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This Week's Top AI & Tech Highlights from Around the Globe (Through April 14, 2024)

The AI Citizen Hub Newsletter by World AI University (WAIU)

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Hello AI Citizens,

This week in AI and tech, Elon Musk Updates SpaceX's Mars Colonization Plans with Starship, AI Music is Becoming Genuinely Realistic, Andrew Ng on Agentive AI and Collaborative Systems, Nations Invest in Educating Citizens for an AI-Driven Future, Unanimous AI Advances Collective Superintelligence with New Patent, AI Revolutionizing Wall Street Potentially Reducing Junior Analyst Roles, and more!

Elon Musk aboard his Starship en route to Mars, as envisioned by Midjourney.

Elon Musk Updates SpaceX's Mars Colonization Plans with Starship

Elon Musk detailed SpaceX's progress on making Starship fully reusable to support Mars colonization. He outlined plans for increased production and additional launch facilities to enable regular cargo missions to Mars. These updates align with Musk's vision of launching fleets of Starships to Mars every 26 months, marking significant steps towards establishing a self-sustaining Martian civilization. Source: Singularity Hub

AI Music is Becoming Genuinely Realistic

The music scene is transforming with AI tools like Suno, making it super easy for anyone to create songs. Just type in what you want, and voilà—a complete track without playing a single instrument! It’s not just about easier music creation; it’s about empowering everyone to express themselves in new ways. Source: Rollingstone. 

Excitingly, our team used Suno to produce a cool song about the AI citizen. Check it out here!

Andrew Ng, founder of DeepLearning.AI and AI Fund, speaks at Sequoia Capital's AI Ascent about what's next for AI agentic workflows and their potential to significantly propel AI advancements.

Andrew Ng on Agentive AI and Collaborative Systems

Andrew Ng, an AI pioneer, highlighted the power of Agentive AI, emphasizing its ability to outperform traditional models through collaborative and iterative workflows. These workflows involve AI agents refining tasks like coding through continuous review and improvement, akin to human-like processes. This approach has even led models like GPT-3.5 to outdo more advanced systems like GPT-4 in specific tasks, underscoring the potential to enhance AI functionality and sophistication significantly.

In Montreal, as part of his pre-budget announcements, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveils new measures for the artificial intelligence sector.

Nations Invest in Educating Citizens for an AI-Driven Future

Global efforts to embrace AI are accelerating, with Canada investing $1.77 billion USD in AI compute and Singapore offering $4,000 SGD reskilling grants. Japan has unveiled an AI-driven learning platform, while Italy has dedicated €30 million to worker upskilling. The U.S. is introducing AI in K-12 education, and countries like South Korea and France are investing $10 billion and $5.5 billion, respectively, into AI education and research. These initiatives are crucial for preparing a workforce ready to thrive in an AI-driven era.

In the Thinkscape session shown below, 112 consumers explored popular snack brands in 23 concurrent small-group discussions, while the AI Engine connected the groups into a single unified conversation. This produced deeper insights in 30-minutes than the weeks required for traditional Focus Groups.

Unanimous AI Advances Collective Superintelligence with New Patent

Unanimous AI has received a patent for its Conversational Swarm Intelligence technology, enhancing group decision-making by emulating biological swarms. This allows even average IQ groups to achieve top-tier problem-solving performance. The scalable CSI technology underpins their Thinkscape™ platform, set to transform collaborative intelligence across industries when it launches in May. Source: Einpresswire.

Generated with CivitAI models: ToonYou Lyriel majicMIX Realistic RCNZ Cartoon 3d

AnimateDiff Creates Easy Animation for Personalized Images

AnimateDiff has developed a new way to turn personalized images from models like Stable Diffusion into animations without complicated adjustments. It uses a special motion module that learns how things move in real videos and can be added to any image model to start creating animated scenes. Their MotionLoRA method makes it easy and cheap to adjust this module to handle different types of movements. Tests show that AnimateDiff can create smooth and varied animations while keeping the image quality high. Source: arxiv

OpenAI Updates Fine-Tuning API and Expands Custom Models Program

OpenAI has enhanced its fine-tuning API and expanded its custom models program, introducing new features for improved control and efficiency in model customization. These updates include epoch-based checkpoints, a new comparative UI for model evaluation, and third-party integration capabilities, starting with Weights and Biases. Additionally, OpenAI’s assisted fine-tuning now supports organizations in optimizing models for specific tasks, as demonstrated in a collaboration with SK Telecom to boost performance in customer service. These advancements are part of OpenAI’s ongoing effort to support the development of personalized AI solutions across various industries. Source: Open AI.

The Running of the Bulls of Wall Street. Credit: ShaneKaiGlenn/Midjourney.

AI Revolutionizing Wall Street, Potentially Reducing Junior Analyst Roles

Wall Street is undergoing a significant transformation as AI begins to automate tasks traditionally handled by junior analysts. Major banks, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JPMorgan Chase, are employing AI to perform data analysis and document preparation, which could lessen the need for entry-level positions. This shift may streamline operations and reshape career paths in investment banking, reflecting AI's growing impact on the industry. Source: Business Times.

Review: Humane AI Pin Falls Short of Expectations

The Humane AI Pin, designed as a screenless phone operated by voice commands, aims to minimize screen time by handling smartphone tasks like calls and notes. However, despite its innovative concept, the device frequently fails basic tasks, has slow response times, overheats, and suffers from poor battery life. Priced at $699 plus a $24 monthly fee, the AI Pin's current functionality does not justify its cost, making it an exciting idea that's not yet ready to replace traditional smartphones. Source: The Verge.

Do you find these insights valuable? Are there other topics you think we should cover? Share your thoughts with us. Email us at [email protected].

This Week's AI Tool Highlights 

  • Suno: Make your own music and songs.

  • ELSA Speak: An AI language app for improving English pronunciation with personalized feedback.

  • Otter: An AI transcription service that turns spoken words into searchable text.

  • Photoleap: A photo editing app offering advanced features for enhancing images.

  • Arc Search: An AI-enhanced search engine for more relevant and contextual results.

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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