Ep 220: Elon Musk sues OpenAI, Figure raises $675M from Big Tech – AI News That Matters

The Paradigm Shift in the AI Video Industry

Lightricks, renowned for deploying AI-powered apps such as Facetune and Videoleap, recently made an impressive pivot towards AI professionals with the introduction of ltx studio. Ltx studio, an innovative AI video-making interface, allows users to fabricate consistent scenes and storyboards using just text prompts. The launch of ltx studio signals the invariably imminent future of AI video-making.

Simultaneously, up-and-coming Pika Labs has unveiled an intriguing feature that facilitates lip-syncing audio and AI characters. Pika Labs' introduction positions them as a contender in the ever-evolving AI video tools market. Moreover, Alibaba's Emo Video platform, which morphs a single still image and vocal audio into an animated avatar video with fluid facial expressions and poses, is another exciting development marking advancements within the AI video industry.

Humanoid Robots - Answer to Manufacturing Labor Shortages?

Figure AI, a unique, forward-looking humanoid robot startup, recently caught the eyes of numerous high-profile investors, including the likes of Jeff Bezos, Microsoft, and NVIDIA. This funding, amounting to a tremendous $675 million, is dedicated to counteracting labor shortages in the manufacturing and logistics sectors via humanoid robotics.

With the humanoid robot market projected to surge to a whopping $38 billion by 2035, with an estimated 250,000 units to be shipped by 2030, the implications of this technology for labor and industry cannot be underappreciated. The investments by OpenAI, Microsoft, Bezos, and NVIDIA in Figure AI indicate the prospective utilization of this technology in large factories and warehouses.

Elon Musk Sues OpenAI

Tech mogul Elon Musk recently launched a lawsuit against OpenAI, asserting that the firm has shifted its focus from benefiting humanity to profiteering. This lawsuit has splashed ethical considerations across boardrooms, raising compelling questions about the influence of major tech companies in AI research and development. The debate reflecting on the transition from a non-profit to for-profit structure within OpenAI proves to be an interesting glimpse into the tension between profit motives and societal benefit in the AI domain.

In conclusion, the rapid innovations within the AI sector, from video-making advancements to humanoid robotics, coupled with ethical considerations necessitate close attention from decision-makers. The key lies in staying abreast of developments, leveraging them judiciously, and participating in thriving communities such as the NVIDIA conference for continuous learning.

Topics Covered in This Episode

1. Figure Raises$675 million from Big Tech
2. Elon Musk Sues OpenAI
3. Lightricks releases LTX Studio - AI Video Tool


Podcast Transcript

Jordan Wilson [00:00:16]:
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Jordan Wilson [00:00:45]:
So a lot going on in the AI space this week from robots that are now way too human. Elon Musk is suing OpenAI and some major announcements in the AI video space and a lot more. This is the AI news that matters with Everyday AI. So what's going on y'all? My name is Jordan Wilson, and I'm the host of Everyday AI. This is your daily livestream, your daily podcast, your daily newsletter, helping everyday people like you and me not just keep up with all this that's going on in the AI world, but how we can all actually use it to to grow our companies, grow our careers, get ahead. Right? That's what it's all about. And you can spend, because we do this, you could spend hours each and every day trying to keep up with what's happening in the AI space, but it's hard. Generative AI, it it honestly changes faster than it can produce, you know, new content.

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Jordan Wilson [00:02:45]:
I I wanna know from you guys, what do you think is the most important piece of AI news you've seen this week? Or, you know, if if maybe it's your first time, on the live stream or, you know, long time listener, let me know where you're joining us from. I always like to, to see where everyone's joining us from. So, let's go ahead and get started with the AI news that matters for the week of March 4th. Alright. Let's start here. This one's a pretty big one y'all. So humanoid robots company Figure has raised another $675,000,000. So Figure AI is a startup that's focused on humanoid robots, and they're using them for dangerous or undesirable jobs.

Jordan Wilson [00:03:24]:
And they just secured $675,000,000 in funding at a $2,600,000,000 valuation. Alright. And that's, yeah, that's that's the important part, but look who it's from. It is from Jeff Bezos, NVIDIA, Microsoft, etcetera. Yeah. Pretty big. Alright. So, the company's new robot, it's figure 1 or figure 1.

