The morning paper for busy techies


Tuesday 28th May 2024

📱 Big Tech & Startups
Elon Musk’s xAI raises $6 billion to fund its race against ChatGPT and all the rest

xAI has raised $6 billion in funding to bring its products to market and advance future technologies. The funding comes from several sources, including Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, and Saudi Arabian Prince Al Waleed bin Talal. Elon Musk plans to launch xAI's new data center by the fall of 2025.

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Apple signs deal with OpenAI for iOS, still wants Google as an 'option'

Apple has signed a deal with OpenAI to provide chatbot functionality in iOS 18. The deal will be a component of Apple's WWDC event in June. Additionally, Apple is in talks with Google to offer Gemini as an option, diversifying its cloud AI providers.

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🤖 Artificial Inteligence
China invests $47 billion in largest ever chip fund

China has invested over $47 billion in the country's largest-ever chip investment fund to achieve self-sufficiency in semiconductor manufacturing. This move comes as the US and China compete for technological dominance, with China focusing on countering US restrictions on technology access.

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Mapping the Mind of a Large Language Model

Anthropic researchers have unveiled a method to interpret the inner workings of its large language model, Claude Sonnet, by mapping out millions of features. This interpretability could lead to safer AI by allowing specific manipulations of these features to steer model behaviours.

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Apple bets that its giant user base will help it win in AI

Apple is betting on its vast user base to give it an edge in the AI market, despite its first set of AI features not being as advanced as those from other competitors. The company plans to introduce AI tools integrated into its core apps and operating systems with much of the AI processing done on-device.

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🚀 Science & Future Tech
Scientists Found a Paradox in Evolution—and It May Become the Next Rule of Biology

Researchers at USC aim to introduce a new biological rule called "selectively advantageous instability (SAI)" to explain how instability can benefit cellular organisms. While SAI may lead to beneficial genetic diversity and adaptability, it can also inadvertently contribute to aging and disease.

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Looking Glass Debuts 16-inch OLED and 32-inch 'Holographic' Spatial Displays

Looking Glass has introduced two new spatial displays - a 32-inch desktop model and a smaller 16-inch OLED variant, completing their lineup of spatial offerings for group 3D visualization without headsets. These displays enable visual immersion for interacting with 3D digital content in real-time.

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💻 Programming & Data Science
Old Dogs, new CSS Tricks

The web design community is experiencing slow adoption of new CSS features due to factors like new feature fatigue, invisible improvements, and changing design trends. Overcoming this requires re-thinking established patterns and experimenting with small implementations.

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Enhancing Visual Language Models (GitHub Repo)

The Meteor project focuses on improving vision language performances using a Mamba-based approach. Meteor offers curated question-rationale-answer triples, introduces an efficient 7B model, and showcases powerful vision language capabilities compared to larger models.

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Information Retrieval Measures (Python Package)

Building a RAG system requires you to know how well the retrieval portion is working. This toolkit gives a wide variety of powerful measures of performance for information retrieval.

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⚡ Quick Links

Ask HN: What is your ChatGPT customization prompt? LINK


The Netflix Chief's Plan to Get You to Binge Even More LINK


Egypt is building a $1-billion mega-museum LINK


World's first bioprocessor uses 16 human brain organoids for ‘a million times less power’ consumption than a digital chip. LINK


Valve confirms your Steam account cannot be transferred to anyone after you die. LINK


Apple secures patent for 'digital stone' device: What is it. LINK


Humane is looking for a buyer after the AI Pin's underwhelming debut LINK

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