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🐶 Boston Dynamics new ROBOT is insane

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Howdy, happy Thursday, AI family! 🐶

🧵 Here’s some useful AI news and tools I gathered today:

  • 🦾 Boston Dynamics unveils new generation of Atlas

  • 👀 Microsoft just revealed VASA-1

  • 🔍️ + new AI Tools, Resources, and other news

Ready, Set, Go: Today’s read should be about a 3 minute read.


Credit: Boston Dynamics

A day after announcing it was retiring Atlas, Boston Dynamics has introduced a new, all-electric version of its humanoid machine.

Here’s the reveal video (with dune music).

The new version of the robot is virtually unrecognizable. As the camera pans around the robot’s back, its legs bend at the knees. It’s a natural movement before crossing into an uncanny realm is something out of a Sam Raimi movie.

This is such a great engineering feat to accomplish:

  • This new robot surpasses the previous Atlas in strength and boasts a wider range of motion. Gone are the top-heavy torso, the bowed legs, and the plated armor.

  • There are no exposed cables anywhere to be found on the svelte new mechanical skeleton. 

  • The pace is fast, but the steps are still a bit jerky, though significantly better than many of the new commercial humanoids to which we’ve been introduced over the past couple of years.

Atlas was honestly adorable, but I find this one to be quite intimidating.

Terminator movies were ahead of their time


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Cool updates

  1. Adobe Premiere Pro is getting generative AI video tools. Third-party integrations with Runway, Pika Labs, and OpenAI’s Sora models will allow you to generate videos and add or remove objects using text prompts.

  2. AI-generated virtual girlfriends are poised to create a billion-dollar dating industry.

  3. Amazon Music is launching its AI-powered playlist generator, Maestro, following a similar feature introduced by Spotify. Maestro allows users in the U.S. to create playlists by speaking or writing prompts.

  4. Poe announced some exciting updates recently.

  5. One of China's tech giants, Baidu, recently announced that its AI chatbot, "Ernie Bot," has amassed over 200 million users since its public release eight months ago.

  6. AI will soon allow the bank's chatbots to provide personalized financial advice by understanding an individual's circumstances, goals, and patterns over time.

  7. World’s First AI Influencer Pageant 'Miss AI' Announced; Judging Criteria and Prizes Revealed.

  8. Microsoft drops $1.5 billion on G42, an Abu Dhabi-based AI company. The investment into G42 brings Microsoft’s AI services and chips to the United Arab Emirates.

  9. The AI That Could Heal a Divided Internet.

  10. Snapchat is watermarking its AI-generated images. A small, sparkly ghost logo will “soon” feature on saved or exported images.


Credit: Microsoft

Just around the time of the elections, Microsoft researchers developed a powerful new AI model called VASA-1 that can generate stunningly realistic deepfake videos of talking faces from just a single image and an audio clip. 

What does it do?

  • Precise lip-audio synchronization: VASA-1 excels at generating lip movements that are exquisitely synchronized with the input speech audio, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking experience.

  • Lifelike facial nuances and head motions: It captures various facial expressions, emotions, and head movements, and lets users control different aspects such as main eye gaze direction, head distance, emotion offsets, and more.

  • Real-time generation and high video quality: It supports high-resolution (512x512) videos at up to 40 frames per second (FPS) with negligible starting latency, enabling real-time engagements with lifelike avatars.

See all the examples from here

Useful AI Links

🔍️ Trending Tools

  • GigaBrain - AI companion that does the Reddit research for you.

  • Limitless - A personalized AI powered by what you’ve seen, said, or heard.

  • SpeedLegal - Your personal AI contract negotiator.

  • Canyon - A tool to search for jobs with resume building, application autofill, and interview prep.

  • GPT-vetting - The first-ever AI interviewer.

  • Vidyard AI Avatars: Generate personalized AI sales video messages at scale.

  • EazyCaption - A tool for multilingual video captioning with emojis and B-roll footage.

  • Try On 2.0 - Choose any outfit and wear it in your photos.

🤗 Good Vids

Farewell to Atlas

😮 Trending on X

1/4 Some examples of Microsoft’s new VASA-1.

2/4 Some great details about Telegram.

3/4 GPT-5 is gonna steamroll you - Sam

4/4 Elon is pulling Fortnite emotes now.

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