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👋 EU investigates Big Tech, OpenAI Sora goes to Hollywood, and what Microsoft AI might actually mean

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🎙 Daily Podcast Episode: Did Microsoft just make a huge AI move that no one is talking about? Why did Stability’s CEO resign? Here’s this week’s AI news that matters. Give it a listen.

🕵️‍♂️ Fresh Finds: Creating AI ads for free, Open Interpreter new AI device, and Amazon exec on future of AI. Read on for Fresh Finds.

🗞 Byte Sized Daily AI News: EU investigates Big Tech, Google’s new AI instrument tool, and OpenAI takes Sora to Hollywood. For that and more, read on for Byte Sized News.

🚀 AI In 5: We're showing you how to turn photos into coloring pages with this GPT! See it here

🧠 AI News That Matters: Wondering why you should care about Microsoft’s big moves, Stability AI changes, and more? We’re breaking down the latest AI news and trends and how it impacts you. Keep reading for that!

↩️ Don’t miss out: Did you miss our last newsletter? We talked to NVIDIA leaders about AI in automotive, Microsoft releases AI-powered Deep Search, and the UN adapts global AI resolution Check it here!

AI News That Matters - March 25th, 2024 📰

Microsoft recently made a HUGE AI move that’s flying under the radar.

But also, why did Stability AI’s CEO resign?

Can Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain chip actually let you move things with your mind?

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:

• Open Interpreter O1 AI device 🖱
• OpenAI's Sora in Hollywood 🎬
• Sam Altman interview with Lex Fridman 🗣

It’ll be worth your 28 minutes:

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

New AI Tool Spotlight – AI Ad Generator lets you create ads for free, Governance AI helps you rapidly ship industry-standard APIs, and Ramban.AI is an AI content creation platform.

Trending in AI - An Amazon executive says that personalized systems are the future of AI.

Big Tech – Apple’s stock is falling, and AI might be its saving grace.

AI Tech - Open Interpreter has just released an open-source AI agent.

AI in Politics – A viral AI-generated video of a Republican Senate is going around, in hopes of creating awareness of deep fakes.

1. EU Investigates Tech Giants Over Anti-Competitive Practices 👀

The European Commission has its magnifying glass out and is investigating Apple, Alphabet, and Meta for potential violations of the Digital Markets Act. Margrethe Vestager is on the case, looking into anti-steering rules, self-preferencing practices, and pay consent models.

2. Stability AI Founder and CEO Steps Down Amid Turmoil 🤔

Stability AI's founder, Emad Mostaque, takes a back seat in the unicorn startup after major internal shake-ups, appointing interim co-CEOs amidst a talent drain and financial struggles. Mostaque’s departure follows a reported monthly spending of $8 million, failed fundraising attempts, and a shift away from revenue growth toward R&D investments

3. Google's Instrument Playground AI Tool 🎵

Google's latest AI experiment, Instrument Playground, is revolutionizing music creation by allowing users to generate unique sounds in seconds. This cutting-edge tool, powered by MusicLM, enables users to mix and match hundreds of virtual instruments from around the world to craft their own melodies.

4. OpenAI Storming Hollywood with Sora 🎬

OpenAI is making waves in Hollywood as it gears up to introduce its revolutionary Sora software, a text-to-video generator that has caught the attention of industry heavyweights like Tyler Perry. The software's capabilities have left many in awe, prompting discussions about the need for regulations to safeguard businesses from potential disruptions.

5. Google Gemini Names Alphabet as a Top 'Bottleneck Stock' 📊

Google's Gemini AI model raised eyebrows by labeling Alphabet as a top 'Bottleneck Stock' due to its online advertising dominance. Despite Gemini's accuracy, Google's facing legal heat for alleged monopolistic practices in the search market.

6. Robots Revolutionize Farm Funding in Romania 🚜

AFIR, the Agency for Financing Rural Investments, is making waves by employing robots to manage over 5.32 billion euros in EU funds for farmers and companies. These innovative bots have already saved AFIR staff a whopping 784 days of document searches, streamlining processes for thousands of applicants.

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1 – Microsoft announces Microsoft AI 📢

In a kinda-but-not-really surprising announcement, Microsoft unveiled its new division: Microsoft AI. 

In an acquihire of sorts, Microsoft hired the top two in command at Inflection AI, makers of the popular Pi chatbot and Inflection LLM: Mustafa Suleyman and Karén Simonyan.

In a blog post announcing the move, the company named Mustafa as the CEO of Microsoft AI and Karén as the chief scientist. 

What it means: The move was also a bit concerning, given reported concerns about Mustafa’s management style. Also, with Mustafa being the former Co-founder of Google Deepmind as well, you’ve gotta think that Micorosoft has something more up its sleeve in regards to AI. (More on that below.) 

