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Slack AI, Karpathy's departure, 1M token AI model

Friends: Slack AI, an OpenAI founding team member's departure, and a model that can process 1 million tokens! Those stories and more in today's collection.

As always, these are the news stories the AI community is talking about the most. We hope you find them inspiring and useful.

-Marshall Kirkpatrick, Editor

First impacted: AI professionals, AI enthusiasts
Time to impact: Short

Andrej Karpathy, founding team member at OpenAI and AI badass, says he has left the company to focus on personal projects. He mentioned that his departure is not due to any specific event, and he commends the OpenAI team and its future roadmap, hinting that those familiar with his work might have an idea of his upcoming projects. [via @karpathy] Explore more of our coverage of: Andrej Karpathy, OpenAI, Personal Projects. Share this story by email

First impacted: Windows users, Software developers, Knowledge workers
Time to impact: Short

A team from Microsoft has launched an AI tool, UFO (which stands for UI-Focused agent). Developed using GPT-Vision, it navigates and operates within Windows applications, enabling users to execute tasks through natural language commands without manual intervention and is designed to handle tasks across multiple applications. It has been tested across nine popular Windows applications, showing its effectiveness in automating daily tasks. The code is open-source, check it out in the link. [Paper page - UFO: A UI-Focused Agent for Windows OS Interaction] Explore more of our coverage of: Microsoft UFO, GPT-Vision, Open-Source AI Tools. Share this story by email

First impacted: Knowledge workers, Remote workers
Time to impact: Short

Slack has launched Slack AI, an artificial intelligence tool designed to enable users to find answers, and summarise channels and threads, according to their announcement. "An internal analysis during the pilot found that customers, such as SpotOn, Uber and Anthropic could save an average of 97 minutes per user each week using Slack AI to find answers, distill knowledge and spark ideas." [Slack AI has arrived] Explore more of our coverage of: Slack AI, Workplace Efficiency, Artificial Intelligence Tools. Share this story by email

First impacted: AI researchers, AI developers
Time to impact: Short

A team of Berkeley researchers has launched a collection of open-source models, methods, and tools they say can process over 1 million tokens in extensive text documents and videos. The team states that these models are capable of generating images and videos from text prompts, answering questions about videos that are an hour long, outperforming other models. [Large World Models] Explore more of our coverage of: Open-Source Models, AI Video Processing, Text-to-Image Generation. Share this story by email

First impacted: Founders, AI Developers
Time to impact: Medium

Y Combinator has expressed interest in startups in areas such as machine learning, robotics, defense tech, manufacturing, and climate tech. YC's call for startups in these specific areas reflects their belief in addressing critical global challenges and sectors ripe for innovation. [Requests for Startups | Y Combinator] Explore more of our coverage of: Y Combinator, Machine Learning, Climate Tech. Share this story by email

First impacted: AI Developers, Data Scientists
Time to impact: Short

LastMile AI has launched Gradio Notebook, which allows users to interact with text, image, and audio models and share their results in an interactive way in a single place. The team notes that this was made possible with Gradio 4.0, which introduced the ability for developers to create their own custom components and use them in Gradio apps. Check out the examples in the link. [Gradio Notebook Quickstart - a Hugging Face Space by lastmileai] Explore more of our coverage of: LastMile AI, Hugging Face platform, Gradio Notebook. Share this story by email

That’s it! More AI news tomorrow!