Welcome back to AI Weekly Digest #9, your go-to resource for the most important artificial intelligence news and events from Week 24 of 2023.
As an AI enthusiast, staying informed about the rapid advancements in the field is crucial for both personal and professional growth. Our mission is to bring you a concise and comprehensive roundup of the latest breakthroughs, innovations, and discussions shaping the world of AI.
June 17, 2023
Table Of Contents
- AI Voice Clones: The Future of Audiobooks?
- Grammys Restrict AI: Human Creativity Still Matters
- Mercedes-Benz Brings Human-Like Chatbot to Vehicles with ChatGPT
- Google Warns Employees: Don’t Use AI Chatbots for Sensitive Information
- AI is Already Replacing Workers
- AMD confirms AI ‘superchip’ takes on Nvidia
- BBFC Turns to AI to Help Classify Films
- 42% of CEOs say AI could destroy humanity in five to ten years
- AI Tools Are Becoming the Norm for Programmers
- UN Secretary-General Warns of AI’s Existential Threat
- Google Shopping’s New AI Virtual Try-On Feature Makes Shopping for Clothes Easier and More Fun
- European Parliament Adopts Stricter AI Rules
- Openai Announced Updates Including More Steerable Api Models, Function Calling Capabilities, Longer Context, And Lower Prices
- Meta’s New AI Music Generator Can Create Songs From Your Text Prompts
- AMD’s New AI Chip Could Challenge Nvidia’s Dominance
- Beatles Fans Rejoice! AI Brings John Lennon Back to Life for New Song
- Nature Journal Draws Line in the Sand on AI-Generated Art
- Amazon Uses AI to Summarize Product Reviews
- AI Deepfakes Fuel Spike in Sextortion Scams
- DeepMind Develops New Sorting Algorithm That Could Revolutionize Data Processing
- Meta Open Sources AI Music Generator That Can Create Songs From Text
- AI Boom Sparks Return of Tech Workers to San Francisco
- The Future of AI is Decentralized: Why Andreessen Horowitz Invested $43M in Gensyn
Voice actors are increasingly using AI technology to clone their voices for speedier, cheaper production on some forms of audiobooks. This could have a major impact on the audiobook industry, as it could make audiobooks more affordable and accessible to a wider audience.
However, some people are concerned that AI voice clones could lead to the loss of jobs for human voice actors. Others are concerned that AI voice clones could not replicate the nuances of human speech, which could make audiobooks less enjoyable to listen to.
Only time will tell how AI voice clones will impact the audiobook industry. However, it is clear that this is a technology that is worth keeping an eye on.
June 16, 2023
The Recording Academy, which awards the Grammys, has updated its eligibility requirements to restrict the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in music. Any song created with AI must have a “meaningful” human element in order to be considered for a Grammy. The Recording Academy said it wants to ensure that “human creativity and passion” is protected.
Mercedes-Benz is trialing a new AI chatbot called ChatGPT in its vehicles in the United States. The chatbot is powered by Microsoft Azure and is designed to make Mercedes-Benz vehicles more human-like. ChatGPT can answer questions, make recommendations, and even engage in conversations with drivers.
June 15, 2023
Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing the workforce, and many jobs are already being replaced by machines. A recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute found that up to 800 million jobs could be lost to AI by 2030.
The jobs most at risk of being replaced by AI are those that are routine, repetitive, and can be easily automated. This includes jobs in manufacturing, customer service, and transportation.
While the loss of jobs to AI is a concern, it also creates new opportunities. AI is creating new jobs in areas such as software development, data science, and machine learning.
AMD has confirmed that it is developing an AI “superchip” that will take on Nvidia. The new chip, code-named MI300x, is designed for generative AI applications and can use up to 192GB of memory. This makes it well-suited for tasks such as natural language processing and machine learning.
AMD CEO Lisa Su said that the MI300x is “incredibly powerful” technology and that it will help the company to compete with Nvidia in the AI market. She also said that the chip will be available in 2024.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help it spot bad language, sex, and violence in films. The BBFC has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to create an AI model that will be trained to identify these content issues. The model will be used to flag films that may need to be reviewed by a human censor.
