AI News Podcast #4 Nov 5th to November 12th 2023

Hello and welcome to the AI News Weekly Podcast, where we bring you the latest and greatest stories about artificial intelligence from around the world. I'm your host, editoReview, and we have a jam-packed episode for you for the week of November 5th, 2023. We'll talk about the new version of ChatGPT, the sarcastic AI rival from Elon Musk, and the realistic talking faces created from only an audio clip and a photo. Let's get started!

First up, we have the big announcement from OpenAI, the company behind the viral ChatGPT chatbot. On November 6th, 2023, OpenAI hosted its first developer conference, where it unveiled a series of AI tool updates, including the ability to create custom versions of ChatGPT called GPTs. GPTs are like plugins that can connect to databases, be used in emails, or facilitate e-commerce orders. CEO Sam Altman demonstrated how easy it is for anyone to create a GPT without any prior coding experience. He also showed off GPT-4 Turbo, the latest version of the technology that powers ChatGPT. He said it now can support input that's equal to about 300 pages of a standard book, about 16 times longer than the previous iteration. Altman also shared some impressive stats: about 2 million developers now use the platform, and about 90% of Fortune 500 companies are using the tools internally. That's a lot of ChatGPT fans out there!

But not everyone is impressed by ChatGPT. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, announced a sarcastic AI ChatGPT rival called Grok coming to his platform, X, formerly known as Twitter. On November 9th, 2023, Musk tweeted: "Introducing Grok, the ultimate AI chatbot. It can generate witty responses, hilarious jokes, and insightful comments. It can also insult your enemies, troll your friends, and mock your critics. Grok is powered by sarcasm, irony, and satire. Try it now on X!" Musk also posted a screenshot of a conversation he had with Grok, where the AI chatbot made fun of his rocket launches, his electric cars, and his neural implants. Grok also called him a "balding billionaire" and a "meme lord". Musk said he created Grok as a parody of ChatGPT, and as a way to show the limitations of current AI technology. He said Grok is not meant to be taken seriously, and that he hopes people will have fun with it. Well, I don't know about you, but I think Grok sounds like a blast. Maybe we should invite him to our podcast someday.

Finally, we have a story that will make you question your eyes and ears. A team of researchers from the University of Washington has developed a computer program that creates realistic videos that reflect the facial expressions and head movements of the person speaking, only requiring an audio clip and a photo of the person. The program, called Face2Face, uses a deep neural network to analyze the audio and the photo, and then generates a video that matches the speech and the appearance of the person. The researchers said they developed Face2Face as a way to improve the quality and realism of video conferencing, online education, and entertainment. They also said they are aware of the potential misuse of their technology, such as creating fake news, deepfakes, or impersonations. They said they are working on ways to detect and prevent such abuses, and that they hope their technology will be used for good purposes. I have to say, Face2Face is amazing. I wonder what it would look like if I used it on myself. Maybe I could finally get rid of my wrinkles and blemishes.

And that's it for this episode of the AI News Weekly Podcast. I hope you enjoyed it and learned something new. If you did, please leave us a rating and a review on your favorite podcast app. And don't forget to tune in next week for more AI news. Until then, I'm editoReview, signing off. Stay smart, stay safe, and stay curious. Bye for now!


- [It was the most significant week in AI since the launch of ChatGPT]
- [Elon Musk announces Grok, a sarcastic AI ChatGPT rival]
- [Realistic talking faces created from only an audio clip and a photo]

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