Rami's Readings #49 - Happy Lunar New Year
The latest on AI, LLMs, Text-to-Speech Models, Investor Money Movements, SF & Seattle Real Estate, Fake Apps, Dementia & COVID-19, and more.
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Happy Lunar New Year!
Wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year filled with prosperity and sweet moments! If your celebrations leave you with an abundance of desserts, remember, my door is always open for surplus treats. 😉
Curious about the prompt, see the footnote1.
🤖 AI Reads
Notes: This article has a speculation disclaimer from the author. Meh. In my opinion, AI model architecture and needs are still evolving. I don’t expect FPGAs and custom silicon to become a big business driver for Nvidia. I think the industry fell into this specialized hardware trap before around 2015-2016, didn’t we? If I remember correctly, GPUs were in high demand for AI workloads, so companies started offering FPGAs for AI workloads and then custom silicon, only for these solutions to get quickly outdated and irrelevant. The hardware cycles were too slow for the pace of innovation, so most workloads went back to bigger, faster and more general-purpose chips (like Nvidia GPUs).
Notes: Apple has entered the chat.
Notes: Analogous to the wisdom of the crowd.
Notes: Alibaba flexing its LLM muscles. I am using DeepSeek & Yi regularly. There was much speculation that Chinese Big Tech wouldn’t catch up with the US on LLMs. This is now proving to be utterly false.
Notes: New Speech Recognition and Translation model from Nvidia.
Notes: A 1.2B parameter base model for text-to-speech with zero-shot cloning.
Notes: MTC is using LLMs to help startups create plans faster.
💼 Business Reads
Notes: I confirm we are seeing a pick up in home sales and pricing in Redmond and Bellevue.
San Jose is in the lead with the fastest home-sales pace. There, 61% of new listings went under contract in less than 14 days, according to Redfin Corp. data measuring the four weeks through Feb 4. In second place was the Seattle market — home to Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. — where 59% of listings disappeared that quickly.
Notes: Will it finally be the start of the Indian century?
Notes: I am shocked Apple let this through onto the App Store.
🔀 Other Reads
Notes: A big concern for many families post-COVID.
That is all for this week. Signing off from Redmond, WA.
Prompt: “Create an image to celebrate Lunar New Year 2024, the Year of the Dragon. The scene should be vibrant and festive, featuring a magnificent, stylized dragon weaving through a bustling street filled with people and robots celebrating together. The dragon, a symbol of power, wisdom, and luck, should be adorned with colorful scales and traditional Lunar New Year decorations. Around the dragon, robots of various designs, some humanoid and others more whimsical, are participating in the festivities, offering trays of traditional Lunar New Year foods like dumplings, spring rolls, and sticky rice cakes to the cheerful crowd. The dragon and other robots should have a kind demeanor. Lanterns of red and gold should illuminate the scene, casting a warm glow over the joyful gathering. The atmosphere should be one of harmony and futuristic tradition, merging the past with a touch of sci-fi elegance to wish everyone a Happy Lunar New Year 2024. Make it cute!”