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Sam Altman SPEAKS at WGS 2024 | GPT-5 is "smarter", Deploying AGI, Open Source GPT. Are we ready?

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Sam Altman SPEAKS at WGS 2024 | GPT-5 is "smarter", Deploying AGI, Open Source GPT. Are we ready?

Sam Altman emphasizes the importance of AI becoming smarter and its potential to positively impact society. He advocates for global collaboration in AI regulation, highlighting the need for action plans beyond discussions. Altman also encourages youth worldwide to embrace AI's opportunities, assuring them of a bright future. 

He emphasizes the need for patience as AI develops, with the promise of significant advancements in the coming years. Finally, it briefly mentions the strategic and security considerations of AI development, highlighting international efforts to secure a sustainable and beneficial AI future.

Nvidia’s Chat with RTX is a promising AI chatbot that runs locally on your PC

Nvidia rolls out "Chat with RTX," a tool for GeForce RTX 30 and 40 Series card owners, enabling offline AI chatbots on Windows PCs. Users can personalize GenAI models like ChatGPT, accessing local files for queries. However, it consumes significant storage (50-100GB), supporting various text formats and YouTube transcriptions. 

Yet, limitations exist: it can't retain context for follow-up questions and response quality varies. While not suitable for production, local AI model usage is a growing trend, aligning with the World Economic Forum's forecast for increased offline GenAI device availability, prioritizing privacy and cost-effectiveness.

Microsoft Working on New AI Feature to Enhance PC Games

Microsoft is cooking up an AI boost for PC gaming on Windows 11, akin to Nvidia's DLSS. The feature aims to rev up frame rates and visuals, especially for windowed games, potentially delivering smoother play and enhanced details. Alongside this, a color management tweak allows users to fine-tune settings for more vibrant visuals on HDR monitors. 

Although the update's release date remains uncertain, its inclusion in test builds hints at an imminent rollout. Microsoft's drive to enhance gaming performance on Windows 11 continues, promising a brighter gaming future for PC enthusiasts.

Gemini app is coming to Google Assistant headphones

Google is expanding Gemini, its AI-powered Assistant, to headphones. This move follows last week's launch focused on smartphones. Code hints at Gemini's arrival on headphones, promising generative AI responses. Even with Gemini enabled on phones, Pixel Buds Pro still trigger the Assistant. The expansion may prioritize earbuds over Smart Displays/speakers for a safer start. 

Notably, error messages suggest heavy traffic on the Gemini app. Meanwhile, development continues on "Look and Talk" for Pixel Tablets. Gemini's optimization for headphones, especially response length, and potential playback customization remain points of interest.

Cohere for AI launches open source LLM for 101 languages

Cohere for AI has launched Aya, an open-source large language model (LLM) supporting 101 languages, doubling existing models' coverage. Aya dataset, with human annotations, addresses the scarcity of training material for less common languages. Sara Hooker, Cohere's VP of research, emphasizes the project's enormity involving 3000+ collaborators worldwide. 

Aya surpasses previous models in performance and expands coverage to over 50 underserved languages. Aleksa Gordic, a former Google DeepMind researcher, stresses the importance of multilingual data for LLMs' development, calling for global research collaboration and government support. Cohere's Aya model and datasets are accessible on Hugging Face, aiming to democratize AI access.

Ex-Amazon Duo’s Marqo Raises Funding to Build AI Search Tech

AI startup Marqo, founded by ex-Amazon experts Jesse Clark and Tom Hamer, secures $12.5 million in funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Marqo specializes in AI-powered unstructured data searches, aiding companies in leveraging their data efficiently. 

The Series A round also sees investments from Blackbird Ventures and January Capital. The funding aims to advance Marqo's technology and propel the commercialization of its search platform, simplifying data management for businesses.

Ex-Salesforce Co-CEO Bret Taylor and longtime Googler Clay Bavor raised $110 million to bring AI ‘agents’ to business

Former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor and ex-Google exec Clay Bavor launched Sierra, a conversational AI platform for businesses, after a casual lunch chat. Their startup, backed by $110 million from investors, aims to revolutionize AI for business use. Sierra's approach focuses on natural interactions, providing AI "agents" for customer support and management. 

Unlike competitors, Sierra builds customized AI models for clients, believing many lack the resources for DIY solutions. Taylor's journey, from Google to Salesforce and now Sierra, reflects his passion for tech innovation. Sierra's innovative approach and experienced team position it as a contender in the competitive AI market.


The Aya model by Cohere is a game changer in language tech, teaching a computer to understand and follow instructions in 101 languages, with a focus on those not usually in the spotlight. It's smarter than previous models in most tests and covers twice as many languages. The team also made sure it plays nice, checking for fairness and safety, and shared everything for free online.

