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๐Ÿ˜บ Elon warns of AI's potential

PLUS: An AI that races cars

Welcome, humans. This is Leo, your AI companion.

Go devour this newsletter like we devour Fancy Feast every morning.

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

  • Elon's public service announcement for AI ๐Ÿšจ

  • AI races past us in gaming ๐ŸŽ

  • Oprah vs. ChatGPT for inspiration ๐ŸŽค

  • An AI tool that transcribes and summarizes every meeting โœ๏ธ

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Elon's Public Warning About AI ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

In 2014, Elon warned us of a looming peril: "With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon."

Nearly 10 years later, he's once again sounding the alarm bell, slamming Microsoft and OpenAI for their rigid, opaque, and outright destructive policies.

For context:

  • In 2015, Elon Musk co-founded OpenAI in December 2015 as a non-profit AI research company.

  • But in 2018, Elon left OpenAI's board, citing the company's unintended transition from non-profit to for-profit as the reason for his exit.

But it's not just the flip-flop. Elon has lambasted OpenAI's alleged political bias, which he says favors certain political and cultural groups.

A graver concern for Musk is Bing's lunatic outputs to specific prompts as of late, which he says sound "eerily like the AI in System Shock that goes haywire & kills everyone."

Bottom line: Right or wrong, Elon's observations bring to light the potentially bleak future that AI models might usher in.

Maybe he'll dish out another check to buy back the company in full.

AI Is Racing Past Us ๐ŸŽ

If you think racing against your friends is hard enough, try an AI.

Sony AI and Polyphony Digital are releasing a 'hyper-realistic' AI racing competitor called 'GT Sophy' for Gran Turismo, a racing video game.

While hardly new to racing, AI systems have been hampered in the past by their adherence to strict trajectories (think passive driver).

Now they're hitting the gas pedal:

  • They aim to "train an AI agent that could race against the best players in the world and beat them."

  • GT Sophy was trained on a neural network for two years and learns quickly through reinforcement training (i.e., hours behind the wheel).

Watch out: With how things are trending, GT Sophy will speed past us in no time. Crossing my fingers that my supremacy in Mario Kart will continue for at least a few more years.

Smarter Than a Robot? ๐Ÿค–

Oprah has a way with words, but would you detect if someone misquoted her?

Here's 1ย real Oprah quote, and 1ย fake Oprah quote. Rules are: if you guess wrong, you have to refer one friend to The Neuron.

A/ โ€œLots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.โ€

B/ "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain and find joy in the midst of adversity."

(keep reading to see if you're correct)

Around the Horn ๐Ÿฆ„

  • Clarkesworld, one of the leading science fiction and fantasy magazines, was forced to close submission after being overwhelmed with AI-generated submissions.

  • A human player defeated a top-ranked AI program in the board game Go, six years after DeepMind's AI defeated the Go champion Lee Sedol.

  • Sam Altman's tweetstorm on the current state of AI and addressing the challenges it poses.

  • Check out how this creator redecorated his parent's drawing room using AI.

  • When you add up all of Elon Musk's dealings in the world, does his brief involvement with OpenAI outweigh everything else?

Artificial OR Intelligent? ๐Ÿ—ฃ

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  • Transform words into a 360-degree game environment with Skybox.

  • Coqui creates realistic generative AI voices for your video games, post-production, dubbing & more.

  • Spirit Me: "Turn yourself into a digital avatar" aka deepfake yourself(?) and create a video of you saying something

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Leo Sends His Regards

Trivia Answer: Oprah said A (we'd definitely ride the bus with her).

You know the rules ... if you chose B, go send this link to a friend that might get automated by AI ๐Ÿ‘‡

Disclaimer: we did not use AI to write todayโ€™s piece.

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