Americans quickly embraced AI

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Happy Friday! It must be a very happy Friday indeed for employees at Databricks — who just shipped the world’s leading open-source AI model for just a tiny fraction of the cost it took to build GPT-4.


  • How to prompt better with OpenAI’s official guide

  • DBRX is the new sheriff in open-source town

  • How quickly Americans embraced AI

  • Chart: Open-source expectations

  • 5 new AI tools to boost your productivity

  • AI Generated Images: Neon Caves


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Learn how to prompt better with OpenAI’s official prompt engineering guide

Image: Abdul Gaffar

There a ton of guides and courses out there on how to prompt ChatGPT the right way. But if you want to sharpen your prompting skills, who better than OpenAI to show you the way?

The ChatGPT maker released a prompt engineering guide with strategies to get the most out of your prompts. Some of the most valuable strategies from the guide include:

  • Include details in your prompt

  • Split complex tasks into simpler subtasks

  • Specify the steps needed to complete the task

  • Instruct ChatGPT to think through the answer slowly

  • Provide examples and specify length of the desired answer

You can find the full list of prompt engineering, along with specific examples, in the OpenAI prompt engineering guide here.


Databricks’ new model is another major step for open-source AI

Silicon Valley startup Databricks announced its open source AI model – DBRX – beats out competitors across 12 benchmarks, including reading comprehension and logic.

It scored higher than Meta’s Llama 2, Mistral’s Mixtral, and X’s Grok — three of the biggest open-source models currently on the market. DBRX still can’t beat new top dog Claude 3 or the tried-and-true GPT-4 from OpenAI. But those are not open source.

What makes DBRX unique? Sure, Meta allows others to build on top of its Llama model. But critics point out that it’s not totally an open book, keeping its training methods close to home. Databricks says it’s one-upping Meta in the transparency department: It wants to give users complete access to the building blocks it used to create DBRX.

The value of open-source: Say you’re a company that wants to use AI to learn more about its customers. You might not want to hand over sensitive customer data to major companies like OpenAI. Databricks says its model fixes that, giving you the ability to study proprietary information in private, without the fear that it could fall into the wrong hands.

Photo finish? Meta might be taking a pit stop, but it will soon be coming in hot. Reports suggest Llama-3 could be released as soon as July and is about as powerful as GPT-4.


How quickly Americans embraced AI

A new Pew study shows that people with postgraduate degrees are the most likely of any education level to use AI at least a few times a day. Nearly a third of postgraduates in the US say they use AI several times a day or “almost constantly.”

Age also appears to play a role: 57% of 18-29-year-olds say they use AI at least a few times a week, compared with 36% of people 65 and over.

Overall, a surprising proportion of Americans have quickly embraced AI since ChatGPT was first introduced to the public in Nov 2022. Across all demographics, half of Americans say they use AI multiple times per week.


Open Source Expectations

Source: Andreessen Horowitz

In 2023, between 80-90% of the market share in AI went to closed-source models — those whose source code and training data are kept private. But according to Andreessen Horowitz, that’s rapidly changing.

Today, 41% of business leaders say they currently use open-source AI tools or plan to do so soon. Another 41% say they’ll make the switch as soon as open-source models catch up to the likes of GPT-4 and Claude, which are both closed-source.

Just 18% say they have no plans to increase their open-source usage.


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Neon Caves

Source: @jusme58_02 on Midjourney

Prompt: a vibrant huge neon mountain with a cave that has vines hanging down the entrance of it

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