Sam Altman speaks on AGI & OpenAI drama

PLUS: Stability AI's Image-to-3D upgrades

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

It’s been quite the end to the year for Sam Altman. Following his TIME ‘CEO of the Year’ award — the now-reinstated CEO just spoke candidly about AGI, AI risks, and more.

Understandably, Altman sounded more stressed about shepherding the super-intelligence to come than the juicy boardroom drama. Let’s get into it…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • Sam Altman opens up on OpenAI drama

  • Stability AI releases new image-to-3D model

  • 10 new AI tools to try

  • How to run powerful AI assistants locally on your phones

  • Alibaba releases new image-to-video model

  • OpenAI explores ‘weak’ models controlling strong AI

Read time: 3 minutes



Image source: TIME

The Rundown: OpenAI CEO Sam Altman just gave a candid, wide-ranging interview after being named TIME's CEO of the Year, reflecting on his short-lived firing, governing powerful AI, and why he remains hopeful despite risks.

The details:

  • Altman felt the boardroom drama brought productive self-reflection on OpenAI's governance needing to support its mission as AI capabilities charge ahead.

  • He believes AGI will “be the most powerful technology humanity has yet invented”, with huge implications for democratizing access to information globally.

  • Altman also emphasized the risks of AI personal disinformation, particularly with the upcoming elections in 2024.

The relevance: Altman’s remarks sound like someone more stressed about shepherding a world-altering technology than petty boardroom drama. And despite the risks, Sam sounds confident that AGI and accelerating AI will change the world for the better — sooner rather than later.


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Image source: Stability AI

The Rundown: Stability AI just released an enhanced image-to-3D model called Stable Zero123, alongside a new tiered membership structure that aims to stabilize the company’s revenue generation.

The details:

  • The model can take a single image input and generate a 3D object, displaying subject from a variety of angles.

  • Zero123 touts higher quality results by utilizing cleaner Objaverse dataset renders and adding camera elevation data.

  • The open-source startup also announced a new membership model, which includes a free/research tier, a $20/mo professional tier, and custom enterprise pricing.

Why it matters: Stability ups the competition in the image-to-3D AI space, keeping their foot on the gas with yet another impressive model rollout. If the current pace of development keeps up, we will likely have text-to-video game creation within just a few years.


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Step 1: Go to LLMFarm TestFlight page and click “Install with TestFlight". Download the TestFlight app first if you don't have it already.

Step 2: Return to LLMFarm and click "Start Testing" to install the app itself.

Step 3: Next, find the pre-trained AI model you’d like to use locally from HuggingFace. For this tutorial, we used the Mistral-7B model. Navigate to the ‘files and versions’ tab and download the model — note that some may take up significant space.

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