🧙🏼‍♂️Gen-1 by Runway is about to disrupt Hollywood

🧙🏼‍♂️Gen-1 by Runway is about to disrupt Hollywood
Cover AI Art by Nathan Lands

As if things couldn't get any crazier. But they did. This week we've got new announcements from Runway, Google, Microsoft, Baidu, and more. Oh my.

And ahead of our eBook launch, we're sponsoring Generative AI events in San Francisco, New York, Tel Aviv, and more to come.

Let's get to it.

This issue is brought to you by a member of our community Kris Kashtanova, from Mini Studio. Kris has been making global waves in the AI space. Last week she made the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

In today's issue:

  • 💡MOST INNOVATIVE: Gen-1 by Runway
  • 🔥 GEN AI EVENTS: AI Week @ Tel Aviv University, Gen AI X Human Creativity @ NYC and Generative AI Meetup @ GDC
  • 📰 AI NEWS: New Bing, Google announces AI chatbot called Bard, Google invests $300M in Anthropic, Baidu does ChatGPT, Microsoft injects AI into Teams
  • 💰WHO GOT FUNDING THIS WEEK: Phantom AI, Lavender, Yobi, Onehouse, GlossAI, Syndi Health, Recycleye, Instill AI, Re:course AI, Conquest Planning, Peris AI
  • 🤯 COOLEST THING: Kodezi
  • 🧠 LEARN SOMETHING NEW: How to sell AI generated images on Adobe Stock

Gen-1 by Runway


Join Waiting List

This week Runway announced Gen-1, a model that lets you use words and images to create videos. Clips from people that are lucky to have access are spreading all around Twitter. And it looks absolutely incredible. It could totally change the game for video creation.

You really have to watch the videos to understand. This feels like the future of film.

Here Always Editing from Runway gives a quick demo.

🔥 GenAI Events

Tel Aviv, New York, and San Francisco

Remember when we mentioned we'd be doing events? Well, we're getting started.

AI WEEK @ Tel Aviv University

We're proud to partner with AI Week at Tel Aviv University on February 13th - 15th. RSVP here.  

Gen AI X Human Creativity @ NYC

We're sponsoring a meetup in NYC with our friends at Mini Studio and Palasse. The guest list is incredible. If you're in the area, I highly recommend you attend.

Generative AI meets Human Creativity
Come experience an exciting night of imagination, connection, and growth!Hosted by Mini Studio AI & PALASSE. Sponsored by Lore .

Generative AI Meetup @ GDC (Sold Out)

We're excited to co-host a Generative AI event at GDC with Jon Radoff from Beamable and Emm from Scenario.gg. And thanks to Founders, Inc. and Hubert Thieblot for letting us use their beautiful office in San Francisco.

This event is sold out. But, if you're a game developer interested in using Scenario.gg it is possible we might be able to open a spot or two. ;)


New Bing, Google announces AI chatbot called Bard, Google invests $300M in Anthropic, Baidu has their own ChatGPT, Microsoft injects AI into Teams

New Bing

Microsoft just announced the new version of Bing, and Twitter is full of jokes about how people are actually going to use Bing now.

It's actually surprisingly good, and as many people have noted, Microsoft really beat Google to the punch by releasing an actual product, whereas Google only announced theirs. Read the press release.

Google announces AI chatbot called Bard

The long-awaited "Google version of ChatGPT" has finally been announced and will be publicly available "in the coming weeks."

An important next step on our AI journey
Introducing Bard, Google’s experimental conversational AI service powered by LaMDA — plus, new AI features in Search coming soon.

Notably, Bard draws on information from the internet, while ChatGPT has access to data until 2021.

And after generative AI took center stage last year, expectations for Google Bard are huge.

Read more about Bard: Reuters | CNBC | Financial Times | The Verge | BBC | The Guardian

Google invests $300M in Anthropic

Last week, Google announced a $300 million investment in AI lab startup Anthropic, a rival to OpenAI with a generative AI model called Claude.

The investment gives Google an approximately 10% stake in Anthropic.

Considered a competitor to ChatGPT, Claude is not yet publicly available, but it is now possible to apply for early access.

Baidu has their own ChatGPT

Sources report that Chinese internet search giant Baidu is planning to launch a product similar to ChatGPT in March.

