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A Rival to Runway Emerges; Meta’s AI Drama; A Robotics Vet Becomes a VC
In the past two months, the number of people using a Discord server dubbed Pika has quietly grown from zero to more than 160,000. Thousands of users post requests such as, “a sleek, electric car silently glides across the screen against a backdrop of futuristic cityscapes” and “clouds move with breeze.” The server spits back three-second AI-generated video clips in return.
The startup hasn’t gotten much press attention, but it’s gotten a lot of venture capital action and is trying …