This Week's Top AI & Tech News and Trends

Through June, 14 2024

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Hello AI Citizens,

This week in The AI Citizen:

  • Say Hello to AI Steve, the AI Chatbot Running for Parliament in the UK

  • Dubai Appoints 22 CAIOs to Lead AI-Driven Innovation

  • Apple Unveils Major AI Updates at Keynote

  • Luma AI Releases "Dream Machine": Democratizing Video Creation with AI

  • Walmart Tests AI Assistant and Drone Delivery for a Smarter Shopping Experience

  • Apple Intelligence Announcement Sparks Feud with Elon Musk

  • Former OpenAI Researcher Predicts AGI Arrival by 2027

  • MIT's 3D Brain Mapping Breakthrough

  • Singapore Introduces New Generative AI Governance Framework

  • Understanding the True Cost of Deploying Generative AI Models

Also, check out this week’s top AI tools, AI 2071 episode #5, featured programs, and more!

Let's dive in!

AI Steve, the brainchild of Brighton entrepreneur Steve Endacott, is listed on the ballot under the new independent SmarterUK party.

Say Hello to AI Steve, the AI Chatbot Running for Parliament in the UK

Steve Endacott has introduced AI Steve, an AI chatbot candidate running for UK Parliament under the SmarterUK party. AI Steve will engage with voters in Brighton and Hove to identify key policy issues, which Endacott will represent. The campaign aims to enhance political transparency and voter engagement by involving thousands of "creators" and "validators" to refine policy suggestions. This AI-human collaboration seeks to modernize political processes, despite concerns about AI biases. Source: Singularity Hub.

Dubai Appoints 22 CAIOs to Lead AI-Driven Innovation

Officers (CAIOs) across its government entities to drive AI integration and innovation, aligning with the Dubai Economic Agenda D33. This strategic move aims to enhance efficiency, improve public services, and foster economic growth by leveraging AI technologies. Supported by flexible policies, robust infrastructure, and comprehensive talent development initiatives, this appointment underscores Dubai's commitment to becoming a global leader in AI and digital transformation. Source: The AI Citizen.

Apple Intelligence — the personal intelligence system for iPhone, iPad, and Mac — combines the power of generative models with personal context to deliver intelligence that’s useful and relevant to the user.

Apple Unveils Major AI Updates at Keynote

Apple announced significant AI updates, including new writing tools for summarizing and editing across apps, and personalized image creation that turns friends into cartoons while ensuring safety from deepfakes. Cross-app communication has been enhanced, allowing seamless integration of maps, mail, and calendars. "Type to Siri" is introduced for silent interactions, and "On-Screen Siri" now provides an overlay to enhance images with commands. AirPods now support head gestures for Siri interaction. ChatGPT integration allows users to converse with AI through Siri. Real-time translation on Apple Watch is a boon for travelers, and a strong privacy focus ensures data processing remains on-device. Source: Apple.

Luma AI Releases "Dream Machine": Democratizing Video Creation with AI

Luma AI has launched "Dream Machine," a groundbreaking tool that enables users to create high-quality videos from text descriptions, democratizing video creation for businesses and individuals. Powered by an advanced AI model, this user-friendly technology removes technical barriers, allowing anyone to produce visually compelling videos within minutes. Experts predict significant impacts across marketing, education, and personal expression. Despite concerns about copyright and misinformation, Luma AI emphasizes responsible use and is exploring measures to prevent misuse. The Dream Machine marks a major leap in video creation, with vast potential as the technology and ethical considerations evolve. Source: Venture Beat.

Apple Intelligence Announcement Sparks Feud with Elon Musk

Apple's recent AI announcements at WWDC, including integrating OpenAI's ChatGPT into iPhones, were met with strong criticism from Elon Musk. Historically at odds, Musk and Apple clashed again as Musk labeled the integration an "unacceptable security violation" and threatened to ban Apple devices from his companies, including SpaceX, Tesla, and Twitter/X. Musk argued that Apple should develop its own AI, questioning their ability to safeguard privacy with OpenAI involved. This dispute underscores the ongoing competitive tension between these tech giants, with implications for the future of the industry. Source: X (Twitter), Elon Musk Account.

Walmart Tests AI Assistant and Drone Delivery for a Smarter Shopping Experience

Walmart is piloting two innovations that could transform shopping: an AI-powered shopping assistant and instant drone delivery. The AI assistant helps customers find products, answers questions, and navigates the online store through natural conversations, enhancing efficiency and personalization. Meanwhile, drone delivery aims to bring everyday essentials to customers' doorsteps within minutes of ordering, offering unparalleled convenience. These developments promise to save time, provide personalized recommendations, and improve access to essentials, especially for busy individuals and those in remote areas. While still in testing, these initiatives indicate a future of more personalized and efficient retail experiences. Source: Walmart.

