Year in AI: 2023 Review & Featured Posts
Best AI Highlights of 2023 AND Creators' AI Review
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What a year, what a journey. We saw incredible new technologies, tools, and possibilities this year. AI is the main thing of the year, and we were so excited that we even decided to start this newsletter to learn more about it.
We created this post to recap what happened through the months, looking at the biggest news in the industry. And how we spotted new opportunities for creators, makers, and founders.
Thank you for this journey with us in 2023! 🎁
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AI Highlights January 2023
We were playing with ChatGPT and watching how big tech can act fastly & aggressively
In January, following the success of ChatGPT, Microsoft declared a multi-year investment of $10 billion in OpenAI. The following month, amid speculations about Microsoft's imminent release of a ChatGPT-powered AI chatbot, Google introduced its Bard bot, though the presentation was scant on specifics. Shortly afterward, Microsoft unveiled its Bing chatbot and the updated Edge browser. At this event, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella and OpenAI's CEO Sam Altman presented together, discussing the collaboration and their plans to integrate generative AI into Microsoft's offerings for its customers.
AI Highlights February 2023
Tech world was obsessed with AI and many companies did their shots
In February 2023, the spotlight was again on OpenAI's ChatGPT. It accomplished a remarkable feat by passing the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), leading to a surge in popularity with 100 million unique users.
Acknowledging the ChatGPT phenomenon, Google entered the AI conversation arena with Bard A.I., while Microsoft made a substantial move by introducing a new Bing Search Engine integrated with ChatGPT.
Meta made headlines with the revelation of LLaMA, a development promising to enhance AI capabilities within the Meta ecosystem. Simultaneously, Amazon Web Services (AWS) collaborated with Hugging Face, a prominent AI platform, to empower AI developers.
In a groundbreaking breakthrough, Oxford researchers showcased RealFusion, an advanced model capable of reconstructing a complete 360° photographic model from a single image.
Google Research unveiled MusicLM, a transformer-based text-to-audio model capable of producing tracks across various genres, instruments, and concepts. Concurrently, Baidu researchers introduced ERNIE-Music, the inaugural text-to-music generation model in the waveform domain, leveraging diffusion models. Both models signify significant advancements in the fusion of AI and creative expression.
AI Highlights March 2023
Plugins in ChatGPT!! GPT-4, Modjourney V5 & ALL companies started launching AI products MASSIVELY.
Can’t skip plugins release here:
HubSpot unveiled two new AI-driven tools for its users: ChatSpot.ai and Content Assistant. Zoom launched its intelligent companion, Zoom IQ. In the education sector, Khan Academy introduced the Khanmigo AI platform, featuring virtual bots serving as counselors, curriculum designers, and teaching assistants. Ford initiated Latitude AI in the automotive domain, propelling its autonomous driving project forward.
Google integrated AI into the Google Workspace to assist with writing on Docs and Gmail, while Microsoft introduced its AI-powered 365 Copilot. GitHub also entered the competition by launching its AI-powered coding assistant, Copilot X.
By March, people became more aware and receptive to trying out AI tools, resulting in over 100 million Microsoft Bing users. Simultaneously, fears emerged regarding AI displacing jobs, fueled by a Goldman Sachs report predicting that AI could impact 300 million jobs.
AI Highlights April 2023
Google revealed its plan to merge its Brain AI team from Google Research with DeepMind, creating a new, AI-focused entity known as Google DeepMind. In the same timeframe, Amazon introduced the Bedrock platform, offering enterprise clients the opportunity to utilize generative AI foundational models, including Amazon's proprietary Titan foundation models.
Apple delved into healthcare with ‘Quartz,’ Microsoft Edge featured an AI Designer for social media marketing, and Meta released the image recognition model DINOv2. Google initiated Project ‘Magi’ for an AI search engine.
Adobe’s Firefly is expanding to video editing. Snapchat gained 363 million users with the ‘My AI’ avatar, and TikTok introduced AI-generated profile pictures.
Stanford researchers created an AI-powered village in a Sandbox, using ChatGPT, where AI avatars developed unique identities and communicated like humans.
