ChatGPT gets a special birthday gift

PLUS: Microsoft's $3B UK AI investment

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

ChatGPT got an extra special first birthday gift — the official return of Sam Altman and Greg Brockman to OpenAI.

With a new board and the vibes seemingly back, is the drama over at the AI leader for now? Or is there more of the story still to unfold? Let’s dig in…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • Altman officially reinstated as ChatGPT turns 1

  • Microsoft invests $3.2B in UK AI infrastructure

  • 9 new AI tools to try

  • How to learn the basics of AI for beginners

  • Musk predicts AGI within next three years

  • Mastercard releases AI shopping buddy

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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

OPENAI

Image source: The Verge

The Rundown: OpenAI just published a letter announcing that Sam Altman is officially back as CEO of OpenAI alongside a new board and leadership team — coinciding with the one-year anniversary of ChatGPT’s launch.

The details:

  • Mira Murati returns as CTO, with Greg Brockman coming back as President.

  • The initial board consists of Bret Taylor (Chair), Larry Summers, and Adam D’Angelo, with Microsoft adding a non-voting ‘observer seat’.

  • Noticeably absent from the board is Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever — with Altman saying they are ‘discussing how he can continue his work.’

  • Helen Toner and Tasha McCauley also vacated their board seats, with Toner tweeting that the board’s actions were ‘not motivated by a desire to slow down OpenAI’s work’.

  • Altman also seemed to confirm the Q* rumors in some capacity, calling it an '“unfortunate leak” in an interview with The Verge.

The relevance: While Altman, Brockman, and co. return to their positions without losing a single employee, questions still remain surrounding the board’s reasoning for the initial coup. Will we ever learn what Ilya saw?

TOGETHER WITH LUCYD

The Rundown: In the new wave of AI, Lucyd is pioneering a smart eyewear revolution with the world's first smart eyewear powered by ChatGPT.

Lucyd stands out with:

  • Universally compatible with any Bluetooth device and supports Siri, Google Voice, Alexa, and voice access to ChatGPT.

  • Your data is yours alone; we prioritize your privacy, not profit from ads.

  • By making ChatGPT fully voice-accessible from a handsfree wearable, Lucyd is transforming the way we interact with AI.

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MICROSOFT

Image source: Reuters

The Rundown: Microsoft just announced a massive $3.2 billion investment into U.K. cloud infrastructure and skills development — with the goal of helping establish the country as an AI powerhouse.

The details:

  • Microsoft pledges $3.2B over three years to upgrade U.K. data centers with 20,000 state-of-the-art GPUs to meet AI demand.

  • The company will train 1M workers on technical skills like machine learning and responsible generative AI.

  • Microsoft also plans to collaborate with the government on AI safety, adopting its responsible AI principles across 25,000 U.K. partners.

Why it matters: UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been pushing hard to become a leader in the space — and this Microsoft partnership is a significant step forward in his quest to transform the country into an AI superpower.

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AI TRAINING

Microsoft recently launched a free, 12-week course on AI for beginners. If you want to learn what technical topics in AI mean, this is a great resource to get you started.

The curriculum covers:

  • Introduction and History of AI (link)

  • Neural Networks (link)

  • Computer Vision (link)

  • Natural Language Processing (link)

  • Genetic Algorithms & so much more (link)

The entire course is publicly available for free on GitHub. Happy learning!

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During a polarizing (to say the least) interview at the New York Time’s DealBook Summit, Elon Musk said he believes the world is less than three years away from AGI — and will have the ability to “write as good a novel as J.K. Rowling, discover new physics, or invent new technology.”

Mastercard just rolled out a new generative AI tool called Shopping Muse to inspire and advise shoppers this holiday season. Designed to mimic an in-store helper through natural language, Muse makes product matches based on profiles and past purchases.

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THAT’S A WRAP

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