🧠 Australian military funds brain in a dish

PLUS: OpenAI's Trust and Safety Leader quits


Good morning, human brains. Welcome back to your daily munch of AI news.

Here’s what’s on the menu today:

  • New White House AI rules 🏛️

    The top AI firms voluntarily agree to invest in cybersecurity and more.

  • Military funds AI chips with brain cells 🧠

    The Aussie government cuts a check to DishBrain, an AI chip with human brain cells.

  • OpenAI’s Trust and Safety Leader is out 🏃‍♂️🏢

    Dave Willner, OpenAI’s Head of Trust and Safety has stepped down.


The White House’s AI regulations 🏛️

The White House brokered an agreement between the top AI firms to commit to AI safety. Specifically: OpenAI, Google, Meta, Amazon, Microsoft, Anthropic, Inflection.

Huh, no Stability AI?

The agreement is “voluntary.“ Which means the punishment for breaking it? Yup, nothing.


All 7 companies agreed to invest in cybersecurity, discrimination research, and watermarking systems for AI content.

We pinky swear.

There will be an official signing of the agreement at The White House on Friday.

Our take: This feels more like PR than anything truly actionable. Is it anything serious if there’s no oversight and no penalties for straying from the agreement?



A discipline within robotics that combines robotics, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience.

Often, it takes heavy inspiration from neurobiology to mimic the nervous systems of animals. One of the biggest focii within the field is creating an embodied AI. Sharks with lasers-esque stuff, eh?


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Military funds AI chips with brain cells 🧠

It’s brain in a dish… Ha! Get it?

The team behind it are using the project to better understand how human brains might merge with AI. Yep, it’s using real human brain cells.

Cortical Labs and scientists from Monash University created DishBrain and taught it to play pong. Took all of five minutes, apparently.

Back to Dishbrain: they just got $407,000 (in US dollars) from the Australian Defense Force.

The grant came from the NISDRG program (National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants).

Now say that 10 times, fast.

The goal? Develop DishBrain chips to outperform current hardware and learn over a lifetime.

“We will be using this grant to develop better AI machines that replicate the learning capacity of these biological neural networks. This will help us scale up the hardware and methods capacity to the point where they become a viable replacement in silicon computing.“

-Adeel Razi, Project lead

Razi claims DishBrain could improve strategy, robotics, automation, drug discovery, brain-machine interfaces, and more.

Our take: With the AI vacuum cleaner sucking in billions of dollars as we speak, $407,000 is a drop in the bucket. And Dishbrain can play pong, but getting it to perform Razi’s feels like a long ways away. Still: we’re seeing neurons interfacing with silicon at an accelerated pace, this time even with human neurons. And extra points for the knee-slap-inducing moniker.


OpenAI’s Dave Willner quits 🏃‍♂️🏢

Dave shared it’s to spend more time with his family.

Willner was the Trust & Safety Leader for OpenAI for a year and a half. Before that, he led Facebook and AirBnB’s trust and safety teams.

OpenAI’s looking for his replacement.

Maybe you?

Our take: Is this the real reason behind his departure? 🧐 We can only speculate for now.



Think Pieces

How Marc Andreessen uses ChatGPT. Spoiler alert: he uses it to teach his kid about life. He claims AI is a lifelong ally, not a threat.

OpenAI’s statement comments on its agreement with The White House. More details on how they’re “moving AI governance forward.“

Is Meta’s Llama 2 truly “open-source?“ According to The Open Source Initiative, the real answer is “no.“

Startup News

Twitter is now X. Why X? The CEO, Linda Yaccarino, explains “X is the future state of interactivity.“

Stability releases FreeWilly. It’s a new open-access LLM that they claim has “exceptional“ performance.

LangChain reveals LangSmith. It’s a tool for debugging, testing, evaluating, and monitoring LLMs.


Tackling the issue of slow sampling in diffusion models. This explains why it might happen and some potential fixes.

BoxDiff, a new method for text-to-image synthesis. This approach requires no training and gives users precise control over object and context synthesis.

CopyRNeRF. A new method to safeguard a NeRF’s (Neural Radiance Fields) intellectual property.


Gamma.ai [Sponsored] — create beautiful presentations quickly and easily with AI.

Airstrip AI — AI-powered legal assistant for businesses of all sizes.

Chitchat — a user-friendly LLM chat front-end to test out different LLMs.

Neum AI — connect your own data and keep your AI up-to-date.


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