June 14, 2023
A recent survey of CEOs found that 42% believe that artificial intelligence (AI) could destroy humanity in five to ten years. The survey, conducted by the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute, also found that 34% of CEOs believe that AI could potentially destroy humanity in ten years, and 8% believe that it could happen in five years.
A new survey from GitHub found that 92% of programmers are using AI tools at work. The survey also found that 70% of programmers believe that AI tools will offer them an advantage at work.
The most popular AI tools used by programmers are code generators, linters, and debuggers. Code generators can help programmers write code faster and more accurately. Linter tools can help programmers find and fix errors in their code. Debuggers can help programmers step through their code line by line to find and fix bugs.
The survey also found that AI tools are being used to improve the quality of code, increase productivity, and reduce the risk of errors. AI tools are becoming an essential part of the software development process.
In a recent speech, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that artificial intelligence (AI) could pose an existential threat to humanity if not properly managed. He cited the work of a group of scientists and experts who have called for a new international agreement to regulate AI development and use.
Guterres said that AI could be used to create autonomous weapons systems that could kill without human intervention. He also warned that AI could be used to manipulate people’s thoughts and behavior, or to create mass surveillance systems that could erode privacy and freedom.
The Secretary-General called on the international community to take the warnings of AI experts seriously and to work together to develop a global framework for regulating AI. He said that the future of humanity depends on it.
Google Shopping is adding a new AI-powered virtual try-on feature that will allow users to see how clothes look on them before they buy. The feature uses computer vision to analyze a user’s body shape and size, and then overlays different clothing items on top of the user’s image. The feature is currently available in the United States for a limited number of clothing brands, but Google plans to expand it to more brands and countries in the future.
This new feature is a great way for shoppers to try on clothes without having to leave their homes. It can also help shoppers save time and money, as they can avoid buying clothes that don’t fit or look good on them.
The European Parliament has taken a major step towards enacting the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act, a landmark piece of legislation that would regulate the development and use of AI in the European Union. The Parliament’s Internal Market and Civil Liberties Committees adopted a draft negotiating mandate on the AI Act on Thursday, with 84 votes in favor, 7 against, and 12 abstentions. The mandate sets out the Parliament’s position on key issues such as the definition of AI, the risk assessment of AI systems, and the transparency and accountability of AI providers.
June 13, 2023
Openai Announced Updates Including More Steerable Api Models, Function Calling Capabilities, Longer Context, And Lower Prices
OpenAI has announced a number of new updates to its API, including:
- More steerable models: Developers will now have more control over the behavior of OpenAI’s models, allowing them to fine-tune the models for specific tasks.
- Function calling: Developers can now call functions within OpenAI’s models, allowing them to perform complex tasks more easily.
- Longer context: The context length for OpenAI’s models has been increased, allowing them to process more information and generate more accurate results.
- Lower prices: The prices for OpenAI’s API have been reduced, making it more affordable for developers to use.
These new updates are a significant improvement to OpenAI’s API, and they will make it easier for developers to build powerful AI applications.
Meta has unveiled a new AI music generator called MusicGen. MusicGen can be used to create new music by simply providing a text prompt. For example, you could type in “a catchy pop song” or “a relaxing instrumental piece” and MusicGen would generate a new song based on your request.
MusicGen was trained on 20,000 hours of licensed music, including 10,000 hours of “high-quality” tracks. This means that MusicGen has a wide range of musical knowledge to draw from when generating new songs.
MusicGen is still under development, but it has the potential to be a powerful tool for musicians and music lovers alike. It could be used to create new songs, to generate backing tracks for live performances, or simply to experiment with different musical ideas.
AMD has unveiled a new AI chip called the MI300X. The MI300X is designed to compete with Nvidia’s H100 chip, which is currently the most powerful AI chip on the market.
The MI300X has a number of features that make it a strong competitor to the H100, including:
- 192GB of memory: The MI300X has twice as much memory as the H100, which allows it to train larger and more complex AI models.
- 7nm process: The MI300X is built on a 7nm process, which makes it more energy efficient than the H100.
- Support for PCIe Gen 5: The MI300X supports PCIe Gen 5, which allows it to transfer data at speeds up to 64GB/s.