Jordan Wilson [00:03:45]:
I'm not even sure which it's it's called, but figure 1. So it mimics human movements, and it aims to address labor shortages in industries like manufacturing, logistics, and retail. Figu dot ai also, if you didn't know, is partnering with OpenAI to develop advanced AI models for these humanoid robots and also utilizing Microsoft's Azure Cloud Services for AI infrastructure. Yeah. It's not just, you know, a random humanoid, humanoid robot floating around. It is powered being powered by Microsoft, OpenAI, NVIDIA. That's why we gotta pay attention here, y'all. So let's just talk about the the market in general here.

Jordan Wilson [00:04:27]:
The market. So the humanoid robot market is projected to reach 38,000,000,000 by 2035 with over 250,000 units estimated to be shipped by 2030, so in, like, 6 years. And that's from Goldman Sachs. But these humanoid robots require expensive components, and it may take some time for the cost to come down enough for a broad rollout. So, yeah, the, right now, you know, the the cost of these robots is expected to decrease. So current expenses are ranging from, yeah, 30 to a $150,000 per unit, but that is down from 50 to $250,000 per unit, last year. So if you haven't seen these, these figure robots, or this this new figure 1, from figure AI. You gotta check it out in the newsletter.

Jordan Wilson [00:05:21]:
We have a couple examples, but, it's it's kind of wild. Right? So I'm showing it here on the live stream. This isn't what you think, you you know, kind of like an r two d two star wars type, robot. It is very human like in terms of its movement, you know, and it's now doing very complex tasks, you know. So a lot of times people think of, you know, these robots being very clunky. They're not. They walk like humans. They can use their arms and fingers like humans.

Jordan Wilson [00:05:52]:
And and although right now, you know, they're they're a little clunky and and doing some tasks slower, the thing you gotta look at is they're completing human tasks. Right? Things that, involve, complex, rationale. Right? Things that require fine motor skills. Right? Like picking small things up off of assembly line and using, you machine learning and computer vision to determine what it is you need to pick up. So, you know, I try real hard on the everyday AI show to always be an optimist. Right? But, I mean, you just have to you just have to pay attention to the companies investing here. Alright. So we just talked about, some of them, right, but let's talk about the big ones in the room here.

Jordan Wilson [00:06:40]:
Okay. OpenAI, Microsoft, Bezos, and NVIDIA. Alright? Those are 4 of the biggest partners in the world if you are a humanoid robots company. And you know what? If you are joining us live, what are what are your thoughts or, you know, what are your questions? I'll try to get to get to what I can, but it's it's very if you haven't seen these before, I just encourage you to check them out in the newsletter. We're we're gonna be linking to a couple of, you know, Twitter threads and, examples in the newsletter, but it's it's pretty, pretty astounding if you've never seen these before. You know, we we we look at these new videos and, videos and also, yes, like Douglas, Bolan is is chiming in here. You know, Tesla kind of has their AI bot as well. But I'd say FIGR right now is very far ahead, of anyone else in this kind of, humanoid robotics space.

Jordan Wilson [00:07:43]:
And the reason, you know, we say humanoids is because these new robots are being made kind of for that. Right? They're they're not really technically being made to be a human companion. They're being made to do human tasks. Right? And so when you when you combine that, when you combine the, the outer kind of body, human function, the ability to kind of, quote unquote, see, walk, move around, avoid objects. It's it's pretty impressive how far the technology has come, in in in the last year or so. But again, you gotta look at the investors here, y'all. Microsoft, OpenAI, NVIDIA, and Bezos. Alright.

Jordan Wilson [00:08:23]:
So why well, you know, the other 3 might sound kinda common, but why am I, throwing Bezos out there? Right? Bezos, Expeditions. Well, guess what happens, everywhere in Amazon. Yeah. You have constant human labor doing repetitive tasks over and over. Right? And when we look at those costs, right, so we look at those costs right now, so they're currently 30,000 to a $150,000 per unit. Yeah. Guess where I think a lot of the initial, orders are gonna come from. Well, I think they're gonna come from people like Amazon or, you know, companies that have obviously large factories.

Jordan Wilson [00:09:08]:
Right? Because when you look at, you know, $30,000 per unit to $150,000 per unit, alright. Well, that's, you know, obviously falls within the range of an average salary, right, for for someone, you know, working on a manufacturing floor. So, again, I'm not gonna, you know, start the show off today with with doom and gloom, but if you haven't been paying attention in the generative a I, generative AI space, You know, humanoid robots aren't some future fiction, you know, Skynet Terminator, nightmare dream scenario. No. They're they're here. They're slowly being rolled out between, you know, FIGURE and Tesla and some other big players in the, kind of humanoid robotics, game. You have to pay attention. I I do think it's going to be pretty disruptive.

