European Automaker to Test Drive Sanctuary AI’s Humanoid Robot

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Sanctuary AI announced that it will be delivering its humanoid robot to a Magna manufacturing facility. As is often the nature of these deals, the parties have not disclosed how many of Sanctuary AI’s robots will be deployed. The news follows similar deals announced by Figure and Apptronik, which are piloting their own humanoid systems with BMW and Mercedes, respectively. For its part, Magna invested in Sanctuary AI back in 2021 — right around the time Elon Musk announced plans to build a humanoid robot to work in Tesla factories. The company would later dub the system “Optimus.” Vancouver-based Sanctuary unveiled its own system, Phoenix, back in May of last year.

“Unveiling the Effect of AI on Founders: Women’s Breakfast at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024”

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But amid the buzz, one crucial question emerges: How is AI shaping the journey of founders? TechCrunch’s Early Stage conference is set to delve deep into this inquiry, and we’re thrilled to announce a special Women’s Breakfast event on April 25 in Boston. This exclusive gathering will focus on exploring the intricate ways in which AI is reshaping the entrepreneurial path for women in tech. TechCrunch Early Stage 2024 promises to be a landmark event, and the Women’s Breakfast is your gateway to unlocking the full potential of AI in your entrepreneurial journey. Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at TechCrunch Early Stage 2024?

Exploring the Significance of Stability AI’s CEO Resignation for the Future of AI Startups

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What do you call an AI company that is suffering from very public gyrations regarding its business health, place in the market, and leadership structure? Well, you might call it Stability AI. Stability AI’s latest leadership shakeup is no joke, with its CEO Emad Mostaque departing to work on AI products that are less centralized — which is to say, owned and built by a single company, like, say, Stability AI. The startup’s fundraising journey is well-known to tech folks, while its best-known product — Stable Diffusion — is known even more broadly. We dig into all that and more in today’s TechCrunch Minute:

Microsoft’s Impressive AI Expansion: Inflection AI Co-founders Join the Team

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Microsoft’s latest gambit to snag much of the human talent from Inflection AI is causing waves this week. The subtext is clear enough: Microsoft doesn’t want to run into regulatory oversight in the form of anti-trust action. Regardless of your perspective on such deal-killing, Microsoft seems to have found a way around the matter in this case. Elsewhere in Microsoft land there’s talk of a new GPT model from OpenAI, and even some new Surface and Windows news that has an AI lilt. Wherever you look, there’s Microsoft and AI, cutting up the rug.

Robots Provide ‘Trash’ Answers for Voting and Elections Questions

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A number of major AI services performed poorly in a test of their ability to address questions and concerns about voting and elections. Their concern was that AI models will, as their proprietors have urged and sometimes forced, replace ordinary searches and references for common questions. They submitted these questions via API to five well-known models: Claude, Gemini, GPT-4, Llama 2 and Mixtral. The AI model responses ranged from 1,110 characters (Claude) to 2,015 characters, (Mixtral), and all of the AI models provided lengthy responses detailing between four and six steps to register to vote. GPT-4 came out best, with only approximately one in five of its answers having a problem, pulling ahead by punting on “where do I vote” questions.

Unveiling the Ingenious Rabbit R1: Perplexing AI’s Revolutionary Technology for Resolving Your Inquiries

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The rabbit r1 will use Perplexity AI’s tech to answer your queriesOne of the standout gadgets of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the rabbit r1, will use Perplexity AI’s tech to answer user queries, both companies said in an announcement. Perplexity noted that the first 100,000 r1 buyers will get one year of Perplexity Pro for free. We're thrilled to announce our partnership with Rabbit: Together, we are introducing real-time, precise answers to Rabbit R1, seamlessly powered by our cutting-edge PPLX online LLM API, free from any knowledge cutoff. The 5th batch of 10,000 rabbit r1 devices has sold out. Pre-orders for the 6th batch, totaling 50,000, are available now at Expected delivery date for the 6th batch is June – July 2024.