GPT-4, Silicon Valley Bank, YouTube Alternatives, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, March 12, 2023


Evening Standard: Microsoft says GPT-4 AI is coming next week with video features. “GPT-4, the next large-language model in the company’s GPT-series after GPT-3.5, which underpins ChatGPT, is apparently coming next week. That’s according to Microsoft Germany’s CTO Andreas Braun, who made the announcement at an event on Thursday (March 9). Previous reports have claimed that GPT-4 could arrive as soon as this spring.”

TechCrunch: How founders are reacting to Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse. “With Silicon Valley Bank now being shut down, startup founders who have been unable to access their accounts are getting increasingly nervous about the status of their capital. Top concerns include making payroll and staying afloat as a business.”


Make Tech Easier: 11 YouTube Alternatives for Something a Little Different. “YouTube is the biggest repository of videos on the Internet, and sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. Sure, having over one-billion videos to choose from is a luxury people in the 90s would’ve dreamt of, but the excesses of ‘Recommended’ videos, clickbait, and other junk that you don’t care to see can make it tiring. Thankfully, there are many YouTube alternatives.”

MakeUseOf: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Notion . “Notion has several benefits for people in multiple industries. It’s free to use, and you can also create several kinds of templates and documents within the app. Moreover, you can build spaces where you can easily collaborate with others. This guide will tell you the most important things you need to know about using Notion as a beginner.”


Vox: 9 questions about Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse, answered. “If you work in tech, you had probably heard of Silicon Valley Bank before now. If you’re not familiar with this seemingly regional bank, nobody’s blaming you. It had billions of dollars in deposits, but fewer than two dozen branches, and generally catered to a very specific crowd of startups, venture capitalists, and tech firms. Anyway, you’re here now — Silicon Valley Bank isn’t.”

WIRED: Get Ready to Meet the ChatGPT Clones. “CHATGPT might well be the most famous, and potentially valuable, algorithm of the moment, but the artificial intelligence techniques used by OpenAI to provide its smarts are neither unique nor secret. Competing projects and open-source clones may soon make ChatGPT-style bots available for anyone to copy and reuse.”

CNN: China censors women modeling lingerie on livestream shopping – so men are doing it. “Donning a sassy piece of silk lingerie, a male model grooves to the beat and forms a heart shape with his fingers during a livestreaming session on Douyin, one of China’s most popular video-sharing platforms. His modeling performance is the latest illustration of the kind of entrepreneurial innovation sometimes needed to bypass China’s rigorous internet censorship, a dragnet that can ensnare seemingly innocuous activities – in this case retailers selling women’s underwear online.”


Ars Technica: YouTuber must pay $40K in attorneys’ fees for daft “reverse censorship” suit. “A YouTuber, Marshall Daniels—who has posted far-right-leaning videos under the name ‘Young Pharaoh’ since 2015—tried to argue that YouTube violated his First Amendment rights by removing two videos discussing George Floyd and COVID-19. Years later, Daniels now owes YouTube nearly $40,000 in attorney fees for filing a frivolous lawsuit against YouTube owner Alphabet, Inc.”

CNBC: Without us ‘there is no Google’: EU telcos ramp up pressure on Big Tech to pay for the internet. “Tensions between European telecommunications firms and U.S. Big Tech companies have crested, as telecom bosses mount pressure on regulators to make digital giants fork up some of the cost of building the backbone of the internet.”

Gizmodo: We Found 28,000 Apps Sending TikTok Data. Banning the App Won’t Help.. “Gizmodo has learned that tens of thousands of apps—many which may already be installed on federal employees’ work phones—use code that sends data to TikTok.”


Search Engine Journal: Social Media Engagement Rates Dropping Across Top Networks. “Discover median engagement rates for 14 industries on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter in the 2023 Social Media Benchmarks Report.”

New York Times: A New ‘M*A*S*H’ Scene: Written by ChatGPT, Read by Hawkeye and B.J.. “For the first time in more than 40 years, Alan Alda and Mike Farrell sat down for a table read of a new scene of ‘M*A*S*H,’ stepping into their old roles of Hawkeye Pierce and B.J. Hunnicutt, two bantering doctors in a Korean War mobile surgical unit. But the script wasn’t by Larry Gelbart or any of the other writers who shaped the television show over more than a decade — it was the work of ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence software that has become a global phenomenon in recent months.” Good morning, Internet…

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