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PLUS: OpenAI claps back...

Welcome, humans.

Nvidia announced three more AI chips—the RTX 4060 Super, RTX 4070 Ti Super, and RTX 4080 Super—by what seems like throwing darts at an alphabet board and adding “Super” at the end to crank up the cool factor. jk, but Jensen Huang is still a (Super)hero in our minds!

Here’s what you need to know about AI today:

  • Smartphone companies are racing to put AI at the center of devices.

  • OpenAI said, “The NYT is not telling the full story”.

  • 61% of Neuron readers think OpenAI/NYT will settle before a court decision.

  • Deloitte is rolling out a chatbot to 75K of its employees.

You might start using AI on your smartphone very soon. 

Pixel 8 Pro

Having useful AI assistants on our iPhones sounds like heaven. 

Picture this: a Siri that actually gets you. It chats, understands your tendencies, and even predicts your next move. Imagine it suggesting a text to a friend for a coffee meetup at [location] at [time], all based on your calendar and past cafe visits.

But here’s the catch: This dream has been just that, a dream, for a couple of reasons:

  1. Smartphone companies like Apple have really fumbled on modern AI assistants. Siri? More like Sir-what-did-you-say???

  2. Secondly, running AI models is a heavy-duty task requiring more computing power than most smartphones can handle. 

Psych!

In an interview with FT, Qualcomm’s CEO Christiano Amon said that “gen AI is evolving very, very fast into the [smartphone] device”. What changed?

  • Recently, we've got smartphone chips beefy enough to handle AI models right on your device (meaning they aren’t reliant on cloud servers). 

  • Plus, AI models themselves are getting leaner and meaner—they need less power to do more.

Now, tech giants are rallying their engineers for battle: Samsung is about to unveil new Galaxy phones “powered by AI” on 1/17, Apple is rumored to be giving Siri an AI makeover, and Google has already integrated Gemini Nano into its Pixel 8 Pro. 

As for now?

We're all about using the ChatGPT app on iOS and Android. Tip: Pin it as a widget on your home screen and try chatting with it!

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OpenAI claps back at The NYT.

Ladies and gents, get out your popcorn cause this showdown is straight out of a Hollywood script:

  • old money vs. new money.

  • media vs. tech.

  • east coast establishment vs. west coast innovators.

IT’S OPENAI VS. THE New York Times.

In Round #1, The NYT sued OpenAI/Microsoft for using its infringing on its articles to train and improve ChatGPT.

The lawsuit looks strong, with The NYT providing clear examples of ChatGPT using copyrighted articles and falsely attributing work to The NYT.

But yesterday, OpenAI clapped back, claiming:

  • training AI models on publically available internet content is fair use.

  • publishers can simply opt out of their content being used to train models.

  • ChatGPT regurgitating entire NYT articles is rare and examples were cherry-picked.

The conflict is dense with nuances, like whether The NYT actually competes with OpenAI on a business front (as they allege). We'll dive deeper into these intricacies soon. In the meantime, keep an eye on Cecilia Ziniti, Ben Thompson, and Andrew Ng, who are sharing their perspectives on the saga.

Around the Horn.

RAG vs. Fine-tuning

  • Amazon, Microsoft, and Google’s promises to protect businesses from IP claims are limited, according to some lawyers.

  • Duolingo laid off 10% of its contractors as it leans on AI to do more work.

  • Deloitte is deploying an internal chatbot to 75,000 of its employees.

  • Deep Learning has a bunch of helpful technical short courses on AI.

Tuesday Ticker.

Last week’s poll results are in:

We think a 9-figure settlement plus a licensing fee is a likely outcome, but TBD.

Time for some fortune-telling!

A Cat's Commentary.

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