Sunday Signal #36
Voice Via Avatar, ChatGPT Goes Custom and Meta Multilingual
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💎 5 News Nuggets
UCSF neurosurgeon Edward Chang / Todd Dubnicoff
🔗 Link: AI has restored a paralysed woman's voice. Ann now communicates via a digital avatar using a brain-computer interface that synthesises speech and facial expressions from brain signals.
🔗 Link: ChatGPT custom instructions are now live in the EU and UK. Users can set preferences for word limits or tone, helping with tasks from fourth-grade math to family planning like meals and holidays.
🔗 Link: A US judge ruled that AI-generated art can't be copyrighted. A federal judge upheld a finding from the US Copyright Office, stating that copyright law has never protected works created by AI without human guidance.
🔗 Link: AI is being used to train social care staff. An avatar of a real-life trainer is being piloted to welcome new staff in multiple languages and teach them skills including spotting signs of stroke, speeding up the onboarding process.
🔗 Link: OpenAI releases fine-tuning for ChatGPT 3.5 Turbo. This gives developers the ability to customise models that perform better for their use cases and run these custom models at scale.
🎨 4 Cool Creations
Mark Zuckerberg / Analytics India Magazine
🔗 Link: Meta releases SeamlessM4T. It’s capable of translating and transcribing close to 100 languages across both speech-to-text and text-to-speech. This brings us closer to a world where everyone can be understood.
🔗 Link: ElevenLabs introduces Eleven Multilingual v2. A multilingual text-to-speech tool that includes languages like Korean, Dutch, and Vietnamese to generate emotionally rich speech. Customers can now use voice cloning to communicate in nearly 30 languages.
🔗 Link: Code Llama is a state-of-the-art large language model for coding. It can generate, explain, and debug your code, whilst handling inputs of 100,000 tokens, outperforming most specialised models. This might be the strongest competitor to ChatGPT we’ve seen.
🔗 Link: Midjourney releases a generative infill feature. Users can now type descriptions to add or adjust elements in images, positioning themselves as a strong contender to Adobe Photoshop's Generative Fill.
💡 3 Startup Spotlights
Fast Company / Rawpixel
🔗 Link: Hugging Face has secured $235M in Series D funding from companies including Google, Amazon and Nvidia. The company creates tools that allow users to build, train, and deploy machine learning models. The investment values the company at $4.5B, doubling its valuation since May 2022.
🔗 Link: Customer engagement platform Beamer received a $20M investment from Camber Partners. The no-code platform builds tools for measuring and monitoring product engagement, an industry where a 5% increase can boost profits by up to 95%.
🔗 Link: US AI startup Poolside AI raised a whopping $126M seed round. Moving to Paris to create a code-writing tool, the company's decision is backed by investors like Xavier Niel and enhances France's AI industry, reflecting the country's interest in talent.
🐥 2 Top Tweets
Jensen Huang / The Telegraph
🔗 Link: NVIDIA announces record-breaking earnings. Revenue of $13.51B, up 88% from Q1, and 101% from a year ago is bolstered by demand for their data centres, partnering with companies on AI initiatives including Snowflake, SoftBank and Hugging Face.
🔗 Link: Does AI have consciousness? Dr Jim Fan, Senior AI Scientist at NVIDIA shares his take on the 88-page research paper, addressing the controversial topic.
🍿 1 Media Marvel
AI Cyberpunk is Coming / Reddit
🔗 Link: AI CCTV in the workplace. I saw this thought-provoking clip for what the future of AI & work could be. Are we going to be monitoring employee output to the second?
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