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“The Godfather of AI” Left Google to Talk Openly About the Dangers of AI
⚡ Today’s Highlights
📰 News: “The Godfather of AI” left Google to talk openly about the dangers of AI
💰 Funding: ODAIA, Alison, and Holocron Technologies
🦾 Tools: Natural sounding AI text-to-speech and a personalized AI teacher
📅 Events: EmTech Digital, MIT Tech Reviews signature AI conference, starts today!
📰 Today's Top Stories
(11 min read) (Source: The New York Times)
TLDR: Geoffrey Hinton, one of the "Godfathers of AI," who won the Turing Award in 2018, told the New York Times that he regrets aspects of his life's work due to the risks associated with AI, and recently quit his job at Google to speak freely about the dangers of AI without having to consider the impact to Google.
Hinton was happy with Google's stewardship of the technology until Microsoft launched the new OpenAI-infused Bing, challenging Google's core business and sparking a "code red" response inside the search giant.
Hinton's immediate concern is the spread of misinformation and losing the sense of what is true on the internet. In the long term, he is worried about AI eliminating rote jobs and potentially leading to humanity's downfall as AI begins to write and run its own code.
(4 min read) (Source: Bloomberg)
TLDR: IBM CEO Arvind Krishna expects to pause hiring for roles that can be replaced with artificial intelligence over the next five years, particularly back-office functions that make up 26,000 positions currently.
The use of AI and automation will replace approximately 30% of non-customer-facing roles, which amounts to 7,800 jobs lost, including not replacing vacated roles, an IBM spokesperson said.
Mundane, repetitive HR tasks will be fully automated, while HR functions such as evaluating workforce composition and productivity will probably not be replaced over the next decade.
IBM is hiring for software development and customer-facing roles despite recent job cuts (totalling 5000 positions this year once completed) and has added around 7,000 employees in the first quarter of this year, according to CEO Arvind Krishna.
(7 min read) (Source: TIME)
TLDR: More than 150 content moderators for AI systems owned by Facebook, TikTok, and OpenAI met in Nairobi to establish the first African Content Moderators Union.
The moderators, employed by third-party outsourcing companies, are among the lowest-paid (as low as $1.50/hr) in the global tech industry despite experiencing mental tolls, such as PTSD, due to their work.
The unionization process began in 2019 when a Facebook content moderator, Daniel Motaung, was fired from his role at outsourcing company Sama after trying to convene a workers' union called the Alliance.
💰 Funding Alerts
ODAIA uses AI to provide predictive insights to global life sciences companies, allowing them to more efficiently engage with healthcare providers, make data-driven decisions and develop campaigns that deliver strong business results.
The company raised $25 million in Series B funding in an oversubscribed round led by Threshold Ventures (Emily Melton, Managing Partner) and co-led by Monograph Capital (Charles Conn, Co-founder and Partner). Wittington Ventures also joined, with participation from existing investors Flint Capital, BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Venture Fund, StandUp Ventures, and Graphite Ventures.
With the new funds, ODAIA plans to continue evolving its product and expanding its team to provide predictive tools to life science brands in today's and tomorrow's market.
Alison is a start-up that analyses creative work, such as typeface characters, colors, sounds, and text. It provides a data-driven creative brief prompt to feed into a generative AI production platform like Midjourney or human creative team.
Alison AI uses 10+ AI models, including text recognition, sound recognition, visual recognition, and sentiment recognition to analyze creative elements. It is capable of providing advertisers with insight into which creative elements had the biggest impact on their competitors' creatives. Alison AI currently analyses 1 billion creative elements across all social platforms, supporting YouTube, AdWords, AdMob, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok, among others.
Holocron Technologies uses AI to provide a comprehensive view of science and technology information.
Holocron plans to use the funds to revolutionize knowledge security and domain awareness in the science and technology space, securing economic competitiveness and national security for American companies and institutions.
🦾 Trending Tools
Play.ht offers an AI-powered text-to-voice generator that produces natural-sounding speech using the best synthetic voices. It has a library of 900+ AI-generated voices in 140+ languages and accents, powered by machine learning.
Lamini unlocks the power of generative AI for every company, enabling you to create your own LLM based on your unique data, without prompt-tuning. Rapidly ship new versions with just an API call.
CraftAI is a GPT-powered Admin Panel Generator that lets you create custom admin interfaces in just 5 minutes, for free and without any coding.
Mok is the all-in-one customer communication platform for building and managing notifications across 100+ channels. Send personalized, multi-channel notifications in hours instead of months, and save 300+ hours in development time. Let Mok's AI handle intelligent delivery and content creation while you focus on engaging your users.
