The Rabbit r1 launched to great fanfare on January 9th, but nobody I knew really understood what to use it for. It was one of those “Holy shit, that thing is rad, but..what does it do again?” moments.
What is the r1? For my regular readers, I’ll start with this: It has nothing to do with DePINs or crypto (yet).
For everyone else…let’s start with what it looks like. It’s a little orange box about a thumb-width thick and maybe as long and wide as your index finger. Basically, a little smaller than your palm (unless you have plumber hands and can rip a phone book in half, in which case it’s half the size of your palm.)
It’s got a scroll wheel and a screen, a camera that can roll its own eye up into a cover (so it can’t watch you all the time) and a place for a SIM card so it can connect to the webz.
Now, far more interestingly, what does the r1 do? It uses fancy AI (technically a LAM, or Large Action Model) to watch what people do on their screens, listen to what they say while they do it, and then encode that into repeatable actions.
What the fuck does that mean?
Basically, it’s like a very smart 10 year child with perfect recall who does exactly what you tell it to. It can watch and mimic what you do on a computer, sometimes with uncanny accuracy. Whether you’re editing videos and could use an “auto mask” assistant, or you’re always booking trips online and get tired of the details, you let the Rabbit watch what you do a few times, then, it just…does it for you.
Technically, a Rabbit is an agent, a “software entity capable of performing tasks on its own.” Those of us with a love of sci-fi will remember the hotel agent in the book Altered Carbon; we ain’t there yet, but we’re getting closer.
The key points here are that a Rabbit will:
A) watch and listen to you
B) you can tell it what you want to do
No programming necessary. It doesn’t have to integrate with an app any more than you do, it just listens, learns, and does. That’s it.
Oh, and one more thing. The L in LAM. It doesn’t just listen to and learn from you. It does that for everybody.
So if someone who is a movie editing wizard decides to walk their Rabbit through their process, well, not only can they reuse that process, but they can *sell* that process to you.
[Rabbit] is confident it can make business-sustaining money through licensing its platform.Kyle Wiggers, Tech Crunch
This means the the experience-buying market is about to get even more frictionless. Upwork used to be the hot place to drop a tech gig you wanted done now, but that’s still pretty messy. There’s sifting through people, hiring one (or a few), testing ’em out, then seeing if you like working with them.
Of course, if what you want is an imaginative engineer to solve a current problem in a novel way, well, Rabbits prolly ain’t for you. If, however, you’d like to just buy any kind of online executory experience that might have taken someone years to master and they now do as casually as Stephen Curry makes free throws, well, there may be a Rabbit for that soon.
So, where does that leave you, someone who owns or has ordered a Rabbit and is wondering what you’ll do with it?
One thing we’ll probably see is an explosion of “Master class” style offerings, except instead of Neil Gaiman teaching story-telling, you’ll be be able to buy the story-telling Rabbit who was taught by Neil, then write your own Gaiman-esque stories.
If you were to consider preparing for your Rabbit, you might want a “What to do while you wait” pamphlet.
In broad strokes, it’s reasonably safe to start thinking of any Rabbit action or sequence as requiring three things:
- Intent through spoken word
- Screen recording
- Desired outcome
An example of this might be:
Intent: Check across 30 Discords for the general sentiment around DePIN in crypto
Screen recording: Going through the Discord servers I’m in, searching through the latest posts, giving each server a rough “sentiment score” on DePIN in crypto
Desired outcome: Overall sentiment score for the idea of “DePIN in crypto”, maybe on a scale of 1 to 10.
That’s not by a long shot the best or only or most complex, it’s just one idea based on some of the work I already do.
Obviously we’ll see Twitter flooded with the “My boss thinks I’m a genius, but I’ve just got a Rabbit in my pocket” ads. I’m sitting down with my buddies to think up of all the ways we might use ours to help YOU! They may steer crops, make movies, manage social media details, or book that trip for St Cuthbert’s walk.
In the meantime, what can you think up that your Rabbit might do for not just you, but all of us?
- booking a flight
- pentesting & wardriving (say no more!)
- growing crops using sensor networks
- writing new songs
- setting up complex network rules (firewalls, device tunnels, etc)
- visualizing all sensors in a space
- visualizing all DePIN miners in a given location
Batch 1 ships starting March 31st, 2024. To the future!
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