March 15, 2024 2:01 pm

David Wadler

Hope your week is going Vendorfully thus far. Are you ready to dive into this week’s AI news? All you need is two minutes.

Let’s go!


  • OpenAI-powered robot: Creepy, compelling, or both?
  • A fortune teller named Elon Musk
  • Amazon battles with AI-generated books
  • Vendorful product notes: Granular content selection, bulk task assignment

In the News

🤖 A robot with an OpenAI

This robot is, um, very impressive! But perhaps a bit too uncanny valley. Not only can it help out (watch how it carefully puts dishes into the drying rack), it can talk with you too. The very human-sound voice even has artificial filler words like “um” and “uh.” I’ve watched — and listened to the video — a few times and am torn. Does the totally artificial insertion of natural (to humans) words make the experience better or worse?

🔮 Nostradamus he ain’t

Elon Musk has peered into the future and sees AI passing human intelligence by 2029, or maybe even 2025. Now before you get too excited about living your life in luxury while machines take care of everything work related OR freak out about the possibility of potential robot overlords, let’s remember that Elon Musk is good at a lot of things. Accurately predicting AI events is not one of them. In 2015, Musk predicted Teslas would be fully autonomous by 2018. In 2016, he predicted that a Tesla would be able to drive from Los Angeles to New York City without human input. In 2019, he was “very confident” that Tesla owners would be monetizing their cars as autonomous robotaxis by 2020. So, while the development of AI is undoubtedly happening very quickly, it’s very hard to predict how quickly we’ll get to AGI.

💕 It’s not just students who are using AI to write papers….

It’s not just the fake reviews anymore…. The rise of AI-generated books on Amazon is causing trouble for authors. These low-quality books, often summaries or biographies, compete with legitimate works and damage the reputation of the targeted author. While Amazon has implemented measures like requiring disclosure of AI use and limiting daily publications, concerns remain. Authors fear the ease and speed of AI-generated content creation could outpace detection efforts, causing long-term harm to the industry.

What’s new with Vendorful?

Fine-grained content control

Sometimes when you’re responding to a questionnaire like an RFP, there are certain reference materials that you might find extremely relevant and others that might be less relevant. Vendorful now allows you to activate/deactivate individual pieces of content that will be used to answer a question. Rather than limiting you to specifying a content label — and therefore all the content that is so labeled, Vendorful now enables users to get hyper specific.

And if you’re a Vendorful user and on this page, scroll down for a new “Advanced” feature to further refine answer generation.

Bulk Assignment

You no longer have to assign reviewers one at a time. On the answer review screen, you can now select as many questions as you would like and assign them all to a reviewer in one shot. This speeds up the process, particularly when assigning sections to specific subject matter experts.

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About the Author

David Wadler is a co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Vendorful. Prior to Vendorful, he was the General Manager for Rich Media & Cloud at Lexmark Enterprise Software, where he was responsible for strategic direction of Lexmark’s initiatives as they related to rich media and cloud products. He came to Lexmark in 2013 with the acquisition of Twistage, where he was a co-founder and CEO. Prior to Twistage, he worked in a variety of industries and roles while trying to figure out what he was supposed to do with himself. David is a holder of a degree in economics from Brown University and is a resident of New York City.

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