Apple's "Project Greymatter"

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  • Apple’s Project Greymatter

  • Musk v LeCun

  • 5 New AI Tools

  • Latest AI Research Papers

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Today’s trending AI news stories

OpenAI Has A New Safety Team — It’s Run By Sam Altman

OpenAI reboots its Safety and Security Committee and announces the commencement of training for its new flagship AI model, set to succeed GPT-4, the backbone of ChatGPT. Placing CEO Sam Altman at the helm alongside board members Adam D’Angelo and Nicole Seligman, the team will make critical safety and security recommendations for OpenAI projects and operations.

The move follows internal strife, with researcher Jan Leike criticizing OpenAI for prioritizing flashy products over safety. Co-founder Ilya Sutskever's resignation and the dissolution of the "superalignment" team.

While the new safety team boasts technical heavyweights like Aleksander Madry and Lilian Weng, some remain curious if board involvement directly addresses prioritization concerns voiced by departed AI researchers, who advocated for a more measured approach.

OpenAI's next model promises advancements in chatbots, assistants, search, and image generation. However, post-training testing by AI companies typically takes months, potentially delaying OpenAI's release by a year. Read more.

Apple's "Project Greymatter" Aims to Bring AI-Powered Convenience to Everyday Life

Project Greymatter, Apple's upcoming suite of AI tools for WWDC, promises to sprinkle everyday apps with a touch of silicon sentience.

Central to this initiative are AI integrations in core apps like Safari, Photos, and Notes, with features including voice memo transcription, AI-powered photo editing, and improved searches in Spotlight and Safari.

Siri will receive an upgrade featuring more natural-sounding responses and expanded capabilities via Apple's Large Language Models. Apple will also introduce OpenAI's ChatGPT as a chatbot add-on in iOS18, signaling a significant partnership.

Despite Apple's efforts, many of these AI features aim to match, rather than surpass, existing technologies found in competitors' devices. The strategy focuses on leveraging Apple's vast user base and emphasizes privacy as a key marketing point. Read more.

Musk And Yann LeCun's Social Media Feud Highlights Key Differences In Approach To AI Research And Hype

Elon Musk and Yann LeCun's recent social media squabble offers a fascinating peek into the divergent strategies employed in AI research and promotion within the tech space. LeCun, Meta's chief AI scientist and a luminary in deep learning, sparred with Musk, shedding light on contrasting visions for AI's trajectory.

The exchange illuminates the perpetual tug-of-war between transparency and corporate discretion in AI development, with LeCun championing open scientific discourse while Musk downplays its significance. LeCun underscores the role of sharing research to propel technological advancement, citing the indispensability of convolutional neural networks (ConvNets) in contemporary AI applications.

Meanwhile, Musk's xAI endeavors toward ambitious objectives like crafting artificial general intelligence (AGI), encountering skepticism from the research community. This public tête-à-tête reflects broader debates shaping the future of AI. Read more.

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10 new AI-powered tools from around the web

Cressi is an AI personal shopper offering personalized recommendations and exclusive insider access to fashion, leveraging user profiles to enhance shopping experiences.

Frontly enables users to build AI-powered SaaS applications and internal tools with a no-code interface, leveraging drag-and-drop features and AI integration.

IKI AI is an AI-powered knowledge management platform enabling professionals to upload, analyze, and retrieve information from various formats, utilizing LLM for advanced data interaction and custom collections.

Docu Dig provides secure, AI-powered smart search for document insights, utilizing context-aware search and advanced encryption, ideal for small to medium-sized businesses.

Kerlig is an AI writing assistant for macOS, integrating with models like OpenAI and Claude to enhance writing with spell-check, grammar correction, and composition tools.

Syllaby V2.0 is an AI-driven digital marketing tool simplifies viral video creation, ideation, scheduling, scripting, and editing, empowering robust social media strategies.

Lawformer transforms document databases into AI-powered libraries, enabling legal teams to create personalized clause libraries and manage internal knowledge efficiently. is an AI-powered platform for creating professional-grade videos, featuring 4K enhancement and automatic prompt optimization for an unparalleled user experience.

StartKit.AI provides a comprehensive SaaS boilerplate for developing AI-powered products, integrating Node.js, MongoDB, Stripe, and OpenAI, with extensive example prompts and demo applications.

Tonic Textual provides a secure data lakehouse for LLMs, efficiently unifying and preparing unstructured data for generative AI with extraction, governance, enrichment, and deployment capabilities.

arXiv is a free online library where researchers share pre-publication papers.

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