🍔🧠 Disney's New Robot: Is it alive?

PLUS: Google Lets you Create Images in Search 🤖, Microsoft to Produce new AI Chip 🔌, and Distributed Training Blueprint 🟦

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What a week! I have been moving houses these past few days, and now trying to push out my latest deep dives and stories here, enjoy :)

In this week's issue:

  • 🗞️ Google lets you create images in search, Microsoft will begin to produce new AI chips and Disney reveals an emotive robot

  • 🛠️ How Slack processes 33k events at peak, a Rust course used by the Android team at Google, and everything about distributed training and efficient finetuning

  • 💡 Steal this business idea: Visualize, a web-based Photoshop alternative that uses AI to enhance and edit images with natural language commands

Reading time: 5 minutes


Food for Thought

Sharpen your mindset

‘Either you run the day or the day runs you.’

Jim Rohn

Question for you: Do you prefer these new illustrations for quotes on the previous ones with red, green, and black backgrounds? (answer by replying to this email) 👀

Mindset: This quote is important because it reminds us that we have the power to control our own actions and outcomes. We can either be proactive and plan our day ahead, or we can be reactive and let the day dictate our mood and productivity. The choice is ours.

Action item: One tiny concrete action you can take today to apply this quote is to write down your top three priorities for the day. This will help you focus on what matters most and avoid distractions. You can also review your progress at the end of the day and celebrate your achievements.


The Weekly Pulse

Tech, AI, and business news worth your time

Brief: Disney Research unveils a new robotic character that can walk and express emotions with its body language. The robot uses a reinforcement learning-based pipeline that combines animation and robotics to create emotive behaviors that are compatible with real-world constraints.

Takeaway: This robot showcases Disney’s expertise in bringing characters to life with technology and creativity. The robot could be used for entertainment and education purposes, as well as for advancing the field of social robotics. The robot demonstrates how reinforcement learning can help robots learn to adapt and improvise in dynamic environments.

Brief: Google launched a new feature that allows you to create images from text using its Search Generative Experience (SGE) tool. The tool is powered by the Imagen family of AI models and is available through Google’s Search Labs program. You can type your query into the Google search bar or browse Google Images results and generate images based on your prompt.

Takeaway: This feature is Google’s response to Microsoft’s similar offering that uses OpenAI’s DALL-E model. It shows how generative AI is becoming more accessible and mainstream for users who want to create visual content from their imagination. Google is also trying to ensure that its tool is used responsibly and ethically, by adding metadata, watermarking, and restrictions to the generated images.

Brief: Adobe introduced Photoshop for the web, a browser-based version of its popular image editing software. The web version features Firefly-powered AI tools such as generative fill and generative expand, which can create realistic content from scratch. Users can also collaborate on files by sharing links with others, even if they don’t have a subscription.

Takeaway: This launch is Adobe’s attempt to make Photoshop more accessible and convenient for users who want to edit images on any device and platform. It also showcases Adobe’s innovation in AI, which can enhance the creative potential and productivity of users. However, the web version still lacks some tools and features from the desktop version, which could limit its appeal to some users.

Brief: Microsoft is reportedly planning to unveil its first dedicated artificial intelligence chip at its annual developer conference, Ignite 2023, in November. The chip will be used for Microsoft’s data center servers and to power AI capabilities across its productivity apps. The move is aimed at reducing Microsoft’s dependence on NVIDIA’s GPUs, which are in high demand and short supply.

Takeaway: This announcement could mark a significant milestone for Microsoft’s AI ambitions and its competitiveness in the cloud computing market. By developing its own AI chip, Microsoft could gain more control and flexibility over its AI technology and reduce its operational costs. However, it could also face challenges and risks in designing, manufacturing, and deploying a new chip that can match or surpass NVIDIA’s performance.

Brief: Arc browser introduces its new AI-powered features under the name of Arc Max, which uses a combination of OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 and Anthropic’s models. Arc Max can rename pinned tabs and downloaded files, fetch summary previews of links, and converse with ChatGPT. Users can access these features by typing “Arc Max” in the command bar.

Takeaway: This launch is Arc Browser’s attempt to make AI features more useful and contextual for users who want to enhance their browsing experience. It also shows how Arc Browser is leveraging the latest advances in generative AI from OpenAI and Anthropic, two leading AI research organizations. However, it could also face competition and challenges from other browsers that offer similar or better AI-powered features.

Brief: Replit announces that it is making its AI features available for all its 23M developers. The AI features include code completion and code assistance powered by state-of-the-art large language models trained on code-heavy data. Replit also released a new version of its code LLM, replit-code-v1.5-3b, which supports 30 programming languages.

Takeaway: This announcement is Replit’s attempt to empower the next billion software creators with AI technology. It shows how Replit is pioneering the use of AI to enhance the software development lifecycle and to help developers go from idea to software, fast. It also challenges other code editors and platforms to adapt and innovate in the era of AI disruption.


The Rabbit Hole

Tools, trends, and resources curated to get you ahead

DEEP DIVE (Slack system design) → How Slack processes 33k events at peak

SCALE (Airbnb scaling) → How Airbnb broke that monolith in pieces to scale

TOOL (system design) → GitHub notifications on your menu bar


What If?

The business idea you should steal

👁️🤖 Vizual

(NLP + browser image editor)

What? A web-based Photoshop alternative that uses AI to enhance and edit images with natural language commands.

How? Use Adobe’s Photoshop for the web as the base platform and integrate OpenAI’s DALL-E and CLIP models to enable users to create and modify images with text inputs. The platform can also use Anthropic’s AI models to improve the quality and realism of the generated images.

Why? Photoshop is the most popular and widely used software for image editing and manipulation, but it also has some drawbacks, such as high cost, steep learning curve, and limited accessibility. A web-based Photoshop alternative that uses AI to simplify and improve the image creation process can appeal to users who want to save time, money, and effort, while still having creative control over their images. The global image editing software market size is expected to reach USD 10.8 billion by 2027.



The most important meal of your day

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