Hey Yifei Wu. Thanks for the insightful post. I watched Black Panther: Wakanda Forever a few weeks ago, and fell in love witht the sountrack by Ludwig Göransson. It’s hard for me to believe that AI could one day compose atmospheric and breath-taking soundscapes like that. I understand that AI-generated compositions may be used in video games where compositions need to be dynamic and adaptable to user inputs, but there may be artforms like movies where artistic composition is desired. So I defintely agree that AVIA’s technology is not necessarily meant to replace humans. It’s all about the use case!
Thanks for the great post, Daniel. I heard about CoPilot and the controversy around exploiting open source developers and their code to train and optimize the tool. This tension is genuinely concerning, and it will be interesting to see how Microsoft responds to the developers. A part of me is also keen to see if developers would actually leave the platform in masses in activism, or if GitHub’s utility and value add to developers nullifies the effects of current backlash. Do enough developers care enough to make a stand and exit that will discourage CoPilot’s exploitative strategy?
Thank you for bringing Pymetrics to my attention. They are definitely solving a core problem that many of us struggle with – fair hiring. Furthermore, as a recent American immigrant from Africa with a distinctly foreign name, I feel nervous about how my identify is percieved and how it will contribute my potential for success during job hunting, despite having the Harvard credential. Pymetrics is using AI to do really meaningful work that could have genuine social impact by making career opportunities and placements more equitable!
Hey Jonathan. Great insight! I wonder what would happen if you just inputted completely mispelt words, or complete gibberish. It would be forced to show something instead of ignoring the phrase. At that point, would it be forced to autocorrect itself the same way that Google does? Did you try that? Would be interested to find out what happened.
Yes. I noticed the same thing, Isabella. Craiyon definitelty leverages a lot on exisitng popular search results, so the outputs are skewed towards that. I wonder how they determine the variability between the 9 different outputs in the grid. Perhaps they could improve the diversity of outputs by increasing this variability factor up a notch. This may then lead to more creative outputs from Craiyon!
LOL! Beautiful. I wonder how it was able to nail this phrase when it struggled so much with mine. It’s interesting to see what reference material it’s working from. It seems like, if you get more consistent results when you punch the same phrase into Google, Craiyon performs better. But the more figurative, and nuanced the phrase is, the less effective it is.
Wow, Kate! This is such an interesting implementation of solar energy infrastructure that I’d never heard of before. I come from South Africa, and the country is currently facing a huge electricity crisis due to aging infrastructure that wasn’t maintained by the State-owned Energy Producer. BlockEnergy’s model sounds like it could solve these issues, especially if it’s able to make solar affordable enough enough by spreading the financial load over multiple properties in a common area. Like you said, the affordability piece is not guaranteed, but I’d be interested to see somebody try this in that setting and innovate on the pricing to make this accessible for lower-middle income communities. Thank you for posting about this!
Hey Carlos! Thank you for posting about OpenSea. I actually wanted to write on OpenSea for this assignment, but ended up deciding against it because I didn’t understand enough about NFTs and the unique value that OpenSea brings to the ecosystem beyond being one of the first to facilitate transactions. I’ve heard much criticism about how OpenSea is not authentic “Web3” because it’s so heavily VC funded and not decentralized – with Jack Dorsey being one of the big name critics who spoke out about this in 2021. What do you think? Are the features enough to differentiate OpenSea and make it defensible against fierce Web3-based competitors in the best future?
Another concern for me, was the valuation. While doing my research on PitchBook, I read that OpenSea’s valuation was sitting at over $13 billion, with less than $500 million revenue reported in the same period. Do think this valuation is inflated? Considering the hype around Web3 and NFTs last year, and how that had died down in 2022, it would be interesting to see how this valuation is adjusted to reflect the current marker speculation around the Web3 space, and NFTs as a valuable asset class.
Hi Joseph! Thank you for writing about this. I had not heard about Protons offerings before, and what the organization stood for. They sound like they have a very commendable mission, but and they’ve proven that 70 million people care enough about privacy to forego using the big tech alternatives. This is great! And all of that without much VC funding. It reminds of Threadless, and how they were able to remain steadfast on their mission due to limited external pressure from investors. It’s unfortunate to hear about their troubles with Apple. I had no idea about the link between competition and privacy, and how it ends up impacting users with higher charges. This is quite a difficult position to find yourself in. I wonder what the next steps for Proton should be? Co-create a special model for privacy-focused startups with Apple? Consider an acquisition by a big tech privacy-focused player like Apple? Or something else?
You can check my comment below for my thoughts on this. I definitely agree with the concept of “main hardware”. This would be my PS5, but as a Nintendo fan from childhood, I also own a Nintendo Switch, and I think that I represent a large percentage of Nintendo’s market. Nintendo currently profits off nostalgia, so this new direction with NVIDIA’s DLSS could actually cannibalize the market for the other OEMs since the Switch could become my only console as a casual gamer. Just look into the excitement for the handheld Valve Steamdeck. So I think Nintendo should go full steam ahead on this!
Thanks for writing about this, Jonathan. I’m an avid gamer, and my first game console was a Nintendo Gameboy Advanced SP, which I still cherish 20 years later. Due to the graphical differences between Nintendo and the other console OEMs, I always find myself split between two ecosystems. I love Nintendo’s original characters like Super Mario and Donkey Kong, so I always. But I’m also a sucker for high-end graphics so I own a PlayStation 5, as well for this! Everyone in the gaming industry is excited about DLSS. Digital Foundry has performed a few graphics analyses showing the benefits of DLSS for PC, PlayStation and XBox gaming as well. I don’t think many have covered how impactful it could be for Nintendo. I can definitely imagine a future where I don’t have to own two separate consoles anymore. I’d love to play graphically intensively games while tucked away in bed away from the couch, so I’m routing for Nintendo. Every 90s gamer dreams of a handheld that can – the PSP and PS Vita (which I owned as well ) were meant to solve this, but unfortunately Sony lost momentum. I hope Nintendo and NVIDIA continue innovating in this handheld gaming market and brings PC-grade graphic fidelity to the portable gaming market.
Wow, Lina! This is amazing!
I wish all sushi spots used these sensor-based data-driven strategies to make sure that I can get the FRESHEST sushi on my plate. My fiancé and I have been doing weekly half-price sushi runs for the last 5 years, and we’ve had our fair share of hits and misses. Has Sushiro patented this technology? If not, perhaps we could compelling them to spin-off the idea or write white paper that other restaurants can adopt. Many sushi lovers would thankful for this innovation!
Thanks for sharing!
This was a super interesting read. I’m impressed that Asian can predict demand so accurately that 90% if pre-empted stock sells out when 3 hours of delivery. That’s incredible. It almost makes me think that they could explore a hybrid e-commerce model, where they can use their predictive insights to determine when and where to store their products in regional warehouses. Quite interested to see which direction they go with this. Thanks for sharing!