Morning Post|Beyond GPT-4, Google releases large model Gemini/Apple may launch multiple new products early next year/Mayday Ashin responds to lip-syncing controversy


Google releases Gemini, the most powerful AI large model

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang: Huawei is NVIDIA’s strong competitor in the AI ​​chip field

NVIDIA Intelligent Driving Rapidly Expands Manpower

Apple reportedly looking to produce iPhone 16 batteries in India

Sam Altman: OpenAI is rethinking its company structure

Musk's artificial intelligence company xAI seeks $1 billion in financing

ByteDance starts a new round of buybacks at $160 per share

Wang Jianlin plans to transfer 51% stake in Wanda Investment

NIO is planning to spin off its battery manufacturing business

Apple prepares to launch new iPad and MacBook Air

Apple releases MLX, an open source model-running software framework

Introducing code interpreter, DALL·E 3, major upgrade of Microsoft Copilot

Starting from 88,800 yuan, Wuling Starlight is officially launched

Ashin posted a long post in response to the lip-syncing controversy

Jay Chou joins Universal Music


G-SHOCK and Rich Brian team up to launch a special collaboration watch

"Freud's Last Session" trailer released

Screen Actors Guild officially approves new contract

Three Pixar films to be released in North America for the first time


Google releases Gemini, the most powerful AI large model

On December 6, local time, Google CEO Sundar Pichai officially announced that Gemini version 1.0 was officially launched. According to reports, this is a huge leap forward in AI models and will eventually affect almost all Google products.

Gemini large models come in three sizes: Gemini Ultra for the most capable, Gemini Pro for scalable multitasking, and Gemini Nano for specific tasks and mobile devices.

Demis Hassabis, CEO and co-founder of Google DeepMind, said that Gemini is a large multi-modal model, which means that it can generalize and seamlessly understand, manipulate and combine different types of information, including text, code, audio, images and video.

According to reports, from natural images, audio and video understanding to mathematical reasoning, Gemini Ultra has been widely used in 32 academic benchmark test sets in the development of large language models. In 30 of them, the performance of Gemini Ultra exceeded the current strongest large language. Model GPT-4.

Gemini Ultra achieved a score of 90.0% in the MMLU (large-scale multi-task language understanding dataset), surpassing human experts for the first time. MMLU combines 57 subjects including mathematics, physics, history, law, medicine and ethics to test knowledge and problem-solving abilities in large models.

Google will add Gemini to its products. Starting today, Bard will use a fine-tuned version of Gemini Pro to perform more advanced reasoning, planning, understanding, and more. This is the biggest upgrade to Bard since its launch.

Google also introduced Gemini to Pixel. Pixel 8 Pro will be the first smartphone to run Gemini Nano.

In the coming months, Gemini will appear in more Google products and services, such as Search, Ads, Chrome, and Duet AI.

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang: Huawei is NVIDIA’s strong competitor in the AI ​​chip field

According to Bloomberg, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said that Huawei is one of Nvidia’s “very strong” competitors in the competition to produce the best artificial intelligence chips.

Huawei, Intel and a growing number of semiconductor startups pose a serious challenge to Nvidia's dominance of the artificial intelligence accelerator market, Huang said in an interview in Singapore on Wednesday.

"We have many competitors inside and outside China," Huang said. "Most of our competitors don't care where we are. No matter where we go, they want to compete with us."

Huang Renxun revealed that Nvidia is working closely with the US government to ensure that new chips for the Chinese market comply with export restrictions.

Nvidia Intelligent Driving is rapidly expanding its manpower and requires 100 new people to be hired within two months.

According to 36 Krypton, on December 4, Wu Xinzhou, who had been in office for nearly four months, held a China all-staff meeting at Nvidia’s Shanghai office.

At the meeting, he pointed out the reasons why Nvidia's intelligent driving was "laggard" and began to rapidly expand manpower, requiring 100 new people to be hired within two months. "Considering the impact of the Spring Festival holiday, this goal must be achieved within half a year."

