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  • . . AI: OpenAI responds to NYT suit, 19X context window, maybe it's Intelligence Augmentation? (1.8.24)

. . AI: OpenAI responds to NYT suit, 19X context window, maybe it's Intelligence Augmentation? (1.8.24)

Friends, did you catch the news that DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis is leading a new group at Alphabet? That's the last of 7 top stories in AI from Monday and the weekend.

These stories are what the AI community is discussing most today, according to our weighted analysis of AI community engagement, with short summaries and commentary. I hope it proves useful to you.

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Here are the day's top stories in AI.

-Marshall Kirkpatrick, Editor

First impacted: News outlets, OpenAI partners
Time to impact: Medium

OpenAI is being sued by The New York Times and published a blog post about it today. The two companies were in communication about collaborating just 3 weeks ago, they say. It's a really interesting blog post. OpenAI says they are working to eliminate a rare bug that causes content "regurgitation", and believes that The New York Times "is not telling the full story." [OpenAI and journalism] Explore more of our coverage of: OpenAI, Copyright, NYT. Share this story by email

First impacted: AI developers, Tesla car owners
Time to impact: Medium to long

Tesla's AI Director, Andrej Karpathy, initiated a discussion on X about the term Intelligence Amplification as an alternative to talking about Artificial Intelligence. Instead of a paradigm that seeks "to build superintelligent God entity that replaces humans...[intelligence augmentation] builds 'bicycle for the mind' tools that empower and extend the information processing capabilities of humans." A big discussion ensued, including a whole blog post by Simon Willison titled "It's OK to call it Artificial Intelligence." [via @karpathy] Explore more of our coverage of: Intelligence Amplification, Tesla AI. Share this story by email

First impacted: LLM App Developers
Time to impact: Short

LangChain has launched its first stable version, LangChain 0.1.0, which is available in Python and JavaScript. Now just over a year old, the company says LangChain has "grown to become the default framework for building LLM applications" and now offers nearly 700 integrations with other technologies. [LangChain v0.1.0] Explore more of our coverage of: LangChain. Share this story by email

First impacted: Tesla Autopilot users, Humanoid robot operators
Time to impact: Medium

Remi Cadene, a key member of Tesla's Autopilot and Optimus teams, has announced his departure from the company. Cadene's role at Tesla included developing the manipulation network for humanoid robots and improving Tesla's dataset with diverse, high-quality 3D annotated data, according to his personal statement. [via @RemiCadene] Explore more of our coverage of: Tesla Autopilot, Humanoid Robots, 3D Annotated Data, France. Share this story by email

First impacted: Data scientists, Web developers
Time to impact: Short

A blog post by Hugging Face's Omar Sanseviero teaches the use of open-source embedding models for identifying similar items in large datasets. The post also provides a tutorial on Sentence Transformers, an open-source library for converting sentences into embeddings, and demonstrates how these embeddings can be applied in real-world situations, such as responding to Medicare-related inquiries. Sanseviero writes, "the current state of open-source embedding models is very strong - they are pretty easy to deploy, small (and hence cheap to host), and outperform many closed-source models." [hackerllama - Sentence Embeddings] Explore more of our coverage of: Open-Source Models, Embeddings. Share this story by email

First impacted: Cloud service providers, Data scientists
Time to impact: Short to medium

A team of researchers at Alibaba and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have created DistAttention and DistKV-LLM, a distributed LLM system they say can handle context lengths 2-19x longer than existing LLM systems. [Paper page - Infinite-LLM: Efficient LLM Service for Long Context with DistAttention and Distributed KVCache] Explore more of our coverage of: Alibaba, Distributed Systems. Share this story by email

First impacted: Pharmaceutical researchers, Drug developers
Time to impact: Long

Isomorphic Labs, an autonomous subsidiary of Alphabet launched from DeepMind and based on AlphaFold, led by Demis Hassabis, has signed deals with pharmaceutical giants Eli Lilly and Novartis, that could be valued at up to $3 billion, not including possible future royalties from drug sales. The partnerships, which are multi-target and focused on small molecules, include a mix of upfront and milestone payments. That's quite a way to kick off the new year! [Isomorphic Labs kicks off 2024 with two pharmaceutical collaborations - Isomorphic Labs] Explore more of our coverage of: Pharmaceutical, AlphaFold. Share this story by email

Ok that’s it! More AI news tomorrow.