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OpenAI Is Shining a Light on the “Black Box” of AI
Google I/O today!
⚡ Today’s Highlights
📰 News: OpenAI is shining a light on the “Black Box” of AI + Google IO is happening today!
💰 Funding: 8fig, UVeye, Prewave, and AMP Robotics
🦾 Tools: Eliminate data leaks and bugs with AI
📅 Events: ODSC East 2023’s AI Expo continues today and the Data Innovation Summit starts tomorrow!
📰 Today's Top Stories
(10 min read) (Source: OpenAI)
TLDR: OpenAI has developed a tool that identifies the behavior of neurons in large language models (GPT-2 in this case) through natural language explanations produced and scored by GPT-4.
It generates explanations for all 307,200 neurons in GPT-2 and scores each explanation based on how well it matches the actual neuron's behavior.
The dataset and tool code are open-sourced on GitHub, and the interpretability research aims to scale with the pace of AI development to create more intelligent and trustworthy models. The methodology runs three steps on each neuron, including generating an explanation using GPT-4, simulating the neuron's behavior, and scoring the explanation.
The researchers acknowledge that the tool has a long way to go before it's genuinely useful, as most of the explanations scored poorly. However, it could be used to improve LLMs' performance, cut down on bias or toxicity, and allow researchers to develop new techniques for generating higher-scoring explanations.
The Big Picture: This research shines a light on the “black box” of AI. The inner mechanisms of many systems remain a mystery and pose one of the biggest problems for AI alignment. But this news represents a major step forward in understanding LLMs and solving the problems hindering AI progress.
(10 min read) (Source: Google)
TLDR: Google I/O 2023 is almost here, and that means the launch of some highly anticipated devices and technology.
While the annual conference is primarily geared toward developers, the company always holds a keynote that reveals the latest and greatest things that will wind up in consumers' hands.
Google has been making big moves in the AI space, and we can expect some exciting announcements in that realm as well.
According to internal documents obtained by CNBC, Google is preparing an AI-heavy presentation that will include the launch of PaLM 2, the latest version of the company's large language model that supports over 100 different languages. Plus, there could be some enhancements to Bard, Google's AI chatbot rival to ChatGPT. With generative experiences that involve coding, math, and "logic," the possibilities are endless.
So mark your calendars for May 10th, 2023, at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT and get ready to tune in to the main Google I/O 2023 keynote. You can watch it online via Google's website or through the video embedded below.
(5 min read) (Source: CNBC)
TLDR: IBM has announced Watsonx, a new AI offering that provides more accurate and responsible answers compared to competitors like Microsoft, OpenAI and Google.
Watsonx provides a "toolkit for governance" and focuses on helping other companies implement their AI via a “data model factory" that offers IBM clients products tuned for their specialties in domains like language, code, chemistry, and geospatial data.
The platform includes a feature for AI-generated code, an AI governance toolkit, and a library of thousands of large-scale AI models, trained on language, geospatial data, IT events and code.
IBM has partnered with HuggingFace, an open-source AI platform that reached a $2 billion valuation last year, for the launch of Watsonx, which is expected to be integrated easily into areas like customer care, procurement, cybersecurity, and elements of supply chain and IT operations.
(5 min read) (Source: The Verge)
TLDR: Microsoft is expanding preview access to its Microsoft 365 Copilot, a digital assistant based on OpenAI's GPT-4 that brings AI-powered capabilities across Microsoft 365 apps and services, and launching a paid Early Access Program for 600 customers.
The update will enhance enterprise-based search results for E3 and E5 customers and add new Copilot features to Microsoft Whiteboard, Outlook, and PowerPoint, such as generating images based on text descriptions or providing writing guidance when drafting emails.
(10 min read) (Source: Meta AI)
TLDR: Meta just released ImageBind, the first AI model capable of binding information from six modalities, including text, image/video, audio, depth (3D), thermal (infrared radiation), and inertial measurement units (IMU).
The model learns a single embedding space across multiple modalities, enabling machines to better analyze many different forms of information together, creating wider multimodal search functions, and boosting creative design.