A few days ago, Wu Xinzhou forwarded the official recruitment information issued by NVIDIA in his circle of friends, which showed that the NVIDIA China team is seeking 25 positions in five departments: autonomous driving software group, autonomous driving platform group, system integration & testing group, map & simulation group, and product group. There are hundreds of positions in total.

According to reports, nearly 300 NVIDIA smart driving personnel in China participated in the conference, plus 100 new people to be recruited, which is expected to form the core team of NVIDIA smart driving.

Wu Xinzhou served as Vice President of Autonomous Driving at Xpeng Motors, where he fully led Xpeng Intelligent Driving’s core team, technical architecture, and business direction. He also helped Xpeng become the first in China to deliver mass-produced high-speed NOA and urban NOA high-end intelligent driving products.

On August 25 this year, Wu Xinzhou left Xpeng Motors and joined the chip giant Nvidia. It is understood that Wu Xinzhou has fully taken over NVIDIA's smart driving software business and reports directly to NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang.

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Apple reportedly looking to produce iPhone 16 batteries in India

According to the Financial Times, people familiar with the matter revealed that Apple has notified component suppliers that it prefers to purchase iPhone 16 batteries from Indian factories.

Three people familiar with the matter said that battery manufacturers such as China's Desai were encouraged to build new factories in India, while Xinpu Technology was asked to expand production scale in India to cope with future orders.

"If all goes well with the iPhone 16 battery supply, Apple plans to transfer more iPhone battery production to India."

In addition, India's Deputy Minister of Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on the X platform this week that Apple's Japanese supplier TDK is establishing a manufacturing plant in Haryana, northern India, to produce batteries for iPhones made in India.

It is understood that companies such as Desai and Xinpu package cells produced by TDK and its peers into modules and then send them to assemblers such as Foxconn.

Sam Altman: OpenAI is rethinking its company structure

According to Nikkei, OpenAI founder Sam Altman said at an artificial intelligence event yesterday that he is reconsidering the company's "profit and non-profit" hybrid structure.

Altman was abruptly ousted from OpenAI's board of directors a few weeks ago, but returned to the company as CEO last week. The meeting was also his first public appearance since returning to the company.

Sam Altman said: "There are obviously some flaws with this structure, and our new board of directors is thinking carefully about what is the best corporate structure for our mission."

Altman told attendees his ouster was "shocking," though he declined to answer questions about the secret artificial intelligence project. It was previously reported that the project was linked to the board's decision to oust him.

Musk's artificial intelligence company xAI seeks $1 billion in financing

Musk's artificial intelligence startup xAI plans to raise up to $1 billion through a stock offering, according to documents submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The company has raised nearly $135 million from four investors, the filing said.

Musk founded xAI in July this year. He declared that the company's mission is to "understand the true nature of the universe."

Last month, xAI released a chatbot called Grok. Compared with ChatGPT, Bard and Bing Chat, Musk believes that the biggest difference between Grok is its sense of humor. xAI says Grok's real-time access to information via the X platform is a huge advantage over other models.

Musk posted on the X platform on December 3 that access to Grok will be opened to X’s Premium+ users in the next week or so, with priority depending on the time of subscription.

ByteDance starts a new round of buybacks at $160 per share

According to the South China Morning Post, people familiar with the matter revealed that ByteDance plans to repurchase US$5 billion worth of options from investors as the IPO plan is still pending.

According to sources, the repurchase price is US$160 per share, which is equivalent to the ByteDance employee option repurchase price in October this year.

That values ​​the company at $268 billion, down about 10% from the $300 billion valuation it held when shareholders bought back a year ago.

According to previous reports by The Information, ByteDance's second-quarter revenue increased by more than 40% year-on-year to US$29 billion, and is catching up with Facebook parent company Meta.

Wang Jianlin plans to transfer 51% stake in Wanda Investment

Yesterday, Wanda Film announced that the company’s indirect controlling shareholder Beijing Wanda Cultural Industry Group Co., Ltd. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Beijing Hengrun Enterprise Management Development Co., Ltd., and the company’s actual controller Mr. Wang Jianlin planned to transfer their combined holdings to the company’s controlling shareholder Beijing Wanda Investment Co., Ltd. transferred 51% equity to Shanghai Ruyi Investment Management Co., Ltd.