Jordan Wilson [00:09:58]:
You know, it says that they're gonna be estimated to ship in 2030. I would expect that timeline to probably move up. Also, when you're talking about, 250,000 units estimated to be shipped by 2030. I would also say that estimate from Goldman Sachs is also, a little under. I would expect it to be more, especially with how quickly, this technology is moving, how much money is being invested into these, humanoid, robot, robotic companies. I would expect it to be much more than 250,000 units to kinda be out there in the wild by 2030, but those are the projections. Alright. Yeah.

Jordan Wilson [00:10:38]:
Juan here saying the humanoid robot is super interesting to me. Big picture, I think they will bring products being made more locally in the US rather than overseas. Yeah. That's that's a great point, Juan, that that, you know, this does bring the capability to, yeah, cut down on shipping costs as an example, right, and not having to, you know, manufacture so many things overseas and being able to kind of have more, kind of homegrown. So, yeah, maybe even if it is, you know, more humanoid robots doing work, but, yeah, maybe doing more works in in in your country of origin. Right? So we're based here in the US, so this could bring more, technically, jobs from overseas back here to the US to be able to, develop and build things faster. So a good, good side point there. Right? Because we talk about, you know, oh, are all these robots gonna be taking manufacturing jobs? Well, maybe they're gonna be taking jobs from overseas and bringing them, here back to the US.

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Jordan Wilson [00:13:16]:
So the lawsuit from Musk claims that OpenAI, well, once, you know, a small little nonprofit, you know, is now focused on developing, AI or AGI really, has they're alleging that OpenAI that was once a, you know, nonprofit is now a for profit and has become closed source, a closed source subsidiary of Microsoft. So that is the the lawsuit there, and and you gotta know a little background here. Alright? Because Elon Musk is obviously a founding board member of OpenAI and he's alleging, you know, among other things, that now OpenAI is more focused on developing AGI, which is artificial general intelligence. So they're more focused on developing AGI for profit rather than for the benefit of humankind, which was kind of the original mission of OpenAI and it still kind of technically is, but Musk is essentially alleged, alleging that right now OpenAI is more focused on profit. They've become a closed source, and they are kind of moving too fast with AGI or maybe they already have, you know, working artificial general intelligence. So that's what the, the lawsuit is alleging and the lawsuit is also highlighting concerns that the AI, AGI technology could pose significant risks to humanity if not controlled properly. Alright. So a lot of things to to talk about and to unwrap here.

Jordan Wilson [00:14:43]:
Right? Because I think there's I think there's merit. You know? I think there's a little bit of merit to this, to this lawsuit. Right? OpenAI was started as a, you know, quote, unquote small nonprofit company. But, you know, I think Elon Musk does bring up some good points regardless of what you think about Elon Musk. I know that he's a very polarizing figure in the tech and in the AI space, but, you know, he does bring up some good points. I think some are not valid and but I think some are valid. But, this lawsuit, seeks to compel OpenAI to return to its original mission of developing AGI for the benefits of humanity. So this this legal battle, it's it's gonna be kind of fun to watch, but, it's so the legal battle between Musk and OpenAI does shed a lot of light on the complex dynamics and ethical considerations surrounding the development of advanced AI technologies.

Jordan Wilson [00:15:40]:
The lawsuit also raises questions, about the influence of major tech companies like Microsoft in shaping the future of AI research and development. I'd love to hear, you know, what what you all think. Maybe I'll, you know, feature, you know, one of my favorite comments on your take on this in today's newsletter. So what do you think? Does this lawsuit, from open, or or sorry. Does this lawsuit against OpenAI from Elon Musk doesn't have any teeth? What do you see? Is it, is it meritless? Is is this just, you know, maybe sour grapes? I mean, what do you think? Because you you also have to think what else Elon Musk is up to. Right? So he has his, you know, overarching company, XAI. You know, he has now Twitter called X, and he has Grok. Right? So Grok, is the x or Twitter large language model that I don't know if anyone uses.

Jordan Wilson [00:16:37]:
Sorry. I I had to get that in there. I I know it's not hot take Tuesday. You know, but we we even said this, you know, back in our bold predictions for 2024. We said, hey. Brock is, you know, the the new large language model from Twitter x Elon Musk, is not really going to do much. So, you know, a lot of people are saying, okay, is there actual merit here, in this lawsuit, from, Elon Musk? Or is this maybe, you know, he's seeing all of the success in in the big partnerships and what OpenAI is working on? And maybe is is Elon Musk filing this lawsuit just because he's, you know, got some sour grapes. Right? He's he's he's a little like, ah, man.

