The Defense Department’s Ambitious Venture into Generative Artificial Intelligence, its Potential for National Security, and the Broader Implications for Modern Warfare.


Pentagon launches ‘Task Force Lima’ to study generative AI for defense

The Defense Department‘s setting up a new team called “Task Force Lima” to dive deep into this hot topic called generative artificial intelligence (AI). Think of this AI like a digital smarty-pants that can create all sorts of content, like what you’re chatting with on ChatGPT. The big wigs want to see how they can use this tech for things like gathering intel and modern warfare. The Task Force is gonna be led by the Pentagon’s top digital and AI folks. Their job? To figure out how to use this tech while keeping our country safe.

Down the line, they’ve got some plans. Task Force Lima’s supposed to give their two cents on how to use these big AI brains by next year. Some folks, like Maynard Holliday from the Defense Department, are talking about how to trust this tech, especially when it sometimes daydreams and gets stuff wrong.


ChatGPT expands its ‘custom instructions’ feature to free users

OpenAI is now letting everyone, even folks using their free service, boss around ChatGPT a bit more. Before, only the paying customers had this cool feature where they could tell the chatbot specific things like “keep answers short” or “talk to me like I’m a 3rd-grade teacher.”

So, if you’re tired of saying the same thing to the chatbot over and over, this is your jam. Plus, the feature’s not just for computers; you can use it on your phone too, whether you’re Team Apple or Team Android.

Wanna dive in? Click on your name, hit “Custom instructions,” and you’re off to the races. And for our pals across the pond in the EU and U.K.? Hang tight, it’s coming your way soon.


Nvidia’s Best AI Chips Sold Out Until 2024, Says Leading Cloud GPU Provider

NVIDIA’s top-tier AI chips are flying off the shelves so fast that they’re all booked up until 2024! Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, the world’s biggest chip maker, said that while demand for most stuff is slowing down, AI chips are red-hot.

Why the rush? NVIDIA’s chips, especially the H100, are like gold for AI tech. They handle the heavy lifting needed to train AI models. Big companies, small startups, everyone’s hustling to get their hands on these chips. Even the big cloud boss from Amazon said they’re struggling to keep up with the demand!

This other cool cloud company, CoreWeave, who’s tight with NVIDIA and even got some major investment from them recently, spilled some tea. Brian Venturo, one of the head honchos over there, says that NVIDIA’s chips are special for two reasons. First, no one builds chips like NVIDIA, they’re top-notch. Second, NVIDIA’s got this software that’s way ahead of everyone else, making it easier for businesses to hit the ground running.


Amazon Reportedly Testing Generative AI Tools For Sellers

Amazon’s dabbling with a new AI tool that can cook up product descriptions for sellers. Just punch in a few keywords about your product, and bam, you get a snazzy title and the lowdown on your item. Cool, right? 

But don’t get too comfy. Amazon says this ain’t replacing human check-ups. They’ve got a whole list of rules that product descriptions gotta follow – like avoiding techie code and keeping things PG. 

And while this might sound like a game-changer, Amazon’s not the first rodeo in town. Big players like BigCommerce, Shopify, and Wix have been jamming with similar tools. 

This could be a win for sellers who’ll save time on writing, but there’s also a bit of a warning label: double-check those AI-made descriptions to make sure they’re on the money. Because nobody wants to order a “high-tech gadget” and get a rubber ducky.


Augie lets you make videos with an AI clone of your own voice

Aug X has this new tool called Augie. With it, you can make videos using a digital twin of your own voice – no need to hop in a recording booth! How? They teamed up with ElevenLabs. You just record a bit of your voice or someone else’s, and Augie can clone it and use it to read scripts for videos.

Here’s how it works: You give Augie a script or just write one in the platform. Then, use a voice you’ve recorded (just a short clip of anything you say) or pick one from their collection. Want your script read in a cheerful tone? Or maybe something more spooky? You can change the mood. Plus, they’ve got pics you can use for your videos from Getty, or you can use computer-made images.