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💰 Funding Alerts
8fig, a company providing a comprehensive cash management and funding solution for small to medium-sized eCommerce businesses using AI, raised $140 million in Series B Funding to boost E-Commerce businesses led by Koch Disruptive Technologies and including participation from existing investors Battery Ventures, Localglobe, Hetz Ventures, the Jesselson family, and Silicon Valley Bank, a division of First Citizens Bank.
They plan to add enhanced financial management capabilities, banking solutions, cash flow prediction models, and eCommerce marketing agencies tools to evaluate customers’ cash flow health and needs.
UVeye, an automated vehicle-inspection system developer, has raised $100 million in a Series D funding round led by Hanaco VC (Lior Prosor, Partner), with participation from GM Ventures, CarMax, W.R. Berkley Corporation, F.I.T. Ventures L.P. and Israeli institutional investors.
UVeye's industry-first vehicle inspection systems rely on advanced AI, computer vision and machine-learning technologies for both the automotive and homeland security industries.
The funding will be used to start production in North America, expand into new markets and fuel sales growth in the US.
Prewave, an Austrian startup that provides a holistic supply chain risk platform, raised €18 million ($20 million) in a Series A+ funding round led by European VC heavyweight Creandum, with participation from Ventech, Kompas, Seed+Speed, Segnalita, Speedinvest, Working Capital Fund, and Xista Science Ventures.
Prewave's platform identifies, analyzes, mitigates, and reports supply chain risks through publicly available information and the company's proprietary crawler that searches data sources in dozens of languages, including social media platforms and external sources like USGS and GDACS.
The funds raised will support Prewave's growth, expand its headcount, and improve its coverage while continuing to provide supply chain risk management technology to businesses. Prewave will invest in improving its coverage, expanding its team, and scaling operations to further optimize businesses’ operations, reduce costs, and adapt to external risks.
AMP Robotics is an AI and robotics company that uses automation to improve the efficiency and economics of recycling. Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund invested approximately $8 million in AMP's Series C round, bringing the total funding to over $99 million.
The company plans to scale its operations by retrofitting existing recycling infrastructure and expanding new infrastructure based on its AI-powered automation. The new investment will help AMP meet the growing demand for automation in the waste industry and meet brands' post-consumer recycled content and other sustainability commitments.
🦾 Trending Tools
Nightfall is a cloud-native, AI-powered data leak prevention solution for Zendesk. It finds sensitive data in support tickets and files, removing PII, PCI, and API keys to simplify compliance and reduce the risk of breaches.
Bugasura AI is a game-changing add-on for Bugasura issue tracker that detects and prioritizes software bugs based on their impact on customers. Save time and money by avoiding redundancies.
EmbedSocial's UGC platform leverages official API integrations to help brands collect and showcase user-generated content. Their AI Reviews Management suite summarizes reviews, generates personalized responses, and customizes review widgets.
Briefly AI simplifies the workflow by transcribing calls and generating meeting summaries, action items and follow-up emails, increasing productivity. It transforms brainstorming sessions into product requirement documents, pitches into investment memos, and user research into prioritized features.
Introducing Venture Oracle – the genAI tool for VCs and founders. "Cartographer" generates market maps for any industry with semantic search technology for relevant startups.
