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Microsoft seeks Plan B for more cost-effective AI, sidestepping OpenAI’s GPT-4

Summary Microsoft owns just under half of OpenAI, but is reportedly still working on a Plan B for AI that is more efficient. The reason, according to The Information, is that OpenAI’s AI models, such as GPT-4, are expensive to run. The outlet claims its sources are an employee and one who recently left. Microsoft …

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Pika Labs AI video generator can now embed words and images into videos

Matthias Bastian Online journalist Matthias is the co-founder and publisher of THE DECODER. He believes that artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the relationship between humans and computers. Pika Labs’ AI video generator on Discord has two new features. “Videotyping” allows you to embed letters and words in different styles into a short video. The prompt …

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GPT-4 could be the great skill leveler for consultants, study shows

Summary The consulting industry is about to be disrupted by large language models such as GPT-4, according to a study. The study was conducted by the Boston Consulting Group together with researchers from Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Warwick Business School, and the Wharton School. It analyzed the work of 758 randomly selected Boston Consulting …

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Meta to launch AI chatbots with unique personalities tailored to influencers

Meta Platforms plans to release AI chatbots with distinct personalities on its social media apps, with the first of these agents expected to be announced at the Meta Connect conference this week, the WSJ reports. These generative AI bots are being developed to increase engagement, serve more ads, and appeal to younger audiences amid TikTok’s …

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ChatGPT can now hear, speak, see, and understand multimodal prompts

Summary ChatGPT will be getting new features in the coming weeks to make interaction more intuitive. Some of these are previously announced speech and image recognition features. OpenAI is extending ChatGPT’s speech capabilities first in its apps for iOS and Android. You could already use voice chat instead of typing based on OpenAI’s open-source Whisper …

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OpenAI’s DALL-E 3 has an incredible attention to detail

Summary Ahead of the October launch, OpenAI staff and users from the research community are sharing DALL-E 3 samples. The leap from the previous model is huge. OpenAI introduced DALL-E 3 with an image of an avocado in therapy, complaining to her psychiatrist about her suffering, a spoon: “I just feel so empty inside.” Prompt: …

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Elevenlabs launches free book classics narrated by high-quality AI voices

Summary Synthetic voice startup Elevenlabs presents six classic stories in multiple languages, all read by a believable AI voice. They include classics like “Winnie the Pooh” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” The company’s “big dream” is to make every public book available in any language, with any voice, in high quality, it writes. The …

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Web statistics show that generative AI is mostly ChatGPT hype

Summary Generative AI is supposed to change our work in many areas, but web statistics show that the sector is driven and dominated by ChatGPT. A16z analyzed traffic to various GenAI-related websites using Similarweb. Among the top 50 “GenAI” web applications, ChatGPT is by far the most popular, accounting for 60 percent of the total …

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German news anchors fall victim to deepfake in AI-driven investment scam

Summary There have been repeated warnings about the dangers of deepfakes. Now we have two concrete cases. The well-known ZDF presenter Christian Sievers and Tagesschau presenter André Schünke are victims of deepfake abuse. In a promotional video on Facebook, the fake Sievers promises big profits with new AI-supported investment platforms. With “minimal effort”, German citizens …

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Google may ditch Broadcom, build its own Tensor Processing Units by 2027 to save billions

Summary Google is reportedly considering bringing its Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), currently supplied by Broadcom, entirely in-house to save costs. If true, the tech giant would develop its TPUs entirely in-house by 2027. According to a report from The Information, Google executives have been discussing cutting ties with Broadcom for some time now and manufacturing …

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