Jordan Wilson [00:17:17]:
You know, I was I was once part of this, you know, a founding member of OpenAI. I'm not anymore, and look where look where the company's going. So, also, what's important to, to note here is that OpenAI's deal with Microsoft is under scrutiny, not just from US regulators, but also competition authorities in the EU and, UK as well. So there's obviously a huge regulatory dimension to this ongoing dispute. So what do you know? You know? Tanya saying Elon is a visionary. What are we not seeing? Alright. That's that's a good point. What are we not seeing? I think there's a lot, Tanya, happening behind the scenes.

Jordan Wilson [00:17:59]:
And and we do link to the entire lawsuit in today's newsletter, so make sure to to read that. I haven't read the entire thing yet. I've read a good chunk of it. Azan coming in with a comment here saying, I don't think the lawsuit has teeth. Not yet. From the looks of it, there are no specific examples of what he claims other than maybe OpenAI's closed source, but that isn't illegal and not sue worthy. Yeah. That's a good point, Azan, and I think that's probably where I'm seeing a lot of, a lot of the attention going right now, at least with this lawsuit.

Jordan Wilson [00:18:33]:
Frank joining us from, from YouTube. What's up, Frank? Thanks for joining us. So he's saying does Elon, bottom line, have a profit motive or a safety motive or what? Hard to figure that one. What's everyone's thoughts? Yeah. You know what, Frank? I'm gonna say this. Every week, we do AI news that matters on Monday, and most weeks, we do a hot take Tuesday. And, yeah, tomorrow's hot take Tuesday is exactly this. So I don't wanna give away too much of my show.

Jordan Wilson [00:19:01]:
But, Frank, I I I do think that there's points to be made on each side. But, hey, I guess you gotta tune in tomorrow if you want the full unfiltered hot take. Jason's saying, I don't think Elon has sour grapes. I think he has a point because OpenAI was a nonprofit and is migrating to more of a for profit firm. That is a major shift. Agree. Yeah. And I think that's what I'm saying.

Jordan Wilson [00:19:23]:
I think that there's definitely a merit to at least some of the points that Elon is making in this lawsuit. Yes. Obviously, you know, it it goes into profit on what is a nonprofit or sorry. It goes into thought. What is a nonprofit company? Right? It looks like OpenAI is making a ton of profit. Right? And they are. And then you go and think, should a nonprofit have a profit focus? Or are they technically, you know, finding a kind of a a legal gray area and operating legally in that gray area? So, again, we'll talk about that tomorrow. Alright.

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Jordan Wilson [00:22:04]:
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Jordan Wilson [00:23:50]:
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Jordan Wilson [00:24:33]:
Thanks thanks to Taplyo and NVIDIA. You guys are awesome. Alright. So more AI news that matters. And this is huge. Y'all, this is huge. Alright. So Lighttrics has unveiled AI powered filmmaking tool called ltxstudio.

Jordan Wilson [00:24:49]:
Alright. So LitriX is probably most or best known for apps like Facetune and Videoleap, but they just introduced ltxstudio, an AI driven filmmaking tool. Alright. So LTX Studio helps creators from ideation to generating AI powered short clips for storyline visualization. So users can input ideas and the tool creates scripts, creates storyboards, and can create consistent characters through prompts. Alright. So the tool, allows customizations of scenes, styles. You know, you can just type in if you want cinematic, anime, etcetera.

Jordan Wilson [00:25:27]:
Weathers, locations, colors, outfits. You gotta check out the demo. It's in, it's in the newsletter. Alright? So, the features of ltx studio include shot editing, character modifications, and the ability to preview and export the films. Lightrix CEOs emphasize that ltx studios' usefulness for professionals, like filmmakers and ad agencies is through the root, and I agree. Alright. So the company actually leverages various AI models, including text to video and in the tools creation process. Alright.

Jordan Wilson [00:26:00]:
So if you don't know, WhiteShirts has actually been around for a while. Like we talked about, they have probably, you know, some of the earlier, AI, kind of AI powered apps that hit the app store in Facetune and, Videoleap. So they've already raised, jeez, back, like, 3 years ago, I think in, 2021. They've already raised 100 of 1,000,000 of dollars. They already have their series d funding round, so they're very deep in the game. But this, ltx studio shows a major shift, toward, AI, professionals and the future of AI video making. So I'm gonna show just some some little examples here. And hopefully for our podcast audience, I can talk you through it, But make sure we do give a lot of examples of this in the newsletter.

