Newsletter #4: Ai, Ai, Ai...and layoffs

The first quarter of 2023 filled with Ai and layoff news


The many tools of Ai

ChatGPT was introduced to the world late last year and the dam broke loose

Introducing ChatGPT
We’ve trained a model called ChatGPT which interacts in a conversational way. The dialogue format makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer followup questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.

It just as quickly got a subscription service and an upgrade

Introducing ChatGPT Plus
We’re launching a pilot subscription plan for ChatGPT, a conversational AI that can chat with you, answer follow-up questions, and challenge incorrect assumptions.

Originally it didn't have a connection to the internet, and latest information it had from 2021. But that quickly changed as well with plugins

ChatGPT plugins
We’ve implemented initial support for plugins in ChatGPT. Plugins are tools designed specifically for language models with safety as a core principle, and help ChatGPT access up-to-date information, run computations, or use third-party services.

And Microsoft went all in

Microsoft announces new multibillion-dollar investment in ChatGPT-maker OpenAI
Microsoft announced a new multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment with the artificial intelligence lab OpenAI, according to a release Monday.
Microsoft spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a ChatGPT supercomputer
Microsoft says its system “unlocked” ChatGPT and other AI tools.
OpenAI and Microsoft extend partnership
We’re happy to announce that OpenAI and Microsoft are extending our partnership.
Reinventing search with a new AI-powered Microsoft Bing and Edge, your copilot for the web - The Official Microsoft Blog
To empower people to unlock the joy of discovery, feel the wonder of creation and better harness the world’s knowledge, today we’re improving how the world benefits from the web by reinventing the tools billions of people use every day, the search engine and the browser. Today, we’re launching an al…

Microsoft was also one of the companys to layoff several thousand people. Which is the second theme of the first quarter of this year...


Microsoft lays off an ethical AI team as it doubles down on OpenAI
Microsoft laid off an entire team dedicated to guiding AI innovation that leads to ethical, responsible and sustainable outcomes.
Spotify latest tech company to announce layoffs by cutting 6% of workforce - National |
Music streaming firm Spotify Technology plans to cut six per cent of its workforce, the company said on Monday, a move that will add to a glut of layoffs.
Meta layoffs: Why tech companies are cutting staff — and why you should care - National |
Meta is cutting thousands of jobs from its global workforce, joining other tech giants in recent waves of layoffs. Experts say it could be a sign of a wider economic slowdown.
Atlassian cuts 5% of its workforce
Atlassian today announced that it is cutting 5% of its global workforce -- or about 500 employees in an effort to focus on growth areas.
The first round of Disney layoffs begins this week, CEO Bob Iger shares in memo
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that there will be three rounds of layoffs, with the first beginning this week.

And on and on... The full lists can be found below.

A comprehensive list of 2023 tech layoffs
Here you’ll find a complete list of all the known layoffs in tech, from Big Tech to startups, broken down by month throughout 2023.
Tech Layoffs: US Companies With Job Cuts In 2022 and 2023.
Tech layoffs: Around 130,000 workers in U.S.-based tech companies have been laid off in mass job cuts so far in 2023.


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