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Bilingual Siri!!
Bilingual Siri!! Apple's just released the new public beta versions of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, and boy, theres some big news! Bilingual Siri is now on board, letting users mix up English with some Indic languages. This feels somewhat reminiscent of the post I had on my blog about jazzing up Siri with large language models (LLMs). Just like I was daydreaming about Siri figuring out our jumbled commands, this update shows Apple's getting serious about making Siri more chilled-out, u


Rapid Improvements on NeRFs!
Rapid Improvements on NeRFs! In two recent articles, Local Radiance Fields (LocalRF) and Google's Research team present their unique approaches to reconstructing realistic, large-scale scenes. LocalRF focuses on casual video captures and Google focused on using high quality inputs from DSLRs. Both approaches led to some really clean Neural Radiance Fields (NeRFs)! LocalRF reconstructs large-scale scenes by jointly estimating camera poses with radiance fields progressively, allocating new local


OpenAI's Function Calling and Enhancements

Exciting updates from OpenAI bring function calling capabilities to GPT-3.5-turbo and GPT-4, enhancing their integration with external tools and APIs!

This could outperform LangChain's "Tools" feature with greater efficiency and fewer errors. We can now tweak models to choose the right tools by tweaking logit_bias parameters for numbered lists. And the cherry on top: price drops for input tokens and fantastic value for a 4x context window at just 2x the cost!

Not to mention, the improved steerability via system messages makes these updates quite interesting..



If you don't already know about the russian N1 go look it up! it was the USSR's attempt at getting to the moon in the 60s-70s.

Tim Dodd does a great job here going through why we're not doomed to repeat history.

TL;DW: test early and often! this simple eng philosiphy should puts teams and releases on a good track


Fixing Siri
Thinking of low risk ways to use LLMs to improve Siri quickly



I can't believe we get to see videos of these test fires!

Starship basically destroyed its own launchpad during its testflight, there were huge chunks of concrete thrown for miles into the surrounding area.

Their launchpad could have required some heavy re-engineering, if they manage to create a water-cooled steel plate launch platform it'll put them back on track for some more launches soon!


Near realtime GAN image editing
In this study, the scientists introduce a new technique called DragGAN, which allows users to "drag" any part of an image to a specific location in a user-friendly way. This approach empowers users to change the image's appearance, making it much easier to meet their desired outcome.


Saturn V Up Close

I was able to go see the Falcon Heavy launch at the KSC in Cape Canavaral, FL in 2018. One of the best things I got to see as I went down there was the full scale model of the Saturn V on display.

If you've read about the engineering that went into making the Saturn V you'll know why its an incredible thing to behold.

Anyway here's an amazing video of Luke Tally explaining the various things that went into a successful launch and his experiences throughout his 50yr career. He's a gifted communicator and oozes enthusiam. Had a big smile on my face listening to him.