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xAI released Grok-1.5 with upgraded math, coding, and reasoning abilities.

PLUS: Clone your voice

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

Here’s what’s on the menu today:

  • Grok-a-doodle-doo 🤖 🤘

    xAI released Grok-1.5 with upgraded math, coding, and reasoning abilities.

  • Don’t trust humans. Blindly follow AI 🧑‍🔧 📟

    Google DeepMind released a fact-checking method for LLMs.

  • OpenAI’s voice cloner 🗣️ 🫢

    It unveiled the speech generator used in Read Aloud, ChatGPT, and more.


Let your Grok flag fly 🤖 🤘

On Thursday, Elon Musk’s xAI announced Grok-1.5. It features improved reasoning capabilities, an extended context length, and more.

Is it… Grokked and loaded? 🤭

Nice. Grok-1.5 builds on its predecessor with enhancements in coding, math-related tasks, and more. It’s capable of processing up to 128K tokens.

What’s in Grok’s guts?

Grok 1-5’s custom framework utilizes JAX, Rust, and Kubernetes for efficient prototyping and training of new architectures.

So, it’s a Grok star?

The model scored 50.6% on MATH, 90% on GSM8K, and 74.1% on HumanEval benchmarks.

I want to Grok the Casbah.

xAI claims Grok-1.5 will soon be available to early testers and will introduce new features and roll it out to a broader audience “over the coming days.”

Who do I have to Grok for a job?

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Grok me Amadeus.

Yes, Grokfather. 🫡 In November, we covered xAI’s coding tool, PromptIDE. It allows you to create and test prompts while using Grok-1.

The same month, we reported on xAI’s AI model, Grok. It uses real-time world knowledge to wittily answer questions, suggest questions to ask, and more.

Two weeks ago, we covered xAI’s open-source release of Grok-1. You can download it now; it’s about 300 GB and contains 773 files.

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AI tells AI its wrong 🧑‍🔧 📟

On Wednesday, Google DeepMind unveiled LongFact and SAFE. It’s a benchmark dataset and a long-form content fact-checking method that surpasses human abilities.

What’s LongFact?

It’s a benchmark dataset that uses GPT-4 to generate thousands of questions across 38 topics.

What’s SAFE?

SAFE is an LLM evaluation method. It rates LLM’s factuality by breaking down responses into facts and verifying them via Google Search.

Why do I care?

SAFE shows that LLMs are over 20 times more cost-effective than human annotators. In 100 disagreements between SAFE and humans, SAFE was correct 76% of the time.

So it’s better than humans?

It depends. SAFE's effectiveness depends on the LLM's capabilities and the comprehensiveness of Google Search results.

What else has Google DeepMind been up to?

In February, we reported on Google DeepMind’s Genie. It creates playable 2D platform games from text prompts, images, videos, and more.

In March, we covered Google DeepMind’s SIMA. It’s a versatile AI agent trained on nine complex video games.

A week later, we reported on Google DeepMind and Liverpool FC’s TacticAI. It’s an AI system that analyzes past plays and gives soccer strategy insights.


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Clone your voice 🗣️ 🫢

On Friday, OpenAI introduced Voice Engine. It generates natural-sounding speech from 15 seconds of audio and text input.

What is it?

Voice Engine has been in development since late 2022. It fuels preset voices in OpenAI's text-to-speech API, ChatGPT Voice, Read Aloud, and more.

What’s the point?

OpenAI claims it collaborates with private partners to test Voice Engine with reading assistance, global content translation, support for speech impairments, and more.

Let me guess… I can’t use it?

Correct. OpenAI says the potential for misuse is too great, especially in an election year.

But, I need voice-cloning tools.

We got you. In January, we reported on Dubbing Studio from ElevenLabs. It’s an AI tool for video translation in 29 languages, transcript editing, and more.

In March, we covered Microsoft’s NaturalSpeech 3. It’s a text-to-speech model that can clone voices, emulate realistic emotions, and more.

On Friday, we reported on Rabbit and ElevenLabs’ partnership. Rabbit integrated ElevenLabs voice tech into its upcoming r1 device.



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Think Pieces

Why was Google DeepMind’s CEO knighted? Demis Hassabis was awarded a knighthood for “services to artificial intelligence.”

Beginner’s guide to Grok. What it is, how to use it, and more.

Salt-sized brain sensors? Brown University researchers developed brain-machine interface sensors that transfer data similarly to neurons.

Startup News

OpenAI and Microsoft are reportedly developing Stargate. It’s a $100 billion AI datacenter for a supercomputer with millions of GPUs.

Google announced Google.org Accelerator: Generative AI. It’s a $20 million AI accelerator program.

Midjourney announced new Personalized Models. They boast better image and video generations and faster prompt understanding.


ReALM — Apple’s LLM that achieves near GPT-4 performance.

UPD — Unsolvable Problem Detection is a challenge to evaluate the trustworthiness of Vision-Language Models (VLMs).

Gecko — a versatile, small text embedding model that competes with much larger models.



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Until next time 🤖😋🧠