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The biggest things that happened in AI this year

ALSO: How to create product images with text

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It’s our last issue for the year and what a year it’s been. This community started as a tiny 500 reader newsletter earlier this year and today we’re over 500,000 readers strong — thank you for your support!

Today we’re recapping every major news story, product release and jaw-dropping moment from AI this year.


  • The biggest things that happened in AI this year

  • How to create product images with text

  • Friday laughs: The reality of AI hype

  • 5 new AI tools to boost your productivity

  • AI Generated Images: Unexpected cars


The biggest things that happened in AI this year

The AI-generated photo of the Pope in a puffer jacket fooled millions and took AI image creation mainstream this year.


  • Microsoft raises eyebrows with a huge $10 Billion investment in OpenAI.


  • Meta launches Llama 2, their open-source rival to OpenAI’s models.

  • OpenAI announces ChatGPT Plus, a paid version of their chatbot.

  • Microsoft announces a new AI-powered Bing Search.


  • OpenAI announces the powerful GPT-4 model, still considered to be the gold standard.

  • Midjourney releases V5, which brings AI-powered image generation one step closer to reality.

  • Microsoft launches Copilot for Microsoft 365.

  • Google launches Bard, its rival to ChatGPT.


  • A petition is signed by Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and 1,100+ others, calling for a halt to the training of high-capacity AI models more powerful than GPT-4.


  • Samsung and other companies ban employees from using Gen AI tools due to security concerns.

  • OpenAI releases ChatGPT plugins and web browsing features.

  • Nvidia’s stock price jumps by 27% overnight, taking it close to $1 Trillion in market cap thanks to the booming demand for GPUs needed to train AI models.


  • Adobe announces Firefly, a highly capable image generation tool.

  • Accenture announces a jaw-dropping $3 billion investment in AI.

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The biggest things that happened in AI this year (continued)


  • ChatGPT releases code interpreter and data analysis features.

  • Stack Overflow’s traffic drops by half due to Gen AI coding tools.


  • Salesforce reportedly leads financing of OpenAI competitor Hugging face at $4 Billion+ valuation.

  • OpenAI releases ChatGPT Enterprise for businesses.


  • OpenAI releases Dall-E 3, a powerful new image generation tool.

  • OpenAI also launches multimodal features for ChatGPT.

  • Meta releases AI chatbots for its messaging platforms, smart glasses, AI-powered image editing and more.


  • Google launches new Pixel phones with Gen AI features.

  • 90s nostalgia app Epik uses AI to top app charts.

  • China's Baidu launches ChatGPT rival.


  • Elon Musk launches Grok, his ChatGPT rival.

  • OpenAI announces Custom GPTs and GPT-4 Turbo.

  • Ex-Apple employees launch the Humane Ai Pin, an AI wearable device.

  • Nvidia announces H200 chips, which will power the next generation of AI.

  • OpenAI fires and then rehires Sam Altman in dramatic fashion.


  • Pika Labs launches a new era of AI video generation with Pika 1.0.

  • Google launches Gemini, their AI model which they claim can beat GPT-4.

  • Midjourney takes AI image generation to the next level with their V6 update.


How to create product images with text in Midjourney

Midjourney’s latest V6 update now lets anyone create a product image with text. While product images were possible before, the ability to add text with the latest update is a huge unlock.

To use the feature, you have to specify the V6 update and the text you want to generate in your image. We used the prompts below to generate the images above:

prompt 1: A product image of a Coca Cola can with floral patterns --v 6.0

prompt 2: A product image, mock up of a cereal box decorated with fruits, with the words "Natural Cereal" featured prominently --v 6.0

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