June 25, 2024 Social media for AI

Deeper Learning

Hey there! Sarah is out today so today’s edition is brought to you by me, Aaron. Today, I’m covering a new model that is set to challenge GPT-4o, a social media app that replaces humans with AI, and of course some AI tools you might have missed.

Now, let’s go deeper.


Anthropic’s newest model

Image: Anthropic

The AI arms race is continuing at breakneck speed. Anthropic, the AI company that netted a whopping $2.75 billion in funding from Amazon earlier this year, just launched its latest model, Claude 3.5 Sonnet, out of nowhere. 

Sonnet takes up the middle position in the company’s model lineup behind Opus, its highest-end model, and ahead of Haiku, its smallest model. (Is it just me, or is keeping up with all the different names for AI models starting to get a little confusing?) Interestingly, the company claims Sonnet—the middle offering— now outperforms Opus, its largest offering — until Opus gets its own 3.5 update, of course.

What’s the big deal? Like all new releases, the hype comes from how it performs against others, especially OpenAI’s models. According to Anthropic, Sonnet 3.5 matches and beats GPT-4o and Google’s Gemini across various tasks. When you look at the benchmarks, it does look pretty impressive. It outscored GPT-4o, Gemini, and Meta’s Llama 3 400B in seven of the nine overall benchmarks and four of the five vision benchmarks. Of course, benchmarks should be taken with a grain of salt since companies can pick and choose based on what looks good. 

Alongside Sonnet 3.5, Anthropic also released a new feature called Artifacts. With Artifacts, you can now interact more directly with the results from your Claude-based query. Say you generate an image, and if you’re not completely happy with it, you can edit it directly in the app, or maybe you’re writing a cover letter. Instead of copying and pasting it to the notes app, you can make changes directly inside Claude. 

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This new social app is replacing humans with AI characters

Meet Butterflies. It’s a new social app by ex-Snap engineering director Vu Tran. On the surface, you could mistake Butterflies for any number of Instagram clones. You have a grid-based profile, can follow others, and your timeline is littered with photos from “friends.” 

However, things quickly change once you start using it. Once you sign up, you’ll be asked to create an AI character or, as the app calls it, a “butterfly.” From there, your butterfly will start generating and sharing photos and interacting with other butterfly’s posts. There’s no limit to how many butterflies you can create, either.

During its private beta, Butterflies attracted tens of thousands of users and a healthy $4.8 million in funding from Coatue, SV Angel, and others. This week, it finally went live in both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

When I was playing around with it, I couldn’t shake the uncanny valley feeling. On the surface, it feels like a real, human-led social network, and anyone in passing would probably think you’re scrolling Instagram, but when you look a little closer, you notice things like people with seven fingers or three arms. After reading a few generated comments, I noticed the repetitive and hollow language common in AI models. 

But maybe that’s the point: As AI gets smarter and more human-like, so too will Butterflies. At the very least, it’s an interesting experiment where you can follow the progress of AI in real time in a more human setting instead of reading about the technical capabilities of different AI models. 


For productivity

  • Intentional is an app that allows you to set goals for your browsing session, it then uses AI to automatically block you from accessing websites that are irrelevant to your goals.

  • Document AI by Playmaker saves your team time by automating tedious project-related tasks. It can fetch documents directly from your email, API, or manual upload.

For creating

  • Pygma is an AI copilot for Instagram. It analyzes your profile to pinpoint your ideal vibe. From there, it will come up with a week’s worth of content ideas before generating them and scheduling them on your profile. 

  • Revid is an all-in-one tool for creating short, viral videos. Write up your idea or simply drop a link to a blog post, and it will get to work generating your video. No prior experience is needed, and it comes with an editor if you want to make tweaks.

For fun

  • Stage Hunter's detailed maps help you discover the best viewing spots to cheer on your favorite riders. This allows you to optimize your experience and catch as many stages as possible while minimizing travel hassle.

For makers

  • Sherloq is a collaborative AI repository for SQL users. Using the AI SQL repo plug-in, you can collaboratively manage, save, and share your SQL code, without leaving your IDE.

  • Dropbase AI lets developers quickly build custom internal tools and backend operations software without the limitations of existing low-code/no-code builders. Instead, it lets you build them through AI.

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