China's new ChatGPT competitor

PLUS: Figure's humanoid robots

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Baidu is claiming that its new Ernie 4.0 matches GPT-4 amid fierce US-China AI competition.

Should OpenAI be worried, or is this a case of overblown hype? Lets dig in

In todays AI rundown:

  • Baidu claims new AI rivals GPT-4

  • Figure's humanoid robot takes first steps

  • 儭 8 New AI tools

  • Build an AI research assistant with plugins

  • 3 Quick AI updates

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The Rundown: Chinese tech giant Baidu just revealed its latest AI model Ernie 4.0, making the bold claim that it matches the capabilities of leading models like GPT-4.

The details:

  • In live demos, Ernie 4.0 followed complex verbal instructions, applied logic, and generated lengthy creative content on request.

  • Baidu claims Ernies comprehension, reasoning, memory, and content abilities are on par with models like GPT-4 and Google's LaMDA.

  • Baidu plans to incorporate Ernie 4.0 into search, maps, cloud services, and other products to transform experiences.

The relevance: The competition is heating up between the U.S. and China along with new sanctions and global tensions. But with 4.0 unavailable to the public, verifying the bold claims of Baidu matching GPT-4 will be challenging.


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Image source: Figure

The Rundown: Robotics startup Figure shared a new video of its humanoid Figure 01 robot walking dynamically and independently, marking a key milestone in development.

The details:

  • The footage shows the over 6-foot tall robot taking slow, bent-knee steps without support across a room.

  • The robot has highly dexterous, five-fingered human-like hands, though grip isn't proven fully functional yet.

  • Figure announced a $70M funding round in May, and has grown to 60 employees over the last 12 months.

Our thoughts: Figure taking their concepts from renders to functionality in 12 months is impressive and a clear sign that humanoid robots are inching closer to reality.

Check out the entire walking demo here.


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Turn ChatGPT into an expert explainer that simplifies complex topics using this prompt framework and two key plugins.

Head to ChatGPT Plugins Plugin Store andinstall VoxScript & Whimsical. These plugins enable summarization and diagram creation.

Use this prompt structure: Prompt ChatGPT to search for info, summarize key learnings, explain concepts, and visualize ideas across seven steps.

Ex: "Please explain blockchain technology in simple terms. Search online for the most recent information, summarize key points, use basic language a beginner would understand, create diagrams to visualize concepts, share analogies/metaphors, and provide concise takeaways."

Iterate as needed: Ask to continue if ChatGPT hits token limits so it can complete all steps.

With the right plugins and a structured prompt, ChatGPT can research, summarize, simplify, and visualize to explain any topic, like a teacher to a beginner.


Anthropic announced that Claude is expanding to 95 countries, bringing advanced features like its 100K token context window to more users worldwide. While Claudes availability continues to spread, countries like Canadaand theEU still curiously remain off the list for now.

Inflections personal AI chatbot Pi now has access to information on the web, enabling more fluid and engaging conversations on up-to-date topics. Unlike other LLMs like Bard and GPT, Pi does not browse directly for the user simply using the access for context within responses.

The AI coding boom claims more victims. On the heels of yesterdays LinkedIn cuts, Stack Overflow also announced layoffs of over 100 employees after doubling staff last year. The cuts target sales and support teams, as generative AI continues to squeeze the site's core business.

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