OpenAI controversy: ‘Sky’ speaks out

Plus: Cohere drops new multilingual LLMs

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

As OpenAI continues to gear up for its highly-anticipated releases, it can’t seem to escape the constant storm of controversy.

With leaked NDA documents, new ScarJo info, and another resignation, the AI giant’s reality-TV level drama is showing no signs of slowing down. Let’s investigate…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • OpenAI controversy: ‘Sky’ speaks out

  • Cohere unveils new multilingual LLMs

  • Transfer materials from an image to a subject

  • Arc rolls out ‘Call’ feature for AI search

  • 6 new AI tools & 4 new AI jobs

  • More AI & tech news

Read time: 4 minutes

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

OPENAI

Image source: Screenshot obtained via Vox

The Rundown: There has been a wave of updates on several drama-filled OpenAI topics, including leaked documents related to the company’s controversial NDA clauses, new info surrounding the ‘Sky’ voice model, another resignation, and more.

The details:

  • The voice actress behind ChatGPT's 'Sky' voice has come forward, saying she was hired months before Altman contacted Scarlett Johansson.

  • Leaked documents with Sam Altman's signature contradict claims he was unaware of NDA clauses threatening to claw back former employees' equity.

  • OpenAI policy researcher Gretchen Kreuger resigned, with a post citing safety concerns about the company.

  • Teasers are coming out of presentations at the VivaTech conference, showing a potential move away from the ‘GPT-5’ name and a new Sora demo.

Why it matters: For a world-altering company, OpenAI continues to have reality TV levels of drama. The mounting controversies and resignations are impossible to ignore — and it certainly feels like another November 2023 fiasco is waiting to drop, despite the hype surrounding the upcoming releases.

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COHERE

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The Rundown: C4AI, the non-profit research arm of Cohere, just launched Aya 23 — a family of state-of-the-art multilingual LLMs with open weights and support for 23 different languages.

The details:

  • Aya 23 has an 8B parameter model designed for efficiency and accessibility, and an advanced 35B parameter model based on the Command R architecture.

  • The models build on the previous Aya 101 initiative which covered 101 languages, now focusing more on depth.

  • Aya 23 significantly outperforms Aya 101 across a range of benchmarks, also exceeding other open rivals like Google’s Gemma and Mistral.

Why it matters: As AI's impact ripples across the globe, access to top models will become a make-or-break issue for many parts of the world. Democratizing access to these state-of-the-art multilingual models is a massive step towards ensuring that everyone can benefit from AI’s rapid advances.

AI TRAINING

The Rundown: Replicate's new AI model allows you to transfer materials from one image to another, creating stunning and realistic transformations in seconds.

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  1. Visit the "material-transfer" model on Replicate.

  2. Select a high-quality material image and a subject image with good contrast.

  3. Upload the material image to "material_image", the subject image to "subject_image", and add a brief description of your desired image.

  4. Click "Run" and watch the AI work its magic.

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THE BROWSER COMPANY

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The Rundown: AI-powered app Arc Search just introduced ‘Call Arc’, a new feature enabling users to get quick answers by holding their phone to their ear and asking a question.

The details:

  • Call Arc is designed to provide instant voice responses to immediate questions, easier than typing out searches.

  • Users can access the feature by opening the iPhone app, holding the phone to their ear, and asking a question as if making a phone call.

  • The feature integrates with Arc Search's existing Voice Search, which is available as an action button on iPhones.

Why it matters: As AI becomes increasingly integrated into our lives, intuitive features like this help bridge the gap between human communication and the advancing tech —  potentially easing the transition as supercharged voice assistants soon hit the market.

NEW TOOLS & JOBS

  • 👁️‍🗨️ Opinion Stage AI - Create a form, survey, poll, or quiz with AI

  • 🧰 Flowise - An open-source UI visual tool to build LLM apps

  • 🤖 Octoverse - Build accurate & affordable AI agents in your app

  • 🤙 Arc Search Call Arc - AI-powered mobile browser that can now call and hear answers

  • 🏰 Scenario - Unique and style-consistent AI game assets

  • ✈️ Mindtrip - Actionable and personalized travel recommendations

  • 🌐 Kumo - ML Solutions Architect

  • 📝 Palantir - Proposal Writer, Internship

  • 💻 Lambda - Linux Support Engineer

  • 🏢 Anthropic - Enterprise Account Executive

QUICK HITS

OpenAI secured a multi-year deal to license content from News Corp, allowing for AI training on material from outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, MarketWatch, and Barron’s.

Alphabet and Meta are reportedly offering millions to Hollywood studios for licensing content to train AI video generation software.

Elon Musk said that the rise of AI will make all jobs ‘optional’, with the combination of AI and robots providing ‘any goods and services you want’.

Google’s AI Overviews feature went viral after suggesting using ‘about 1/8 cup of non-toxic glue’ to keep cheese from sliding off pizza.

Meta AI chief Yann LeCun said that LLMs will never reach human-level intelligence, arguing instead for a ‘world modeling’ approach to AI that may take 10 years to achieve.

Elon Musk’s xAI is reportedly nearing a new $6.5B funding round with backing from VC’s including a16z, Lightspeed, Sequoia, and Tribe, potentially valuing the company at over $24B.

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