Former OpenAI Researcher Predicts AGI Arrival by 2027

Leopold Aschenbrenner, a former safety researcher at OpenAI, predicts that artificial general intelligence (AGI) could arrive by 2027, potentially leading to superintelligence within a year. In his essay series "Situational Awareness," Aschenbrenner warns that the rapid advancements in AI are being underestimated and could yield dramatic progress, similar to the leap from GPT-2 to GPT-4. He stresses the significant economic and military benefits of AGI and calls for a dedicated national project akin to the Manhattan Project due to its security implications. Aschenbrenner, who was dismissed from OpenAI for raising AI security concerns, emphasizes the need for secrecy and preparedness as AGI's potential becomes more imminent. Source: The New York Times.

The importance of being able to image whole hemispheres of human brains intact and down to the resolution of individual synapses (the teeny connections that neurons forge to make circuits) is two-fold for understanding the human brain in health and disease, Chung said. Credit: Neuroscience News

MIT's 3D Brain Mapping Breakthrough

MIT researchers have achieved a groundbreaking 3D mapping of entire brain hemispheres, overcoming historical imaging limitations. Led by Professor Kwanghun Chung, the team developed a technology pipeline that includes Ji Wang's "Megatome" for slicing brain hemispheres without damage, Juhyuk Park's "mELAST" for making slices clear and durable, and Webster Guan's "UNSLICE" for reconstructing 3D images. This innovation allows detailed imaging from single synapses to entire hemispheres, promising significant advancements in medical research and treatment, particularly for studying brain function, dysfunction, and diseases like Alzheimer's. The implications for medical research are vast and transformative. Source: Neuroscience News

Model AI Governance Framework for Generative AI. Source: AI Verify Foundation

Singapore Introduces New Generative AI Governance Framework

Singapore has launched a new Generative AI (GenAI) Governance framework to address AI concerns and promote innovation. This framework focuses on nine key dimensions: accountability, data quality, trust development and deployment, incident reporting, testing and assurance, security, content provenance, safety and alignment R&D, and AI for public good. The framework aims to build a trusted ecosystem by ensuring responsible development, transparency, and security in AI technologies. It emphasizes the importance of external validation, global cooperation, and leveraging AI for public benefit, setting a balanced approach to foster trust and innovation in the AI sector. Source: The AI Verify Foundation.

Understanding the True Cost of Deploying Generative AI Models

Deploying Generative AI models in production involves more than just compute costs. While raw compute pricing is often highlighted, the total cost of ownership (TCO) encompasses various factors. These include container services (like Kubernetes), compute resources (GPUs and CPUs), networking and DNS, load balancing, autoscaling, logging and telemetry, and continuous integration (CI) systems. Hidden costs, such as development time and maintenance, can significantly impact TCO. Hiring skilled professionals and managing infrastructure can be expensive and time-consuming, often making managed services more cost-effective in the long run. The complexity and comprehensive nature of TCO should guide informed decisions beyond just raw compute pricing. Source: Philschmid 


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This Week's AI Tool Highlights 

  • Veed.io: Adjusts your gaze for seamless script reading.

  • Eleven Labs: Creates natural AI voices in any language.

  • Synthesis: AI tutors and problem-solving camps for kids.

  • Zero Inbox AI: Organizes your inbox in 30 seconds.

  • Jobform Automator: Automates job applications and forms autofill.

AI 2071: Episode #5: The Dream or the Dreamer?

In 2071, transhumanist Mike uses his ASI brain chip to create D-Earth, a digital replica of Earth with conscious ASI beings. These beings evolve, innovate, and strive for a utopian ideal within an isolated sandbox, adhering to ethical guidelines or facing computational suffering. Despite the simulation lasting only five minutes, it encompasses millions of iterations. This leads Mike to question his own existence, pondering if he, too, is part of a grand simulation, sparking deep philosophical reflections on reality and the nature of existence.

Chief AI Officer (CAIO) Program

World AI University is introducing the Chief AI Officer (CAIO) program, a focused 2-week (20 hours) executive training program running from July 08-22, 2021. This program is crafted to equip executives, CXOs, and leaders from both government and private sectors with critical AI leadership skills necessary for today's dynamic technological landscape.

Program Highlights:

  • AI Leadership Skills: Develop the ability to evaluate and enhance your organization’s AI capabilities.

  • Strategic Initiative Leadership: Learn to spearhead and manage AI-driven projects and initiatives.

  • Mastering Generative AI Tools: Gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge generative AI technologies.

  • AI Integration: Explore effective strategies to incorporate AI tools into your organization’s operations.

  • Successful AI Adoption: Ensure smooth and impactful AI implementation within your organization.

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