Warnings emerge over AI firm G42...

PLUS: 18 nations unite on AI safety

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Major AI firm G42 was caught in a delicate balancing act between its relationships with both US and Chinese firms.

American officials are reportedly sounding the alarm — underscoring how AI advantage is becoming a major national security priority. Let’s get into it…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • US scrutinizes UAE's AI powerhouse over China links

  • Nations unite on AI safety principles

  • 9 new AI tools to try

  • How to animate memes with AI video tools

  • Amazon taps AI for holiday rush

  • AI revolutionizing microscopic views

  • Sports Illustrated under fire for AI writers, content

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The Rundown: American officials are privately investigating the UAE over links between its major AI firm G42 and Chinese companies, warning of data and tech transfer risks, according to a new report from the NYT.

The details:

  • G42 announced a partnership with OpenAI last month and also boasts agreements with Microsoft and Dell.

  • The CIA flagged G42 partnerships with firms like Huawei that could act as a pipeline to providing advanced US tech to China's military.

  • CEO Peng Xiao formerly oversaw operations of ToTok, an Emirati app identified by US agencies as a spying tool aided by China.

Why it matters: With AI capabilities set to shift the future global order, the advantage of gaining access to cutting-edge techniques or breakthroughs may push espionage and national security risks to new heights. This story is one to monitor as the US/China AI race continues to escalate.


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The Rundown: The U.S. and 17 other countries just signed an agreement promoting major AI systems to be "secure by design" against hacking and misuse.

The details:

  • The agreement is the first coordinated international effort outlining safety-first AI development principles.

  • The non-binding deal urges vetting suppliers, testing models before release to prevent hijacking and other general recommendations.

  • Despite the framework, the recommendations do not tackle pressing issues like data/training for m

    odels or appropriate uses of AI.

The relevance: This agreement marks an unprecedented level of international coordination on AI safety issues and another effort by the U.S. to catch up to Europe on regulating the tech.


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If you’re on X (formerly Twitter), you’ve probably seen the viral animated memes all over your timeline. Wondering how to make one of your own?’

Follow the steps below to bring your favorite memes to life:

Step 1: Find your meme: For this example, we'll use the famous Drake ‘Hotline Bling’ image with some text added using IMGflip.

Step 2: Upload to Stable Video: Drop your meme into Stable Video Diffusion (available via Replicate or HuggingFace demo). Below the input, you can edit preferences like video length, motion speed, sizing, etc. Click ‘Run’, and the animation generation will begin.

Note: Other video tools like RunwayML (motion brush) and Pika Labs will also work.

Step 3: If you’re happy with the output, click the three dots → download or the ‘Download’ button below the generation to save.

Tweak the preferences as needed (decreasing the ‘motion bucket id’ worked wonders for the example below). Happy creating!


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