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Google and OpenAI share major research breakthroughs

ALSO: Threads comes to Europe, and Grime's AI toys

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It’s a day of major breakthroughs in AI research, as Google publishes a paper proving that AI can discover new solutions to longstanding problems. OpenAI also shared 2 key pieces of research on AI safety.

But it’s not all theory for today’s email. You’ll also learn how to generate music with Google’s newly-released AI music creation tool.


  • Google’s new research breakthrough extends the capabilities of AI models

  • How to generate music with simple prompts

  • OpenAI publishes 2 major papers on AI safety, identifies 7 key principles

  • Friday Laughs: ChatGPT in French

  • 5 new AI tools to boost your productivity

  • AI Generated Images: Famous movies misspelled


Today in AI & Tech

Image Source: Reuters

  • At Long Last: Meta finally launches Threads in Europe.

  • Chipping In: Intel releases a host of new AI-focused computing chips.

  • DJ GPT: Spotify is reportedly testing AI-powered music playlists.

  • Grokking: Musician Grimes launches AI-powered toys.


Google achieves major breakthrough by demonstrating AI models can discover new solutions

Generating emails and blog posts is cool, but finding answers to decades old pure math problems is a whole new frontier for AI models. A new piece of research from Google published yesterday did just that, expanding our understanding of what AI models are capable of.

The researchers developed a new method called FunSearch (short for searching in the function space) and applied it to the cap set problem — a longstanding problem in extremal combinatorics math — to discover new solutions to the problem that go “beyond the best known ones,” according to the authors.

If true, not only is this the first time that an AI model has been used to discover new solutions to open problems in science and math, the authors also demonstrated real-world application for this finding by applying it to the “bin-packing” problem, which can be used for applications like creating more efficient data centers and packing transportation trucks more efficiently.

You can find the research paper here.


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How to create your own music with AI in less than 5 minutes

Source: Google

Looking for a quick weekend project to pick up new AI skills? Google just released MusicFX, a new AI tool that can generate music with just a few words.

Here’s how you can create music with MusicFX in less than 5 minutes:

  • Go to MusicFX and sign up with your Google account. Currently available in the US.

  • Now, simply type in your prompt in the prompt box and click the ‘Generate’ button.

  • You can also download the track by clicking on the download button at the bottom.


OpenAI publishes 2 pieces of research on AI safety, identifies 7 key practices

The possibility of AI posing a threat to humanity is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Several major figures from Elon Musk to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman have been vocal on AI safety over the last year. And now the company behind ChatGPT and GPT-4 has published 2 new papers on AI safety.

The first presents a new approach to aligning AIs with human interests. The key challenge that they identify is that humans will have to supervise AI systems much smarter than them in the future.

The paper finds that naive human supervision could scale poorly to superhuman models without further work. However, the paper argues that weaker AI models could be used to control more capable models.

The second paper outlines 7 key practices for governing AI systems that include:

  • Evaluating the AI system’s suitability for the task

  • Constraining the AI by requiring human approval

  • Setting default behaviors for the system

  • Making the AI’s activities and thought process more legible

  • Implementing automatic monitoring

  • Create reliable attribution

  • Creating the ability to turn off the AI system

You can find the first paper here and the second paper here.

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ChatGPT in French


Famous movies misspelled

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