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Everything you need to know about the rabbit r1

PLUS: More OpenAI drama


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

Here’s what’s on the menu today:

  • Ear-resistible or hare-brained? 🐰 🥕

    Everything you need to know about the rabbit r1 AI device.

  • Samsung goes balls to the wall 🪩 ✨

    Samsung unveiled its new Ballie, an AI companion with a projector.

  • OpenAI loves journalism, it promises 📕 🙏

  • OpenAI published a blog in response to an ongoing lawsuit.

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The rabbit r1: juicy carrot or fluff? 🐰 🥕

In October, we reported on the Rewind Pendant. It’s a wearable AI necklace that captures and transcribes your conversations and stores them on your phone.

In November, we covered everything you need to know about Humane’s AI Pin. Humane claims it’s supposed to replace your smartphone.

More overpriced AI devices?

Actually, this looks promising.

On Tuesday, a startup called rabbit unveiled the r1 at CES 2024. It’s a mobile device designed to replace smartphones with a voice-drive AI interface.

Tamagotchi vibes. 📟

What is it?

It’s an AI device with a screen, a rotating 360 camera, a push-to-talk button, an analog scroll wheel, and 4G LTE support for global connectivity.

rabbit partnered with Teenage Engineering, the creators of several well-known synthesizers, to create the r1.

What’s the point of this thing?

rabbit’s founder and CEO, Jesse Lyu, says it aims to be the “simplest computer” that requires no learning curve.

It allegedly features a natural, voice driven interface that is specifically designed to replace your smartphone.

Here we go again… What’s the price?

Keep in mind, the Humane AI pin doesn’t have a screen, and it’s $699 plus $24 per month for service.

The r1 is $199 and doesn’t require a monthly subscription.

It also has a screen. 📺

Huh. What’s so different about it?

The r1 features a new AI model called the Large Action Model (LAM) and a Linux-based operating system called rabbit OS.

It replaces traditional app icons with natural voice commands, so you can do things like book ride-shares or plan vacations using only your voice.

That actually sounds cool.

The coolest feature it has is an experimental teach mode that allows you to teach it new skills over time.

What kind of skills can you teach it?

The example rabbit gives in the demo is the ability to remove watermarks from photos in Photoshop.

Lyu claims that after you demonstrate the activity, it takes rabbit OS about 30 seconds to process it. Then you can just tell it to do that action in the future.

Let me guess, it’s not available until next year?

Actually, rabbit claims the r1 will be available by Easter.


To the window, to the ball 🪩 ✨

In October, we reported on Samsung’s Exynos 2400. It’s a powerful AI processor that enhances gaming through improved ray tracing, and more.

In November, we covered Samsung Gauss. It’s an AI system designed to enhance productivity across a wide range of applications.

Let me guess. Did Samsung do more stuff?

You bet, pal.

On Monday, Samsung announced its AI home companion named Ballie. It’s a revamped version of the one originally announced back in 2020.

Never heard of it. What was the first one?

The 2020 version of Ballie was designed to be a security robot, a fitness assistant, and help you around the house.

Did this Ballie get any better after 4 years?

It’s definitely different.

The old version was a rolling ball with a camera. The whole thing was about the size of a softball.

The 2024 Ballie is a sphere mounted on three wheels and is about the size of a bowling ball.

So it’s just a bigger ball?

The increased size allows it to have a larger battery and a built-in projector.

The new Ballie also has stereo vision cameras and offers functionalities like voice commands, smart home controls, remote camera access, person recognition, and home navigation.

What’s the projector for?

Ballie’s projector is 1080p and can display videos, video calls, mirror phones, and more.

I want a ball that constantly monitors me. How do I get one?

Samsung didn’t disclose any information about when Ballie will be available for purchase or how much it will be.


OpenAI loves journalism oh so much 📕 🙏

In November, we reported OpenAI’s CEO getting fired and rehired. It was a doozy, so check it out if you want a play-by-play recap.

In December, we covered OpenAI’s new partnership with Axel Springer. The goal is to bring real-time news to ChatGPT.

Then a week later, we covered OpenAI’s Preparedness Framework. The aim is to address safety concerns by evaluating risks from advanced AI models.

What did they do now?

On Monday, OpenAI released a blog article on journalism. In it, it emphasizes how it’s supporting the news through various partnerships with news outlets.

Just out of the blue?

Nope, this is a response to a lawsuit from The New York Times.

What’s the lawsuit all about?

The New York Times sued OpenAI in December for allegedly using its articles without permission to train AI models.

OpenAI claims its use of online content for model training is legally protected under fair use.

What’s The New York Times’ take?

They claim that ChatGPT regurgitates content verbatim from The New York Times and provides multiple examples of this.

I see. And how did OpenAI respond?

OpenAI accused The New York Times of intentionally inducing content regurgitation to misrepresent the severity of the issue.

It also says that the instances of regurgitation are rare and are continually being addressed.

Then, they mentioned the ability for publishers to op-out of web scraping. The New York Times publically did that back in August.




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Think Pieces

Why did Human fire 10 people before launching the AI Pin? The founding CTO, Patrick Gates, also transitioned to an advisor position.

Here why the EU is considering an OpenAI investigation. All you need to know about the potential probe into Microsoft and OpenAI’s merger.

Could this new material cut lithium use in batteries by 70%? Microsoft and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are testing a new material found by AI.

Startup News

NVIDIA and Getty Images unveiled a new AI image creator. It costs $14.99 for 100 image generations, and each one includes $10,000 of legal protection.

Lenovo unveiled over 40 AI devices at CES 2024. The list includes computers, tablets, software apps, and more.

NVIDIA announced 3 new graphics cards. These cards have cores specifically for running AI apps on your computer.


MagicVideo-V2 — ByteDance’s new text-to-video / tool that produces high quality, smooth videos from a large variety of input types.

Blending Is All You Need — a paper on combining different smaller AI models to outperform much larger models like ChatGPT.

MAGNET — an audio generation technique by Meta’s FAIR Team that produces high quality text-to-music and various other audio types.


An interesting take on AGI by OpenAI’s President, Greg Brockman.

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Until next time 🤖😋🧠

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