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Pixar "Elemental", Microsoft Orca, & ByteDance GPU Run

Pixar "Elemental", Microsoft Orca, & ByteDance GPU Run

AI Daily | 6.20.23

Welcome to AI Daily! In this episode, Connor and Ethan discuss the latest trends in AI, including Microsoft's new AI model called Orca, Pixar's innovative use of neuro style transfer in their movie Elemental, and ByteDance's massive purchase of Nvidia GPUs for AI. Tune in to explore how these advancements are shaping the future of technology and entertainment.

Key Points

Microsoft Orca

  • Microsoft introduces a new AI model called Orca, which takes a different approach to learning by utilizing the actual traces of GPT4's thinking.

  • Smaller fine-tuned models have shown limitations when trained to imitate GPT4, resulting in worse benchmarks and a loss of complex reasoning.

  • Orca stands out by training on step-by-step instructions of GPT4's thinking, achieving impressive benchmarks and offering insights into GPT4's reasoning process.

  • The development of more effective smaller models like Orca could potentially allow for accomplishing similar results with less processing power and faster times, but concerns arise regarding the propagation of errors and the need to continue working on foundational large models.

Pixar “Elemental” & AI

  • Pixar's Elemental movie showcases the use of neuro style transfer in mainstream animation, combining CGI with AI techniques to create stunning visuals.

  • By leveraging the latent GPU capacity at Pixar, processing times for creating animations were drastically reduced, allowing for more efficient production.

  • The collaboration between AI and human animators resulted in a beautiful synthesis of AI-generated content and hand-drawn elements, highlighting the power of combining both approaches.

  • This breakthrough sets a new precedent for the future of movies, with AI neural networks transforming animation and pushing the boundaries of creativity in the industry.

ByteDance Run on GPUs

  • ByteDance has made a significant purchase of 101 billion Nvidia GPUs for AI applications, navigating around export bans and the ongoing chip war between China and the United States.

  • The billion-dollar purchase may only be pre-orders, but it highlights the escalating competition and demand for processing power in the global market.

  • Despite the chip shortages and geopolitical tensions, the race for processing power is intensifying, with implications for economic and soft power conflicts.

  • ByteDance's acquisition of a hundred thousand chips demonstrates their ambition to leverage AI for various applications, potentially influencing US-China relations and product development.

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