposes strict restrictions on the use of Microsoft Copilot by congressional staffers, citing cybersecurity risks and data leakage threats. This ban highlights the delicate balance between embracing AI technology and safeguarding sensitive information within the federal government. 

3. Taco Bell and KFC Parent Company Adding AI 🌮

Yum Brands is shaking up the fast-food game with AI innovations at Taco Bell and KFC. With a whopping $21 million invested in tech last year, Yum is gearing up for a digital dining revolution. From AI-powered drive-through orders to augmented reality tools for training, Yum's leading the charge in bringing cutting-edge technology to your favorite fast-food spots.

4. Revolutionary Hybrid AI Model "Jamba" Takes the Stage

Israeli company AI21 Labs introduces Jamba, a groundbreaking hybrid language model that combines Transformer and Structured State Space Modeling architectures. Jamba boasts an impressive context window of 256,000 tokens and processing speed three times faster for long contexts compared to existing models. With 12 billion to 52 billion parameters, Jamba offers high output quality while maintaining efficiency, setting a new standard in the AI landscape.

5. Samsung to Elevate Bixby with Generative AI 🗣

Samsung is considering adding generative AI technology to its voice assistant, Bixby. This move aims to make Bixby more conversational and smarter for users across Samsung’s devices. With the emergence of advanced AI features, Samsung is looking to redefine Bixby’s role in their ecosystem.

Become an AI Music Star with Google's New DJ Mode!

Ever had dreams of becoming a DJ?

Google is making your dreams a reality!

Google recently added a DJ mode to its MusicFX and we gotta say…it’s pretty fun!

We’re showing you how it works and what it’s capable of.

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A $100 billion partnership. 

That’s pretty big news. 

Blink twice and you might miss something that impacts the future of work. 

(Like a $100 billion partnership that changes the future of computing.) 

Luckily, we start each week off by bringing you the AI news that matters each Monday. (Make sure to join us on the livestream, too!)

Here’s what you need to know. 

1 – Reports show Apple’s AI moves 👀

According to a recent Bloomberg report, we’ve got some more details on Apple’s first official splash into Generative AI. 

Here’s the gist: 

  • Apple will announce an AI-powered iPhone on June 10 at their WWDC event. (Worldwide Developers Conference.) 

  • We’ll see AI capabilities in Apple’s standard apps: Siri, iWork, Messages, etc. 

  • Apple is reportedly NOT going to be leverage its own internal large language model, as it’s been reported it may instead partner with OpenAI or Google to bring AI to the iPhone. 

And Apple’s SVP of Marketing dropped a not-so-subtle hint. (Check the capitalization of ‘absolutely incredible’). 

Also, could the color scheme be an indication of the LLM partnership that Apple might be forging to power its hardware? 

Juan thought so. 

Why it matters: We’ve talked about Edge AI and how it’s the future of how we all interact with the physical world. And Apple normally sets the bar for how we interact with technology.

But whatever Apple announces in June in terms of in-device AI will set the tone for how we all interact with AI in the future.

2 – Microsoft and OpenAI’s $100B partnership 🤑

That’s a lotta zeros. 😳

According to reports, Microsoft and OpenAI are partnering to build a supercomputer slash data center slash data goldmine called Stargate.

The project could cost up to $100 billion, featuring an AI supercomputer that houses millions of AI chips named "Stargate" set to launch in 2028.

This collaboration highlights the significant investments being made in AI infrastructure, signaling a major advancement in AI computing that could have far-reaching implications for various industries and technological advancements.

Why it matters: Just like UXL (More on that in #4 below) this $100 billion partnership between Microsoft and OpenAI is a direct shot at NVIDIA’s dominance.

If nothing else, this report shows Microsoft’s commitment to OpenAI, which we talked about a little last week.

As hard as companies try, no one’s been able to catch NVIDIA which is powering the Geneative AI revolution.

3 – Voice Engine’s shocking results 🤯

Is this real?

Every time OpenAI teases a new modality, we kinda catch ourselves saying that. 

OpenAI just released a preview of its new AI voice cloning tech, Voice Engine.

The results are pretty…. ugh…. scary? Good? Amazing? (Not sure what to call it.)

Apparently, less than a dozen people have access to the tech now, and there’s no scheduled release date to the public.

However, there’s reportedly some partners with early access to Voice Engine including Age of Learning, HeyGen, Dimagi, Livox, and Lifespan, showcasing diverse applications from pre-scripted voice-overs to real-time student responses.

What it means: Voice Engine sounds scary good. And kinda just scary. What’s pretty impressive is the ability to replicate voices with only 15 seconds of source audio.

Most other AI voice cloning options require much more source audio and deliver less realistic outputs.

We kinda hope OpenAI waits to release this (and probably Sora) until after the 2024 U.S. elections, as voice cloning has already given democracy a slap in the face.

4 – Competitors unite against NVIDIA ⚔️

What will it take to bring down a tech juggernaut in NVIDIA? 

Apparently a handful of NVIDIA’s closest competitors, uniting together in the name of Open Source. 

A group including Intel, Google, Arm, Qualcomm, and Samsung is developing an open-source software suite called the Unified Acceleration Foundation (UXL) to counter Nvidia's AI market domination.

NVIDIA has dominated the GPU hardware and software space, which all Generative AI companies need in order to build their products.

The UXL project aims to prevent AI developers from being locked into Nvidia's proprietary CUDA platform, allowing code to run on any machine and chip. The UXL project initially aims to broaden options for AI and high-performance computing applications, with plans to eventually support Nvidia's hardware and code.

What it means: Will this make a dent in NVIDIA’s dominance? Probably not much, but time will tell. Regardless, this joint venture is a signal at how much Big Tech realizes that there’s a HUGE gap between NVIDIA’s compute capabilities and everyone else.

The combination of the $100 billion Microsoft/OpenAI Stargate project and UXL dropping in one week goes to show that companies are more willing to collaborate with so much market share at stake.

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