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Daily Digest
July 9th, 2024
More human AI
TOP NEWS

Hi, hi, hi! Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the daily digest. In today’s product highlight, I’m covering a new AI company that aims to challenge OpenAI. But first... 

The headlines: 

🤖 Poe, Quora’s own flagship AI tool, now lets users create sites and apps. 

🧑‍⚕️ Sam Altman has launched a new AI company all about improving health care. 

⏱️ Amazon has announced a new $79 Echo Spot alarm clock.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT
This new AI chatbot is aiming to be the most human-like option yet

The AI chatbot space is getting pretty crowded. What started with just ChatGPT in 2022 has exploded to include competitors from Google, Meta, Anthropic, and more. That’s good for us, the consumers. More competition means hopefully more innovation. 

Now, another AI company wants to take a shot at knocking the likes of ChatGPT and Gemini off their respective pedestals. Kyutai, a French AI company founded by billionaire Xavier Niel, just launched Moshi, a new chatbot that, according to the company, can understand and relate to humans better than anything on the market. 

It’s designed for hyper-human-like conversations. What sets it apart from ChatGPT is twofold. First, the announcement specifically references voice mode as the main way of interacting with the bot. This comes only two weeks after OpenAI had to delay the launch of its own voice mode for optimization. Second, Moshi ships with various accents (hooray, Irish!), seventy different speaking styles, and can even understand the tone of your voice. 

According to Tech Radar, Moshi was built with a pretty extensive fine-tuning process, including training it on over one hundred thousand synthetic dialogues generated to TTS (Text-to-Speech). Kyuti also worked with a professional voice artist to ensure the bot's dialogue sounded natural and engaging. 

The company’s social accounts released a pretty extensive thread showcasing the bot at work. On first pass, it looks pretty darn good at small talk, and it can even handle role-playing. One of the things that really stood out is just how low the latency is. Apparently, it’s the lowest latency option on the market right now. 

If you want to try Moshi, you can visit the site to see the demo after completing a short onboarding process. 

COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE

Many founders will tell you that it’s not about overnight success. It’s about getting back up after failure and trying again. Calvin Chen, the founder of YC company Fetcher, knows this all too well and wrote what I think is an A+ essay on how to turn your suffering into growth.

CAT NIPS

FOR DEVELOPERS

Crawlee is an open-source library for web scraping and browser automation. Quickly scrape data, store it, and avoid getting blocked.

Vue.js Tour is a lightweight component for Vue.js apps, offering guided tours with customizable steps and events to enhance user onboarding and feature discovery.

FOR WORK

Shram is a gamified work management tool. You can manage projects and tasks and also get real-time reports on each team member's performance.

Mouseless is a software that allows you to efficiently and comfortably control your computer with your keyboard, eliminating the need for a mouse and preventing wrist pain.

FOR LIFE

Roots helps you take a step back from your phone’s screen by quantifying the dopamine you receive from scrolling and carefully blocking apps with just the right amount of friction. 

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