๐Ÿ˜บ Adobe's impressive AI

PLUS: Bard, not so much

Welcome, humans.

A random cyclone hit San Francisco yesterday and knocked out our power. We're writing this by literal candlelight. Oh, the effort we go to make sure you get your daily dose of AI...

Hereโ€™s whatโ€™s going on in the world of AI today:

  • Adobe's flashy splash onto the AI scene ๐Ÿ”ฅ

  • Google Bard fails to impress for now ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  • Bill Gates weighs in on AI ๐Ÿ“œ

  • Chatbot-ify your Notion/Confluence? ๐Ÿค–

Adobe Arrives At The Party ๐ŸŽ‰

Let's start with the best news of the day.

Adobe's launching waitlist signups for Firefly, an impressive suite of AI tools:

  • Create images from a prompt

  • Replace sections of an image

  • Generate effects/designs to layer on top of text

  • Generate custom vectors, brushes and textures

  • Edit video and 3D models

...all created without slurping up art/images from the Internet en masse. That should stave off the kind of legal troubles coming to Stable Diffusion.

What the community is saying:

  • Designers are impressed that it's not just image generation but also all the other tools needed in the design workflow. This launch makes tools like Canva's AI feel incredibly limited.

  • Artists, on the other hand, are still cautious, especally since the "ethics" branding comes from a company infamous for tricking its users into paying more.

For the rest of us: This is a reminder of just how dominant Adobe is in creative work. Only someone like Adobe, who makes the industry's go-to photo/video editing software, would have all the data needed to create these capabilities.


This Startup Uses AI To Deliver Marketing Campaigns ๐Ÿ‘‡

Most companies market products in a way they think might land with customers.

But RAD AI leverages proprietary AI to craft marketing messages they know will landย with customers.

  • The B2B SaaS startup scans millions of web pages, Reddit threads, and APIs to craft a content strategy that taps into consumer psychology.

  • Their results are rad and the startup has landed clients like Accenture, Ro, MGM and Dignity Health.

  • Featured on Benzinga, Tech Crunch, Entrepreneur and Vanity Fair

After growing 310% last year with a $2.2 million run rate, RAD is raising a community round with thousands of investors participating.

Join over 3,500 investors (VC and private) and invest on Wefunder before the round closes.

Google Bard Mostly Disappoints ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Ever since Google tried and failed to drum up hype, we had middling expectations for the ChatGPT competitor from Mountain View.

Well, Google Bard is out (sign up here), but it doesn't appear to be showing up Bing Chat any time soon.

To Google's credit, they're already taking people off the waitlist, which they haven't done for other products.

But early reports say Bard isn't as good: 1, 2, 3, 4. It even thought it was shut down.

It's not all bad. Google has a ton of unexplored potential through data from Google Maps (traffic! reviews!) and YouTube, along with integrations with Google Workspace and Gmail.

Around the Horn ๐Ÿฆ„

  • Nvidia CEO's developer conference keynote launches AI Foundations, a models-as-a-service for enterprises wanting to deploy AI models. Competes with OpenAI and Microsoft.

  • Bill Gates publishes a long essay on AI and its use in global health and education.

  • Gaming studio Ubisoft releases a tool to make in-game characters sound more real.

  • Prominent investor Sarah Guo: "Every Company Needs an AI Strategy"

Treats To Try ๐Ÿฟ

  • Microsoft Image Creator is now available directly through Bing Chat.

  • Chatshape: Make a chatbot out of a Notion, Confluence, Quip or anything else. (LAUNCH40 for a 40% discount)

  • Trellis: Turn ChatGPT into your personal tutor and textbook companion.

  • nat.dev: Try language models like ChatGPT-4, Anthropic Claude and Alpaca under one roof.

  • Glaze: A new tool that shields artist creations from being used to train AI models.

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