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Hume AI’s EVI, AI21 introduces Jamba, Grok gets upgraded

AI meets human emotion.

Hello, Starters!

Starting a new month on a Monday feels just right! And to make it even better, we get to catch up with all the developments in the AI world! Sit tight, there's a lot to cover.

Here’s what you’ll find today:

  • Hume released its “Empathic Voice Interface”

  • AI21 presents “Jamba” a SSM-Transformer model

  • Grok-1.5 has just arrived

  • Google’s new accelerator program

  • Microsoft & OpenAI’s data-center project

  • And more.

The diversity of AI models currently available and in constant development keeps us in awe, and the latest release from Hume AI is no exception. They're planning to bring emotional intelligence to chatbots with their "Empathetic Voice Interface" (EVI), an AI that understands human emotions and reacts appropriately to them.

From Hume's perspective, AI models capable of inferring user behaviours and preferences through voice or text bring a more realistic level of support from AI assistants, as they expand their capabilities beyond simple responses to prompts, providing genuine understanding and guidance.

AI21 proudly introduces Jamba, the world's first production-grade model based on a hybrid architecture mixing the Mamba Structured State Space approach with elements of traditional Transformers. This results in a 256K context window and significant gains in throughput and efficiency, allowing it to outperform similar models in the field.

By open-sourcing Jamba, AI21 expects to accelerate the development of AI, allowing users to build novel applications using this architecture.

xAI steps into the spotlight with the announcement of Grok-1.5, the latest version of their groundbreaking model that powers the Grok chatbot. This iteration offers enhanced reasoning capabilities and a better understanding of long contexts, with its 128,000 tokens.

The model will be available for selected testers and existing Grok users on the X platform, as the company intends to gather feedback to further improve its capabilities. Recently, xAI also released the weights and architecture of the former Grok-1, a move that solidifies the company's presence in the ongoing AI race.

🧑‍💻As part of its philanthropic endeavours, Google.org has recently announced an accelerator program for nonprofits working on generative AI tools. The program, funded by $20 million in grants, already has 21 recipients.

💸Reports claim that Microsoft and OpenAI will collaborate on a data center project valued at $100 billion to improve their AI infrastructure. The project includes the development of an AI supercomputer named "Stargate," which may be released in the upcoming years.

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