2 – ️Microsoft threw shade at OpenAI? 😎

There’s been a lot of talk that Microsoft is TOO reliant on AI startup OpenAI. 

And given Microsoft’s popular Copilot is largely based off GPT-4, it’s no wonder that Microsoft has been scrutinized for not investing more in its own models. 

Reportedly, Microsoft is a 49% owner in OpenAI after more than $10 billion in investments over the years. 

So, as #1 above unfolded, some previous comments from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella resurfaced with some fresh context: 

In a previous interview with New York Magazine, Nadella said, “"It wouldn't matter if OpenAI disappeared tomorrow. We have the data, IP rights, and all the capability."

What it means: These comments aren’t new. However, with the recent announcement of Microsoft AI and the acquiring of Mustafa Suleyman and Karén Simonyan (see #1 above), these older comments are breathing new life. 

Might we expect to see Microsoft working on its own models this year to reduce its reliance on OpenAI? 

We wouldn’t be surprised.

3 –Neuralink patient speaks out 🎮

Welp. That’s pretty cool.

Elon Musk's brain-chip company Neuralink has successfully demonstrated a patient moving a cursor using their brain implant, with the goal of connecting human brains to computers to help tackle neurological conditions.

According to a video released by the Neuralink team, The first patient to receive Neuralink's chip implant, Noland Arbaugh, was able to play chess and a video game using the device.

What it means: This sure seems like the future of brain implants and medical purposes, as science fictiony as that intersection may sound. And if these Neuralink advancements continue, the future could be very bright for people suffering from paralysis or other neurological conditions. 

The bigger picture here? Elon Musk has previously talked about combining the capabilities of Neuralink with Tesla’s humanoid robot, Optimus. We hope it’s mainly for positive use-cases, like Noland’s.

4 – Stability CEO has resigned 👋

More shakeups in the AI startup space? Yup. 

Stability AI's founder and CEO Emad Mostaque has stepped down from his role and the company's board, with the COO and CTO stepping in as interim co-CEOs.

Emad said he’s going to pursue ‘decentralized AI’ in his future endeavors. 

The startup has faced challenges, including high turnover and unsuccessful fundraising attempts, despite its popular image generation tool Stable Diffusion.

What it means: Could Stability AI be the first big AI domino to fall? Maybe. We talked about this on today’s show, but today’s Unicorns are finding out quickly in 2024 that they have to either fundraise billions or quickly capitalize off their compute. Even though Stability’s product is amongst industry leaders, it seems the money wasn’t reportedly falling into place. 

5 – Open Interpreter releases new hardware device: 01 🖱️

There’s another entry in the GenAI-powered hardware market: Open Interpreter. Open Interpreter teased their newest hardware gadget powered by AI, the 01.

How’s it work? 

Well, you talk to a $99 ‘button’ and it can interact (via AI, of course) with the web and/or with your computer. All remotely.  

Here’s the demo: 

Why it matters: We previously talked about the Rabbit R1, and Humane’s ai pin. Personally, the Open Interpreter 01 seems to potentially have broader appeal, especially given the fact you can train the 01 on any task on your computer and then have it perform said tasks for you. 

The future of AI software/hardware? Could be.

6 –Sam Altman talks GPT future 🔮

No, GPT-5 has not been officially announced yet, nor does it have a release date, despite the rumors that it’s swirling out in the wild. 

The OpenAI CEO did, though, talk about the future of the GPT technology on Lex Fridman’s podcast.

What it means: 

Some of our takeaways from this conversation

  • Altman says GPT-4 “kind of sucks.”

  • Altman did say OpenAI would release a new model this year, but didn’t specify it would be GPT-5. (Could 4.5 be first, or will it go straight to 5?) 

  • Altman did say that in the “coming months” OpenAI would release “many different things.”

7 – Sora making Hollywood rounds 📽️

Even before the average person can get their hands on OpenAI’s text-to-video model Sora, apparently the company is shopping it around to Hollywood production studios. 

OpenAI is actively engaging with Hollywood studios, media executives, and talent agencies to promote its AI video generator, Sora according to reports. And apparently, even its CEO Sam Altman is personally meeting with film studios and directors. 

What it means: Two issues here. One – Sora is about SO much more than text-to-video generation. We covered that here. Second: AI videos are 100% going mainstream. Whether you want to believe it or not, the future of cinema has AI playing the leading role. And Sora is likely the first platform that will be debuting everywhere. 

Numbers to watch

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Nvidia launched about two dozen new AI-powered healthcare-focused tools at its 2024 GTC conference.

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