The Obtain: generative AI for video, and detecting AI textual content

That is immediately’s version of The Obtain, our weekday publication that gives a every day dose of what’s occurring on this planet of know-how.

The unique startup behind Steady Diffusion has launched a generative AI for video

What’s occurred: Runway, the generative AI startup that co-created final yr’s breakout text-to-image mannequin Steady Diffusion, has launched an AI mannequin that may remodel current movies into new ones by making use of types from a textual content immediate or reference picture.

What it does: In a demo reel posted on its web site, Runway exhibits how the mannequin, referred to as Gen-1, can flip individuals on a avenue into claymation puppets, and books stacked on a desk right into a cityscape at evening. Different latest text-to-video fashions can generate very brief video clips from scratch, however as a result of Gen-1adapts current footage it might probably produce for much longer movies.

Why it issues: Final yr’s explosion in generative AI was fueled by the thousands and thousands of people that bought their palms on highly effective artistic instruments for the primary time and shared what they made, and Runway hopes Gen-1 can have the same impact on generated movies. Learn the complete story.

—Will Douglas Heaven

Why detecting AI-generated textual content is so troublesome (and what to do about it)

Final week, OpenAI unveiled a software that may detect textual content produced by its AI system ChatGPT. However in the event you’re a instructor who fears the approaching deluge of ChatGPT-generated essays, don’t get too excited.

The software continues to be very a lot a piece in progress, and it’s woefully unreliable, solely figuring out 26% of AI-written textual content appropriately as “probably AI-written” 26% of the time. Even whereas we should always anticipate this quantity to enhance, we’re extraordinarily unlikely to ever get a software that may spot AI-generated textual content with 100% certainty. Learn the complete story.

—Melissa Heikkilä

Melissa’s story is from The Algorithm, her weekly AI publication. Join to obtain it in your inbox each Monday.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you immediately’s most enjoyable/necessary/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 Google has introduced its personal chatbot to rival ChatGPT
Bard received’t be out there to the general public for an additional few weeks. (The Verge)
+ It’s referred to as Bard as a result of it’s a storyteller, geddit? (NYT $)
+ AI is kindling the long-dormant search wars flame. (FT $)
+ Solely ‘trusted testers’ have entry to the system proper now. (Wired $)

2 China’s ‘spy balloon’ furore has undermined Xi Jinping’s management
It definitely isn’t serving to his ongoing efforts to stabilize tense relations with the US. (FT $)
+ The balloon was 200ft tall and carrying an enormous load. (BBC)

three We are able to’t actually predict earthquakes
Even the very best efforts aren’t capable of present a lot quite a lot of seconds’ warning.(WP $)
+ Rescuers in Turkey and Syria are working across the clock to search out survivors. (FT $)
+ A deep-learning algorithm might detect earthquakes by filtering out metropolis noise. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)

four Andrew Tate groomed girls into becoming a member of his webcam intercourse ring
Victims had been approached on social media and relationship apps. (Vice)
+ The “manosphere” is getting extra poisonous as indignant males be part of the incels. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)

5 What it’s prefer to run an abortion hotline 
Submit-Roe, its volunteers are coping with extra calls than ever. (Vox) + The cognitive dissonance of watching the tip of Roe unfold on-line. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)

6 This viral TikTok drug problem by no means truly existed
However that hasn’t stopped panic from spreading throughout Mexico. (Remainder of World)
+ The porcelain problem didn’t must be actual to get views. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)

7 We’re nonetheless studying concerning the moon 🌒
NASA ShadowCam mission hopes to shed some gentle on its most mysterious craters. (The Atlantic $)

eight Austin has grow to be a refuge for tech employees left jaded by Silicon Valley
The town’s cool, counter-culture vibe is an enormous draw.(New Yorker $)

9 How EV batteries are made in America
However some elements nonetheless must be sourced from abroad. (WSJ $)+ How outdated batteries will assist energy tomorrow’s EVs. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)

10 The tough ethics of de-aging actors with AI
Some critics argue it’s each demeaning and pointless. (The Guardian)
+ AI has learnt how you can crush people at Pokémon. (The Atlantic $)

Quote of the day

“Individuals are afraid to have conversations.” 

—Mary Jane Copps, a former journalist who coaches individuals on how you can converse to others over the telephone, tells Bloomberg why her prospects are so reluctant to speak. 

The large story

How huge know-how techniques are slowing innovation

February 2022

In 2005, years earlier than Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa got here on the scene, two startups—ScanSoft and Nuance Communications—merged to pursue a burgeoning alternative in speech recognition. The brand new firm developed highly effective speech-processing software program and grew quickly for nearly a decade. Then instantly, round 2014, it stopped rising.

Nuance’s story is way from distinctive. In all main industries and know-how domains, startups are dealing with unprecedented obstacles. They’re rising far more slowly than comparable firms did prior to now. And it’ll take not solely robust antitrust enforcement to reverse the development, however a basic loosening of restrictions like non-compete agreements and mental property rights. Learn the complete story.

—James Bessen

We are able to nonetheless have good issues

A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre instances. (Bought any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

+ These work (and the odd photograph) of London are magical.
+ Now it is a chatbot I can get onboard with—Cat GPT (thanks Charlotte! High tip: meow at it)
+ If you happen to’re fearful about your consideration span, you need to really feel secure within the information that even historic Roman philosophers struggled to pay attention generally.
+ Blissful quarter-century to that sinister dancing child.