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AI Roundup 036: The money pit
October 13, 2023.
The money pit
OpenAI is reportedly making over $1.3 billion in annualized revenue, 30% more than previous estimates.
Why it matters:
While $1.3 billion is impressive, OpenAI is spending an absurd amount to keep ChatGPT running and to train new models, and likely isn’t profitable.
Elsewhere in OpenAI:
Techcrunch reports that OpenAI’s mobile revenue growth is starting to slow.
Next month is OpenAI's first developer conference, where it will supposedly cut API costs, release APIs for GPT-V, and launch a new memory storage product.
And according to FCC filings, Sam Altman is the largest investor in Humane, the secretive AI startup releasing its AI Pin next month.
Genie, meet bottle
Between the lines:
The plan could slow AI innovation in the US, as American AI researchers often collaborate with their Chinese counterparts.
Previously, the Commerce Department enacted export controls on sending chips to China. Now, the Biden administration is looking at closing a loophole that allows subsidiaries to purchase them.
And academics in Saudi Arabia worry that collaborations with China could jeopardize their access to US-made chips as the country rushes to build LLMs.
Elsewhere in AI geopolitics:
After the attacks in Israel, Intel, Nvidia, and other chipmakers are planning to boost security at their Tel Aviv locations.
China outlines its plan to get to 300 exaflops (up from 220 exaflops this year) of computing capacity by 2025.
And a leaked draft of an upcoming "guide to AI governance" from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) shows a hands-off approach to AI regulation, in direct contrast to the EU.
People are worried about AI clones
A new bipartisan bill - the No Fakes Act - seeks to protect actors, musicians, and other performers from unauthorized digital replicas of their faces and voices.
Why it matters:
Many states have "likeness laws" to stop unauthorized use of someone's identity, but they vary widely and have no federal equivalent.
Of course, that hasn't stopped groups like the RIAA from trying to get voice cloning sites on government piracy watchlists.
Yet even when it comes to legal, licensed clones, it's still a brave new world. From SB Nation: " Facebook’s AI Tom Brady is a weird creep who’s obsessed with Travis Kelce".
Elsewhere in AI anxiety:
Adobe has a new icon to encourage tagging AI-generated content.
The US Space Force is the latest branch of the government to ban the use of LLMs due to security concerns.
And some are now raising concerns over the AI revolution's environmental impact.
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