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You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. Meta learned that lesson the hard way after a biotech team it axed last year showed off a new AI platform that can create new proteins from scratch.

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  • Generating new materials with AI

  • Tutorial: How to generate a diagram in Claude 3.5

  • AI’s impact on the VC industry and the economy

  • 5 new AI tools to boost your productivity

  • AI-Generated Images: Calla Lily Colors


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Former Meta developers chart their own path with a model that creates new proteins

Source: EvolutionaryScale

While some AI companies focus on the big picture — like how many tokens their models can handle at once — one new startup is zooming in…way in. Instead of generating new words or images, EvolutionaryScale, based in New York and San Francisco, is working on an AI model that creates blueprints for proteins that aren’t found in nature.

Deja Vu: If the idea sounds familiar, it might be because founder Alexander Rives and much of his team were working on something similar at Meta – that is, until their department was disbanded last year. They didn’t miss a beat and used the knowledge they’d gained to start something new. Their startup just raised $142 million from backers like former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman as well as corporate clients, including Amazon and NVentures, a wing of Nvidia.

How does it work? EvolutionaryScale’s new model, ESM3, was trained on almost 2.8 billion proteins — allegedly the largest-ever data set for a biology-focused AI system. With that knowledge, it can spin up brand-new proteins and predict how humans might react to them.

Why proteins?

  • Proteins are like the worker bees of the body

  • They play such a crucial role that biologists often refer to them as the building blocks of life

  • They can repair our injuries, facilitate chemical reactions, and regulate our blood flow

  • So if we can engineer new ones, we can put them to work to help with specific tasks, whether fighting off cancer or preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s

Mind Blown: As a proof-of-concept, EvolutionaryScale already created a new green fluorescent protein that’s similar to the substances sea creatures use to glow in the depths of the ocean. As Fortune points out, it would have taken millions of years for this material to have developed evolutionarily.

It’s only the beginning: Several other startups are working on similar AI-powered biotechnologies. Eli Lilly just announced its plans to work with OpenAI on new medicines that could be used to treat drug-resistant bacteria. And you might recall that DeepMind recently released AlphaFold3, which can predict the shape of proteins, DNA, and RNA. Meanwhile, French startup Alcove is working on models that generate recipes for how to concoct inorganic materials like rare earth elements.


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How to visualize anything with diagrams using Claude 3.5 Sonnet

  • Go to Claude’s website and log in.

  • Make sure you select Claude 3.5 Sonnet as your model.

  • Write in your prompt in the prompt box:

Create a simple visualization showing me supply chain management process
  • Refine your prompt if needed. Wait for a few seconds and you are done.


Summer Patio

Prompt: Create a patio layout that seamlessly integrates indoor and outdoor living spaces for a cohesive feel.

Recommend outdoor  furniture arrangements that maximize seating capacity without overcrowding the space.

Suggest creative lighting solutions to enhance the ambiance and usability of your patio during evening hours.

You can adapt the prompt to your specific needs.

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AI jolts VC funding back to life, but impact remains to be seen

Chart Source: Bloomberg

VC funding is back — thanks in large part to AI. Nearly half of the $55.6 billion in VC funding raised last quarter went to AI-related firms, according to PitchBook. Excitement around AI boosted overall funding to a two-year high, putting an end to several quarters of declines. For investors, the chance to ride the AI wave was enough to ease worries over high interest rates and other economic concerns. 

On the other hand, there were fewer overall transactions last quarter than at any point since 2020, and a big portion of the funding went to only a few top players. Elon Musk’s xAI alone walked away with $6 billion – more than a fifth of the total given out to AI companies. That means it was likely just as hard, if not harder, for smaller startups to break through.

Why it’s important: When there’s little funding to go around, startups have to make big cuts to keep afloat. An influx of cash, on the other hand, means they can keep growing and can take more risks. Startup funding also helps set the tone for the overall economy, and AI is now an integral part of that equation. Some experts think the industry could have a bigger impact on our financial system than even the internet. 

Regulators are taking notice: During one recent panel, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said his agency is investigating how generative AI will impact inflation, productivity, and employment trends. “There’s a sense of something big coming here,” Powell said. But ultimately, Powell thinks “it’s too early to say” how exactly AI will shape the economy. An Economist analysis suggests he’s onto something: Even though AI is already playing a bigger part in our everyday lives, it could take nearly a decade for big tech companies to actually generate earnings from those investments.


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Everything else you need to know today

Source: WhatsApp

  • Me, Myself, and AI: WhatsApp is developing a feature that will let users create their own AI-generated avatars, complete with customizable backgrounds.

  • Unintended Audience: OpenAI updated its new ChatGPT app for Macs after a developer noticed that the program was storing unencrypted conversations in plain text — a potential security concern.

  • Sneak Peak: Tesla showed off of its second-generation Optimus robot at the World AI Conference in Shanghai last week. The Elon Musk-led firm was one of the few US-based companies to appear at the event.

😄 One Fun Thing: ElevenLabs is releasing a new set of voices for its Reader app that are based on real-life Hollywood icons, including Liza Minnelli, James Dean, and Burt Reynolds. You can even have Judy Garland read “The Wizard of Oz” aloud with the new AI-powered feature.

🧠 Brain Food: Dutch researchers used AI to accurately recreate images from macaque monkeys’ thoughts. Similar studies have been conducted in the past, but according to one researcher, “these are the closest, most accurate reconstructions” yet. They could pave the way for brain implants that can help restore vision for people with visual impairments.


Callalily Colors

Source: @chriswei. on Midjourney

Prompt: portrait of Chinese Callalily flower, in the style of dark purple, innovative page design, quiet moments captured in paint, all-over composition, elegant calligraphy, soft and dreamy atmosphere, white background
--style raw --ar 3:4 --stylize 150

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