🥣 Musk vs. OpenAI Saga Heats Up

PLUS: Claude 3 Makes A Splash

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Greetings AI enthusiasts, and welcome to the latest edition of The AI Crunch. I'm your technological guide, Mr. Byte. In this edition, we'll delve into noteworthy updates in the realm of artificial intelligence, offering insights on the latest developments. So, without further ado, let's embark on a journey through today's compelling tech revelations. Ready? Let's explore!

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Musk vs. OpenAI Battle Heats Up

Elon Musk, known for his penchant for legal battles, has initiated a lawsuit against OpenAI and its CEO, Sam Altman, alleging a departure from the foundational principles of the organization. The billionaire claims that when he provided substantial funding for the establishment of OpenAI, an understanding was in place with Altman and Greg Brockman, the president, to maintain the company as a nonprofit, dedicated to developing technology for the greater public good. Musk contends that this agreement also involved making the AI code open to the public rather than hoarding it for private gains.

The lawsuit, filed at San Francisco Superior Court, asserts that OpenAI's cozy relationship with Microsoft has set the original pact ablaze, accusing the company and its top executives of distorting the mission. The legal document contends that OpenAI has morphed into a "closed-source de facto subsidiary" of Microsoft, actively refining an artificial general intelligence (AGI) to maximize profits for the tech giant, contrary to the intended benefit for humanity. Musk seeks an injunction to prevent any entity, including Microsoft, from exploiting OpenAI's technology.

While legal experts speculate on the lawsuit's chances of success, Musk appears to be leveraging this legal move to secure his narrative in the evolving story of AI. The courtroom battle promises insights into the internal dynamics of OpenAI, offering a glimpse into the struggles and decisions shaping the organization. As Elon Musk takes on his brainchild in court, the tech community awaits the unfolding drama, wondering how this legal tussle will impact the trajectory of OpenAI and its mission.

In response to Elon Musk's lawsuit, OpenAI has issued a statement seeking to clarify its stance and provide context to the allegations. OpenAI acknowledges Musk's foundational role, noting his significant contributions and early involvement as an investor and co-chair of the board. The organization emphasizes its commitment to the mission of ensuring that artificial general intelligence (AGI) benefits all of humanity, encompassing the development of safe and beneficial AGI and fostering broad, positive outcomes.

OpenAI reveals that the necessity for vast resources to achieve AGI led to a realization, prompting discussions around a for-profit structure to acquire the required capital. Elon Musk, according to OpenAI, advocated for either merging with Tesla or obtaining full control. However, disagreements arose over terms, with Elon ultimately leaving OpenAI and expressing support for the organization to find its own path in raising substantial funds. The dispute centered on the challenge of maintaining a for-profit entity while preventing any individual, even Musk, from having absolute control over OpenAI.

Anthropic Unleashes Claude 3: The AI Chatbot Challenger Outperforming GPT-4 and Gemini

Move over, ChatGPT and Gemini—Anthropic, a brainchild of ex-OpenAI aficionados, boasts its latest creation, Claude 3, outshining the AI chatbot competition. The Claude 3 lineup, featuring Haiku, Sonnet, and the heavyweight Opus, flexes its muscles with claims of "near-human" performance on certain benchmarks. Sonnet, steering the Claude.ai chatbot, is offered gratis with an email sign-in, while Opus, a multi-modal powerhouse handling both text and image inputs, commands a $20/month subscription via "Claude Pro."

Opus, the crown jewel, not only outperformed GPT-4 in graduate-level reasoning but also trumped OpenAI's chatbot in math, coding, reasoning, and knowledge tasks. Anthropic boldly states that for rapid-response workloads, Sonnet leaves its predecessors, Claude 2 and 2.1, in the dust, doubling their speed while showcasing heightened intelligence. Haiku, the pocket dynamo of the Claude 3 family, emerges as the market's speed demon, parsing dense research papers with charts and graphs in under three seconds.

Anthropic emphasizes Claude 3's versatility, claiming prowess in processing diverse visual formats like photos, charts, graphs, and technical diagrams—a boon for companies dealing with PDFs and presentation slides. The company asserts that Claude 3's nuanced understanding reduces the likelihood of rejecting harmless content while remaining vigilant against potential harm. With 10 secret pillars of fairness guiding its AI, Anthropic positions Claude 3 as a force to be reckoned with, trained on both internal and public data using hardware from AWS and Google Cloud, the latter enjoying a recent $4 billion investment from Amazon. Claude 3 Opus and Sonnet are currently available through Anthropic's API, with Haiku joining the fray soon, and Sonnet accessible on Amazon Bedrock and Google Cloud's Vertex AI Model Garden. In the ever-intense AI chatbot battle, Anthropic claims to have unleashed a formidable contender that's not afraid to flaunt its prowess.


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  • Microsoft releases ‘Copilot for Finance’ (VB)

  • Accenture to use Cohere’s model for client work (C)

  • US Army experiments with GPT-4 for field advisory (NS)

  • Apple not to rush into AI - to release AI plan later this year (E)

  • ChatGPT can now “Read Aloud” (X)

  • India reverses AI stance, requiring AI model approval (TC)

  • Meta is planning to launch Llama 3 in July (TI)

  • Google DeepMind unveiled Genie, to create interactive virtual worlds (X)

  • AMD faces US legal headwinds for chip distribution in China (CNBC)

AI Funding

Perplexity: Reportedly raising additional funds at a $1B valuation (WSJ)

Groq: Popular AI chip startup acquired Definitive Intelligence (SA)

Haiper: AI-powered video generation platform raised $14M (TC)

Slice: AI-powered global equity management platform raised $7M (PRN)

Gradial: Startup building AI solutions to help marketing teams raised $5M (BW)

Particle: AI-powered news reader raised $4M (TC)

RoleMapper: AI-powered job management platform raised $3M (FN)

Baseten: AI infrastructure company raised $40M (FN)

Overjet: Dental AI startup raised $53M (PRN)

Taalas: An AI and silicon startup raised $50M (PRN)

AI Tools

Newest AI tools (AI Tool Leaderboards):

  • Beeyondai AI: Your all-In-one AI digital assistant

  • Papermark: Open source docsend alternative

  • Alter AI: Generate professional headshots from selfies

  • Vibrato: Voice AI phone calls

  • Video Summary AI: Educational summaries of long YouTube videos in your language

  • Caption: Generate social media posts with ease

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