Permar AI generates conversion rate optimized Landing Pages in seconds with a single prompt, without the need for developers. The model is trained on thousands of landing pages and constantly analyzes user experience and web data, making recommendations and automatically implementing changes. Save time and increase your conversion rate with Permar AI.
Super Teacher is an adaptive learning app that listens and responds to children's skills and abilities, tailoring each lesson to the student's progress. The app uses established technologies, including speech transcription, natural language processing, and synthetic voice, to keep children engaged and ensure accuracy all while not using ChatGPT.
👀 More Reading
A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading (The New York Times)
College Students Came Up With a Way to Make ChatGPT Not Evil (Popular Mechanics)
Where to Draw the Generative AI Line (The Information)
🌎 Fresh Content
1. Khan Academy founder Sal Khan recently gave a Ted Talk about the incredible potential to revolutionize education with AI. He shared many examples of how AI tools can help students and teachers alike and demos of Khan Academy’s new AI tool, Khanmigo. (YouTube)
2. ElevenLabs, the AI company creating amazing AI voice and speech tools (including the ones used to create the voice deepfakes that have been taking over social media), published a demo of their new multilingual speech synthesis model: Eleven Multilingual v1. Its ability to speak in different languages using the same voice is nothing short of mindblowing! (Twitter)
Introducing Eleven Multilingual v1: Our New Speech Synthesis Model!
We’re thrilled to launch our new model supporting seven new languages: French, German, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Try it out now at: https://t.co/KEGnUGJ82j https://t.co/ocHMm9tgCj
📅 Upcoming Events
EmTech Digital (May 2-3, 2023 / In person on the MIT campus or Virtual), MIT Technology Review’s signature AI conference, provides CIOs, CPOs, and IT decision makers with the technical insight and business expertise to implement AI systems that enhance products, improve customer experiences, and ensure market success. This year’s conference focuses on the game-changing power of generative AI and how it will impact creators and clients alike. We’ll explore the models behind the technology and the legal implications of generated content. We meet leading researchers and explore hands-on case studies of amazing applications of all forms of AI.
ODSC East 2023’s AI Expo (May 9-11, 2023 / In person at Boston Hynes Convention Center or Virtual) will be hosting talks from some of the best and brightest minds in data science and AI. Attend partner sessions that offer compelling insights on how to make data science and AI work for your industry, with topics including Machine Learning & Deep Learning Platforms, MLOps & Data Infrastructure, Data Annotation & Data Labeling, Data Analytics & Decision Intelligence Systems, Machine Learning on the Cloud & Big Data. Network with over 4,500 data science and AI experts and join the most influential Data Science community worldwide.
The Data Innovation Summit (May 11-12, 2023 / In person in Kistamässan, Stockholm or Virtual through Agorify) is the largest and most influential annual Data and AI event in the Nordics and beyond, bringing together the most innovative minds, enterprise practitioners, technology providers, start-up innovators and academics, working with Data Science, Big Data, ML, AI, Data Management, Data Engineering, IoT and Analytics, in one place to discuss ways to accelerate AI-driven transformation throughout companies, industries and public organizations. It is the place to be for all professionals and organizations working with the utilization of data and AI innovation for enhancing customer experience, improving operational processes, enabling future sustainability, reinventing business models, or developing data-driven products and services.
These prompts utilize ChatGPT to assist in various product-related tasks, such as analyzing product reviews, developing A/B testing strategies, and creating design schemes. By leveraging AI's expertise in these areas, users can gain valuable insights and create more effective product strategies.
Product Review Analysis
ChatGPT will analyze 300 product reviews and create an executive summary that highlights the product's main strengths and weaknesses, compliments, and complaints.
Prompt: "Act as a product review analyst. Please analyze 300 product reviews and create an executive summary that highlights the main strengths and weaknesses, compliments, and complaints of the product. Please ask me for more information regarding the product or specific criteria that I would like to have included in the summary."
A/B Testing Strategy
Utilize ChatGPT to develop a comprehensive A/B testing strategy for your product or service.
Prompt: "Act as an A/B testing strategist. Please develop a comprehensive A/B testing strategy for my product or service. Please ask me for more information regarding my product, target audience, and goals for the A/B testing campaign."
Product Design Frameworks
ChatGPT will assist in creating design schemes for your product that align with psychological frameworks fitting your ideal customer profile.
Prompt: "Assume the role of a product designer. Please assist in creating design schemes for my product that align with psychological frameworks fitting my ideal customer profile. Please ask me for more information regarding my product, target audience, and desired psychological impact."
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