Jordan Wilson [00:26:46]:
So if you haven't already signed up for the newsletter, make sure to go to your everyday ai.com. So, here's an example. So ltx studio on their website, it's it's not publicly available yet. You can join the wait list. So in this example, they kind of show a boxer. Right? So it's kind of a video generated of a boxer, and it's a close-up. Right? Then kind of, if you let it go, if if if you let the website load for about 3 seconds, you'll see kind of the power. So what happens is this one close-up of a boxer becomes like 6 separate kind of short form videos of other boxers, of the crowd, of other elements, you know, zoomed out, you know, visuals of the same boxer in the same ring.

Jordan Wilson [00:27:31]:
So why are we talking about this? Well, I think so far, whether we're talking about AI image tools like DALL E and Midjourney or if we're talking about the current AI video tools that are available, Pico Labs and Runway, One of the hardest things is is getting usable footage. Right? And and one of the biggest reasons why is, well, number 1 is quality, and the quality is getting there and it's catching up, I believe. But number 2, it's creating consistent scenes that can work together. Because even right now with photos, that can be difficult. You gotta really be like a mid journey wiz to get, you know, consistent, you know, photos, from different angles. Right? Because a lot of times, you could say, alright. Well, I'm gonna create a, you know, an advertising campaign based around 1 person. Well, guess what? It is so difficult right now or so time consuming, to get that whether it's in AI photos or in AI videos to get that, you know, kind of a consistent character, you know, in an advertising scene or a short story, etcetera.

Jordan Wilson [00:28:38]:
Because that character, because of the nature of generative AI, it's gonna look wildly different from each generation. So you really gotta do a lot of shortcuts, a lot of behind the scenes, essentially a lot of duct tape to get this thing to work to get consistency from image to image or from video to video, and it's not always that accurate. So this is where ltxstudio is coming in and it's looking a little different. Because it is going to create, and again, check this out in the newsletter, we have a lot more information, but think of it like this. Starting with the text prompt, right, and then it creates an entire short story. Think of like 20 separate, you know, short, kind of video boards. Right? So you could put in a simple prompt like, you know, boxer, you know, fighting in Las Vegas. Right? Showtime fight.

Jordan Wilson [00:29:27]:
Whatever. Right? Normally, in any other program, you would get kind of one piece of that. So what ltx studio does, among other things, is it will give you dozens of short storyboards that are consistent, and you can go in and change these with text prompts. But it keeps that consistency from, kind of short shot to short shot. So then you can very easily start piecing together all of these different visuals, and you can also very easily rearrange them. Drag and drop. So now all of a sudden, you can create a short story with consistent characters, throughout the entire thing. And just with text, you can change something.

Jordan Wilson [00:30:07]:
So they do give examples where, as an example, you could change the boxer's, you know, gloves from red to black or you can, you know, change the the color of the lights in every single, scene. So just talk about crazy consistency. Right? I said back in, you know, this was in 2023 when we were doing our bold predictions for 2024, and I said it's the year of AI video. You know? People didn't believe me when I, you know, I said, yeah. I think we're gonna see very high quality AI videos, you know, short stories. I think we're still gonna get there. Like, I wouldn't be surprised if consumers, between these tools and OpenAI's, obviously, I wouldn't be surprised if we see the ability to create 15, 20, 30 minute short videos. Anyone.

Jordan Wilson [00:31:00]:
Right? We don't know what the cost is gonna be. Presumably, the cost is gonna be a little higher with these tools than your I think we've been spoiled with tools like, you know, chat GPT or Copilot Pro or the paid version of Gemini, you know, that are between 20 to $30 a month. I don't think that, this this kind of next generation of of tools is going to be, that affordable just because the compute required, to do this AI video is much much higher. But the quality, right, is it going to look AI generated at first? Absolutely. Will it? Probably toward the end of the year? Probably not. Right? Like, if you've seen Sora, make sure because, actually, one of the, we we have an example of a new SoRA video, here with a collab from PicoLabs. But the the quality of of just even OpenAI's SoRa is is through the roof. Alright.

Jordan Wilson [00:31:51]:
So speaking of AI video, that is also our last piece of news for today. So 2 kind of similar but much different announcements. So 2 new AI video tools are adding lip sync, both Pika Labs and EMO from Alibaba. Alright. So let's first look at Pika Labs. So Pika Labs has introduced a new feature that allows lip syncing to audio and AI characters similar to, OpenAI's recent AI video generator. So this development represents a significant advancement in AI video technology and has the potential to compete with established companies in the future. I'd say this is pretty pretty big for people apps.