AI Highlights May 2023
Google continued to make headlines by releasing its Bard chatbot to the public and introducing the Search Generative Experience, an AI-enhanced version of Google Search, at its I/O developer conference. In response, Microsoft announced the integration of its AI-driven Windows Copilot into Windows 11. Additionally, Nvidia achieved a significant milestone, with its market capitalization momentarily surpassing $1 trillion, solidifying its position as the leading company in AI chips.
May 2023 also showcased pivotal strides in robotics as an AI system empowered robots for autonomous scientific experiments. Sanctuary AI's Phoenix Robot, the world's first commercially available general-purpose humanoid robot, and Tesla's Optimus Bot displayed significant advancements. OpenAI-backed startup 1X introduced versatile bots for roles like bartenders, nurses, and security guards.
In creative AI, Midjourney 5.1 brought substantial updates to AI image creation. Stability AI released StableStudio, the open-source version of Dreamstudio. Adobe incorporated generative AI features into Photoshop, and DragGan introduced a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface for photo-realistic image manipulation.
Google unified machine-learning tools with the Vertex AI platform, while Microsoft entered the AI arena with Azure AI. Meta released its first two AI chips. In language AI, Google introduced PaLM 2, integrated it into its products, and excelled in medical AI, with Med-PaLM 2 surpassing human doctors. DeepMind's AlphaFold achieved unprecedented accuracy in predicting protein structures.
Stability AI introduced StableVicuna, the first large-scale open-source RLHF chatbot. Facebook contributed to the open-source community with PyTorch3D, supporting 3D vision research.
AI was at it’s peak of hype I believe and that was quite crazy to see every week dozens of groundbreaking news
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AI Highlights June 2023
That was the month we launched in public on Product Hunt 👋 Thanks everyone who is supporting us since that time
OpenAI made waves by initiating plans for its first non-U.S. office in London and announced the upcoming launch of an App Store for AI.
Something like that finally came recently with Custom GPTs and Assistants API:
Biotech companies in China and the U.S. leveraged AI for drug discovery, leading to promising results that advanced human trials, particularly in anti-aging drugs.
In AI governance, the EU's AI Act progressed to the final phase of the legislative process.
Palantir, recognized for big data solutions, showcased new AI-driven military capabilities, sparking concerns about AI in military decision-making.
McKinsey, a global consulting powerhouse, predicted that generative AI could contribute up to $4.4 trillion in value to the worldwide economy. Additionally, Adobe integrated Firefly into Photoshop, enhancing creative AI features.
AI Highlights July 2023
There are more and more signs that ChatGPT has a volatility in outputs with some researches showing decline in performance
Amid the ongoing buzz around AI, the Biden administration confirmed that it had obtained commitments from several major tech firms, including Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft, and OpenAI, to adhere to voluntary AI safety and development guidelines. In July, Microsoft revealed a subscription plan for its Microsoft 365 Copilot, priced at $30 per month per user, enhancing its productivity suite with generative AI features. Following suit in August, Google announced a similar pricing strategy for its generative AI-powered productivity tool, Duet AI for Workspace, setting the cost at $30 per month for each user.
Meta-AI made headlines by introducing Llama2, an open-source Large Language Model (LLM) boasting an impressive 70 billion parameters. Anthropic unveiled Claude2, a multimodal model with 130 billion parameters, representing a leap in large-scale, multimodal language models.
One of our most notable July posts:
AI Highlights August 2023
OpenAI's ChatGPT expanded 'Custom Instructions' for free users and other notable events unfolded.
Major AI companies committed to safety at the White House, emphasizing responsible development. In a legal landmark, a U.S. court denied copyright protection for AI-generated art, sparking debates on intellectual property rights. Over 8,500 authors expressed concerns about AI's use of their writings, highlighting ethical considerations in AI and copyright.
One of our best materials of August:
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AI Highlights September 2023
In September 2023, OpenAI achieved remarkable growth, adding real-time web browsing to ChatGPT and introducing DALL·E 3 for creative AI.
Creative and generative AI flourished with Midjourney's 'Vary Region' feature enhancing image editing and Stability AI's groundbreaking text-to-audio generation innovation.
