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AI-generated and deepfake images now live side-by-side with real images, and advancements in artificial intelligence are making them look ever more realistic. That’s why a group of companies are adding “content credentials” to AI-generated imagery — information about how, when and where they were created.

Today, OpenAI announced that it’s joining the steering committee of C2PA, the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity, an alliance formed by Adobe, Intel, Arm, Microsoft and Truepic, which has developed widely-used standards for digital content certification and verification. The company said it has begun attaching content credentials to images generated by its text-to-image model Dall-E 3 and will soon add metadata for content created with Sora, its text-to-video AI model. OpenAI also announced a new image detection classifier tool, which uses AI to assess whether a piece of content was created using Dall-E 3. The company says it is 98% accurate, if AI-generated images haven’t been further modified.

Now, let’s get into the headlines.

PEAK PERFORMANCE

New Haven-based startup Protein Evolution has developed an AI model that designs enzymes that eat plastic waste such as old polyester textiles, transforming them into fully recyclable materials. Its AI model, which comprises data on thousands of proteins, sifts through an infinite number of possible plastic-eating enzymes to spot the most suitable ones for testing. Fashion designer Stella McCartney used the startup’s recycled materials to produce an oat-colored jacket.

FUTURE OF WORK

From AI-generated fashion models to artificial participants in clinical trials, a cluster of startups are creating an army of AI-generated “digital twins” to perform jobs typically done by humans, according to the Wall Street Journal. Instead of spending millions on hiring humans for such roles, some companies are using AI to process data about real people’s appearances, preferences and health profiles to make predictions for various applications.

Meanwhile, the Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ plans to use an AI-generated spokesperson named Victoria Shi, who will read out statements written and reviewed by humans. The AI official, who is trained on images of Ukrainian singer Rosalie Nombre, was created to free up human diplomats during war time.

HUMANS OF AI

On Thursday, Julia Enthoven and Eric Lu, former product managers at Google, launched Tess, an AI image generator that allows artists to get paid every time a person prompts the platform to make art in their style. About 15 different artists have used the platform to create their own AI models by fine tuning Stable Diffusion with 10-20 images of their work. Tess is part of the duo’s video editing startup Kapwing, which has raised $13 million in seed funding from Kleiner Perkins and CRV. Enthovan said artists have already made $15,000 in royalties through the platform. “Artists are able to have more visibility and control over how their work is being used,” Enthoven told me.

AI DEAL OF THE WEEK

CoreWeave, a company that rents out cloud-based GPUs to AI model builders, has raised $1.1 billion in a funding round led by Coatue at a $19 billion valuation. The Nvidia-backed AI infrastructure company, which owns 14 data centers across the country, plans to use the funding to expand its footprint internationally as it competes with cloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft. Founded by three former commodities traders in 2017, the company pivoted in 2019 from Ethereum mining to providing cloud computing to AI startups.

DEEP DIVE

AI’s Hardcore Hacker House Feud

Over the past several months, two hacker houses have been fighting over the sole right to call themselves “AGI House.” One, a nouveau riche Spanish villa in the wealthy suburb of Hillsborough, is run by Rocky Yu, the founder of a now dormant artificial intelligence startup. The other, a sleek modern mansion in San Francisco’s Twin Peaks neighborhood, was started by former Google Brain researcher Jeremy Nixon. Their patrons include a trick-or-treat bag of tech personalities — billionaire Google cofounder Sergey Brin, musician and AI evangelist Grimes and some of Sand Hill Road’s most coveted investors. But in dueling trademark applications, the estranged proprietors of the first house both claim ownership of the AGI House brand, telling Forbes they’re willing to go to court for it.

The balkanization of AGI House was the culmination of tensions that had been escalating since Yu moved into the Hillsborough property in December 2022. Nixon claims he brought Yu on in an operational role; Yu said he always believed he’d be taking over the house and that Nixon’s claims to it have been dramatically overstated. “He’s trying to say he did a lot of work and contributed a lot of things, but among the nine residents in the house, probably he did the least,” Yu told Forbes. “I wouldn’t say bad things about him, but he was definitely not a top performer in the house.”

Nixon called Yu’s position “farcical” and “deeply disrespectful.” “Had I not existed, what would’ve happened in the world?” he said. “The shadow of my influence stands over everything that is done in the Hillsborough house. If Rocky never existed, AGI House would still exist. He should thank me for creating everything that he currently is standing on top of.”

So now there are two AGI Houses, in two very different locales, with two competing visions. Nixon dreams of an “intellectual community” without a formalized business structure, a nod to an earlier time of communes and revolutionary salons. But in Yu’s eyes, the community is a business. He wants to platform and invest in the AI startups that emerge from it. He established AGI House Ventures, and said he’s already secured half of the capital he needs from limited partners like Android creator Rich Miner. In January, Yu filed an application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office seeking the “AGI House” trademark. One month later, Nixon submitted a near-identical application, claiming his use of the AGI House name predates Yu’s.

YOUR WEEKLY DEMO

It was a big week for AI creatives. On Wednesday, video editing startup Runway hosted its second annual AI film festival in Los Angeles, where 10 finalists were selected from a pool of more than 3,000 films made using AI tools. Films like “Where Do Grandmas Go When They Get Lost?,” a two and a half minute film about a child contemplating their grandmothers’ life after death were screened.Get Me Out, a six and half-minute film about an immigrant in the US who experiences panic attacks and feels stuck at home, won first place.

And on Thursday, the first official music video made with OpenAI’s text-to-video generative AI model Sora was released. “The Hardest Part” by indie pop artist Washed Out charts the story of a couple through different stages of their life from high school sweethearts to marriage and childbirth. Paul Trillo, who directed the film, wrote on X, “I leaned into the hallucinations, the strange details, the dream-like logic of movement, the distorted mirror of memories, the surreal qualities unique to Sora / AI that differentiate it from reality. Embrace the strange.”

AI INDEX

1,000

AI-controlled unmanned F16 fighter jets the US Air Force plans to build for future warfare,the first of which are slated to be ready by 2028, according to the Associated Press.

$20 million

The current goal for the cost of development for one of those autonomous warplanes, cheaper than the manufacturing costs of crewed fighter jets.

QUIZ

Machine learning models are being used to harness this source of renewable energy that’s currently used to produce less than 1% of the US’s energy.

  1. Solar
  2. Bioenergy
  3. Geothermal
  4. Hydropower

Check if you got it right here.

MODEL BEHAVIOR

Apps that create fake livestreams with AI-generated audiences are gaining popularity among men who are increasingly using them to appear famous and impress women, according to 404. One such app, Parallel Live, claims to use AI to listen to your conversations and respond with thousands of fake comments and emojis. Another called “Famefy,” which is built on ChatGPT and has over 40,000 ratings on Apple’s App Store, touts a “vibrant world filled with AI-generated fans.”

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