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Hello, fellow humans!

This is our last monthly AI-focused special edition of the Daily Brief. We hope you’ve enjoyed them! We’ll see you again on Monday with your regularly scheduled Quartz news.

Elon Musk’s xAI to build its “gigafactory of compute” in Memphis

Here’s what you need to know about the latest developments in the world of artificial intelligence.

Apple’s AI Strategy Unveiled at WWDC

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off with a special event at its headquarters. The tech giant is expected to finally give some insight into its guarded AI strategy, which could include integrating ChatGPT into iPhones. Bloomberg reported that Apple is working with OpenAI to incorporate the chatbot into its operating system. However, recent ChatGPT outages have raised concerns among users.

AI Stocks Soar

Last week, AI stocks experienced a significant surge, leading the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to record highs. Companies like Nvidia and Apple briefly joined the $3 trillion club in market capitalization before Nvidia’s stock split on Friday.

Saudi Arabia Enters the Semiconductor Industry

Saudi Arabia has announced its entry into the semiconductor market, focusing on attracting firms that specialize in simple chip manufacturing, in contrast to industry giants like Nvidia.

AI and Antitrust Concerns

The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are reportedly investigating OpenAI, Nvidia, and Microsoft for potential anti-competitive behavior in the AI space. While some experts believe increased scrutiny could benefit consumers by fostering competition, others are concerned about its impact on startups and innovation.

AI Antitrust Reading List

  • Microsoft’s weird Inflection AI deal is now in the antitrust spotlight
  • Apple’s slow AI strategy just helped it avoid a major antitrust probe
  • Leaked Google documents reveal secrets behind the world’s biggest search engine
  • 4 takeaways from the Google antitrust trial
  • Microsoft and Amazon’s AI deals are getting antitrust scrutiny in the U.K.

Elon Musk’s AI Supercomputer

Elon Musk is building his AI supercomputer in Tennessee. The facility, known as a “gigafactory of compute,” will power the Grok chatbot.

Quotable: Drive to AI

“It’s something completely new. I mean, putting five or six world champions together is very dangerous anyway.”

— Nigel Mansell, the 1992 Formula 1 world champion

In an interview with Quartz, Mansell discussed the integration of AI in the racing world, highlighting the recent real vs. virtual race made possible with AI.

Other AI Reads

  • Stethoscope startup that uses AI to detect heart failure gets $41 million in funding
  • Older generations don’t trust AI to manage their money
  • Domino’s says it uses AI to make pizzas ‘before people order them’
  • Former OpenAI employees say AI companies pose ‘serious risks’
  • OpenAI says bad actors aren’t very good at using AI to manipulate you

Ask an AI

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Tech whispers fade out,

AI journeys yet to come,

Farewell, stay curious.

While the syllable count may be off, the sentiment remains. Join the conversation by sending us your own AI-generated haiku!

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