👀 More Reading:
When A.I. Chatbots Hallucinate (The New York Times)
Just how good can China get at generative AI? (The Economist)
The Future of Writing Is a Lot Like Hip-Hop (The Atlantic)
🌎 Fresh Content
1. AI-generated images are improving at an astonishing pace. Sometimes you can spot inconsistencies in an image like a crazy-looking hand. But services like Midjourney are getting better every day and soon it’ll be impossible to tell what’s AI-generated and what isn't. Google made a game to exercise the skill of distinguishing AI from reality called Odd One Out. Players must identify the AI-generated image amongst 3 other real images. You’ll need a keen eye because you only get 4 tries before it's game over! (Google)
2. Lex Fridman’s latest podcast guest was Stephen Wolfram, a computer scientist, mathematician, theoretical physicist, and the founder of Wolfram Research, the company behind Wolfram|Alpha, Wolfram Language, and the Wolfram Physics and Metamathematics projects. They sat down to discuss ChatGPT, the future of life with AI, consciousness, and the nature of truth and reality. You don’t want to miss it! (YouTube)
3. Former Apple designer and Humane cofounder Imran Chaudhri showcased a wearable device developed by his AI-powered startup during a TED Talk. The screenless device uses a combination of voice and gestures for input and boasts some amazing features such as a holographic display, an AI assistant, phone calls, web search, live translation in the user's own voice, and much more. (YouTube)
📅 Upcoming Events
ODSC East 2023’s AI Expo (May 9-11, 2023 / In person at Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA or Virtual) will be hosting talks from some of the best and brightest minds in data science and AI. Attend partner sessions that offer compelling insights on how to make data science and AI work for your industry, with topics including Machine Learning & Deep Learning Platforms, MLOps & Data Infrastructure, Data Annotation & Data Labeling, Data Analytics & Decision Intelligence Systems, Machine Learning on the Cloud & Big Data. Network with over 4,500 data science and AI experts and join the most influential Data Science community worldwide.
The Data Innovation Summit (May 11-12, 2023 / In person in Kistamässan, Stockholm or Virtual through Agorify) is the largest and most influential annual Data and AI event in the Nordics and beyond, bringing together the most innovative minds, enterprise practitioners, technology providers, start-up innovators and academics, working with Data Science, Big Data, ML, AI, Data Management, Data Engineering, IoT and Analytics, in one place to discuss ways to accelerate AI-driven transformation throughout companies, industries and public organizations. It is the place to be for all professionals and organizations working with the utilization of data and AI innovation for enhancing customer experience, improving operational processes, enabling future sustainability, reinventing business models, or developing data-driven products and services.
TDWI Nashville (May 14—19, 2023 / In person in Nashville, TN) is a six-day conference designed for data professionals and leaders who want to build effective data strategies, scalable architectures, and drive data-driven decision-making. With 40+ courses, 14 tracks, and 3 bootcamps to choose from, you can customize your learning experience. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to network with peers, gain new skills, and drive positive change in your business and career. Hurry, registration closes on May 12.
Attend Conversational AI Summit (May 16-17, 2023 / In person at the America Square Conference Centre in London, England) to discover advances in NLP, and how application can help create digital assistants, chatbots and conversational interfaces to improve customer experience & increase engagement.
The AI & Big Data Expo (May 17-18, 2023 / In person at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA) is a must-attend event for ambitious enterprise tech professionals. Explore how AI and Big Data impact industries like manufacturing, transport, finance, healthcare, and more. Hear from 250+ expert speakers sharing their industry knowledge and experiences through solo presentations, panel discussions, and fireside chats. Register now!
These prompts are designed to help individuals or businesses seek assistance from ChatGPT in a variety of areas, including supplier selection, user experience design, employee development programs, and artificial intelligence implementation.
Collaborative Growth Ideas
ChatGPT will brainstorm 10 innovative collaboration ideas with other businesses, influencers, or organizations to help both parties grow and succeed.
Prompt: "As a creative brainstorming partner, help me generate 10 unique ideas for collaboration that would mutually benefit my business and potential partners. Can you ask me questions about my business and potential partners to help brainstorm 10 unique collaboration ideas? Please consider different industries, demographics, and platforms for partnership."
AI Implementation Strategies
ChatGPT will provide specific examples and applications for utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to optimize business operations, increase efficiency, and drive innovation.
Prompt: "As an AI implementation consultant, ask me questions about my business and current operations to provide specific examples and applications for integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning. I want to know how my business can effectively integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning into our operations to improve efficiency, innovation, and overall performance. Please specify any particular tools or resources that might be necessary for successful implementation."
Employee Development Program
ChatGPT will help create a comprehensive outline for an employee development program that focuses on continuous learning, growth, productivity, creativity, and workplace satisfaction.
Prompt: "As an employee development specialist, I need your help in creating a comprehensive program that fosters continuous learning, growth, productivity, creativity, and workplace satisfaction. Can you ask me questions about my business and employees to help create a comprehensive outline for an employee development program? Please provide guidance on designing a program that meets the needs of my employees and is aligned with my company's overall objectives."