If the above matters are ultimately implemented, it will result in a change of control of the company.

The announcement stated that trading in the company's shares will be suspended from the opening of the market on December 6 (Wednesday), and the suspension is expected to last no more than 2 trading days.

It is worth noting that Hong Kong stock China Ruyi previously announced on July 23 that Shanghai Ruyi (a controlled structural entity of China Ruyi) acquired 49% of Beijing Wanda Investment’s equity for 2.262 billion yuan.

NIO is planning to spin off its battery manufacturing business

According to Reuters, two sources revealed that NIO is planning to spin off its battery manufacturing business into a separate new company and raise external financing as part of the company's efforts to turn losses into profits and reduce costs as soon as possible.

Under the plan, top engineers from NIO's battery unit will join the new company, while some employees will be merged into other NIO departments.

People familiar with the matter said assets to be spun off into the new company may include planned battery factories, testing equipment and some patents.

It is reported that the spin-off may take place as early as the end of this year and will seek external investors, with a valuation to be determined later.

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Apple plans to launch iPad Air, iPad Pro and M3 MacBook Air in March next year

According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, in order to reverse the declining sales of Mac and iPad, Apple is preparing for several new models and upgrades early next year.

According to people familiar with the matter, the update includes iPad Air, iPad Pro and MacBook Air.

The new iPad Air will be available in 10.9-inch and 12.9-inch versions for the first time. The Pro model will be equipped with an OLED screen. At the same time, the MacBook Air will be equipped with a faster M3 processor.

In addition, Apple is preparing new versions of Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard accessories that will be sold with the new iPad Pro.

The iPad and related accessories are expected to be launched around the end of March next year, along with iPadOS 17.4; Mac is being developed with macOS 14.3. The software update may be released between the end of January and February next year, but the MacBook Air may not be released until March. Will be shipped in the month.

Apple releases MLX, an open source model-running software framework

Yesterday, Apple’s machine learning research team launched MLX, an open source model running software framework.

This is an efficient machine learning framework designed specifically for Apple's M-series chips, which means that devices equipped with M-series chips can perform deep learning training more effectively.

According to the GitHub homepage, MLX includes Python API, C++ API, and has composable function transformations for automatic differentiation, automatic vectorization, and computational graph optimization.

It uses lazy calculation, dynamically builds calculation graphs, supports multiple devices, and unifies memory.

Jim Fan, a senior scientist at Nvidia, pointed out that this may be Apple’s biggest move in open source artificial intelligence to date.

Introducing code interpreter, DALL·E 3, major upgrade of Microsoft Copilot

Recently, Microsoft announced that Copilot will receive a series of major updates. Including integration of OpenAI's latest model GPT-4 Turbo, DALL-E 3, new code interpreter function and deep search function within Bing.

Copilot will soon be responsive using the GPT-4 Turbo model, which means context windows of 128k length will be supported.

Microsoft Executive Vice President Yusuf Medhi said the model is currently being tested with a pending set of users and will be widely integrated into Copilot in the coming weeks.

In addition, the updated DALL-E 3 model will also be integrated into Copilot, providing higher quality and more accurate images.

The new code interpreter feature will enable Copilot users to obtain more accurate calculations, data analysis and even code.

Users can also upload and download files in Copilot, allowing them to use their own data and code, as well as Bing search results.

On Bing, Medhi said, "Deep Search leverages the power of GPT-4 to provide optimized search results for complex topics. Using Deep Search expands search queries into more comprehensive descriptions, providing more relevant results."

Starting from 88,800 yuan, Wuling Starlight is officially launched

Yesterday, Wuling Starlight was officially launched, positioning itself as a super-A-class family sedan. The new car is available in two versions with 70 and 150 km range (CTLC), priced at 88,800 yuan and 105,800 yuan respectively.

