TLDR 2022-10-06

Elon's plans for Twitter 🐦, Google's video AI 🎥, exercising startup options after leaving 💰

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Big Tech & Startups

Google’s newest AI generator creates HD video from text prompts (2 minute read)

Imagen Video is Google's new text-to-video AI. It can produce 5.3 second long videos at 1280x768 and 24 frames per second from written prompts. Google Imagen is trained on data from the publicly available LAION-400M image-text dataset, which contains sexually explicit and violent content. The model is not yet available to the public. Examples of videos created with Imagen Video are available in the article.

‘Maximum amazing’: here’s what we think we know about Elon Musk’s plan for Twitter (9 minute read)

Elon Musk is planning to integrate Twitter into an all-in-one service app modeled after China's WeChat. WeChat makes money by taking a part of all payments made through the platform. This article discusses the many changes that Musk has suggested over the last few months. The changes include improvements to direct messages and videos, blockchain integration, stronger authentication to prevent bots, and a reduction in content moderation.
Science & Futuristic Technology

Why Applying Machine Learning to Biology is Hard – But Worth It (11 minute read)

This article contains the transcript from an interview with Jimmy Lin, the CSO of Freenoma. Freenoma is a company that is developing blood-based tests for early cancer detection. In the interview, Lin talks about the challenges of combining machine learning approaches and biological data, the types of people to hire to build a techbio company, traps to avoid, how to tell when an approach isn't working, and the nuances of adapting biological studies and machine learning to each other.

DeepMind unveils first AI to discover faster matrix multiplication algorithms (5 minute read)

AlphaTensor is an artificial intelligence system for discovering novel, efficient, and provably correct algorithms. It is built upon AlphaZero, an AI that has shown superhuman performance in some games. It was recently used to discover matrix multiplication algorithms that are more efficient than the state-of-the-art for many matrix sizes and outperform human-designed ones. The discovery could inspire other scientists to use AI to guide algorithmic discovery for other fundamental computation tasks.
Programming, Design & Data Science

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Designing a secure API (15 minute read)

Application programming interfaces, or APIs, are bridges that connect two or more programs. They make it possible for companies to interact. This article outlines ten steps for creating and maintaining a safe API. It focuses on APIs through Web services.

Sharing (GitHub Repo)

Sharing is a command line tool for sharing directories and files to iOS and Android devices. It can share directories and files without any extra client apps. Both devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi or the sharing device should have a public IP.

What to do with options after quitting or getting laid off from a startup (3 minute read)

Many early-stage startups offer stock options as part of their compensation packages. These options give employees the right to purchase company stock at a predetermined fixed price. Exercising options at the wrong time can be costly. This Twitter thread presents some thoughts about what to do with options when leaving a startup.

Ask HN: What am I supposed to do after I’m “disrupted”? Work in video and CG (Hacker News Thread)

Many artists are worried that they will be out of a job soon. This Hacker News thread contains a discussion of how automation is affecting jobs. Automation has created new jobs for some industries, but it has also completely replaced humans in others. Advances in image-generating AI will likely put some creatives out of a job.
Quick Links

Ask HN: How can a total beginner start with self-hosting? (Hacker News Thread)

This Hacker News thread discusses how to host your own cloud and stop relying on services like iCloud.

Async UI: a Rust UI Library where Everything is a Future (4 minute read)

Async UI is a Rust UI library with backends for the web and GTK 4.

Google's Answer to the Apple Watch Leaks in a Closer Look Ahead of Official Reveal (2 minute read)

New images of the Pixel Watch have leaked that offer a closer look at the watch's UI and some of its features.

China turns on the world's largest compressed air energy storage plant (2 minute read)

The plant is capable of supplying the local grid with more than 132 GWh of electricity annually and save around 42,000 tons of coal from being burned in power stations.

Nerfstudio (1 minute read)

Nerfstudio is a plug-and-play Python library for creating Neural Radiance Fields (NeRFs).

FDA approves controversial new drug designed to slow the progress of ALS (3 minute read)

A single phase 2 clinical trial of the drug showed that patients who take the drug live about 10 months longer.
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