So, Augie’s got rules. For instance, if you record a voice for cloning, only you can use it. If someone else in your company wants that same voice, they’ve gotta record it themselves. And don’t even think about trying to sneakily record someone else’s voice and use it; Augie won’t let you.


TikTok is seemingly making it easier to disclose if your content was generated by AI

TikTok’s looking to make it a cinch for its users to spill the beans when their videos have some AI magic behind them. They’ve got this new switch in the settings that you can flip on to let folks know you’re using AI-made content.

This way, TikTok won’t boot your video if you’re using something like a deepfake. However, not everyone’s seeing this new feature just yet. Plus, just so you know, Instagram’s working on a similar heads-up for their users. Big techies like Google and Amazon are also hopping on the bandwagon, wanting to keep things transparent about AI stuff.


MindsDB Secures Funding from NVIDIA to Make AI More Accessible to All Businesses

MindsDB just landed some big bucks from NVIDIA’s investment group, NVentures, bumping their total funding up to a whopping $46.5 million. Why’s this a big deal? Well, they’re all about making artificial intelligence (AI) a piece of cake for any Joe or Jane running a business. Instead of having a handful of tech whizzes who understand AI, MindsDB wants every software developer on the block to be able to add some AI magic to their stuff.

The NVIDIA folks, along with other investors, are super jazzed about MindsDB’s game plan. They see huge potential in helping businesses of all sizes get their hands on AI tools. And with MindsDB’s wide range of tools and partnerships, businesses are already seeing big benefits. For example, one company saved half a million bucks in a year, and another cut down their customer check-in time.


Prototype ‘Brain-like’ chip promises greener AI, says tech giant

IBM’s cooking up a new chip that’s a lot like our brain and could make AI use less juice. Why’s that matter? Because all those big computer houses running AI are sucking up a ton of power and causing pollution.

This new chip could mean our phones won’t die as fast and even big servers in the cloud might cut down on their energy bills. It’s kinda like the difference between an old-school light switch and those fancy dimmer ones. This chip can remember stuff like our brain does, thanks to something called memristors.


News outlets demand new rules for AI training data

Big media groups wrote an open letter asking for clearer rules around how AI is trained using their stuff. They want to make sure that if AI systems are learning from their content, they get credit (and possibly cash) for it. These groups include big names like Getty Images, The Associated Press, and Gannett.

Here’s why they’re speaking up: these AI models are using articles, photos, and more from media companies. But they’re sharing this info without giving credit or paying the original creators. This messes with how these media companies make money and could lead to less diverse, quality news for everyone.


AudioLDM 2: Learning Holistic Audio Generation with Self-supervised Pretraining

Imagine if speech, music, and sound effects all spoke the same “language.” This article chats about a new system that aims to make that happen. They came up with a universal audio language, dubbed the “language of audio” (LOA).

This system uses something called AudioMAE to translate any sound into this common language. Then, they pull some tricks with a GPT-2 model to generate the audio from this universal language.

Wanna see it in action or mess around with the code? Check it out on their website:


Alexa, play with robot: Introducing the First Alexa Prize SimBot Challenge on Embodied AI

Alexa’s got this cool program that lets college kids play around and build chat robots. They’ve had some fun contests before, but now there’s this new one called the SimBot Challenge.

In it, teams have to make a robot assistant that can do stuff in a fake world. They gave these teams some tools and a pretend place called Alexa Arena to test things out.

The article talks about how the teams built their robots, the problems they faced, and who rocked it in the contest. Cool stuff, right?


Hugging Face Platform on the AWS Marketplace: Pay with your AWS Account

Hugging Face, that big AI platform, just buddied up with AWS Marketplace. Translation? You can now pay for Hugging Face goodies using your AWS account. No more juggling bills—AWS will handle all of it for services like Inference Endpoints. This new deal makes it super easy for businesses to hop on the AI train and makes sure more devs who trust AWS can get their hands on the latest AI tech.

Price-wise? No tricks here. You’ll pay the same as the usual Hugging Face rates, but it’s all billed through AWS. Keep an eye on your spending in the Billing section of your settings.