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- MC.21: Publicis Invests €300 Million in AI, Arc Innovates in Search, and RWKV Releases Eagle 7B
MC.21: Publicis Invests €300 Million in AI, Arc Innovates in Search, and RWKV Releases Eagle 7B
This week, we delve into Publicis' significant AI investment, Arc's innovative UX experiment, and the multilingual prowess of Eagle 7B, while also exploring automated AI reports and Amazon's AI-driven imagery for e-commerce.
modern chaos issue 21
Modern chaos is a newsletter exploring tech and AI through the journey of a dev agency turning into a startup studio. We share our notes, analysis, and experiments, plus a bit of Emacs tips.
The last week has been tough and it disrupted my usual Thursday delivery.
Instead of skipping a week, I wanted to maintain my flow of one newsletter per week and published issue 20 late on Friday. Well, I didn't consider the timing. As you might have guessed, it was buried by the weekend email drop off.
If you missed it, I wrote about a recent study from the IMF (International Monetary Fund) predicting AI's impact on 60% of jobs. I extracted their key findings and drew connections with our latest poll; it's not as simple as it seems, and the future isn't set in stone.
Here's the link: Issue 20
One idea I'm considering is to condense and summarize the long-form content linked in the newsletter, as I did with the IMF study. It's a suggestion from my team but I'm interested in your thoughts:
What format do you prefer for this newsletter?
In this issue:
🤖 Publicis: investing €300 millions in AI over next three years
📱 Arc Search: A new iPhone app combining a browser, search, and AI
🌐 Eagle-7B: A Recurrent Neural Network Fluent in 100+ Languages
💻 WIRED: Top News Sites Block AI Bots. Right-Wing Media Welcomes Them
📊 Supadash: AI-Generated Charts from Your Database
📈 Daydream: AI-powered reporting & self-serve analytics for execs and ops
🛍️ Amazon: Diffuse to Choose (DTC) place any e-commerce item in images
📷 Keep it shot: Rename, organize, quickly find your screenshots on Mac
Updates & tools
Publicis: investing €300 millions in AI over next three years
It plans to connect every individual in the company to an entity called "CoreAI", that the group started engineering in 2023. Corporate investments in AI is massive and will be the key to trigger a fast adoption of AI in our lives. MORE
Arc Search: A new iPhone app combining a browser, search, and AI
Arc launched their app with an exciting feature called "Browse for Me". It browses the top six pages matching your search and wraps the results in a nice summary view with images, key points, and references. More
Eagle-7B: A Recurrent Neural Network Fluent in 100+ Languages
In the multilingual benchmark, the new RWKV model outperforms its 7B transformer counterparts. This research demonstrates the potential of RNN-like architectures as practical alternatives to transformers, promising a 10 to 100-fold reduction in inference cost. I hope that the team's success with this release will attract more sponsorship to scale their efforts. MORE
WIRED: Most Top News Sites Block AI Bots. Right-Wing Media Welcomes Them
An unintended consequence could be that far right media tries to steer up ai in their political side of view just by opening their door to AI bots. In my opinion, with the strong alignment efforts made by LLMs companies, it's unlikely to happen. MORE
Supadash: AI-Generated Charts from Your Database
Creating dashboards can always be cumbersome. A tool that does it for you, simply by connecting to your database, is a great use case. Plus, it looks nice. MORE
Daydream: AI-powered reporting & self-serve analytics for execs and ops
In the same spirit as Supadash, a tool that connects to your data sources and generates reports using AI. What's even more interesting about this platform is the collaborative approach: the discussion happens right in the reports. MORE
Amazon: Diffuse to Choose (DTC) allows users to virtually place any e-commerce item in any setting
All e-commerce sites will have good product photos, but from a customer's standpoint, I’m not sure it’s a good thing, especially for clothing. It's hard to get an idea of how it is in reality. Knowing now that most shots will be AI-generated means even less trust. Will this have the unintended consequence of having people return to stores? MORE
Keep it shot: Rename, organize, quickly find your screenshots on Mac
A Mac app that utilizes AI to automatically provide descriptive names for your screenshots. It also creates an offline, fully private, and extremely fast search index for locating your screenshots using simple keywords. MORE