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Neuralink patient plays Mario Cart with his mind

PLUS: Hire an AI nurse for $9


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

Here’s what’s on the menu today:

  • Skyrocket your KD ratio without using your hands 🤯 🧠

    Neuralink’s first human patient plays Mario Cart with his mind.

  • Watching videos is so 2023 🎥 🤓

    VideoPrism identifies, fetches, and answers questions about videos.

  • Take two of these and call me in the morning 🤖 💊

    NVIDIA and Hippocratic AI unveiled AI nurses you can hire for $9 an hour.


Look Mom, no hands 🤯 🧠

On Friday, Neuralink shared a demo of its first human patient with a brain-computer implant. He played Mario Kart using only his mind.

Brain-computer implant?

It’s a brain-computer interface (BCI) called Telepathy. The goal is to help paralyzed patients control tech using only neural signals.

Who got the implant?

Noland Arbaugh, a 29-year-old quadriplegic. He’s the first patient with a Neuralink implant and believes it has the potential to change the world.

So… He played Mario Kart?

In the demo, he successfully played Mario Kart, chess, and Civilization VI.

So, what?

Noland Arbaugh demonstrated remarkable precision in performing nuanced turns, shooting down opponents and more. This near-analog dexterity could potentially be carried over into artistic expression, personal computing, remote control of machinery, and more.

I need more chips inside brains…

I got you. Back in May, we reported on Neuralink’s FDA approval. It was cleared to begin testing its brain-computer interface on humans.

In February, we covered Neuralink’s Telepathy. It allows you to interact with your phone, computer, robotic limbs, and more by using your neural signals.

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Don’t waste time watching videos 🎥 🤓

On Monday, Google AI unveiled VideoPrism. It’s a versatile tool that can identify, fetch, describe, and answer questions about videos.

What is it?

VideoPrism is an AI system designed to understand, recognize, search, explain, and respond to queries about videos. It achieved state-of-the-art results on 30 out of 33 video understanding benchmarks.

What’s under the hood?

It’s pre-trained on 36 million high-quality video-text pairs and 582 million video clips.

Why do I care?

VideoPrism sets new standards in vision-language benchmarks and understands complex motions and appearances in videos. Its potential applications range from ethology, behavioral neuroscience, ecology, and more.

"VideoPrism paves the way for future breakthroughs at the intersection of AI and video analysis, helping to realize the potential of video foundation models across domains such as scientific discovery, education, and healthcare."

Long Zhao, Senior Research Scientist at Google Research

What other cool video tools are out there?

Tons. Last week, we reported on Stable Video 3D. It leverages diffusion models to create 3D videos from an image or text prompt.

The week before, we covered OpenAI’s Sora. It allows you to create detailed scenes, complex camera movements, emotionally rich characters, and more.

Before that, we reported on the sounds effects feature from Pika Labs. It allows you to generate sound effects from text prompts for generative AI videos.


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No faith in humanity? Get an AI nurse 🤖 💊

Last week, NVIDIA and Hippocratic AI announced their AI-generated nurses. For $9 an hour, they claim to provide affordable healthcare services.

What do they do?

The AI nurses provide medication onboarding, post-operative care, chronic condition management, and more. NVIDIA and Hippocratic provide AI nurses with different specializations, bedside manners, and more.

Why AI nurses?

NVIDIA claims the point is to alleviate the growing nurse shortage in the U.S. and provide an affordable, accessible alternative to human nurses.

People aren’t actually using these, are they?

Yupp. Over 40 healthcare companies are currently testing the AI nurses.



Sonia — an AI therapy app for iOS devices.

Alfred 5.5 — a result presentation tool with grids, text, images, and PDF visuals.

DataMotto — preprocessing automation tool that cleanses/optimizes raw data.

Adsby — a free search Google ad creation tool.

Think Pieces

How LLMs can help robots correct their mistakes. They can lessen the need for programmers to manually label and assign actions, sub-actions, and more.

Has ChatGPT capped out? A look at ChatGPT’s growth, vertical integration, monetizing AI, and more.

How Google is the most misunderstood AI company. How Google couldn’t male GPT-3, multimodal agents, AGI, and more.

Startup News

Google rolls out search summaries to everyone. Initially for its Search Generative Experience users, its testing AI summaries in US search results.

Investors line up for a $1 billion stake in Anthropic. It ruled out Saudi Arabia as a potential investor.

Google is hosting an AI Hackathon. If you create an app that pushes Gemini’s boundaries, you can win $50,000 in prizes.


ThemeStation — A technique to create theme-aligned, controllable 3D models.

LLM2LLM — a method to enhance LLMs’ performance by using a small amount of data adjusting it for maximum efficiency.

Can LLMs explore in context? Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University’s study LLMs’ ability to explore in contextual environments.



Emad Mostaque, CEO of Stability AI, resigned. Yesterday, he met with Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft.

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Until next time 🤖😋🧠