😺 ChatGPT goes down

PLUS: Coincidence or AI apocalypse??

Welcome, humans.

Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, went viral yesterday in a clip where he signed *checks notes* a woman's chest at a tech expo. Before he did, he said aloud, "Is that a good idea?". Aka, might I receive an email from HR later today saying, "We need to talk"?

Coincidentally, that's the same question we ask ourselves every night before hitting publish on this blurb. In our case, though, HR is ChatGPT-4o, and every time we ask it about potentially R-rated content, it responds, “As an AI language model, I don’t have the capacity to judge...” So, we know we're clear to publish!

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

  • We’re delivering the scoop on AI’s massive power outage this week.

  • Pika Labs snagged a cool $80M for its text-to-video AI.

  • Just 4% of Americans aged 14-22 use AI almost every day.

  • Nvidia's market cap hit a staggering $3T yesterday!

On the podcast: Why a former OpenAI researcher is sounding the alarm on AGI, ASI, and, yeah, even OpenAI. (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube).

What ChatGPT’s power outage really means for AI.

On Tuesday, Gen Z and Millennials experienced the most traumatizing event since the great Snapchat redesign of 2018: ChatGPT stopped working for several hours.

And so did Claude, Perplexity, and Gemini. No one knows exactly how it happened, but all four services resumed later that day.

The term traumatizing is, of course, an exaggeration, but ChatGPT’s first outage in over six months really showcased how deeply millions depend on AI chatbots to help them do their jobs these days.

People humorously (& fictitiously) rushed to X to lament that they couldn’t get any work done without ChatGPT. It was if a real power failure had occurred.

That’s just on X, though.

Back in the real world, most didn’t notice that ChatGPT went down cause, TBH, most people don’t use ChatGPT. And that’s sometimes easy to forget in our little AI bubble, where everyone uses and talks about AI 24/7.

Check out these stats:

  • According to a Common Sense Media survey, only 4% of Americans aged 14-22 use generative AI “almost daily or every day.”

  • And Pew reported back in March that just 20% of US adults say “they have ever used ChatGPT for tasks at work.”

BTW: If you know someone who wants to start using AI at work, definitely recommend our Intro to ChatGPT course—it’s perfect for beginners.

Other humorous reactions to AI's Tuesday blackout included fears of an AI apocalypse or suspicions that the FBI was testing a “kill switch” on overly powerful AI.

These are all jokes, of course (talking to you, HR!).

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Around the Horn.

  • Nvidia surpassed $3T in market cap yesterday—watch our video explaining how Nvidia came to dominate AI here!

  • Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott says previews of upcoming AI models show memory and reasoning at a level that can pass PhD qualifying exams.

  • Pika, an AI video generation tool, raised $80M just 14 months after being founded.

Treats To Try.

  1. Stable Audio Open is a text-to-audio tool from Stable Diffusion that can generate 47 seconds of sound effects and music.

  2. Steer is a MacOS app that improves your writing communication in real-time.

  3. Cartwheel creates 3D character animations from text prompts (raised $5.6M).

  4. Get your product featured here, in front of 450,000+ AI power users by filling out this form!

  5. ClickUp Brain is a knowledge management tool that uses AI to connect all your tasks, docs, and external sources.

  6. Liminal helps regulated enterprises deploy and use AI in compliance with regulations (raised $5M).

Thursday Trivia.

The only animal that comes close to rivaling our love for cats is a Golden Retriever. And like cats, they excel at wreaking havoc on household items!

One glance, everyone knows the rules: one image is AI-generated, and the other is real.

Which is which?

A Cat's Commentary.

Trivia Answer: The left is Google’s Imagen 3, and the right is real!

That’s all for today, for more AI treats, check out our website.

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