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The Race to Create the Best AI Model Heats Up

PLUS: The Chaos at OpenAI Ends

In Today’s Cloudbites:

🔥 The Race to Create the Best AI Model Heats Up

📚 This Week’s Top AI Resources

🙌 PLUS: The Chaos at OpenAI Ends

Read time: 4 minutes

Hi friends, welcome back to Cloudbites. This week I’ll be sharing some of the key updates from ChatGPT’s competitors. I’ll also take a deep dive into the end of the OpenAI saga and what it means for the future of AI.

🔥 The Race to Create the Best AI Model Heats Up

As the race to become the best performing AI model continues, ChatGPT is under increasing threat from a number of its competitors:

  • Anthropic Releases Claude 2.1.

    Claude 2.1 can now receive prompts of up to 150,000 words or 500 pages, putting it ahead of ChatGPT-4. This means you can now upload entire books, reports and large datasets for processing.

    There has also been a 2x reduction in errors compared to Claude 2.0.

  • Baidu’s AI Reaches 70 Million Users in 3 Months.

    Chinese tech giant Baidu has also recently unveiled its updated AI model - Ernie 4.0. The company claims its AI Model is as powerful as GPT-4.

    In the 3 months since its launch, Ernie-Bot has reached 70 million users. The AI model is integrated into all of Baidu’s major products and charges a monthly subscription fee of $8USD.

    However, it still has a long way to go to rival ChatGPT, which saw 1.7 billion visits worldwide in August alone.

  • Inflection AI Releases an AI Model which Claims to Beat Both Meta and Google.

    Large tech corporations are not the only players in the race for AI. The startup ‘Inflection-AI’ has just announced Inflection-2, a new AI model which claims to be “the best model in the world for its compute class”.

    In tests, Inflection-2 outscored Meta and Google’s AI models on a number of metrics and performed nearly as well as GPT-4 on some tasks.

  • It All Comes Down to Data…

    Ultimately, the deciding factor behind how well an AI model performs will be the company’s access to the largest and most unique datasets.

    For instance, X’s new AI model (Grok) sets itself apart through access to one of the largest text dataset’s in the world. Similarly, the integration of YouTube into BardAI has improved its ability to process videos.

📚 This Week’s Top AI Resources

Here are some of the latest AI tools to boost your productivity on your tech learning journey:

  • Earnbetter: Improve your resume with the help of an AI mentor that tailors your application for specific roles.

  • Quiz Rise: Generate quizzes and flashcards to help you memorize before cloud certifications.

  • HeartheWeb: Easily transform long text into engaging podcasts featuring conversational AI co-hosts.

  • Code to Flowchart: Turn complex code into interactive flowcharts for easier understanding.

  • Trace AI: Translate plain language into Swift UI code, to create apps directly from your browser.

🙌 [PLUS] The Chaos at OpenAI Ends

Here’s a summary of what you need to know:

  • Altman was reinstated at OpenAI.

    Following the chaos of last week, OpenAI has announced the reinstatement of Sam Altman as CEO.

    The majority of the board have also been replaced with new members including Bret Taylor (CEO of Salesforce), Larry Summers (former US Secretary of the Treasury) and Adam D’Angelo (CEO of Quora).

  • What really happened behind the scenes?

    It has been revealed that researchers at OpenAI wrote a letter to the board warning of a powerful AI discovery that could “threaten humanity”. This letter was allegedly one of the main reasons behind Altman’s firing.

    The project titled Q* (Q-Star) could lead to Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), which could surpass human capabilities.

  • What does this mean for the future of AI?

    The conflicting opinions between Altman and the board have highlighted how unregulated the AI ecosystem is right now. Experts claim that it should be governments and not tech corporations, regulating the AI space.

    These events have jeopardised OpenAI’s attempt to introduce more ethical corporate governance in the company’s management. It ultimately reveals that companies alone can’t deliver the level of safety and trust in AI that societies need.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading! 😊

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