This Week's Top AI & Tech News and Trends

Through July, 07 2024

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This week in The AI Citizen:

  • World AI University Celebrates CAIO June 2024 Cohort Graduation

  • Could Teams of AI Agents Unlock the Technology's True Power?

  • AI’s $600B Question

  • Music Industry Sues AI Startups Over Copyright Violations

  • Can We Detect AI-Generated Text by Its Unique Vocabulary?

  • How Can We Manage the Flood of AI-generated Hallucinations?

  • Can AI Help Us Talk to the Dead?

  • OpenAI Blocks API Access in China and Other Nations

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

Let's dive in!

World AI University Celebrates CAIO June Cohort Graduation

The World AI University (WAIU) proudly announces the graduation of the June 2024 cohort from its Certified Chief AI Officer (CAIO) program. This cohort, including leaders from organizations like the Qatar Financial Center Regulatory Authority, The Cayman Islands Government, Heroit-Watt University Dubai, and Check Point Software Technologies, among others, completed an intensive two-week course covering AI leadership, generative and agentive AI, project management, and AI ethics. Their Capstone projects showcased innovative AI applications across various sectors. Graduates now join the World AI Council, a global network supporting responsible and ethical AI implementation. This milestone marks a significant step in advancing AI leadership and innovation. Source: The AI Citizen

Could Teams of AI Agents Unlock the Technology's True Power?

Getting AI agents to work together could significantly enhance their capabilities, like human teamwork. Recent research into "multi-agent systems" demonstrates that AI collaboration can improve performance on complex tasks, such as math problems and reasoning accuracy. Microsoft’s ` software library and its new low-code interface, AutoGen Studio, simplify creating and deploying AI teams. Despite challenges like high costs and the potential for cascading errors, pooling AI resources shows promise for tasks like travel planning, market research, and data extraction, potentially unlocking new AI applications and efficiencies. Source: Singularityhub

AI’s $600B Question

Sequoia, a top venture capital firm, is questioning whether the AI industry is heading toward a bubble burst similar to the dot-com crash. The AI ecosystem needs to generate $600 billion in revenue to justify current investments in GPUs and data centers. However, the gap is significant with OpenAI's annual revenue at $3.4 billion. Despite 75% of global knowledge workers using AI, spending isn't high enough to sustain investor expectations. If the return on investment doesn’t increase, the industry might face a financial reality check in the next 1-2 years, similar to the early 2000s NASDAQ crash. Source: Sequoia

Music Industry Sues AI Startups Over Copyright Violations

A conflict between the music industry and AI companies has escalated, with Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music, and the Recording Industry Association of America suing AI music startups Suno and Udio for copyright infringement. The lawsuits allege that these startups used copyrighted songs for training their models without permission, resulting in unauthorized copies. The music giants are seeking significant damages and the cessation of further training on their catalogs. The outcome of these lawsuits could set a precedent impacting AI developers and users, highlighting the need to update copyright laws for the AI era. Source: RIAA

Enlarge / If your right-hand starts typing "delve," you may, in fact, be an LLM. Credit: arstechnica

Can We Detect AI-Generated Text by Its Unique Vocabulary?

Researchers have developed a novel technique to identify generative AI text by analyzing "excess words" that have surged in scientific writing post-2022. By studying the vocabulary changes in 14 million PubMed abstracts from 2010 to 2024, they discovered a significant increase in the frequency of certain "style words" like "delve," "showcasing," and "crucial." This method suggests that at least 10% of 2024 abstracts were partially generated by large language models, revealing a new way to detect AI-written content amidst evolving language patterns. Source: Arstechnica

How Can We Manage the Flood of AI-generated Hallucinations?

Generative chatbots like ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini, unlike reliable calculators, often produce incorrect or fabricated responses, known as hallucinations. This misleading content, termed "botshit" by experts, poses risks in professional settings. The misuse of unverified chatbot outputs has led to legal cases, such as Air Canada and a B.C. Supreme Court reprimand. To mitigate these risks, users should assess the importance and verifiability of chatbot responses, adopting four modes of work: augmented, authenticated, automated, and autonomous. This approach helps ensure AI outputs are effectively and safely integrated into various tasks. Source: The Global & Mail

Demo product of Silicon Intelligence's “digital immortality" service. It can come in an app or in a tablet. Credit: Silicon Intelligence

Can AI Help Us Talk to the Dead?

