😺 Musicians vs. Machines

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Welcome, humans.

It’s hard to know who to trust these days. It seems like the very same media institutions preaching “truth” are also the ones peddling their own agendas (you know who).

Here at The Neruon, you have our word that we’ll always deliver the facts, no matter what. This includes two important policies:

  1. When we’re wrong, we’ll own it.

  2. When we use AI, we’ll disclose it.

Thanks for putting your trust in us … now let’s have some fun, shall we?!

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

  • Universal Music is suing Anthropic for copyright infringement.

  • 42% of Mac users use AI apps daily.

  • Global funding for AI startups jumped 27% in Q3

  • ChatGPT can browse the web (for all users).

Universal Music Sues Anthropic For Infringing On Artists’ Songs.

"Hey Claude, whip up a tune about AI that channels the vibes of Taylor Swift's classic, ‘You Need to Calm Down.’”

  1. Claude: “k, done”.

  2. Universal Music: “hold up, that’s illegal”.

  3. Universal Music sues Anthropic.

Sound like déjà vu? That’s because we've heard variations of this "creatives suing tech companies for stealing their content" narrative a bazillion times.

Authors sued OpenAI for eating up their books. Artists sued Midjourney for pirating their work. Website owners sued Google for scraping their content. And we sued Sweetgreen for only filling our salad bowls 50%.

Honestly, these feuds are getting old, and there’s one obvious answer hidden in plain sight:

*Pay the creatives when you use their content to train your AI models.*

Music might just be the pioneer here:

  • Google and Universal Music might collab on a solution to help artists license their songs for AI-generated music.

  • YouTube is approaching music companies to secure rights for tracks that creators can repurpose.

Our two cents: AI models eating up all the world’s creative content to create new content is inevitable, but it’s important they do it the right way.

So, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh. 🎶
You need to calm down. 🎶
You're being too loud. 🎶


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Mac Users Are Using A Number Of AI Apps To Help Write.

42% of surveyed Mac users use AI apps every. single. day.

Oh, and none of these go-to apps go by the name ChatGPT (go figure: ChatGPT isn’t a Mac app—yet).

So what are they using instead?

  • TypingMind — a slick UI that lets you use ChatGPT + Claude on your Mac.

  • Elephas — an AI keyboard writing assistant for your iOS devices.

  • Spark — an AI writer that helps you respond to emails.

Take 'em for a spin and spill the tea on what you think!

Around the Horn.

  • Amazon’s AI-powered robots reduce the time it takes to fulfill orders by up to 25%.

  • Global investment in AI startups jumped 27% YoY in Q3 of 2023.

  • OpenAI officially relaunched ChatGPT’s ability to browse the internet!

  • Walmart’s 6 responsible AI principles: transparency, security, privacy, fairness, accountability, customer-centricity. Buzzword galore!

Treat To Try.

Some interesting intel was released on how OpenAI optimizes ChatGPT.

Why it matters: it’s helpful to structure your ChatGPT instructions using Markdown. Some rules of thumb:

  • use # for main headers.

  • use multiple ## for layers of subheaders.

  • use - to create bullet points

Bonus: you can also tell ChatGPT to “output in Markdown”

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Thursday Trivia.

One glance, everyone knows the rules. One of the cartoons below appeared in The New Yorker with the caption “I like this painting because it has a bench.” The other was created by DALL-E 3.

Which is which?



A Cat's Commentary.

Trivia answer: A was AI-generated and B was drawn by cartoonist Amy Hwang.

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