What’s up, Future Party people. It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for — GPT-4 is officially here, and it’s already building websites from napkins, finding workarounds to CAPTCHAs, and more. Dig into the story below.
In other news… A24 sweeps the Oscars, the debut of GPT-4, and Rhett & Link launch a 24/7 channel.
- YouTube → Mrs. Davis
- Twitter → Quentin Tarantino
- Google → Reddit
- Reddit → John Wick: Chapter 4
- TikTok → “Mother” - Meghan Trainor
- Spotify → “I Was Not There” - The Antlers
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A24’s underdog Oscar playbook
The Future. With Everything Everywhere All at Once and The Whale, indie studio A24 once again proved that it could triumph over the big boys by turning brilliant, oddball gems into the big winners of Hollywood’s biggest night — seven for EEAAO and two for The Whale. The success may demonstrate that not even jaded Academy voters are immune from the passion that A24 is able to drum up among its young, diehard fanbase.
Lay on the heart
A24 worked hard to convince Hollywood that its unlikely Oscar contenders deserved the gold statues.
- A24 leaned on the personal underdog stories and charisma of actors Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ke Huy Quan, and Brendan Fraser, and EEAAO filmmakers, Daniels.
- Those were superpowers during award circuit Q&As, magazine profiles, and interacting with fans on social media, spearheaded by Cinetic Marketing and Divergent PR.
- That strategy is especially amazing considering that EEAAO debuted at SXSW last March — not an Oscar launchpad by any means.
And A24 relied on craft guild screenings of EEAAO for enticing awards voters, with one rival studio exec telling THR that the movie’s fans “were so passionate that they were converting members who were not into it the first time they tried to watch it.”
The care that A24 gave to these films ended up netting the studio nine wins (the most of any studio that night) and the rare distinction of being behind Best Picture, Director, and every Acting award in a single year — all on top of EEAAO being the studio’s biggest commercial hit yet. Not bad for a movie with hot dog fingers and “Raccacoonie.”
But you won’t see co-founders David Fenkel and Daniel Katz doing a public victory lap — they notoriously avoid press, letting the films speak for themselves. Maybe they’re just too busy plotting an expansion with a recent funding injection of $225 million from Stripes. Strike while the iron’s hot.
GPT- 4 enters the chat
The Future. OpenAI has lifted the veil on its buzzy new AI system, GPT-4. It’s not the major leap that many were hoping for, but it allegedly improves everything that has made ChatGPT a sensation in the tech world. With rivals quickly popping up to take advantage of the sudden demand for all things AI, ChatGPT’s success may hinge on its ability to prove that it can be a powerful tool while also avoiding the pitfalls that have made it seem at turns hilarious and terrifying.
OpenAI is just getting started with ChatGPT.
- Its new GPT-4 system can take both text and image prompts (though only respond via text), provide responses up to 25,000 words, and is allegedly more conversational.
- It can also pass exams like the Uniform Bar Exam, LSAT, and SAT with flying colors (to the horror of educators everywhere).
- The system is already powering the new Microsoft Bing and is set to be implemented in products like Stripe, Duolingo, and Khan Academy.
- The model is available to the public as part of the paid subscription ChatGPT Plus, and will also be available as an API for developers to build on top of (here’s the waitlist).
All of that is not to say that GPT-4 is perfect. Far from it — it can still “hallucinate” wrong information and generate “violent and harmful text,” but to a lesser statistical degree.
Sounds almost human if you think about it.
Claude, the competitor
But there’s a little drama going on in the world of AI. Also released yesterday was “Claude” — the first chatbot from Anthropic AI, a startup founded by ex-OpenAI employees. It provides similar functions as ChatGPT, but Anthropic says that its training on the principles of “constitutional AI” makes it a safer option than its OpenAI rival.
Claude is already being used by Notion, Quora, and DuckDuckGo, which were among its testing partners. Additional organizations can now request to try out the chatbot, but pricing for the general public hasn’t been made available yet.
TOGETHER WITH RYSE
Is this PRE-IPO stock the Apple of window shades?
When it comes to global brand loyalty, not many come close to Apple. Their meticulously designed products inspire a truly unique feeling in their customers.
Companies that can replicate this feeling are poised to create an ecosystem that fosters substantial loyalty with their customers – which is why this smart home company is doing just that.
RYSE is bringing innovative tech into every home with the only solution that converts manual window shades to automated, smart shades. And their sleek designs mimic what you would see from a company like Apple.
With $7M in products sold, missing this investment opportunity would basically mean throwing shade at yourself. We think it’s poised to be the next Ring (acquired for $1.2B) or Nest (acquired for $3.2B) of the smart home industry.
Rhett & Link launch a 24/7 channel
The Future. Popular YouTubers Rhett & Link are launching a FAST channel called Mythical 24/7 on Roku. If successful, it could usher in a new wave of ad-supported streaming TV channels dedicated to individual creators — the fulfillment of the grand ambitions of last decade’s multi-channel networks like Maker Studios and Fullscreen.
Rhett & Link want to make sure fans never turn off the TV.
- Mythical 24/7 is a “TV-like, around-the-clock stream” on The Roku Channel of the creators’ various shows, archival content, specials, sketches, and music videos.
- That includes Good Morning Mythical (which is reportedly the most-watched daily show on the internet at 70 million average monthly views), “Good Mythical More,” “Mythical Kitchen,” and “Ear Biscuits.”
- The channel launched yesterday in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the UK.
With 77 million subscribers across the various YouTube channels it owns, Mythical has 77 million subscribers… so this thing has the makings of being a creator-driven hit.
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