Wuling Starlight adopts the "Star Wing Aesthetics" design concept and is equipped with a wing-type front grille, star-colored light groups, full-LED automatic headlights, and star-ring taillights. The wheelbase of the new car is 2800mm, and the length, width and height are 4835mm, 1860mm and 1515mm respectively.

In terms of interior, the new car offers two interior options: dark black and quicksand color matching. The front seats can be folded back 180° to be flush with the rear seat cushions;

The 70 standard version is equipped with a 10.1-inch floating intelligent central control screen + 7-inch full LCD instrument screen, and the 150 advanced version provides a 15.6-inch intelligent central control screen + 8.8-inch full LCD instrument screen.

In terms of power, Wuling Xingguang is equipped with the "Wuling Lingxi Hybrid System" with a drag coefficient of 0.228cd. The WLTC standard comprehensive fuel consumption is said to be as low as 3.98L/100km, and the vehicle cost is only 33.5 yuan per 100 kilometers.

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Ashin posted a long post in response to the lip-syncing controversy

Last night, Mayday lead singer @阿信 issued a long post in response to the lip-syncing controversy: "Every roar, every performance, every sound comes from the voice that I have relied on for 24 years. Apart from real singing, there is nothing else that can move you. Way".

"Next year will be the 25th anniversary of Mayday's debut. This is of course not the first storm we have sailed through. Thank you to every old acquaintance who stood up for us, and thank you to all the passers-by and teachers who gave us guidance. The party will end, and the song will end , your and my heart and eyes will be clearer.”

Jay Chou joins Universal Music

Yesterday, Universal Music Group announced that it has reached a major strategic partnership with Jewel Music.

Universal Music Group will obtain the global distribution rights to Jay Chou's classic music library and future new releases, and will also include the joining of two potential newcomers Pai Weijun and Cao Yang from Jaywell Music.

In addition, Jewel Music recently stated that Jay Chou's new song will be released on December 22.

G-SHOCK and Rich Brian team up to launch a special collaboration watch

On the important occasion of its 40th anniversary, G-SHOCK, a classic watch brand, has teamed up with popular rapper Rich Brian to create a collaborative watch.

In this cooperation, the two parties used the brand's iconic GA-2100 series as a template to create a new personalized watch covered in Tiffany blue color.

At the same time, the bright red brand lettering, hands and other details on the dial are embellished to create a highly contrasting color collision vision.


"Freud's Last Session" trailer released

"Freud's Last Session" releases official trailer. Anthony Hopkins plays Sigmund Freud and Matthew Goode plays C.S. Lewis.

On September 3, 1939, in London, Freud, who had just escaped the Nazi regime with his daughter, received a visit from Lewis when he was dying. Two of the 20th century's greatest thinkers engaged in a monumental dialogue about faith in humanity's future and the existence of God.

The film is directed by Matt Brown and adapted from the stage play created by Marc St. Germain. It will be released in limited release in North America on December 22 and will be fully released in January 2024.

Screen Actors Guild officially approves new contract

The Screen Actors Guild and United Radio and Television Artists (SAG-AFTRA) recently passed a member vote to formally approve a new three-year contract negotiated with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) a month ago.

38% of the union's 160,000 members submitted votes, of which 78.33% were in favor. Because the contract has caused some controversies in aspects such as AI, this proportion of approval was higher than many people expected and higher than previous ones. Members voted in favor of a new three-year contract: 76% in 2017 and 74% in 2020.

This also announced the official end of the 118-day Hollywood actors' strike. However, when the temporary agreement was reached in early November, SAG-AFTRA had already announced that work could resume, and many projects have resumed filming.

Three Pixar films to be released in North America for the first time

Pixar announced that three films that had previously been released through streaming media but had not been released in North America: "Soul", "Metamorphosis" and "Sunny Days" will be released in North American theaters next year.

  • "Soul" is scheduled to be released in North America on January 12;
  • "Metamorphosis" is scheduled to be released in North America on February 9;
  • "Summer Friends" is scheduled to be released in North America on March 22.​

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