Make learning a fun habit with the power of AI
Plus, a long-form interview with Google's Sundar Pichai
A weekly newsletter that highlights new and innovative AI products that are worth exploring.
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A bit of personal news, my spouse and I are expecting our third (!) child in a week or so. I’m sure the first few weeks will be a whirlwind and so I may skip a week or two of sending this newsletter. So if you find yourself wondering in a few weeks, "Why haven't I received a newsletter from Tyler recently?" now you know why. Anyway, there's no baby yet, so let's get to it!
In this week’s issue:
Learn.xyz and generative AI is making learning fun again
From prompt to high-quality music with Stable Audio
Plus, a long-form interview with Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, on the topic of AI
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
After testing dozens of AI products this week. Here’s my top pick.
Learn.xyz: Make learning a fun habit with the power of AI
As an investor in Learn, I am excited to share that their new app officially launched yesterday. Learn is leveraging AI to build the future of learning. With this app, you can simply write a few words or a sentence on what you want to learn about, and Learn will quickly build an interactive lesson plan along with pop quizzes. Co-founder Christian Byza describes Learn as “Duolingo and Wikipedia meets Gen AI.”
You can learn just about anything with this app. Personally, I have been using it to learn about two topics: wine regions and neural networks.
It also has a social component so that you can get ideas about topics that other community members are learning. It’s fun to scroll the main feed and see the huge variety of topics that people are generating.
P.S. They recently raised a $3m SEED round.
One more AI product that is worth your time.
Stable Audio: From prompt to high-quality music in seconds
From Stability AI, the folks behind the image-generation model Stable Diffusion comes Stable Audio. Their model creates high-quality music for commercial use. The model produces 45 second music clips that are better than others models that I’ve tried. You can generate music up to 90 seconds in the paid version ($12/month). It’s been fun to play around with and it’s certainly a unique way to create music. Prompt engineering takes on a whole new meaning when your prompts become: “cinematic strings, western high noon shootout, shakers, 808s, 95 BPM“.
BTW if you want to hear what the result of the prompt above sounds like..here ya go (fyi, it’s a loom recording so audio is not high-def, but you’ll get a sense for it):
OTHER AI THINGS HAPPENED
Some other notable news and product launches from this week
Michael Chabon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and others have filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, as reported by The Register. The suit alleges that OpenAI "cast a wide net across the internet" in order to obtain the most comprehensive set of content available to improve its GPT models. This allegedly led OpenAI to "necessarily" capture, download, and copy copyrighted written works, plays, and articles.
Google pledges $20 million for responsible AI fund. Google says the project will “support researchers, organize convenings and foster debate on public policy solutions to encourage the responsible development of AI.”
Microsoft offers legal protection for AI copyright infringement challenges to companies that use it’s co-pilot product. It's cool to see Microsoft step up and stand behind their AI product, but I'm not sure how easy it will be to put it into practice.
Googles Search Generative Experience (”SGE” for short) is rolling out more broadly. Instead of showing a bunch of ads above the search results, SGE gives you an AI-generated answer to your query.
Roblox’s new AI chatbot will help you build virtual worlds
Salesforce introduces new AI assistant, Einstein Copilot, which Salesforce says offers multiple AI agents that can complete a range of CRM and application-specific tasks on their own.
WHAT I'M READING
If you only read one thing this week let it be this.
Sundar Pichai on Google’s AI, Microsoft’s AI, OpenAI, and … Did We Mention AI? by Steven Levy
"Earlier this month, Sundar Pichai was struggling to write a letter to Alphabet’s 180,000 employees. The 51-year-old CEO wanted to laud Google on its 25th birthday, which could have been easy enough. Alphabet’s stock market value was around $1.7 trillion. Its vast cloud-computing operation had turned its first profit. Its self-driving cars were ferrying people around San Francisco. And then there was the usual stuff—Google Search still dominated the field, as it had for every minute of this century. The company sucks up almost 40 percent of all global digital advertising revenue. But not all was well on Alphabet’s vast Mountain View campus. The US government was about to put Google on trial for abusing its monopoly in search. And the comity that once pervaded Google’s workforce was frayed. Some high-profile employees had left, complaining that the company moved too slowly. Perhaps most troubling, Google—a long-standing world leader in artificial intelligence—had been rudely upstaged by an upstart outsider, OpenAI..." WIRED
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