AMD has not yet announced pricing for the MI300X, but it is expected to be released later this year.
Paul McCartney has announced that he will be releasing a new Beatles song later this year, which will feature the late John Lennon’s voice. The song was created using artificial intelligence (AI), which was used to separate Lennon’s vocals from a demo he recorded in the late 1970s. McCartney said that he was “blown away” by the results, and that the song “feels like a real collaboration between John and me.”
June 12, 2023
In a move that has surprised many in the scientific community, Nature, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals, has announced that it will no longer publish images or videos created using generative AI tools.
The journal cited concerns about research integrity, consent, privacy, and intellectual property protection as reasons for the ban. It also said that it was concerned about the potential for AI-generated images to be used to mislead or deceive readers.
The ban has been met with mixed reactions. Some scientists have welcomed the decision, saying that it is important to ensure that the integrity of scientific research is not compromised. Others have criticized the ban, saying that it is an unnecessary restriction on creativity and innovation.
Amazon is testing a new feature that uses artificial intelligence to summarize product reviews. The feature, which is currently in beta, appears above individual reviews and includes a subline that says “AI-generated from the text of customer reviews.”
The AI-generated summaries are designed to help shoppers quickly scan through a product’s reviews and get a sense of what other customers have said about it. They are also intended to help shoppers find the most relevant reviews, as the AI can identify the most important features and criticisms of each product.
The FBI is warning that AI deepfakes are being used to fuel a spike in sextortion scams. The scammers use deepfake technology to create realistic images or videos of their victims engaging in explicit activities. They then use these images or videos to blackmail the victims, demanding money or other favors.
The FBI says that the number of sextortion cases involving AI deepfakes has increased by 322% in the past year. The agency is urging people to be aware of the threat and to take steps to protect themselves.
DeepMind, the artificial intelligence subsidiary of Google, has developed a new sorting algorithm that is up to 70% faster than current methods. The new algorithm, called SortedMerge, is based on a parallelized approach that allows it to sort large datasets much more quickly.
SortedMerge has been in use for a year as part of DeepMind’s internal systems, and it has now been made available to the public. The algorithm is open source, and it can be used by anyone who wants to improve the performance of their sorting applications.
The development of SortedMerge is a significant breakthrough in the field of sorting algorithms. It is the first new sorting algorithm to be developed in over a decade, and it is significantly faster than any other algorithm currently available. SortedMerge has the potential to revolutionize the way that large datasets are sorted, and it could have a major impact on a wide range of applications, such as data mining, machine learning, and scientific computing.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has open sourced an AI-powered music generator called MusicGen. The model can generate new pieces of music from text input, and can optionally be based on existing melodies. MusicGen is based on a Transformer architecture, which is a type of neural network that is well-suited for processing audio and text data.
Tests show that MusicGen’s performance is comparable to Google’s MusicLM, another AI music generator. Meta is releasing the model and code as open source for research and commercial use. A demo is available on Huggingface.
June 11, 2023
San Francisco has seen a surge in AI funding in recent months, with over $2 billion invested in the space in just three months. This influx of capital is sparking a return of tech workers to the Bay Area, as companies look to tap into the region’s deep pool of AI talent.
The funding is being driven by a number of factors, including the growing demand for AI-powered products and services, the increasing sophistication of AI technologies, and the availability of top-tier AI talent in the Bay Area.
The return of tech workers to the Bay Area is good news for the region’s economy, as it will help to boost job growth and innovation. It is also good news for the AI industry, as it will help to create a more vibrant and competitive ecosystem.
UK-based Gensyn AI has secured $43 million in Series A funding led by a16z Crypto. The company is developing a decentralized machine learning platform that aims to empower developers to create AI tools that are more secure, private, and transparent.
Gensyn’s platform is based on the principle of federated learning, which allows multiple parties to train a machine learning model without sharing their data. This makes it more difficult for attackers to steal or misuse data, and it also protects users’ privacy.
The company’s funding round was also supported by investors such as Animoca Brands, Alameda Research, and Ascensive Assets. Gensyn plans to use the funds to accelerate development of its platform and expand its team.
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