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This Week's Top AI & Tech Highlights from Around the Globe (Through April 7, 2024)

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

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Hello AI Citizens,

This week in AI and tech, Apple explores home robotics, shifting focus from electric cars, MIT economist believes AI can help the middle class, transitioning from the knowledge economy to the allocation economy, AI's real-world impact: beyond apocalyptic fears, OpenAI ventures into Hollywood with AI video generator "Sora", Archetype AI aims to merge chatbots with physical reality, OpenAI's Voice Engine is revolutionizing voice cloning, and more!

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Apple Explores Home Robotics, Shifting Focus from Electric Cars

Apple is venturing into the world of personal home robotics, shifting focus from its previously abandoned electric vehicle initiative. The tech giant is experimenting with designs like a robot that can trail users in their homes and a tabletop device with a screen that adjusts via robotic mechanisms. This move comes after Apple terminated its electric car project, signaling a new direction in its innovation journey. Despite being in the early stages of research and development, Apple's foray into robotics is part of a broader strategy to explore new product markets, joining other tech firms like Amazon in the home robot arena. Source: Bloomberg.

Would AI reverse the economic downtrend for the middle class?
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MIT Economist Believes AI Can Help the Middle Class

David Autor, a labor economist known for his critical views on technology's impact on workers' incomes, is now recognizing the potential of generative artificial intelligence (AI) to benefit the middle class. Despite his previous findings on technology and trade's negative effects, Autor suggests that AI's advanced capabilities in generating realistic media and mimicking human communication could help reverse the economic downtrend for millions of American workers. Source: Shaping the Future of Work.

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Transitioning from the Knowledge Economy to the Allocation Economy

Dan Shipper suggests that as AI like ChatGPT becomes more integrated into our work, the economy will shift from valuing knowledge to prioritizing resource management. In this emerging "allocation economy," everyone will need skills traditionally associated with managers, such as deciding how best to use AI tools and overseeing their output. This shift represents a fundamental change in the workforce, with AI handling routine tasks and humans guiding and integrating the results, marking a significant evolution in how work is conducted and valued. Source: Every.to

AI beyond the apocalyptic narrative. Credit: Adam’s Creations.

AI's Real-world Impact: Beyond Apocalyptic Fears

Concerns about Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) lead to fears of an AI-driven apocalypse, overshadowing the immediate, practical impacts of AI on work and society. The reality is that AI is already reshaping jobs, boosting productivity, and altering how tasks are performed, particularly for high-skilled workers. Companies must decide how to leverage AI responsibly to enhance, not replace, human work. This shift necessitates a broader discussion beyond the tech elite, involving all organizational levels in shaping AI's role in our lives, emphasizing the need for meaningful engagement with AI's capabilities and consequences. Source: Time.

Shy Kids, a Toronto-based production company, created the video 'Air Head' using OpenAI's Sora

OpenAI Ventures into Hollywood with AI Video Generator "Sora"

OpenAI is stepping into the limelight of Hollywood, introducing its groundbreaking AI video generator, Sora, to major studios and creatives. The initiative aims to blend AI's innovative edge with the cinematic artistry of Tinseltown. Despite the excitement surrounding Sora's potential to revolutionize video creation with its ability to produce realistic videos from text, there's an underlying tension about AI's impact on the industry's workforce. As OpenAI navigates through these challenges, it competes in a bustling field of tech giants and AI startups, all vying to shape the future of entertainment with AI. Source: Bloomberg.

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Archetype AI Aims to Merge Chatbots with Physical Reality

Archetype AI, a new startup, is launching with the vision of enabling conversations with physical entities like houses, cars, and factories. The company's innovative approach involves integrating chatbot technology with the physical world, using data from billions of sensors globally to provide real-time, interactive experiences. Co-founder and CEO Ivan Poupyrev envisions a future where users can interact with physical reality in the same way they converse with AI chatbots like ChatGPT. Source: Wired.

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OpenAI's Voice Engine is Revolutionizing Voice Cloning

OpenAI has launched 'Voice Engine,' a voice cloning tool capable of replicating anyone's voice from just a 15-second sample. This innovation blurs the lines between excitement and concern, suggesting a future where even familiar voices on the phone may require verification. However, it also offers a playful twist, like receiving daily dad jokes from imitations of famous personalities. The technology promises a fascinating blend of opportunities and challenges. Source: Open AI.

