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  • 👀 Elon Musk's xAI announces Grok-1.5 Vision, with multimodal capability

  • 🍷 Napa-based AI for vineyards closes $3 million in funding

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Grok-1.5V is xAI’s first-generation multimodal model that aims to connect the digital and physical worlds. “Grok outperforms its peers in our new RealWorldQA benchmark that measures real-world spatial understanding,” the company said in a blog post.

Additionally, Grok-1.5V can “process a wide variety of visual information, including documents, diagrams, charts, screenshots, and photographs.”

For example, some of the exciting things it can do include writing code from a diagram, calculating calories, making bedtime stories based on drawings, helping you understand a meme, and more. xAI claims that Grok-1.5V performs better than its rival LLMs, including GPT-4V, Claude 3Sonnet, Claude 3 Opus, and Gemini Pro, in the RealWorldQA benchmark.

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Scout, a Napa County-based farm management software company driven by AI that empowers growers to optimize quality, yield, and financial results, closed a deal for $3 million in seed funding from various investors.

The company captures photos of vineyards at the ground level and uses artificial intelligence to analyze the photos and provide actionable data on the crops.

“It’s like giving superhuman powers to farmers,” Scout CEO Kia Behnia said. “They now essentially have X-ray vision. Our company is all about providing data and insights to help farmers farm better and smarter.”

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