This Week's Top AI & Tech News and Trends

Through May 5, 2024

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Hello AI Citizens,

This week in The AI Citizen, we explore a variety of intriguing advancements:

  • Ukraine Launches World’s First AI Diplomat, Victoria Shi

  • OpenAI’s Sam Altman doesn’t care how much AGI will cost: Even if he spends $50 billion a year

  • Mysterious AI Model "gpt2-chatbot" Sparks Speculation About GPT 4.

  • Tech Giants Reassess Metaverse Strategies Amid Industry Shifts

  • AI-Powered Apps Simulate Fame with Fake Audiences

    Emerging Tech Trends to Watch in 2024

  • Meta Horizon OS Opens to Third-Party VR Developers, Expanding its Ecosystem

  • Waymo to Extend Robotaxi Testing in San Francisco Peninsula

  • TSMC Forecasts Advanced Wafer-Scale Computers by 2027

  • and more.

Let's dive in!

Meet Victoria Shi — a digital representative of the MFA of Ukraine, created using AI to provide timely updates on consular affairs!

Ukraine Launches World’s First AI Diplomat, Victoria Shi

Ukraine has introduced the world’s first AI diplomat, Victoria Shi, an AI-generated avatar that delivers official statements for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Designed to save resources for human diplomats, Shi mimics the voice of Ukrainian singer Rosalie Nombre and includes a QR code with each statement to ensure authenticity, highlighting a significant step in the integration of AI in government. Source: The Guardian 

Sam Altman talking about AI possibilities and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) at the Stanford eCorner

OpenAI’s Sam Altman doesn’t care how much AGI will cost: Even if he spends $50 billion a year

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has emphasized his commitment to developing artificial general intelligence (AGI) regardless of the cost, stating during a talk at Stanford University that he is indifferent to spending millions or billions annually on the project. Altman's focus is on the transformative potential of AGI, viewing it as an investment in advancing civilization without strict financial constraints. This bold approach underlines OpenAI's prioritization of technological breakthroughs over immediate economic considerations. Source: Yahoo Finance

Mysterious AI Model "gpt2-chatbot" Sparks Speculation About GPT 4.5

The emergence of "gpt2-chatbot" on the LMSYS Chatbot Arena has sparked curiosity and debate. Lacking official documentation, this AI model is rumored to be a test version of OpenAI's GPT-4.5 or GPT-5. Despite its advanced capabilities, mixed reviews suggest it might not significantly surpass GPT-4. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman's cryptic comments further fueled the mystery, emphasizing the secretive nature of AI development and the community's desire for greater transparency. Source: ARS Technica

TSMC’s wafer-scale integration tech is the key to Tesla’s Dojo AI training accelerator. A more advanced version is coming in 2027. Tesla

TSMC Forecasts Advanced Wafer-Scale Computers by 2027

TSMC plans to enhance computing with wafer-scale systems by 2027, delivering 40 times today’s computing power and supporting over 60 high-bandwidth memory chips. Building on technologies used in Tesla’s Dojo and Cerebras’ accelerators, these systems will use advanced packaging like chip-on-wafer-on-substrate (CoWoS) to overcome traditional manufacturing limits, targeting high-demand applications like AI training and data center operations. Source: Spectrum IEEE

Waymo launched self-driving Jaguar taxis in the greater Los Angeles area earlier this year. Photo: Mario Tama (Getty Images)

Waymo to Extend Robotaxi Testing in San Francisco Peninsula

Google’s Waymo is set to expand its self-driving ‘Robotaxi’ tests to the northern parts of San Mateo on the San Francisco Peninsula. Starting in the next few weeks, Waymo employees will conduct fully autonomous rides without a human driver, despite facing criticisms and concerns from local residents and city officials. This initiative marks a significant step in Waymo’s efforts to advance autonomous driving technology. Source: Quartz 

Mark Zuckerberg Announces New Meta Horizon VR OS For Third-Party HMD Makers

Meta Horizon OS Opens to Third-Party VR Developers, Expanding its Ecosystem

Meta has opened its Meta Horizon OS to third-party developers, enabling companies like ASUS, Lenovo, and Xbox to develop their own VR headsets. This strategy aims to foster a more inclusive ecosystem for mixed reality applications, leveraging advanced tracking technologies and high-resolution passthrough from Meta’s platform. By collaborating with Qualcomm, Meta ensures these devices benefit from integrated hardware and software, positioning itself as a major competitor in the expanding VR market. Source: TechCrunch 

The 2024 tech landscape is shaping up with pivotal trends including Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), which emulates human cognition for enhanced AI interactions; Phygital Convergence, merging digital and physical realms for enriched user experiences; and Quantum Computing, set to accelerate complex problem-solving. Additional trends like Hyper-personalization and Sentiment Analysis are refining consumer engagements through tailored experiences and emotional intelligence, while Collaborative Ecosystems drive cross-industry innovations. Together, these advancements are transforming both consumer experiences and corporate strategies, embedding deeper technological integration into daily life and business practices. Source: Techopedia 

AI-Powered Apps Simulate Fame with Fake Audiences

Parallel Live" and "Famefy" are controversial apps that simulate live-stream audiences to make users appear popular. These apps, generating fake viewers and interactions, are criticized for encouraging deceitful social tactics. Despite ethical concerns, they remain popular, showcasing the complex implications of AI in social media. Source: 404 Media.

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Tech Giants Reassess Metaverse Strategies Amid Industry Shifts

As the initial hype around the metaverse diminishes, tech giants like Meta and Apple are recalibrating their strategies, enhancing VR functionalities while scaling back broader metaverse ambitions. Concerns such as deepfakes influencing elections and the need for substantial investment in initiatives like Metaverse Fashion Week reflect the complex challenges ahead. Meanwhile, early applications of digital twins in sectors like autonomous vehicles and smart cities, along with AI-driven enhancements, continue to push the boundaries of what the metaverse might become.

Bland AI Transform Telecommunications with Multi-Call Handling

Bland is a cutting-edge AI tool capable of handling over a million phone calls simultaneously, revolutionizing how businesses manage routine communications. This AI agent can mimic human speech in any voice at any speed, making it an ideal substitute for tasks like managing sales, pre-qualifying leads, and providing customer support. Beyond its basic functionalities, Neuron readers have a unique opportunity to access an even more advanced feature of Bland, offering a glimpse into the future of AI-driven business solutions. You can try it here.

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This Week's AI Tool Highlights 

  • Synthesia Expressive AI Avatars: Allows the creation of AI avatars with realistic human expressions, useful for digital interactions across various sectors.

  • Jazon: An AI-powered Sales Development Representative that automates research and responses, focusing on privacy and security by running locally on your cloud.

  • Relume: Quickly generates wireframes and UX copy, accelerating the design process from concept to prototype for web developers.

  • Waxaing AI: A project management tool designed specifically for growth marketers, streamlining their work to enhance productivity

  • NVIDIA ChatRTX: Introduces multi-language voice support and advanced LLM features, broadening the tool’s applicability for global users.

  • Amazon Q: A generative AI assistant from AWS that helps in software development by automating coding, debugging, and customer support tasks.

AI's Impact on Education: Transforming Teaching and Learning

As digital innovation reshapes education, artificial intelligence (AI) emerges as a transformative force. AI tools, from adaptive learning platforms to tutoring systems, streamline tasks and personalize learning experiences. Educators transition from instructors to facilitators, focusing on critical thinking and creativity. However, it's crucial to view AI as an enhancement, not a replacement, for the human connection in education. Through responsible integration, educators can harness AI's potential to shape the future of teaching and learning. Explore our AI for Educators program.

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