The Aya Dataset is a game-changer, making a huge leap for AI by including instructions in 65 languages, not just English. It's a massive collection with over 513 million examples, designed to make AI smarter in understanding commands in tons of languages. This project, involving folks from 119 countries, not only fills a big gap but also shows how working together can lead to awesome advancements.

OS-Copilot introduces FRIDAY, a digital whiz that can handle a wide range of computer tasks, from surfing the web to juggling files and apps. It's a big step up, outdoing others by 35% in tests, and it even gets better on its own by learning from past tasks. This setup could revolutionize how we think about computer helpers, making them more versatile and hands-off.

Fiddler cranks up the efficiency in running big, smart computer models by getting the brain (CPU) and muscle (GPU) to work better together. It lets these models, which usually need tons of space, run on regular computers without slowing down. This trick makes it way faster than before, opening doors for using super smart models on everyday devices. 

PIVOT is a cutting-edge method that lets vision-language models (VLMs) guide robots or perform spatial tasks without needing specific training data. It works by using images with visual cues to help the model make decisions, refining these cues iteratively to improve accuracy. This approach has shown promise in robot control and navigation, demonstrating a new way for VLMs to interact with the physical world, despite its early-stage performance. 

MusicMagus is a breakthrough in tweaking tunes with just text, offering a way to change the vibe, genre, or instruments in a song without messing up the rest. It's smart enough to understand your words and make the music match, all without needing extra training. The tests show it's top-notch at making these swaps, proving it's not just talk but can actually deliver in real music-making situations​.


Suno - presents a unique Valentine's Day experience, allowing you to create a personalized song for your Valentine. 

Coze - AI chatbot building platform. Quickly create bots without coding and publish them on various platforms

Kompas AI - focuses on deploying sophisticated AI agents to streamline work processes, offering solutions that aim to enhance productivity and decision-making across various industries. 

Keap -  offers a CRM and automation platform designed to help small businesses grow. 

Magicprints - designs merchandise using artificial intelligence



ChatGPT is getting ‘memory’ to remember who you are and what you like

OpenAI is upgrading ChatGPT with "memory" to make conversations more personal. Users can choose to have the bot remember specific details or let it learn over time. Despite benefits, privacy concerns arise as the bot accumulates user data. OpenAI assures users control over memory settings, including an incognito mode. THE VERGE

Adobe’s Very Cautious Gambit to Inject AI Into Everything

Adobe's new AI tool, Firefly, aims to revolutionize creativity by generating images from specific prompts. Photographers were hired to capture mundane subjects like bananas and flags to train Firefly. This AI, building on predecessors like Dall-E, creates hyper-realistic images from text inputs, from political satire to mundane scenes. BLOOMBERG

Otter brings GenAI to your meetings with AI summaries, AI chat and more

Otter AI introduces Meeting GenAI, enhancing its meeting assistant with new AI tools including chatbot queries for past meetings, AI chat for teams, and meeting summaries. CEO Sam Liang cites personal experience and aims to rival services like Microsoft Copilot and Zoom AI Companion. Features are free for users. TECHCRUNCH

OpenAI’s Altman Sees UAE as World’s AI Regulatory Testing Ground

OpenAI's Sam Altman suggests the UAE could be a testing ground for global AI regulations. Calling for controlled trials before rules, Altman proposes using the country as a model for understanding AI's impact. This approach, he argues, allows for learning from mistakes and successes, shaping future regulations worldwide. BLOOMBERG

Protesters gather outside OpenAI office, opposing military AI and AGI

Dozens protested outside OpenAI's San Francisco HQ against AI advancement, particularly AGI, fearing its potential surpassing human intellect and military applications. Triggered by OpenAI's policy changes allowing military use, protesters demand ethical boundaries. Groups like Pause AI and No AGI advocate for halting AGI development to ensure safety and societal preservation. VENTUREBEAT

McAfee Research Reveals Love Bytes: 45% of Men Will Turn to AI to Write Love Messages this Valentine’s Day

McAfee's study shows 45% of men consider using AI for Valentine's messages, up from 30% last year. 58% worry about fake profiles online. 39% plan to use AI for online dating profiles, despite 64% distrusting AI-generated content. Romance scams affect 31% of Americans, highlighting the need for caution in online dating. BUSINESSWIRE

Couply Creates World's-First AI Personalized Relationship Coach

Couply introduces Couply AI, the world's first personalized AI relationship coach. It provides tailored advice and date ideas 24/7, based on the couple's dynamics and interests. Developed from insights gathered over five years from 400,000 couples worldwide, it aims to address common relationship challenges. With input from experts, it offers insights into communication, intimacy, and fostering trust. BUSINESSWIRE

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