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…AI: OpenAI Goes Shopping; Anthropic Edges Into First Place; and Microsoft's Tiny Vision Model (6.26.24)

…AI: OpenAI Goes Shopping; Anthropic Edges Into First Place; and Microsoft's Tiny Vision Model (6.26.24)

This week’s respective models have received substantial infrastructure and performance enhancements. OpenAI’s acquisitions of Multi and Rockset are strategic moves to enhance its remote control and data retrieval capabilities, highlighting a broader industry shift towards more versatile and powerful agentic workflows. This really makes you wonder - not if, but when - they will release a search product. On the state-of-the-art (SOTA) front, we observed Anthropic’s enhancements with Claude 3.5 Sonnet and Microsoft’s debut of the Florence vision model, both of which represent significant advancements in AI model efficiency and effectiveness. Lastly, Ilya Sutskever, co-founder and former Chief Scientist at OpenAI, has news on his new project. Considering Ilya’s departure from OpenAI last month, this week’s headlines about acquisitions focused on 'Search' and 'remote control' potentially shed light on why he left OpenAI. Is it possible this direction did not align with the former Chief Scientist’s emphasis on creating safe AI?

-- Sasha Krecinic

OpenAI has acquired Rockset to enhance its data retrieval systems and plans to integrate Rockset's technology into its products to turn data into "useful insights". If you read some of Rockset's documentation you will get a sense of what the team is working to solve. It would not be crazy to imagine a world where they power search with this. It could be the new generation of ad targeting and personalized recommendations. The capability to deliver nuanced, context-aware insights and recommendations opens new revenue streams, enhancing OpenAI's competitive and commercial edge online and within agentic workflows. [OpenAI Acquires Rockset] Share this story by email

OpenAI has acquired Multi, a startup specializing in remote computer control, and announced that Multi will stop its services. Multi has closed new team signups, and existing users can access the app until July 24, 2024, after which all user data will be deleted. [via @itsandrewgao] Share this story by email

Anthropic says its Claude 3.5 Sonnet outperforms competitor models and Claude 3 Opus, operating at twice the speed and one-fifth the cost. Claude 3.5 Sonnet is their strongest vision model, surpassing Claude 3 Opus on standard vision benchmarks but still slightly behind OpenAI's offering. [Introducing Claude 3.5 Sonnet] Share this story by email

Microsoft has launched Florence-2, a vision model with 200M and 800M parameters, which they say matches the quality of models 100 times larger. Florence-2 is designed to handle a wide range of computer vision tasks, including captioning, object detection, and segmentation, using a unified, prompt-based representation. The model demonstrates strong zero-shot and fine-tuning performance, addressing challenges in spatial hierarchy and semantic granularity, and achieving state-of-the-art results on various vision benchmarks. [Florence - a microsoft Collection] Share this story by email

Safe Superintelligence Inc. says it is focused on creating the first safe superintelligence by addressing safety and capabilities together. Sutskever announced that they will focus on "one goal and one product" and also mentioned that they are hiring. [Safe Superintelligence Inc.] Share this story by email