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OpenAI's GPT Store Launches Next Week!

Plus Google is working on Bard Advanced and Jeff Bezos Bets on startup Perplexity AI

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OpenAI’s app store for GPTs will launch next week

OpenAI is about to launch its own GPT App Store next week. This new store lets developers showcase their custom AI apps, built using OpenAI's text-gen models like GPT-4. Before listing, devs gotta check out OpenAI's new rules and make sure their stuff fits the bill. Last year, OpenAI hinted at this during their DevDay but had to push it back, probably because of some big changes at the top. 

Making these apps is easy-peasy, no coding needed. You just tell the GPT Builder what you want, and you got an AI chatbot. Up till now, devs could share their GPTs but couldn't list them publicly. Big question still hanging is how the money stuff will work in this store. OpenAI's keeping that under wraps till the launch. 

Google appears to be working on an ‘advanced’ version of Bard that you have to pay for

Google's cooking up something cool with "Bard Advanced." It's a fancier version of their Bard chatbot, but you gotta pay to use it. This new Bard's brainier, using Google's latest tech, Gemini Ultra, for smarter answers and tricky math. 

A dude named Dylan Roussel found this out and shared some sneak peeks. There's also talk about making your own custom bots with a thing called Motoko, but it's not clear if that's free. Plus, Google might add a "power up" feature to make your Bard chats even sharper and a "Gallery" to explore different topics. They're also adding a tab for keeping track of bigger tasks like making images. No word yet on when this stuff goes live, but Google's been busy beefing up Bard to keep up with ChatGPT and others.

Introducing a new Copilot key to kick off the year of AI-powered Windows PCs

Microsoft's introducing a game-changer for Windows 11 PCs: the Copilot key. It's a big deal, the first major keyboard update in almost 30 years. This key makes using AI on your computer super easy, just like the Windows key did back in the day. It's all about making computers smarter and more user-friendly, with AI built right into the system.

They've been working hard on this, making AI a daily helper with stuff like Bing search and Microsoft 365. And now, with partners like AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm, they're really kicking it up a notch. This key is a big step in their journey to make AI a regular part of our computer life. You'll start seeing it on new Windows 11 PCs, including Surface devices, from now through spring. It's a bold move into a future where AI and PCs are best buddies.

Shaping the future of advanced robotics

The Google DeepMind Robotics Team just dropped some serious tech on us with AutoRT, SARA-RT, and RT-Trajectory. They're making robots that get stuff done like cleaning your house or whipping up a meal. AutoRT uses big brain models to train robots better with real-world tasks. 

They tested this with up to 52 robots, doing over 77,000 trials in offices. Safety's a big deal here, so they've got rules like Asimov's "robots can't hurt humans" and other no-nos like sharp objects. They've also got physical kill switches just in case.

SARA-RT is about making robots think faster without losing smarts. RT-Trajectory is for teaching robots how to move. It uses videos with overlaid sketches to show robots how to do tasks, like wiping a table. 

Search startup Perplexity AI valued at $520 mln in funding from Bezos, Nvidia

Perplexity AI, a search startup, just bagged $73.6 million in funding, shooting its value up to $520 million. Big names like Nvidia and Amazon's Jeff Bezos are in on it. They're betting big on AI, and Perplexity's right in the thick of it. Their tech? It's all about quick, smart answers using various big-brain language models from OpenAI to Meta's Llama. 

Based in San Francisco, these guys have been busy, handling over 500 million queries last year with minimal marketing. They're small but growing fast, with plans to boost their team to 60 by year's end. Their online traffic's exploded, from 2.2 million to 45 million hits in just a month!

🧠RESEARCH

Microsoft introduces a new, simpler way to create high-quality text embeddings, avoiding the usual complex and big steps. They use fake data and less than 1,000 training steps, unlike other methods that need many stages of pre-training and fine-tuning with lots of text pairs and a few labeled datasets. Tests show their method works great without any real labeled data. Plus, mixing fake and real data, their model reaches top-notch results on major text embedding benchmarks.

A team from NVIDIA and UC San Diego developed a new method to make 3D images look super real using fewer computer resources. Usually, creating these images takes a lot of power and memory, but these folks figured out a way to do it better and faster, keeping the 3D look sharp and consistent from all angles. Their technique is like a smart shortcut that cuts down on the heavy lifting but still gets top-notch results. This is a big deal for making 3D images more realistic without needing a supercomputer. They tested it on some standard 3D image sets and set new records for quality.

"ODIN: A Single Model for 2D and 3D Perception" is a game-changer in the tech world. Created by hotshots from Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, and Microsoft, it's a model that can handle both flat pictures and 3D scenes. Until now, people thought you needed different tools for 2D and 3D stuff, but ODIN proves them wrong. It uses a smart design that switches between 2D and 3D, keeping track of where things are in space. It's nailing tests on various benchmarks, beating out older methods, especially when it gets the raw 3D data. Plus, it's rocking it in a setup where it has to understand instructions and act on them. 

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AI Fitness Planner - offers custom workout plans, personalized meal suggestions, and body composition analysis, all powered by AI, to help you achieve your fitness goals efficiently. 

RecordOnce - lets you make professional video tutorials in minutes. It uses AI for editing and fixing mistakes, making video creation easy for anyone. It records interactions instead of pixels, offering advanced editing options and even automatic voice-overs, all aimed at streamlining the video creation process.

Rawuser - designed to enhance website user engagement. It provides tailored user experiences and content, dynamically improving user interaction and conversion rates. 

Symbolab - comprehensive math solution tool offering step-by-step explanations for various math problems. It includes features for graphing, geometry, and a wide range of calculators. 

AImReply - streamlines email writing and response. It allows users to efficiently create personalized, error-free emails in multiple languages. 

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