Earthquake rattles AI chip hub

PLUS: Stability upgrade creates 3-minute AI songs

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

Taiwan's chipmaking giants just narrowly escaped major damage after a powerful earthquake struck the country.

But with the world's tech giants heavily reliant on a few key players in the area, the tremors of concern are still being felt. Let’s investigate…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • Taiwan earthquake rattles AI chip hub

  • Stability launches Stable Audio 2.0

  • Try the fastest AI image generator

  • Apple explores home robots

  • 6 new AI tools & 4 new AI jobs

  • More AI & tech news

Read time: 4 minutes



Image source: Bloomberg

The Rundown: A powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Taiwan, briefly disrupting production at the world's most important semiconductor manufacturing hub and threatening the global electronics supply chain.

The details:

  • Chipmakers TSMC and UMC halted some chipmaking machinery and evacuated staff at the facilities.

  • TSMC supplies chips to tech giants like Apple and Nvidia, representing over 60% of the semiconductor market share.

  • TSMC's main facilities near Taipei and southern Taiwan experienced lower shaking levels compared to the epicenter, minimizing damage.

  • The company expects to resume production overnight at affected facilities, with estimated production delays ranging from 6-10 hours.

Why it matters: As the leading producer of advanced chips, any disruption to Taiwan's chip manufacturing could have major repercussions for the global tech/AI industry. The quake reminds us of the massive vulnerability of a concentrated supply chain—an issue that OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is looking to address with his global chip venture.


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Image source: Stability AI

The Rundown: Stability AI just released Stable Audio 2.0, an updated AI audio generation model that can create high-quality songs up to three minutes long with a coherent structure from a single text prompt.

The details:

  • The new model introduces audio-to-audio generation, allowing users to upload and transform their own audio samples using prompts.

  • 2.0 also offers expanded sound effect generation and style transfer capabilities, providing more creative control for artists and musicians.

  • The model was trained exclusively on a licensed dataset from AudioSparx, with opt-out requests honored to ensure fair creator compensation.

Why it matters: AI music generation continues to accelerate — and the increases we’ve seen in image quality are likely not far off in the audio realm. Check out Stability’s 24/7 ‘Stable Radio’ channel to listen to some of the AI-generated music as background music while you work.


The Rundown: With the newest version of Freepik AI Image Generator, you can generate an infinite number of images at a near real-time speed.


  1. Go to Freepik AI Image Generator page and log in. You’ll get 20 free credits to start.

  2. Pick a prompt from the suggestions or type in your own prompt in the bar and hit “Create.”

  3. Adjust the results by choosing specific styles, colors, framings, or lightning from the styling options.

  4. That’s it! Scroll through the images and pick your favorite option or re-edit the image through the one-click adjustments on the left.


Image source: Midjourney

The Rundown: Apple is reportedly exploring the development of personal home robots as a potential "next big thing" after the company's electric vehicle project fizzled out earlier this year.

The details:

  • Apple engineers are working on a mobile robot that can follow users around the home.

  • The tech giant scrapped its decade-long ‘Project Titan’ EV in February, with robotics work now shifting to home devices.

  • The company is currently advertising for robotics-related roles on its website, seeking ML researchers and engineers.

Why it matters: Apple’s home robot would tie together the company’s web of consumer products and entrench the company even deeper into users' daily lives. But the tech giant will face stiff competition from the wave of humanoid robotics startups and other rivals like Samsung and Amazon.


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Amazon is discontinuing it's ‘Just Walk Out’ technology, which was promoted as AI-powered and cashier-less but revealed to rely heavily on hundreds of workers in India manually reviewing sales transactions.

Microsoft’s 365 Copilot gained new access to OpenAI’s GPT-4 Turbo model for business subscribers, removing daily chat limits and improving image generation capabilities.

Billionaire investor Steve Cohen said the rise of AI will help bring about a four-day workweek, citing increased leisure time and decreased productivity on Fridays.

George Carlin’s estate reached a settlement over an AI-generated comedy special that allegedly infringed on the late comedian’s copyrights, with the podcasters agreeing to remove the content from all platforms.

Opera released a new browser feature allowing users to download and use over 150 LLMs locally on their computers.

Prenosis received FDA approval for its AI-driven diagnostic test that helps predict sepsis risk in hospital patients.



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