OpenAI's Monday Announcement

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In today’s email:

  • OpenAI’s Monday Announcement

  • Neuralink Setbacks

  • Google’s AI Agents Forecast

  • Elevenlabs Music Generator

  • Stories you may have missed

  • 10 New AI Tools

  • Latest AI Research Papers

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Today’s trending AI news stories

OpenAI to Announce Google Search Competitor on Monday, Sources Say

OpenAI is poised to introduce its AI-powered search product, positioning itself in competition with Google, as it integrates its flagship ChatGPT to adeptly gather real-time web information.

The extension of ChatGPT now facilitates direct web data extraction with citations, aiming to rectify its historical struggle with accuracy. Meanwhile, rival Perplexity, founded by a former OpenAI researcher, presents a compelling alternative, with a $1 billion valuation and 10 million monthly active users.

Despite ChatGPT's initial success, its traffic has fluctuated, prompting OpenAI to retire previous attempts at real-time data integration. With the imminent release of its search product and increasing competition, OpenAI faces pressure to maintain and expand its user base amidst a dynamic AI landscape. Read more. 

Neuralink, Elon Musk's brain-computer interface (BCI) venture, encountered a slight hitch in its design, affecting its performance post-installation. The unique design, featuring a coin-sized puck containing electronics and 64 flexible threads with electrodes, encountered mechanical issues, leading to a decrease in data transfer rate.

While Neuralink's implant aims to decode brain signals for cursor control and typing, its reliability has been questioned due to thread retraction post-surgery.

Despite the setback, Neuralink's demonstration showcased promising results, but its competitors, such as Synchron and Paradromics, highlight the importance of robust and reliable designs. As Neuralink navigates these challenges, the road to commercializing brain-computer interfaces may involve further adjustments to ensure a seamless path to commercialization. Read more.

Deepmind CEO Demis Hassabis Says AI Agents for Complex Tasks Coming in 1-2 Years

Demis Hassabis, CEO of DeepMind, predicts that AI systems will soon evolve beyond mere question answering to independently planning and acting. Speaking to Bloomberg, Hassabis anticipates the emergence of "agent-like" systems within the next one to two years, capable of proactive decision-making.

DeepMind's focus on this advancement is evident in projects like the Gemini language model and the RT-2 robot program, which showcase the company's commitment to imbuing AI with real-world agency through a fusion of reinforcement learning with cutting-edge multimodal models.

Though some raise concerns about increased energy consumption, Hassabis remains a staunch optimist, believing AI's potential applications in medicine, energy, and climate mitigation will far outweigh any drawbacks. Read more.

ElevenLabs Previews Music-Generating AI Model 

ElevenLabs' new AI model, ElevenLabs Music, croons its way into the spotlight, transforming prompts into song lyrics. This echoes OpenAI's social-media-inspired video generation with Sora. The brainchild of ex-Google and Palantir employees, ElevenLabs specializes in machine learning (ML) applications for voice cloning and synthesis across multiple languages, including tools for dubbing entire movies.

Despite these challenges, ElevenLabs envisions a marketplace where users can monetize AI-generated songs while maintaining control over their voice clones, offering a unique avenue for creative expression and entrepreneurship. Read more.  

Etcetera: Stories you may have missed

10 new AI-powered tools from around the web

TalentAgent accelerates IT pros' careers with personalized resume analysis, AI exposure assessment, and enterprise tool matching for enhanced job search and skill development.

AlphaBot integrates AI with human expertise in real-time interactions, enhancing business communication. It learns continuously, alerts for missing knowledge, and ensures seamless conversations with customers. offers a user-friendly estate planning platform with LegacyScore feature, assessing estate readiness and providing personalized recommendations for efficient planning.

Expressive AI Avatars by Synthesia facilitates rapid creation of lifelike videos. With advanced AI avatars autonomously interpret textual input, delivering nuanced performances across a spectrum of emotions.

Loom AI Workflows automatically transcribes Loom videos into text documents. Utilize instant video-to-text conversion for bug reporting, process documentation, and how-to guides.

Ilus AI is an AI illustration generator for quick, stylistically consistent artwork creation, catering to designers and content creators, offering customizable models and versatile export formats.

Voice Director by Replica Studios offers ethical Voice AI & Text-to-Speech solutions for creators, facilitating immersive experiences across gaming, animation, audiobooks, film, e-learning, and social media.

Retrovision App converts images into detailed 3D meshes using AI-generated depth, offering precise control over projection parameters. Ideal for creating 3D scenes from interior/exterior images.

Dashworks is an AI Knowledge Assistant, facilitating quick access to organizational knowledge across departments, enhancing productivity, reducing response times, and ensuring data security.

Cubby is a collaborative research tool, offering private workspaces to store and annotate diverse content types with AI-powered features for synthesis and insight generation.

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

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