China’s Baidu to launch ChatGPT-style bot in March - source
Chinese internet search major Baidu Inc is planning to launch an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot service similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT in March, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Microsoft injects AI into Teams

Using OpenAI's GPT-3.5, Microsoft has incorporated a range of new features into Microsoft Teams Premium, which is now generally available. One of them is intelligent recap, which promises to offer "automatically generated meeting notes, recommended tasks, and personalized highlights."

Microsoft Teams Premium: Cut costs and add AI-powered productivity | Microsoft 365 Blog
Unlock new experiences with Microsoft Teams Premium for customers looking to make meetings more intelligent, personalized, and protected.

Who got funding this week

  • Phantom AI raised $36.5M for a comprehensive autonomous driving platform featuring computer vision, sensor fusion and control capabilities.
  • Lavender raised $13.2M for its AI-powered email marketing engine.
  • Yobi raised $2.37M for its AI-focused customer communications app catering specifically to the small business community.
  • Onehouse raised $25M for its fully-managed, cloud-native data lakehouse service.
  • GlossAI raised $8M for generative AI-driven video generation.
  • Syndi Health raised $2M for its personalized AI digital health consultant.
  • Recycleye raised $17M for AI robotics-driven waste collection.
  • Instill AI raised $3.6M to derive insights from unstructured data, such as images, videos, audio and text.
  • Re:course AI raised $4.3M for its AI flight simulator for healthcare training.
  • Conquest Planning raised C$24M for AI-powered wealth management solutions.
  • Peris AI raised an undisclosed amount for cybersecurity as a service.

Further reading on funding for AI startups

  • AI startup Cohere in talks to raise funding at $6 billion plus valuation — read article
  • March Capital Raises $650 Million Fund to Invest in AI Startups — read article



Visit Website

Kodezi is an AI-assisted development tool that automatically corrects code.

You can use it to:

  • Debug code with detailed explanations
  • Optimize your code for optimum efficiency
  • Translate code to another language
  • Generate your code documentation
  • Generate code from text, input a project question or create an entire function

Pitched as the "Grammarly for programmers," Kodezi also achieved Product Hunt's #1 Product of the Day.

What else we found this week

Golden Retriever is a step towards solving the ‘confident bullshit’ problem.

Text to 360 Image Generator by AP, a member of our community.


How to sell AI generated images on Adobe Stock

🥋 Prompt Tip of the Week: People underutilize negative prompts in Midjourney. At this point controlling your image is often just as much about clarifying what you don’t want as what you do. — Jon Finger

How to sell AI generated images on Adobe Stock

Powerful image generation tools like Midjourney, Dall-E 2 or custom Stable Diffusion models have made it possible to create stock-quality images in seconds with a single text prompt.

Many people have started using AI images on their websites or as part of their typical graphic design process. And a market has surfaced for people looking to buy AI images from others.

We recommend Adobe Stock as the first place to go if you're looking to sell your own generated images.

Keep in mind:

  • The artist must own (or have the rights to use) the image
  • AI-synthesized artwork must be submitted as an illustration (even if photorealistic)
  • It must be labeled with "Generative AI" in the title

What kinds of images can you sell?

  • Best-sellers are usually images that apply to a specific niche or industry, or clearly represent a theme or topic.
  • Buyers typically look for images that they can use in their business.

Further Study 📖

General / Industry

  • Search wars reignited by artificial intelligence breakthroughs — read article
  • GitHub CEO: The EU ‘will define how the world regulates AI’ — read article
  • What Even Is Artificial Intelligence? Your Guide to the AI Gold Rush Hitting SF — read article
  • A New Bubble Is Forming for AI Startups, But Don’t Expect a Crypto-like Pop — read article
  • AI could be a safe-house for businesses amid economic slowdown — read article
  • A New Artificial Intelligence Method Called Synthetic Prompting Leverages The Large Language Models LLMs’ Own Knowledge And Generative Power For Improving LLMs’ Reasoning — read article
  • US investors poured billions into Chinese AI firms, taking part in $40 billion in funding over 6 years — read article


  • Artificial intelligence in mental health research: new WHO study on applications and challenges — read article


  • Artificial intelligence uncovers lost work by titan of Spain’s ‘Golden Age’ — read article


  • Strauss Zelnick: AI will raise the bar, but won't make a better Grand Theft Auto — read article


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Nathan Lands & Michele du Toit

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