Stability AI's unstable future

PLUS: OpenAI's Sora heads to Hollywood

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

Stability AI, the darling of the open-source AI movement, is suddenly looking a lot less… Stable.

With the resignation of its founder and CEO, alongside a mass exodus of top researchers, the startup’s future is looking anything but certain. Let’s investigate…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • Stability AI CEO resigns amid turmoil

  • OpenAI woos Hollywood with Sora

  • Access Google Gemini 1.5 for free

  • Report: Enterprise AI usage, budgets surging

  • 5 new AI tools & 4 new AI jobs

  • More AI & tech news

Read time: 3 minutes



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The Rundown: Stability AI founder and CEO Emad Mostaque just resigned from his position following a string of high-level departures and investor pressure, leaving the startup in a state of upheaval.

The details:

  • Mostaque stated he stepped down to pursue decentralized AI, arguing that the concentration of power in the industry is "bad for us all."

  • The move follows months of tensions with major investors like Coatue Management, who called for Mostaque to step down.

  • Stability also lost several key research members last week prior to Mostaque’s resignation.

  • As of October 2023, the startup was reportedly burning through $8M per month.

Why it matters: Don’t let the name fool you — the fire surrounding Stability’s… instability has been smoldering for a while. Despite impressive open-source model advances, its financial struggles and massive turnover raise some pretty serious questions about the startup’s future.


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The Rundown: OpenAI is reportedly making moves to partner with the entertainment industry, pitching its unreleased AI video generation tool Sora to Hollywood studios, directors, and talent agencies.

The details:

  • OpenAI has scheduled meetings in LA next week with key Hollywood players to encourage integration of Sora into filmmakers' work.

  • Sora has already been shared with select high-profile actors and directors despite not yet being publicly available.

  • Sora’s viral demos led Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry to pause his $800M studio expansion, saying he doesn’t see ‘how the industry survives’ without regulations.

Why it matters: Despite Hollywood unions securing a deal on AI protections, OpenAI courting the industry has to bring some additional unease. AI is poised to completely transform entertainment — but the path forward won’t be without some painful changes to the traditional industry structure.


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Image source: a16z

The Rundown: A new report from a16z surveyed Fortune 500 and top enterprise leaders on AI adoption, finding that both attitudes and investments have shifted dramatically in the past six months.

The details:

  • Enterprise spend on LLMs averaged $7M in 2023, with 2-5x budget increases planned for 2024.

  • In one case, an enterprise justified an 8x AI budget increase after seeing ~90% cost savings.

  • While 80-90% utilized closed source models in 2023, 46% of leaders now prefer open source.

  • Internal uses (coding assistants, text summarization) are moving faster than external apps (chatbots) as enterprises navigate hallucinations and public perception.

Why it matters: An inflection point seems to be coming for enterprise AI — with massive budget increases and expanding use cases set to drive explosive growth. While consumer-focused AI garners all the hype, enterprise-tailored solutions are about to see demand skyrocket.


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OpenAI filed a trademark registration for ‘Voice Engine’, covering details like voice assistants and automatic voice recognition and generation, hinting at the company’s plans to release a new suite of voice tech.

Gatekeep Labs released Gatekeep, a text-to-video AI that crafts educational explainer videos from simple text prompts.

Insilico Medicine published a new study on AI’s ability to accelerate drug development, with its experimental drug becoming the first AI-developed drug to reach phase 2 clinical trials.

LimX Dynamics’ P1 robot showed off its control and stability in a new video, successfully navigating an unfamiliar forest and handling various obstacles and tests.

Nvidia and Hippocratic AI are collaborating to develop AI-generated nurses, offering services like pre-op care, screenings, companionship, and more aimed at addressing the growing nurse shortage in the U.S.

MIT researchers developed a new AI image generating approach called DMD, which produces images at a similar quality to Stable Diffusion at 30x the speed.

Tennessee passed the ELVIS Act, aimed at protecting musicians and other artists against the use of their voice, name, and likeness by AI.



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