Jordan Wilson [00:32:31]:
Right? It's something that runway it's kind of main competitor at least for, AI video tools that are publicly available right now. I I I do think this kind of pushes them ahead. So, the technology is still in its early stages, and it's not yet perfect, but it does show promise for further advancements in AI video. So this is pretty simple. It's pretty cool, but, essentially, you can literally just, generate a video with text. So you can do text to video, and you can just upload your own audio or you can put in a your own text. And essentially, the characters are going to mouth whatever text or whatever audio that you put in there. So is the lip syncing perfect? Not yet.

Jordan Wilson [00:33:14]:
Is it does it look a little computer generated? Absolutely. Right? Is it Pixar style yet? No. But pretty huge leap forward from Pico Labs because this is something, that really wasn't available yet in any of the big kind of brand name generative AI tools. So Pico Labs made a huge splash in the middle of last week when they announced this. We actually should have done this on our live show that we had, you know, going over Pika Labs. We didn't, but that's okay. Alright. So now a similar, announcement from Emo Video, not to be confused with Meta's Emu Video.

Jordan Wilson [00:33:52]:
Yeah. All these names are starting to blend together like alphabet soup, y'all. Alright. So, Alibaba has developed an AI video generator, emo, which can turn a single still image and vocal audio into an animated avatar video with facial expressions and poses. So the model can, sync lips with real audio and works with various artistic styles and languages. The model itself is built on a stable diffusion backbone and is considered already to be one of the most effective of its kind. Alright. So even if we're just kind of comparing the 2, it's we're comparing apples and orange slices here, so definitely different.

Jordan Wilson [00:34:31]:
So think of right now the Pico Labs LipSync. I'd say it's probably a little bit more usable in its current form for, you know, animated shorts. I wouldn't say it's it's very good yet. You know, if you're trying to get realistic video of people, lip syncing, it's not quite there. But it works very well with source video. Right? That's the difference. Whereas, emo, from Alibaba, it works with source photo. Alright? So it does create video, but you start with a photo.

Jordan Wilson [00:35:03]:
So if you want to, animate video right now, you don't have that option in emo in emo from Alibaba, but the quality is through the roof. Yeah. What Liz is saying here, we're showing examples. I just have some screenshots. So, yeah, the it's an Audrey Hepburn, an Audrey Hepburn example, that they have on their website, and we link all of those in the newsletter. It's it's pretty impressive. So I will say this, that the emo is much better in terms of quality of the lip syncing. You have to see this.

Jordan Wilson [00:35:40]:
I didn't believe it. Right? There's very few tools that I see and I'm I'm in disbelief, because I've I've used 100 of of generative AI tools. This was probably one of them. Right? So, again, it's not publicly available yet. So, you know, who knows, kind of what's going on behind the scenes, how many generations maybe this took, but the quality is hard to believe that you can take a photo, and it it it is going to you know? So it's making, as an example, the the Mona Lisa talk or, you know, famous, photos from history. It's bringing them to life, but the lip sync and the facial expression is through the roof. It's it's far ahead of of Pico Labs, but again, different use cases. I think Pico Labs is a little bit more for AI video, and I think, works really well right now for animated.

Jordan Wilson [00:36:28]:
This is with with emo, not so much. This is, short form. You start with a photo, but the the lip sync and the facial expressions are wild. Right? Like, some of the, some of the videos that come out, you know, of someone singing as an example. You know, they're they're moving their face up and down and closing their eyes as they hit, you know, high notes and, you know, their lips are kind of, you know, moving just perfectly. It is extremely impressive. Extremely impressive. Alright.

Jordan Wilson [00:36:57]:
So, that is kind of the wrap right there this week for AI news that matters. I hope this was helpful y'all. So we do this every single Monday. We might take a Monday or 2 off this 2024, you know, traveling, something like that. But for the most part, I think this is the best way, that you can spend your Monday morning or, you know, later on the podcast because it is very hard to keep up with everything that's happening in the world of AI, but not just keeping up with what's happening, but how you can also make sense of it all. Right? So, a a lot going on this week. We we kind of shuffle and sift through, the nonsense to really just bring you the news that matters that you should be focusing on. So I hope this was helpful.

Jordan Wilson [00:37:42]:
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