Video Generation, Soap Bubbles and Click Chemistry
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This week we have a short post covering a few interesting topics from around the web including Google’s Imagen Video, the Nobel prize for click chemistry, soap bubble physics, and more
Google’s Imagen Video
Google revealed a powerful new text to video system, Imagen Video, that is now capable of generating cogent video snippets from text prompts. Imagen video is an impressive technical advance that brings closer the prospect of programmatically generated, programmable video.
Google also released a second paper, https://phenaki.github.io/, which presents another method for converting text descriptions into longer videos. This method achieves results which look less refined but which may extend to longer timescales.
Interesting Links from Around the Web
https://www.nextplatform.com/2022/10/06/the-art-of-system-design-as-hpc-and-ai-applications-diverge/: Interesting discussion of the growing divergence between HPC and AI applications due to AI applications relying more heavily on lower precision arithmetic unlike high precision HPC applications.
https://semiengineering.com/can-ml-help-verification-maybe/: Machine learning is making some headway in chip verification, but it’s a challenging problem.
https://www.quantamagazine.org/monumental-math-proof-solves-triple-bubble-problem-and-more-20221006/: Progress in the old and hard mathematical problem of proving optimal shapes for clusters of bubbles
https://www.science.org/content/blog-post/2022-nobel-prize-chemistry: An excellent write-up of this year’s Nobel prize in Chemistry for the invention of click chemistry
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2022/press-release/: The official Nobel write-up of this year’s prize in physics
https://www.deepmind.com/blog/discovering-novel-algorithms-with-alphatensor: DeepMind’s new AlphaTensor system uses reinforcement learning to design a faster matrix multiplication method.
https://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics-experts-tesla-bot-optimus: Tesla’s new Optimus robot draws comparisons to Honda’s Asimov. Experts praise the rapid rollout of the system, but no one is that impressed either yet.
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/newsroom/news/intel-hits-key-milestone-quantum-chip-research.html#gs.euepgk: Intel claims an advance in spin qubit manufacturing using EUV lithography.
https://www.extremetech.com/computing/340020-apple-reportedly-folds-in-tsmc-price-negotiations: TSMC forces Apple to accept price increases. TSMC holds immense leverage as the world’s leading chip manufacturer. Apple may want to consider investing in other foundries to improve its negotiating position.
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Author: Bharath Ramsundar, Ph.D.
Editor: Sandya Subramanian, Ph.D.