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MC.17: Apple and Samsung's Race in AI Innovation

This week, we're seeing Apple and Samsung unveil their plans for AI, exploring better thinking strategies, discovering AI's potential in diagnosing autism, and praising Numerous.ai's seamless integration into Excel sheets.

modern chaos issue 17

Modern chaos is a newsletter exploring tech and AI through the journey of a dev agency shifting from services to product design. We share our notes, analysis and experiments.

Welcome to 2024!

2023 was a hell of a ride, and I think 2024 will be just as intense.

The world is split between people who think that AI is just another tech bubble, and those who see it as a shift for humanity, imagining a world that feels dystopian to me.

I’m not an oracle, but we can all agree that AI is more than generating silly text and images, especially when you look beyond LLMs.

Even if you believe that's all there is, when the bubble bursts, the tech industry will know how to repurpose people and their experiences into new things.

This is something that Silicon Valley does well, and now, there are many places around the world that do it too.

It will create value in one way or another.

Cheers,

In this issue:

🍎 Apple: Investing Heavily in AI
🤖 Samsung Galaxy AI
💡 Thinking Better Thoughts
🎨 DesignBuddy: Catch Design Flaws in Figma
📈 Posthog: An Open-source Alternative to Amplitude
🧠 AI Can Diagnose Childhood Autism From Eye Photos With "100% Accuracy"
💬 Dot: Chat with Your Data
📊 Numerous.ai: AI in your Google and Microsoft Sheets

Updates & tools

Apple: Investing Heavily in AI
Apple is quiet about its AI plans, to the point that many people think they are lagging behind. Their latest research shows otherwise; you should see the 3D avatars - it's impressive. If they can bring that to the iPhone along with other AI utilities by improving inference capabilities on limited-resource hardware, it could be massive. MORE

Samsung Galaxy AI
Samsung is unveiling its Galaxy AI at the annual Galaxy S series phone launch event on January 17th. The teaser, intriguingly titled "Galaxy AI is coming", hints at the possibility of on-device AI. YOUTUBE

Thinking Better Thoughts
This post resonates with me as it's my current approach: read more non-fiction books, take notes, and write about them. First with this newsletter and hopefully soon with more long-form content. MORE

DesignBuddy: Catch Design Flaws in Figma
An interesting little Figma plugin that suggests improvements to your design based on four criteria: layout, colors, typography, and accessibility. Another nice use of GPT-4-vision. MORE | YOUTUBE

Posthog: An Open-source Alternative to Amplitude
I was among the first users of Amplitude, and it's nice to see a viable open-source alternative. With increasing concerns about privacy, knowing that you can self-host this service is a major advantage. MORE

AI Can Diagnose Childhood Autism From Eye Photos With "100% Accuracy"
As a former owner of a Montessori School, this is wonderful news. Autism spans a broad spectrum, often leaving parents skeptical of professional advice. This will help parents and educators understand children's behaviors sooner, and more importantly, reach agreement. MORE

Dot: Chat with Your Data
They have a demo that showcases the analysis of HackerNews activity in a conversational form. If the results have not been altered, making reports will be fun. DEMO

Numerous.ai: AI in your Google and Microsoft Sheets
I like extensions and apps that integrate perfectly with an existing workflow. Here, you get three new keywords for your Excel formulas. It happens to call a GPT, but works just like any other. MORE | VIDEO

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