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✨Lore Issue #23: Open-source AI Event Database + NVIDIA AI Foundations

Good morning.

This week was another flurry of news with major updates including Adobe Firefly, NVIDIA AI Foundations, and Gen-2 from Runway. And... Google released Bard. The acceleration to AGI continues.

Also, after the success of our AI event with Scenario, Beamable, and A16Z, we've decided to get involved in more events. We've created an open-source AI event database. Please share it with others if you find it helpful, and feel free to add any events we're missing.

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In today's issue:

  • LEARN SOMETHING: How people are using GPT-4 for work

  • COOLEST THING: Gen-2 by Runway

  • FEATURED TOOL: Adobe Firefly

  • EVENTS: Announcing our Open Source AI Event Database

  • INDUSTRY UPDATES: NVIDIA Foundations, Bing Image Creator, Google Bard, and Luma AI

  • FURTHER STUDY: Additional industry links and resources


Boost Your Productivity: Weekly Generative AI Insights for Work

Exploring GPT-4 Use Cases For Work

In just over a week since its release, GPT-4 has been making waves, with professionals employing AI to enhance their work.

Explore these inspiring examples and consider how AI can elevate your work or expand your business.

Use Case 1:  Prototype Ideas

Zaid Farooqui leverages GPT-4 to transform his "graveyard of tightly scoped side projects" into functional prototypes.Insight: Have you considered utilizing GPT-4 to breathe life into your dormant startup ideas and create testable prototypes?

Use Case 2: Rapid Software Development

Joe Perkins utilized GPT-4 to develop code for 5 microservices for a new product, saving both time and money.

Insight: Consider harnessing the power of GPT-4 for rapid, cost-effective software development, from writing code to providing step-by-step instructions for deployment.

Use Case 3: Book Author Co-pilot

Reid Hoffman collaborated with GPT-4 to write "Impromptu: Amplifying our Humanity through AI," the first book written using the AI language model.

Insight: Embrace GPT-4's creative capabilities to generate content or even co-author an entire book, exploring new frontiers in literature and storytelling.


The Generative AI Application That Wowed Us

This week's coolest thing is Gen-2 by Runway.

Gen-2 can make new videos using text, images, or video clips, giving creators a whole new level of creativity. We're already thinking about how we can use it at Lore.

 Generate videos with nothing but words. If you can say it, now you can see it.

Introducing, Text to Video. With Gen-2.

Learn more at https://t.co/PsJh664G0Q pic.twitter.com/6qEgcZ9QV4— Runway (@runwayml) March 20, 2023 

Gen-2 lets you create new videos that look real and feel natural by using the style from an image or text. It's like making a video without needing a camera!

Here are some awesome features of Gen-2:

  • Text to Video: Make videos with just a text description. If you can say it, you can see it.

  • Text + Image to Video: Create a video using a picture and a text description.

  • Stylization: Change the style of your video to match any image or description.

  • Storyboard: Turn simple drawings into fully styled and moving videos.

  • Mask: Focus on certain parts of your video and change them with text descriptions.

Gen-2 is a big step forward in making videos with AI. Runway continues to be one of the most impressive companies in the space. We can't wait to see what they do next.


The Most Useful Generative AI Tool We Discovered

This week's featured tool is Adobe Firefly. We've been waiting to see what AI play Adobe would make, and now it's here. And it's pretty incredible.  

 Our team is debuting Adobe Firefly today, a family of generative models https://t.co/kkJKbN0cnr w/ a focus on novel use cases (generative text, vectors, etc), trained responsibly (not scraping), integrated deeply in our products - and incorporating content credentials. pic.twitter.com/jLyjFOIH5e— scott belsky (@scottbelsky) March 21, 2023 

Adobe Firefly lets you use simple language to generate extraordinary new content.

Here are some of its exciting features:

  • Digital Imaging and Photography: Add your ideas to your work instantly with context-aware image generation. Save time and experiment with different concepts.

  • Illustration, Artwork, and Graphic Design: Create custom vectors, brushes, and textures using just a few words or a sketch. Edit your creations with familiar tools.

  • Video: Change the mood, atmosphere, or weather in your videos. Adobe is exploring text-based video editing with Firefly for easy and quick adjustments.

  • Marketing and Social Media: Make unique posters, banners, and social posts with simple text prompts. Upload a mood board to generate original, customizable content.

