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OK, so we all had a bit of a go at Meta for saying that their LLaMA model was more open than it actually is, but maybe we’re about to eat our words… This article has convinced me that the presence of LLaMA is about to kickstart the generative art moment for chatbots. And it’s only taken a small push. Thanks to a combination of LLaMA model leaks and some legend compressing the models into a manageable size for personal computers, chatbot development is now accessible to everyone with a laptop.
Whilst this means that the tech is available to spammers, scammers, indoctrinators, and all-around bad actors, it also means that we’re entering a stage of truly open-source chatbot modelling. Is the AI world about to change again, accelerating at a pace not seen before?
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Talking of open-sourcing language models, there’s another band of ex-OpenAI employees on the loose, and it’s not the Anthropic team. Together (that’s the name of the company) has released OpenChatKit - their alternative to ChatGPT. With model weights, model code, and training data fully available, this is truly open. I have no idea how, but somehow it’s been trained with 100% negative carbon compute; it’s got customisation recipes for fine-tuning to get yourself an expert chatbot; and it has a top-notch retrieval system to apply live-updating data to your models.
As if Grammarly didn’t have enough presence interrupting YouTube videos and appearing between Insta reels, they’re about to get a whole load more attention as they step into the AI space (at least from us anyway). Enter GrammarlyGO. Using generative AI, they’ll be able to compose text in your own writing style, reply to emails, rewrite for tone and clarity, adjust the length of your text, and provide a prompt-space for guidance. This really is a big gun wading into the productivity space!
So that we don’t all get bored during the life-long wait for driverless cars, it looks like we might get something to wet our whistles with on the way there. According to Semafor, General Motors wants to bring chatbot-style assistants to your cars. They could potentially do things like telling you how to change a tire when it goes flat in the middle of a desert, or whether or not you’ll be able to make it to your destination when your tank is running low. With the need for absolute perfection with cars, this isn’t something I’m gonna get too excited about just yet, but still pretty damn cool.
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Product launches, updates and demos
Supermeme AI’s Magic - Enter any text and get relevant GIFs along with funny overlayed text on it! (link)
Kids Draw Magic - Let kids turn finger drawings into cool art. (link)
Kindle GPT - Use OpenAI to search over & chat with your books via Kindle highlights. (link)
ChatYouTube - Chat with any YouTube video by entering its URL. (link)
OpenChatKit - A powerful, open-source base to create chatbots for various applications. (link)
Chatbot UI - A simple, fully-functional chatbot starter kit using Next.js, TypeScript, and Tailwind CSS. (link)
MIDI-GPT - A tool you can use to generate MIDI files from natural language queries. (link)
HD Shot - Professional headshot photography for social media using AI. (link)
i18n - Translate your locale files with AI. (link)
Port for Facebook's LLaMA model in C/C++. (link)
This job does not exist - Explore the future of work imagined by artificial intelligence. (link)
Botz - Set your blog on autopilot with AI. (link)
Mottle - Build a chatbot using just a txt file without coding. (link)
Trellis - ChatGPT-powered custom tutor and textbook companion. (link)
Creator ML - YouTube ranker for video titles and thumbnails. (link)
Content Scale - AI content detector checks GPT-3, ChatGPT, & more for free. (link)
Storytime AI is now available for iOS - Custom bedtime stories for your kids. (link)
Dalai - Dead simple way to run LLaMa on your computer. (link)
Codeverter - Convert code to your programming language of choice. (link)
Stravl - Let our AI design your dream vacation. (link)
News, podcasts, videos, blogs etc
The state of competitive machine learning in 2022. (link)
Reinventing productivity with AI - event from Microsoft on 16th March. (link)
Jim Fan from Nvidia on foundation models for embodied agents and scaling data. (link)
AI is eating the world. (link)
The semi-automated social network is coming. (link)
What is coming next for text-to-SQL. (link)
How-to’s and resources
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Published research papers
PaLM-E - An embodied multimodal language model. (link)
Tag2Text - Guiding vision-language model via image tagging. (link)
Rewarding chatbots for real-world engagement with millions of users. (link)
Exphormer from Google - Sparse transformers for graphs. (link)
3D cinematography from a single image. (link)
MVImgNet - A large-scale dataset of multi-view images. (link)
StyleGANEX - StyleGAN-based manipulation beyond cropped aligned faces. (link)
Learning object-centric neural scattering functions for free-viewpoint relighting and scene composition. (link)
NeuralLift 360 - Lifting an in-the-wild 2D photo to a 3D object with 360° views. (link)
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