Elon puts it in

AI vids, chips in brains, & viral valley


I would ask you, 'how’s it going, and what did you think of last week’s newsletter?' but I’m taking a break from emotional labor. We’ve got a fun episode of our podcast, Too Online, where the conversation ranges from Bolivia’s TikTok intern to Hillary Clinton’s taste in movies. Can you resist a listen?

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The Boys

Writer: Natasha (unhinged insta)
Editor: Deana

Also have you bought your ticket to /brandnew, yet?

Stunner u up. This week, Google launched Lumiere, a tool that uses a new diffusion model called STUNnet or SpaceTime-U-Net to produce very realistic AI-generated videos. The name reads like a late-night text - I’ve got space and time and wondering if you up? The reason their videos look better than their competitors is that this model is able to better predict how an object will move through space and time, and then it generates many frames that flow into each other seamlessly. Human hands are still suspiciously missing from the sizzle reel, so there's still work to do.

In a surprise to no one. Also last week, AI-generated nudes of [redacted] went viral on x dot com, with one image garnering more than 45 million views. 404 media did the work that I could literally never do and found the pipeline from Twitter to Telegram to 4chan, where the images originated. The Telegram group in question is dedicated to using Microsoft’s AI tool to create 'non-consensual AI-generated images of women.' This serves as a quick reminder of why we can't have nice things.

Elon puts it in. On Tuesday, Elon Musk reported that Neuralink, his neurotechnology company that is working on putting chips in brains (think computer 👉👈 brain), has completed its first human implant successfully.

He also shared that the first product will be called Telepathy. And I genuinely cannot decipher whether that is a shitpost or not.

Neuralink uses a robot to surgically place its chip in the part of the brain that controls movement. They previously performed trials on monkeys with dicey results but were cleared for human trials by the US Food and Drug Administration last year. The KPI for them? Chipped people being able to control a keyboard or mouse using just their thoughts. Musk claims, 'Initial results show promising neuron spike detection.' Cut to:

Now, some of you may be asking, 'WHY?' As someone who needs to unplug more, the idea of having a chip in my brain to keep me up to date on the latest meme is a dark temptation IDK if I'll be able to avoid. However, when contemplating what this technology will enable for individuals with neurological conditions, I see a bright side.

A section highlighting the timeline takeover clips, toks, and vids from the week.

  • 🐔 Paul Mescal on Amelia Dimoldenberg’s Chicken Shop Date. Adorable, heartwarming, could have watched them flirt for hours.

  • 👀 Sydney Sweeney on Hot Ones. Responsible for the spawning of this meme format. 

  • 🏠 Legendary art critic and writer Jerry Saltz on Caleb Simpson’s NYC apartment tours. Goals.

  • 🖼️ Climate activists throw soup on the Mona Lisa. Put this tweet in the Louve.