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Understanding the Challenge of Safety-Testing AI

At the University of California, Berkeley, Beth Barnes and her team from METR, an AI-safety nonprofit, are delving into the potential risks of artificial intelligence. Their work involves challenging AI systems from giants like OpenAI and Anthropic to uncover any dangerous capabilities, such as self-replication. Recognized by global leaders and governments, METR's investigations aim to ensure that AI advancements remain safe and under control, highlighting the critical need for rigorous testing in the fast-evolving AI landscape. Source: Time.

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Enhancing Business with ChatGPT: Fine-Tuning to Enterprise Solutions

OpenAI's ChatGPT goes beyond basic chat functions, offering businesses advanced customization and efficiency. Companies can fine-tune ChatGPT for specialized tasks, like Indeed's personalized job recommendations, or opt for assisted fine-tuning for specific needs, as SK Telecom did with telecom conversations. Additionally, OpenAI can create custom models for unique data-rich industries, exemplified by the legal assistant Harvey, significantly more accurate than standard GPT-4. The ChatGPT Enterprise version offers enhanced features like privacy, unlimited access, and faster processing, proving to be a productivity booster in various sectors. Source: Open AI.


Google Researchers Unveil 'VLOGGER': An AI That Brings Still Photos to Life

Google has introduced VLOGGER, a cutting-edge technology that creates realistic talking human videos from a single image. This tool produces high-quality videos of varying lengths, offering precise control over the depiction of human faces and bodies. Utilizing a two-stage process with stochastic diffusion models, VLOGGER translates speech into video, starting with an audio waveform to outline body movements like gaze, expressions, and posture. A subsequent network transforms these into detailed video frames, marking a significant step forward in video generation technology. Source: VentureBeat.

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First Jet Suit Race Held in Dubai

Dubai hosted the world's first jet-suit Grand Prix, introducing a thrilling new sport where racers, equipped with seven 130-hp jet engines, soared through the skies. Each participant maneuvered a jet suit, using hand-throttles and three thrust vectors to lift off, propel forward, and navigate a challenging aerial course, competing to be the fastest in the sky. This event marks a significant milestone in the evolution of racing and extreme sports. Source: New Atlas.

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New Research Reveals That The Brain Cerebellum's Role in Emotion is Beyond Movement Control

Recent research unveils that the cerebellum, long associated with movement control, is also pivotal in emotional processing. This revelation disrupts a century-old scientific consensus and supports immersive technology experts' views on the significance of movement in emotional engagement. The study explains why physical interaction, like holding an object, establishes a stronger emotional connection than merely observing it. This connection between movement and emotion may also illuminate why experiences or feelings that deeply affect us are often described as "moving." Source: Wired.

Hume Introduces EVI: The First AI with Emotional Intelligence

Hume has unveiled the world's first conversational AI with emotional intelligence, called Empathic Voice Interface (EVI). EVI can understand the user's tone of voice and uses this understanding to enhance its communication, making interactions more meaningful and human-like. This breakthrough marks a significant shift from the often mechanical nature of current speech-to-text technology, offering a more natural and engaging way to interact with AI systems. Inspired by the AI-human relationship depicted in the movie 'Her', EVI's launch opens up new possibilities and challenges in how we interact with technology. Source: Hume AI.

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 

  • Hume AI: Meet the first AI with emotional intelligence.

  • Vidyo: Make short clips from long videos.

  • Hygen: produce studio-quality videos with AI-generated avatars and voices.

  • Eye Contact by Veed: An app that adjusts your gaze to look into the camera, allowing you to read scripts without it being obvious.

  • Stable Audio 2.0: Creates music tracks up to three minutes, enhancing audio production.

This month, we're dedicated to empowering educators worldwide.

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.

How soon will we start socializing with AI companions as if they were humans in the real world? And what impact will this have on our interactions with each other once AI becomes indistinguishable from humans?. Digital Art by Adam’s Creations.

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