December 19, 2023: $18M for a second brain

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IS THIS THE MATRIX?

$18M in seed funding for a second-brain

Ever wonder what the conversion metric is from your brain's ideas to "paper"? I'd be afraid to find out, but it’s a problem I know many can relate to — even Notion superusers.

Another productivity notes app has launched to improve your idea capture, but the demo video for this one, called Ideaflow, shows a promising example of what it could mean to be “the best version of yourself” as a notetaker.

With Idealfow, you can record your voice, and the AI parses your input and creates structured notes. Notes are organized with hashtags (#) and note references (+) so you can do things like filter your notes/thoughts later on.

Ideaflow is meant to be a replacement for tools like Apple Notes, but work alongside more robust productivity apps like Notion.

The startup has bagged $18M in seed funding so far, according to Crunchbase, and an impressive team roster, with advisors like Naval Ravikant (Angelist) and Joe Lonsdale (Palantir).

Co-founder Jacob Cole notes on his LinkedIn that the idea for Ideaflow evolved while the makers were at MIT doing research with Tim Berners-Lee (World Wide Web creator, among other things) on the concept of a “shared brain” to extend the human mind into the computer.

So, if you’re a person who talks to themselves, has ideas while showering or driving, or goes to events (i.e. everyone), take a look at Ideaflow.

AI 🤝 NFTs

Deadmau5 wants to merge AI, music, and NFTs


Remember NFTs? They were the big craze before AI. For the most part, it boiled down to buying and trading things like images, videos, and audio snippets for cryptocurrency. 

With them, you get a digital receipt of ownership. NFTs dropped off just as AI was taking the world by storm, but now the latter wants to bring back the former. 

Korus is an AI music platform built and launched by Deadmau5. Yes, that Deadmau5. It operates as a suite of tools for discovering, creating, and purchasing music. 

The main tool is something called “Sound Mosaic.” Users can upload stem files (audio split into four channels), and an algorithm will compose a new track from those stems. From there, Korus will pay users for every new track and grant ownership, which means royalties. 

Users can then purchase music as a digital collectible (NFT) with Korus’s own currency called “NOIZ.” You can earn NOIZ by selling music, of course, but also by engaging with the platform by making tracks, sharing content, etc. 

Other features such as “Scenz” use AI to generate captivating visuals to accompany your tracks, which can be something as simple as an animated background to more complex creations like 3D worlds.

WOAH!

Google’s new model to rival DALL-E

Last week, Google dropped its answer to OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 model. Imagen 2 is being marketed as the company’s most advanced text-to-image diffusion technology yet, delivering high-quality, photorealistic outputs that are closely aligned and consistent with the user’s prompt.

The new Imagen model improves across a number of attributes, including more realistic image generation, fluid style conditioning (which basically makes it easier to control certain aspects of the output), and advanced inpainting and outpainting so users can edit aspects of the image post-generation.

Imagen 2 is currently available for developers and Cloud subscribers via the Imagen API.

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Written by Aaron O’Leary and Sarah Wright.

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