The morning paper for busy techies


Friday 31st May 2024

📱 Big Tech & Startups
TikTok preparing a US copy of the app’s core algorithm

TikTok is developing a clone of its recommendation algorithm for its U.S. users that operates independently from its Chinese parent, laying the groundwork for divestiture of U.S. assets. The project aims to address political risks by creating a separate code base for the U.S. operations.

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SpaceX sent Starship to orbit — the next launch will try to bring it back

SpaceX's upcoming Starship rocket launch on June 5 aims to evaluate the second stage's reusable heat shield during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, a critical step towards achieving full reusability. The main objective of the test will be to evaluate the second stage's reusable heat shield.

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OpenAI has a has a new version of ChatGPT just for universities

OpenAI has introduced ChatGPT Edu, a version of its ChatGPT tailored for students and academics, offering features like access to the GPT-4o language model and higher message limits. OpenAI developed ChatGPT Edu to support broader AI deployment in schools due to initial concerns about academic integrity.

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🤖 Artificial Inteligence
Anthropic’s AI now lets you create bots to work for you

Anthropic has introduced a new feature called "tool use" for its AI chatbot Claude, enabling users to create personalized email assistants, shoe purchasing bots, and any other tailored solutions connected to external APIs.

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Autodesk acquires AI-powered VFX startup Wonder Dynamics

Autodesk has officially acquired Wonder Dynamics, a startup that enables creators to easily create complex characters and visual effects using AI-powered technology, after years of collaboration. Wonder Dynamics is the company behind Wonder Studio — a professional tool for motion-captured CG characters.

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🚀 Science & Future Tech
1-bit LLMs Could Solve AI’s Energy Demands

Large language models like ChatGPT are becoming more advanced but also larger, requiring more energy and computational power. Researchers are working on shrinking these models to run directly on devices like cellphones by rounding off high-precision numbers to just 1 or -1.

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‘Smart’ antibiotic can kill deadly bacteria while sparing the microbiome

A new compound called lolamicin has been developed to target harmful Gram-negative bacteria while sparing beneficial gut microbes, showing promise in mice studies. However, further research is needed to determine its effectiveness in humans and whether bacteria may develop resistance to it in the long run.

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💻 Programming & Data Science
Don't DRY Your Code Prematurely

Before applying DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself), consider whether the deduplication is truly redundant or if the functionality will need to evolve independently over time. Applying DRY principles too rigidly leads to premature abstractions that make future changes more complex than necessary.

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Towards Ultra-High-Definition Image Deraining: A Benchmark and An...

Researchers have introduced a new dataset called 4K-Rain13k that features 13,000 pairs of 4K resolution images to tackle the challenge of deraining ultra-high-definition (UHD) images.

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Video Generation with Transformers (Github Repo)

EasyAnimate is an end-to-end solution for high-resolution and long video generation, employing transformer-based diffusion generators, VAEs for video processing, and metadata preprocessing. It is built on a Sora-like structure and DIT, utilizing transformers for video generation.

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⚡ Quick Links

Google Adds AI-Powered Features To Chromebook LINK


Patronus AI raises $17m series A LINK


Paul Graham clears air on Sam Altman's departure from Y Combinator after ex-OpenAI board member says it was 'hushed up'. LINK


Researchers crack 11-year-old password, recover $3 million in bitcoin. LINK


Salesforce shares tumble 19%, on pace for worst day since 2004. LINK


Pentagon awards $480 million deal to Palantir for 'Maven' prototype. LINK


Japan to launch world's first wooden satellite: Know its significance. LINK


'GODMODE GPT': Hacker releases jailbroken version of ChatGPT. LINK

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