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📅 ThursdAI - Live @ NeurIPS, Mixtral, GeminiPro, Phi2.0, StripedHyena, Upstage 10B SoTA & more AI news from last (insane) week

📅 ThursdAI - Live @ NeurIPS, Mixtral, GeminiPro, Phi2.0, StripedHyena, Upstage 10B SoTA & more AI news from last (insane) week

From Weights & Biases, here's another two hour recap of everything important that happened in AI this last week, including my personal recap of NeurIPS, the biggest (15K) AIML conference in the world!

Wow what a week. I think I’ve reached to a level that I’m not phased by incredible weeks or days that happen in AI, but I… guess I still have much to learn!

TL;DR of everything we covered (aka Show Notes)

  • Open Source LLMs

  • Big CO LLMs + APIs

    • Gemini Pro access over API (Announcement, Thread)

      • Uses character pricing not token

    • Mistral releases API inference server - La Platforme (API docs)

    • Together undercuts Mistral with serving Mixtral by 70% and announces OAI compatible API

    • OpenAI is open sourcing again - Releasing Weak-2-strong generalization paper and github! (announcement)

  • Vision

    • Gemini Pro api has vision AND video capabilities (API docs)

  • AI Art & Diffusion

    • Stability announces Zero123 - Zero Shot image to 3d model (Thread)

    • Imagen 2 from google (link)

  • Tools & Other

    • Optimus from Tesla is coming, and it looks incredible

This week started on Friday, as we saw one of the crazier single days in the history of OSS AI that I can remember, and I’ve been doing this now for .. jesus, 9 months!

In a single say, we saw a new Mistral model release called Mixtral, which is a Mixture of Experts (like GPT4 is rumored to be) of 8x7B Mistrals, and beats GPT3.5, we saw a completely new architecture that competes with Transformers called HYENA from Tri Dao and + 2 new models trained with that architecture, we saw a new SoTA 2-bit quantization method called QuiP from cornell AND a new 3x faster decoding method for showing tokens to users after an LLM has done “thinking”.

And the best thing? All those advancements are stackable! What a day!

Then I went to NeurIPS2023 (which is where I am right now, writing these words!), which I cover at length at the second part of the podcast, but figured I’d write about it here as well, since it was such a crazy experience.

NeurIPS is the biggest AIML conference, I think they estimated 15K people from all over the world attending! Of course this brings many companies to sponsor, raise booths, give out swag and try to record!

Of course with my new position at Weights & Biases I had to come as well and experience this for myself!

Many of the attendees are customers of ours, and I was not expecting this amount of love given, just an incredible stream of people coming up to the booth, and saying how much they love the product!

So I manned the booth, did interviews and live streams, and connected with a LOT of folks and I gotta say, this whole NeurIPS thing is quite incredible from the ability to meet people!

I hung out with folks from Google, Meta, Microsoft, Apple, Weighs & Biases, Stability, Mistral, HuggingFace and PHD students and candidates from most of the top universities in the world, from KAIST to MIT and Stanford, Oslo and Shaghai, it's really a worldwide endeavor!

I also got to meet many of the leading figures in AI, all of whom I had to come up to and say hi, shake their hand, introduce myself (and ThursdAI) and chat about what they or their team released and presents at the conference! Truly an unforgettable experience!

Some of my pictures and folks I met at NeurIPS23 featuring folks from W&B, Meta (Yann Lecun! Finally), Google (Jeff Dean), Xai (Jimmy Ba), OpenAI (Boris Power), Google (Nataniel Ruiz), Stability (Emad, Stela, Tanishq), HuggingFace (Linoy, Apolianaro), Swyx, Jemery Howard, Andrew NG and more incredible folks I got to meet!

Of course, This Weeks’ Buzz is that, everyone here loves W&B, from the PHD students, to literally every big LLM lab! They all came up to us (yes yes, even researches at Google who kinda low-key hate their internal tooling) and told us how awesome the experience was! (besides Xai folks, Jimmy wasn’t that impressed haha) and of course I got to practice the pitch so many times, since I manned the W&B booth!

Please do listen to the above podcast, there’s so much detail that’s in there that doesn’t get up on the newsletter, as it’s impossible to cover all, but it was a really fun conversation, including my excited depiction of this weeks NOLA escapades!

I think I’ll end here, cause I can go on and on about the parties (There were literally 7 at the same time last night, Google, Stability, OpenAI, Runway, and I’m sure there were a few more I wasn’t invited to!) and about New Orleans food (it’s my first time here, I ate a soft shell deep fried crab and turtle soup!) and I still have the poster sessions to go to and workshops! I will report more on my X account and the Weights & Biases X account, so stay tuned for that there, and as always, thanks for tuning in, reading and sharing ThursdAI with your friends 🫡

P.S - Still can’t really believe I get to do this full time now and share this journey with all of you, bringing you all with me to SF, and now NeurIPS and tons of other places and events in the future!

— Alex Volkov, AI Evangelist @ Weights & Biases, Host of ThursdAI 🫡

ThursdAI - Recaps of the most high signal AI weekly spaces
ThursdAI - The top AI news from the past week
Every ThursdAI, Alex Volkov hosts a panel of experts, ai engineers, data scientists and prompt spellcasters on twitter spaces, as we discuss everything major and important that happened in the world of AI for the past week.
Topics include LLMs, Open source, New capabilities, OpenAI, competitors in AI space, new LLM models, AI art and diffusion aspects and much more.