⚙️ Google's Lumiere

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In today’s newsletter:

🎥 AI Video Breakthrough: Google's Lumiere transforms realism in digital media - pioneering lifelike motion and ethical AI use in video generation

🚨 Microsoft's AI Challenge: Satya Nadella labels Swift deep fakes “alarming and terrible” - calls for urgent societal and tech industry response amid rising AI ethics concerns

🦄 Krutrim's Breakthrough: Ola founder's AI venture becomes India's first AI Unicorn - Pioneering multilingual AI models and fueling India's ascendancy in global AI innovation

🎭 Ethical Boundaries Breached: George Carlin's estate sues over AI-generated special - a call for respect and integrity in the age of digital replication using AI


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❓️ Misc:

ElevenLabs (the most recent AI unicorn startup) has recently released the Dubbing Studio. Perhaps the best translation tool in the world as of now (link)

Someone has built a custom GPT that connects to Notion. It allows you to summarize conversations directly in your Notion journal (link)

💻 Using AI:

A fantastic breakdown of Meta’s prompt engineering guide (link)

📊 Funding:

GreyOrange raised $135M for artificial intelligence warehouse management (link)

Essential AI raised $56.5M to build the enterprise brain (link)

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🎥 Google's Lumiere Unveiled: AI Video Generation Reaches New Realism"

Google has introduced Lumiere, an advanced AI video generation model, marking a significant leap in the field of AI-powered video creation. Lumiere utilizes a novel diffusion model called Space-Time-U-Net (STUNet), which enables the AI to understand spatial and temporal aspects of video content, resulting in more realistic motion. Unlike previous methods that stitched together keyframes, Lumiere's approach focuses on the fluidity of movement, creating videos with seamless transitions. This advancement positions Google prominently in the competitive landscape of AI video tools alongside Runway and Meta’s Emu. Take a look below 👇️ 

Revolutionizing Video Generation

Lumiere's capability to generate base frames from prompts and use the STUNet framework for motion approximation distinguishes it from other models. It produces 80 frames per video, surpassing Stable Video Diffusion's 25 frames, and offers more natural movements, as exemplified by the lifelike motion of a turtle in water. This breakthrough demonstrates Google's commitment to evolving AI video technology.

Google's Multimodal Focus

While Google has been relatively quiet in the text-to-video segment, Lumiere's unveiling signifies its strategic shift towards multimodal AI applications. Google's Gemini large language model, set to integrate image generation into Bard and Lumiere's image-to-video capabilities, showcases Google's growing expertise in this domain. Lumiere also features functionalities like stylized video generation, cinemagraph creation, and inpainting, expanding the possibilities for creative video production.

🚨 Nadella on AI Ethics: Swift Deepfakes 'Alarming,' Calls for Action

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has expressed concern over the recent incident involving AI-generated explicit images of Taylor Swift, describing it as “alarming and terrible.” In an interview, Nadella highlighted the need for more robust guardrails around AI technology to ensure safer content production. However, he acknowledges the issue's complexity, with no immediate solution. The controversy points to a broader challenge in AI ethics, particularly regarding nonconsensual sexual imagery. Microsoft is implicated as the Swift images may have originated from a community using Microsoft Designer, a tool that can be tricked into breaking its own rules against creating such content. Nadella calls for societal and political action, though concrete steps remain unclear. The situation underscores the broader difficulties in regulating AI-generated content and balancing free speech concerns.

🦄 Krutrim's Milestone

Krutrim, an AI startup founded by Ola's Bhavish Aggarwal, has achieved unicorn status with a valuation of $1 billion, making it the first Indian AI startup to reach this milestone. The company's rapid ascent is marked by its recent $50 million funding round led by Matrix Partners India. Specializing in large language models, Krutrim is focused on developing a voice-enabled AI assistant proficient in multiple Indian languages as well as English. This initiative aligns with Aggarwal's vision of building India's comprehensive AI computing stack. Krutrim plans to release a beta version of its chatbot soon and will offer APIs to developers and enterprises, alongside exploring chip development optimized for AI computing. This investment signifies a significant moment in the global AI race, highlighting India's growing presence in the field despite the current dominance of entities like OpenAI's ChatGPT and Google's Bard. Learn more about Krutrim below ⬇️ 

🎭 Legal Clash

The estate of George Carlin, the late renowned comedian, is suing Dudesy, a media company, for copyright infringement over an AI-generated comedy special that imitates Carlin’s unique voice and style. The special "George Carlin: I’m Glad I’m Dead," produced using generative AI, has been criticized for using Carlin’s likeness without permission, devaluing his work, and tarnishing his reputation. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles federal court, seeks the removal and destruction of all copies of the special and an unspecified amount in damages. Carlin’s family has condemned the AI creation, emphasizing the irreplaceable nature of his human creativity. This case reflects growing concerns in the entertainment industry about the ethical use of AI, especially regarding the replication of performers’ likenesses without consent.

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