YouTube empowered content creators with YouTube Create, an AI-enabled editing app, and introduced the AI-driven Humming Search feature for music exploration. Coca-Cola ventured into AI-driven product development with a mystery flavor experiment.
Twitter, now X, embraced transparency by confirming public data usage for AI training. AWS launched Amazon Bedrock for streamlined development processes. Meta enhanced AI experiences across apps, and Amazon's Alexa showcased human-like conversations with the 'Let's Chat' feature.
AI Highlights October 2023
October was notable because of GPT-4V (ChatGPT with vision features) - basically, Computer Vision became a consumer product:
A collaboration between Dell, Intel, and the University of Cambridge resulted in the Dawn Phase 1 supercomputer. Google introduced the Search Generative Experience (SGE), a revolutionary AI tool generating summaries for specific search queries.
Amazon rolled out AI-powered image generation capabilities in the GenAI realm, and Canva showcased innovation with a suite of AI tools.
Also, in October, we had one of our most popular posts:
AI Highlights November 2023
In November, OpenAI had an anniversary of the ChatGPT launch along with many new updates and major internal conflicts (all happened in a matter of weeks).
OpenAI introduced the Assistants API and Custom GPTs:
OpenAI faced upheaval when CEO Sam Altman was initially fired due to communication issues with the board, leading to tensions between the non-profit and profit-driven aspects of the company. After staff support for Altman became evident, negotiations ensued, resulting in Altman's reinstatement under a new board led by Bret Taylor, suggesting a renewed commercial focus for OpenAI in 2024.
Elon Musk's xAI introduced the AI chatbot "Grok," Pika 1.0 emerged as a new video creation model, while Stability AI released Stable Video Diffusion. Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched Amazon Q, the first company-specific chatbot.
AI Highlights December 2023
As we approach the year-end, Google's advanced AI model, Gemini, takes the spotlight, surpassing GPT-4. This showcases Google's dedication to advancing natural language processing and pushing AI capabilities.
Google's 2023 AI Highlights AMD is challenging NVIDIA in the AI hardware manufacturing sector with the Instinct MI300X GPU and MI300A APU, claiming a lead over competing GPUs.
OpenAI is preparing to launch GPT-6 and GPT-7, while Apple enters the open-source realm by introducing the MLX machine learning framework. In India, Jio’s Haptik launches an AI tool for businesses.
In a groundbreaking collaboration, IBM, META, and 50 organizations formed the AI Alliance for Responsible Innovation, emphasizing a collective commitment to ethical AI development.
Globally, the European Union achieved a historic agreement with the Artificial Intelligence Act, marking the first-ever worldwide rules for AI.
AI Startups in 2023
This year, 750,000 individuals are interested in initiating AI projects, shifting focus from large corporations to smaller startups exploring creative AI applications.
In Q1 2023, Product Hunt observed a substantial 300% increase in new AI product launches compared to the previous quarter. Entrepreneurs and developers are actively introducing innovative AI products, gaining user popularity.
An impressive 83% of new AI firms this year have fewer than 10 employees, reflecting a shift towards smaller, agile teams embracing the AI revolution. Accessible AI technology enables individuals to start businesses independently or in small collaborations, often operating from unconventional spaces like basements or side projects, with the potential for diverse AI program creation.
Rounds in AI 2023
In 2023, more than 25% of all investment dollars in American startups have been channeled into AI-related companies, a significant increase from previous years (which averaged about 12% between 2018 and 2022).
Funding for AI-related startups surpassed $23B in 2023, many of these investments had generative AI laced in the solutions, whereas non-AI funding reached over $67B, highlighting the diverse financial landscape within the startup sector.
Creators’ AI in 2023
Now time to say something about us.
We are thankful for everyone who supported us this year. With your help, we made the following:
Launched this AI newsletter on Substack and X
Created more than 150 posts, including long-form and deep tutorials
Gained 3500+ subscribers
Achieved #2 Product of The Day on Product Hunt
Reviewed 400+ AI tools
Prepared 100+ tutorials with AI
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