Top AI startup news of the week: generative AI is exploding
From ChatGPT “alternatives” to the power of big language models for everything from protein design to note taking, AI startup news Generative AI was exploding around the world this week.
1. Andi launches ChatGPT search alternative
Andi, a Miami-based Y Combinator-backed startup, emerged from stealth with the claim that he developed the “first generative AI search assistant that delivers factually accurate and summarized results”.
In a press release, Andi co-founder Angela Hoover said, “Gen Z hates Google. For us, the search is interrupted. We live on our phones in messaging apps with visual feeds like TikTok and Instagram. Traditional search engine results are overwhelmed with ads, SEO spam, and clutter. We hate invasive creepy ads and the way Google is Big Brother and watches over everything. Gen-Z is so desperate for an alternative that we use TikTok as a search engine. »
Andi is currently free to consumers, and the company says it doesn’t log or track searches. The company says business plans are in the works, saying “dozens of companies have already contacted Andi asking for an integrated B2B search solution.”
2. Profluent uses generative AI to design proteins
Based in Berkeley They will sink, which is led by Ali Madani, who led LLM research at Salesforce AI Research, was launched this week to use large language models to design whole proteins. The company raised a $9 million funding round and announced a peer-reviewed publication in Natural biotechnologydescribing how Profluent designs work as is as well as natural proteins.
In a Press releaseMadani said: “As companies experiment with exciting new biotechnologies like CRISPR genome editing by reassignment what nature has given us, we do something different. We use AI and big language models like those that allow ChatGPT to learn the fundamental language of biology and design new proteins that have the potential to cure disease.
3. Lucy adds generative AI for enterprise knowledge management
Minneapolis-based Lucy, an AI-powered “response engine,” this week launched Lucy Synopsis, a new feature that offers a ChatGPT-like a short summary of the best answers in response to a question.
The company says it uses generative AI to synthesize millions of data points in an organization’s knowledge ecosystem. Synopsis is available on the Lucy platform and is fully integrated with Microsoft Teams, Slack, and other business messaging platforms.
“What makes Synopsis so powerful is that it delivers summarized responses directly into the messaging apps teams use every day. Most employees usually use these channels to request answers from their co-workers and get help finding information. Lucy participates as a user in the Microsoft Teams and Slack environment, providing you with answers as a colleague would,” said Scott Litman, founder and COO of Lucy, in a press release.
4. Island IO offers a ChatGPT browsing assistant
This week, Dallas-based Island IO announced what it claims is the industry’s first in-browser integration of ChatGPT – which goes beyond simply placing generative AI in the browser to provide ” deep contextual awareness, so you receive prompts that are informed by your behavior and relevant to what you’re working on, as you work on it.”
In a blog post, Founder and CTO Dan Amiga, said the Island GPT Assistant is “a testament to what’s possible when you reinvent the browser for the enterprise. It’s an environment that’s not only fundamentally secure for organizations, but can continually provide users with ways to work better, faster, and more simply.
5. Supernormal raises $10 million for AI-generated meeting notes
Based in Stockholm Supernormalwhich launched in October 2022 to transform professional note-taking with generative AI, announced this week that it has raised $10 million in seed funding.
Founded by a former product manager at Meta and Klarna and a former design lead at GitHub and Splice, Supernormal is built on OpenAI’s in-house GPT-3 and AI models, integrates with Google Meet, and recently added Microsoft Teams and Zoom. It automatically creates AI-powered notes and transcripts after every meeting.