Advances in video generation have led to the creation of lifelike avatars of deceased loved ones, allowing people to chat with their digital likenesses. Companies like China’s Super Brain and Silicon Intelligence offer these services by combining photos, videos, audio, and writing to create interactive talking-head avatars. The cost of these avatars has significantly decreased, making them more accessible. This technology, also present in the U.S. with startups like HereAfter AI and StoryFile, fulfills the human desire to stay connected with the deceased. However, it raises ethical concerns about emotional manipulation for profit. Source: MIT Technology Review.

Credit: Reuters

OpenAI Blocks API Access in China and Other Nations

OpenAI will cease serving users in China and other nations of concern to the U.S. government, starting July 9. Previously, OpenAI lightly enforced geographic restrictions, allowing some access through VPNs. This crackdown affects countries like Cuba, Iran, Russia, and North Korea. In response, Chinese AI companies, including Baidu and Alibaba Cloud, offer substantial free tokens to attract displaced OpenAI users. This move highlights the escalating technological rivalry between the U.S. and China, with the U.S. government seeking to limit China's access to advanced AI models and related technologies. Source: Reuters


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This Week's AI Tool Highlights 

  • Qolaba lets you switch between multiple premium models (ChatGPT, Claude, Gemini, and Mistral) in a single chat.

  • Syntfhlow builds AI voice assistants that make outbound calls, answer inbound calls, and schedule appointments 24/7.

  • Redactive AI offers tools that set guards in place for what information AI tools can talk about.

  • Artificial Analysis is an excellent benchmarking site for comparing the top AI models by quality, speed, price, and more.

  • Magic, an AI coding copilot, assists developers with writing and debugging code.

  • Eightify is a Chrome extension that extracts the key points from YouTube videos.

  • Suno, a popular AI music generator, turns text prompts into songs and now has an iOS app.

Episode #3 - The Trip

In September 2071, Samar, a 48-year-old woman, embarked on a one-year journey into the hyper-realistic digital reality of PlanetX, where she explored a utopian existence far beyond the limitations of the physical world. This experience brought her profound joy and helped her overcome depression. However, upon her return in September 2072, she was devastated to learn that her best friend Sofia had died from a heart attack while engaging in an experimental horror game on PlanetX. Grief-stricken yet resolute, Samar decided to return to PlanetX for an extended stay, seeking solace in the digital presence of Sofia’s AI replica, hoping to recapture the happiness that reality had cruelly taken from her.

Chief AI Officer (CAIO) Program: An AI Leadership Odyssey

World AI University proudly presents the Chief AI Officer (CAIO) program, an intensive two-week (20-hour) executive training course. Tailored for executives, CXOs, and leaders from both the public and private sectors, this interactive program aims to develop critical AI leadership skills vital in today's rapidly evolving technological environment. Participants will engage in lively discussions and network with global leaders, sharing insights on AI transformation within various organizations.

Program Highlights:

  • AI Leadership Skills: Cultivate the skills to assess and elevate your organization’s AI capabilities.

  • Strategic Initiative Leadership: Employ our practical frameworks to construct your AI business case, leading and managing AI-centric projects and initiatives.

  • Mastering Generative AI Tools: Hands-on training with the latest in generative AI technologies and automated workflows.

  • AI Integration: Learn to seamlessly integrate AI with effective strategies and frameworks into your organization’s processes.

  • AI Governance and Ethics: Establish a robust organizational AI governance model to ensure safe, ethical, and responsible AI usage.

  • Future of AI: Project the growth of your AI initiatives over the next 3-5 years, keeping pace with industry trends and advancements.

Networking and Continued Engagement

Graduates will become esteemed members of our World AI Council (WAIC), joining a global community of visionary leaders, domain experts, and policymakers. As members, you will have opportunities to speak at the World AI Forum, contribute to influential reports and policy documents, and share innovative project ideas with peers in the field.

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