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GPT-4 release, DuckAssist, SVB Collapse
Here are the week's top stories about artificial intelligence
OpenAI is expected to release GPT-4 this week. The updated neural network model is expected to be multimodal. In a previous interview with StrictlyVC, OpenAI founder Sam Altman said, “People are begging to be disappointed and they will be.”
The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo (DDG) launched an AI search tool called DuckAssist this past week. DuckAssist can directly answer search queries through natural language technology from OpenAI and Anthropic, combined with its own active indexing of Wikipedia.
The New York Times reported on new ‘cheapfake’ video tools that make it easy to clone celebrity voices, gaining popularity on TikTok and Twitter. ElevenLabs offers one tool cited in the article, which debuted a speech-cloning tool in November to mimic voices. The article discusses some of the ethnics and policies surrounding these videos.
CEO Sam Altman wrote on Twitter on Sunday that he felt the government has a role to protect depositors in the Silicon Valley Bank collapse. “TL;DR: at this point to be certain of avoiding catastrophe, the FDIC needs to temporarily guarantee all deposits. other solutions might work, but this is the best one.” The Treasury, Federal Reserve, and FDIC announced on Sunday evening that “depositors will have access to all of their money starting Monday, March 13.” It was also reported that Altman was sending startup CEOs six-figure checks over the weekend to meet payroll.
Salesforce said it plans to integrate ChatGPT into Slack to help users summarize conversation threads and handle queries. The software company said its technology, called EinsteinGPT, will also combine models from outside partners, to help businesses generate emails, customer-account data, and code.
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