TLDR AI 2023-09-19

Writer raises $100M Series B πŸ’°, why open source AI will win πŸ’ͺ, it’s too early to regulate AI πŸ§‘β€βš–οΈ

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Headlines & Launches

Google And The Department Of Defense Are Building An AI-Powered Microscope (4 minute read)

The Department of Defense has teamed up with Google to build an AI-powered microscope that can help doctors better identify cancer.

Writer nets $100M for its enterprise-focused generative AI platform (4 minute read)

Writer, who is developing a "full-stack" generative AI platform for businesses, has secured $100M in Series B funding led by ICONIQ Growth. The funds will advance its "industry-specific" text-generating AI models. Differentiating itself in a competitive market, Writer focuses on non-copyrighted business writing, cost-effective models, transparency, and ensuring that no training is done using customer data.

Databricks raises $500M, boosting valuation to $43B despite late-stage gloom (3 minute read)

Databricks has secured over $500 million in a Series I round, boosting its valuation to $43 billion. Noteworthy investors include T. Rowe Price, Morgan Stanley, and Nvidia. Despite wider market funding slowdowns, Databricks' strong revenue growth and run rate suggest an eventual IPO could exceed its current valuation.
Research & Innovation

Fine-Tuning Vision Transformers More Efficiently (29 minute read)

Fine-tuning pre-trained vision models for specific tasks often requires a lot of extra computing power. Researchers have come up with a method called "Salient Channel Tuning" (SCT) that smartly picks which parts of a model to fine-tune, using way fewer extra settings and still outperforming other methods in almost all tested tasks.

When LLMs Meet External Info (23 minute read)

Large language models like GPT-3 are smart because they learn from a ton of data, but how do they react when new information conflicts with what they already know? Researchers have found that these models can get confused and give wrong answers, especially when they face conflicting or distracting info, raising concerns about how reliable they can be.

New language model objective trains faster with tied embeddings (27 minute read)

Typically with language models, the input and output embedding layers are tied together. However, if you tie the input embedding to other embeddings within the model, and use a contrastive loss, you can get dramatically improved performance both in wall clock and final benchmark accuracy.
Engineering & Resources

Why Open Source AI Will Win (5 minute read)

Open source AI models have significant advantages over proprietary models. For most AI applications, controllability, customizability, transparency, and trust are more important than advanced reasoning abilities. AI-native companies should focus on owning their core models rather than outsourcing their intelligence layer to external providers.

Blending 2D and 3D for Image Creation (3 minute read)

Researchers have found a way to make 2D and 3D technologies work together seamlessly for better and more flexible designs.

Robust e-NeRF: Better 3D Models (4 minute read)

Event cameras have some cool benefits like low power use and quick response times, but they struggle with creating detailed 3D models of scenes. Researchers have introduced Robust e-NeRF, a new method that makes these cameras much better at building 3D models, even in challenging conditions like fast motion or varying light.

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It’s Too Early To Regulate AI (10 minute read)

This article makes the argument that we should wait to regulate AI, as regulation frequently results in reduced competition and production, economic benefits moving overseas, and a government-centric instead of a user-centric industry.

Why AI Can’t Make Human Creativity Obsolete (6 minute read)

Despite concerns that AI would render human creativity obsolete, we continue to appreciate human endeavors, like chess, even when AI performs better. This paradox arises because humans value imperfection, surprises, and shared experiences, which AI, with its constant optimization, cannot replicate.
Quick Links

VimGPT (GitHub Repo)

An experimental LLM agent with direct Vim access, intended for use either as a sub-agent for efficient file editing or as its own agent runtime.

GE Is Working On AI-Powered Ultrasounds (1 minute read)

GE Health is set to create an AI-assisted ultrasound imaging tool designed for easy use by healthcare providers without specialized training. The device aims to improve medical imaging and will primarily focus on maternal, fetal, and pediatric lung health to address preventable maternal and child mortality.

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