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What's brewing in AI #35

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OpenAI releases a new and improved GPT-4 Turbo, OpenAI opens shop in Japan and introduced a Japanese-optimised model, and other AI news this week.

Creator of whatplugin.ai & the What's Brewing in AI newsletter
Apr 15, 2024

Hi there, and welcome to the 209 new subscribers who joined last week. Iโ€™m excited that youโ€™re here to learn with me.

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Whatโ€™s brewing in AI #35

  • Darioโ€™s Picks:
    1. OpenAI releases a new and improved GPT-4 Turbo
    2. OpenAI opens in Japan and introduces Japanese model
    3. Devin is a lie, but thatโ€™s not the most important thing
    4. Gemini 1.5 Pro now available as API
    5. TikTokโ€™s plans on using AI influencers for advertisers
  • GPTs: the latest top arrivals in the GPT store
  • Bytes: the other important AI news this week

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Darioโ€™s Picks

1. OpenAI releases a new and improved GPT-4 Turbo

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via @sama on X

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GPT-4 Turbo just a got a big improvement, making it better at most common tasks. With the update, GPT-4 Turbo again tops the leaderboards over at LMSYS Chatbot Arena.

While it will become available in all paid ChatGPT subscriptions and the API, apparently itโ€™s not fully rolled out yet. I had it for a day, then my ChatGPT went back to the old version again. My first impression was that it was much less verbose, in a good way. Looking forward โ€˜til we all get it soon.

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Why it matters

ChatGPT is back topping the charts, and to be frank, itโ€™s still the AI tool I use 90% of the time.

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2. OpenAI opens shop in Japan and introduced a Japanese-optimised model

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via OpenAI

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OpenAI just opened its new office in Tokyo (itโ€™s fourth globally). Tadao Nagasaki joins as the new President, leading the Japanese branchโ€™s commercial efforts and responsible for building up the local team.

Local businesses are getting early-access to a custom GPT-4 model optimised for the Japanese language. Itโ€™s faster and cheaper for Japanese language applications than its predecessor; OpenAI used the example of the English learning app Speak, which increased response speeds 2.8x and while slashing costs 47% in Japan with the new model. The new model will be released more broadly in the coming months.

Related: Microsoft is investing 2.9$ billion in AI and cloud infra in Japan.

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Why it matters

Besides motivations of local business opportunities and better ability to influence regulations, securing supply of high-performance AI chips that their business depend on is a strategic priority for OpenAI. With this move, the company can get closer to Japanโ€™s semiconductor industry by establishing a local presence.

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3. Devin is a lie, but thatโ€™s not the most important thing

Last month, Cognition Labs introduced Devin, touted as โ€œThe worldโ€™s first AI software engineerโ€. Going instantly viral on social media and leaving some developers in a state of panic about their future job security, the company is now facing strong criticism for spreading misleading information about what Devin can actually do. However, many have taken to Devinโ€™s defence, claiming the criticism is exaggerated and a bit beside the point.

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Why it matters

Letโ€™s face it โ€“ Devin, along with pretty much any other AI tool that has gotten released ever, is overhyped. Cognition Labs couldโ€™ve certainly toned down its marketing pitch. That doesnโ€™t mean the product is bad.

Itโ€™s a pity when poorly chosen communication overshadows the actual technological progress being made. Devin still seems like a significant step above existing AIs for coding.

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4. Gemini 1.5 Pro now available as API

Developers โ€“ Googleโ€™s model with a 1m token context window is now available through the Gemini API.

API support for video, the ability to reason across images (frames) and audio (speech), is also coming soon. Thereโ€™s also a number of other requested features being added including system instructions, JSON mode and improved function calling.

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Why it matters

Huge memory and reasoning for video probably unlocks some interesting new opportunities. How about surveillance cameras that you can ask about what happened last week? Ok, thatโ€™s creepy, donโ€™t make that.

In any case โ€“ new features in APIs of leading models heavily influences what the next generation of AI apps look like.

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5. TikTokโ€™s plans on using AI influencers for advertisers

TikTok has planned to add an AI creator feature, according to The Information. The platformโ€™s AI influencers will be able to read scripts from advertisers or sellers on its TikTok shop. Keep in mind, this is a rumour and hasnโ€™t been confirmed by the company.

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Why it matters

TikTok is very much reliant on human creators, so adding AI influencers (which would โ€œstealโ€ brand deals from real people) poses challenges. If the feature is actually launched, itโ€™ll likely be an interesting case study for other social platform on how to approach this.

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GPTs

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Top new arrivals in the GPT store

Highly rated, new GPTs featured in OpenAIโ€™s official GPT store (from the last week)

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Top newcomers on whatplugin.ai

Highly-rated GPTs that made it into whatplugin.ai from the last week. How rankings work.

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| whatplugin rank | GPT | Category | Avg. Rating | |-----------------|---------------------------|-----------------------|-------------| | #98 | [Scraper](https://www.whatplugin.ai/gpts/scraper) | Web Content Access | 4.0 (571) | | #595 | [Philosophy Sage](https://whatplugin.ai/gpts/philosophy-sage) | Learning | 4.5 (332) | | #673 | [R and R Studio Tutor](https://www.whatplugin.ai/gpts/r-and-r-studio-tutor) | Learning | 4.3 (518) | | #1,364 | [God of Linear Algebra](https://www.whatplugin.ai/gpts/god-of-linear-algebra) | Learning | 4.1 (379) | | #1,426 | [Advanced Data Analysis](https://www.whatplugin.ai/gpts/advanced-data-analysis) | Data Analysis | 3.9 (421) |

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Bytes

More notable news from the last week

  • Fresh off the whatplugin blog: The most helpful AI Tutors for students.
  • You.com, an AI-search engine thatโ€™s a bit like Perplexity, has just added Gemini 1.5 Pro, the new GPT-4 Turbo and Cohereโ€™s Command R+. This site has been rapidly expanding their choice of models lately, and is a good place to try and compare new LLMs.
  • Smaller versions of Llama 3 coming soon.
  • Grok-1.5 just got vision. It can now process avariety of visual information, including docs, charts, screenshots, and photographs.
  • OpenAI fires researchers for leaking company secrets, both from OpenAIโ€™s safety team.

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