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Microsoft’s internal emails leaked...👀

Plus: China’s Vidu challenges Sora ⚔️

Hey AI-preneurs!

What goes into your mind when you hear Mario?

Nostalgia? Happiness? Urge to kick adulthood?

In some cool AI news, we came across a post on Reddit that can generate Mario levels with just a prompt and we think that’s very cool. 

All thanks to AI. 

Let’s get into the headlines for today!

OpenAI pays for news content 📰

OpenAI is back with a brand new deal.

This time, it’s with the beige-colored news platform, UK’s Financial Times (FT). 

What are the deal constituents?

  1. OpenAI will use FT’s content to train its AI model 

  2. ChatGPT will now be able to answer questions with short summaries from FT articles directly linking the articles as well.

  3. FT is also going to use AI to build new interesting stuff for its readers.

This way, it’s a win-win for OpenAI and FT.

The only concern it raises is while it’s positive to see AI companies paying for the training datasets, this might inspire other companies to follow in their footsteps soon.

This trend could lead to a scenario where only big, wealthy corporations can access and utilize large datasets for training their AI models.

Let’s see how this affects other companies. 👀


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Microsoft’s OpenAI investment was triggered by fear

Fear is a strong motivator.

For Microsoft, it was so strong that they invested $1 billion in OpenAI in 2019 because it was ‘very worried’ being years behind Google’s AI efforts.

Recently, an internal email from Microsoft's CTO Kevin Scott to CEO Satya Nadella and co-founder Bill Gates came to light.

Revealing that it took Microsoft SIX months to replicate Google's BERT language model due to insufficient infrastructure. 

Scott also mentioned how he initially brushed off the AI efforts of companies like OpenAI and Google DeepMind but quickly changed his tune when he saw their impressive strides, especially in natural language processing. 

He was in awe of Google's autocomplete features in Gmail, calling them "scarily good."

The fear influenced Nadella to forward Scott's thoughts to the CFO, signaling to proceed with the investment. 

Who would've thought that a simple email expressing AI anxiety could reshape the entire trajectory of a tech giant like Microsoft?

It shows how powerful those internal conversations can be, even in the biggest of companies.

Airbnb 🤝 AI

It’s that time of the year! Summer updates for Airbnb. 

First off, they've launched a new "Icons" category featuring experiences hosted by celebs from music, movies, TV, and sports. 

How awesome is that?

Airbnb is also introducing an AI assistant that can suggest replies to help hosts answer common guest questions efficiently such as sending the guests the property’s checkout guide.

It's like having your own virtual concierge.

Words from Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky:

“I think there is a lot of potential for applying AI to the business. We think a lot about how AI is going to change the experience at the consumer layer over time,” Blecharczyk said without sharing specifics of the company’s roadmap.

“We have a lot of reviews, and we sit on top of a lot of customer service data. So we are thinking about how we can use AI to succinctly give a better picture of a listing and its information.”

In November 2023, Airbnb acquired a stealth startup called GamePlanner, which was launched by Siri co-founder Adam Cheyer. 

Chesky himself hinted that GamePlanner acquisition was part of the travel platform’s plan to create an “ultimate concierge.” 

Using AI-powered replies to solve customer queries is probably the first step toward that.

💣 Latest AI hits: Quick recap

  • Amazon sales soar with boost from artificial intelligence and advertising.[Link]

  • China’s Vidu Challenges Sora with High-Definition 16-Second AI Video Clips in 1080p.[Link]

  • Anthropic finally releases a Claude mobile app [Link]

  • Microsoft to invest $1.7 billion in cloud, AI in Indonesia [Link]

  • OpenAI makes ChatGPT’s chat history feature available to everyone — no strings attached. [Link]

  • Yelp’s Assistant AI bot will do all the talking to help users find service providers [Link]

  • Marques Brownlee calls Rabbit R1 “barely reviewable” [Link]

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