  • 3D Modeling: Adobe hopes to enable Firefly to work with 3D, turning simple 3D compositions into photorealistic images and creating new styles and variations of 3D objects.

Here is an excellent thread from Linus with examples:

 Breaking, Adobe is entering the generative AI game with Firefly. https://t.co/XsfVOvBovZ 

🧵 Let’s see some early examples

 pic.twitter.com/Mq8zxqIoMc— Linus (●ᴗ●) (@LinusEkenstam) March 21, 2023 

Firefly is currently in beta. Request access here.


List of upcoming AI conferences, meetups, and hackathons

🎉 New Open-Source AI Event Database!

Excited to announce that we've created an open-source AI event database! While it's currently only partially filled out, we plan to expand it significantly over the next few days by adding AI conferences, meetups, and hackathons. Each week, we'll feature a few events from the list in our newsletter.

We'd be thrilled if you could contribute to the database and share it with others who might find it helpful! Your support will help create a valuable resource for the Generative AI community. 🤝


News, Investments, and Acquisitions Shaping the Generative AI Landscape

NVIDIA Announces AI Foundations

In a week filled with amazing announcements, one of the most exciting and significant developments was NVIDIA's AI Foundations.

 I can finally discuss something extremely exciting publicly. Jensen just announced NVIDIA AI Foundations:

- Foundation Model as a Service is coming to enterprise, customized for your proprietary data.

- Multimodal from day 1: text LLM is just one part. Bring your images, videos,… pic.twitter.com/fgwwwvBJBG— Jim Fan (@DrJimFan) March 21, 2023 

This new cloud service, which includes NeMo for language processing and Picasso for handling images, videos, and 3D content, might seem complicated at first glance, but it has major implications for businesses.

By enabling companies to create custom AI applications, NVIDIA is transforming from a hardware provider to an enterprise-first AI provider, making AI more accessible and tailored for businesses across various industries.

Other News

  • Scenario partnered with Sandbox, the leading user-generated Metaverse with millions of registered users. – Read article

  • Google Releases Bard, Its Competitor in the Race to Create A.I. Chatbots – Read article

  • Microsoft 365 Copilot announced – your copilot for work  – Read article

  • Microsoft’s Bing chatbot now lets you create images via OpenAI’s DALL-E – Read article

  • PhotoRoom(YC S20)  launches Instant Backgrounds for product marketing. - Read tweet

Funding Roundup

 Thrilled to announce Luma’s $20M Series A led by @AmplifyPartners . We believe 3D is the most powerful creative medium, and our mission is to build AI to democratize it. The future is interactive, generative, it’s 3D. More here:https://t.co/DiF1VhGbNh— Luma AI (@LumaLabsAI) March 20, 2023 

  • Adept raised $350 million in fresh funding – Read article

  • AI startup Unlearn raises $15M in funding, adds OpenAI CTO Mira Murati to board. – Read article

  • Bionic Health raises $3M for its AI health clinic using GPT-4 and other ML models to design better preventative care. – Read article

  • Prescient AI Raises $4.5M in Seed Funding.– Read article

  • IPRally raised $10.8M for their patent search engine powered by explainable AI. –Read article

  • MLOps platform Seldon raises $20M Series B to improve the productions of AI models – Read article

  • Filmustage raised $550k to leverage AI to break down film scripts, create shooting schedules and more. – Read article


Expand Your Knowledge with Key Generative AI Papers, Articles, and Resources

 The development of AI is as fundamental as the creation of the microprocessor, the personal computer, the Internet, and the mobile phone. It will change the way people work, learn, travel, get health care, and communicate with each other. https://t.co/uuaOQyxBTl— Bill Gates (@BillGates) March 21, 2023 

  • GTC 2023 Keynote with NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang – Watch video

  • Dalai is a super simple way to run LLaMA AI on your computer. — Read instructions

  • PitchBook’s new tool uses AI to predict which startups will successfully exit – Read article

  • Next version of ghostwriter will — after asking your permission of course — write directly to your files. – Read tweet

  • The Federal Register Copyright Office provides new guidance on AI-generated content. – Read PDFRead tweet

  • 9 AI tools for video generation - Shared by Matt Wolfe -- Read thread

  • ChatGPT for Unity - Shared by Rowan Cheung - Read tweet

  • The first Open-Source txt2video 1.7 billion parameter diffusion model. - Shared by TomLikesRobots - Read Tweet - Hugging Face Link


See you next week!

-Nathan Lands