Friday, May 31, 2024

Introducing ChatGPT Edu - OpenAI

We're announcing ChatGPT Edu, a version of ChatGPT built for universities to responsibly deploy AI to students, faculty, researchers, and campus operations. Powered by GPT-4o, ChatGPT Edu can reason across text and vision and use advanced tools such as data analysis. This new offering includes enterprise-level security and controls and is affordable for educational institutions. We built ChatGPT Edu because we saw the success universities like the University of Oxford, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University, and Columbia University in the City of New York were having with ChatGPT Enterprise.

Top AI models exposed - Martin Crowley, AI Tool Report

The UK Safety AI Institute (AISI) has revealed, ahead of the AI summit in Seoul, that five of the most popular large language models (LLMs) are “highly vulnerable” to even the most basic jailbreaking attempts, which is where people trick an AI model into ignoring safeguards that are in place to prevent harmful responses. Although AISI has chosen not to disclose which LLMs were vulnerable (instead referring to them as red, purple, green, blue, and yellow models in the report), they have stated that all five are publicly available. The AISI performed a series of tests on each LLM to establish whether it was vulnerable to jailbreaks, could be used to facilitate cyber-attacks, and if it was capable of completing tasks, autonomously, without much human intervention.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Exclusive: Inflection AI reveals new team and plan to embed emotional AI in business bots - Matt Marshall, Venture Beat

When a friend lost a loved companion cat, Hoffman said he first asked the leading traditional models what he should do to console his friend, and they all responded roughly the same way, with a list: for example, getting a friend flowers, or offering to help them with daily things. But Pi responded differently: “That must be really hard for your friend, and because you’re a friend, you care about that,” Hoffman recalls it saying. “But you know your friend. What way would you think your friend would most want you to be present for him?” In other words, Hoffman said, Pi knows the list that everyone else does, but it responds with less of a Wikipedia listing, focusing instead on the “emotional fabric” around the question.

Age of the AI agents - Jasmine Wu, Laura Batchelor, Deirdre Bosa, CNBC

AI has moved into a new era – from chatbots to AI agents capable of having instantaneous, real-time conversations as showcased by Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s GPT-4o and Google’s Project Astra. We break down what’s behind the big leap forward, the risks involved, and sit down with Google CEO Sundar Pichai exclusively on the news.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Google Is About to Change the Whole Internet — Again The company’s all-in investment in AI. - John Herrman, New York Magazine

The biggest mystery surrounding Google over the past year has concerned its core product, its original and still primary source of revenue: Will search engines be replaced by AI chatbots? In May, the company offered some clarity: “In the next era of search, AI will do the work so you don’t have to,” according to a video announcing that AI Overviews, Google’s new name for AI-generated answers, would soon be showing up at the top of users’ results pages. It’s a half-step into a future in which the internet, when given a query, doesn’t provide links and clues — it simply answers.  (Ed Note: meanwhile look at CleeAI which gives plenty of documentation within its search results )

Is AI Consciousness Even Possible? - AI Knowledge, AutoGPT

Will AI ever be conscious? That’s a question that’s been on everyone’s mind for some time now. The concept of consciousness in AI has long intrigued and captivated the human imagination. As technology advances, questions about the potential for AI to develop consciousness have sparked intense debate and speculation. In this article, we’ll unravel the mysteries surrounding AI consciousness.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

It’s Time to Believe the AI Hype - Steven Levy, Wired

Some pundits suggest generative AI stopped getting smarter. The explosive demos from OpenAI and Google that started the week show there’s plenty more disruption to come. OpenAI, denying rumors that it would unveil either an AI-powered search product or its next-generation model GPT-5, instead announced something different, but nonetheless eye-popping, on Monday. It was a new flagship model called GPT-4o, to be made available for free, which uses input and output in various modes—text, speech, vision—for disturbingly natural interaction with humans.

100 articles on generative AI - McKinsey

Since generative AI (gen AI) burst onto the scene in late 2022, it’s captivated business leaders and society at large. The excitement is well deserved: McKinsey research indicates that gen AI could add the equivalent of $2.6 trillion to $4.4 trillion of value annually—and redefine the way people work and live. Over this period, McKinsey has published more than 100 articles on the topic to help organizations turn the promise of gen AI into sustainable business value.

Monday, May 27, 2024

6 Things Announced at Google I/O, One That Mattered A Lot, and One Mystery - Bret Kinsella, Synthedia

Google I/O 2024 offered AI developers many futures and few presents. Most of the interesting AI-related features and applications are not available yet, only in the U.S. or part of a limited-access developer beta. But there were a lot of announcements and some provocative demos. There are even several candidate technologies for the biggest potential for impact. However, because so much of the agenda focused on future applications and offered limited details, it is hard to say what will gain traction when they are ultimately released. Here are Synthedia’s top 6 announcements and one intriguing mystery.

ChatGPT 4o is the Voice Assistant We Always Wanted, with Two Exceptions - Bret Kinsella, Synthedia

OpenAI announced ChatGPT 4o as the latest update to the company’s popular generative AI-enabled assistant. It is an extraordinary update to the chat solution that shocked users with its unmatched erudition in November 2022 and led to unprecedented adoption of AI technology. The 4o (i.e., “four-oh”) update is sure to shock people once again. It is a real-time voice assistant with barge-in (interruption), reasoning capabilities, and extremely high-quality and expressive synthetic speech. It also has vision capabilities that enable the assistant to view the world through a smartphone camera and allow the user to ask questions about what is in their physical environment.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Accolades for OpenAI's GPT-4o Are Rising - BRET KINSELLA, Synthedia

Since March 2023, every large language model (LLM) developer has been racing to catch up to OpenAI’s GPT-4. The performance gap was so wide enough that most of OpenAI’s rivals initially focused on simply matching, or slightly outperforming, GPT-3.5-turbo. Progress since late 2023 has accelerated, with many models surpassing GPT-3.5-turbo and Google and Anthropic claiming outright GPT-4 superiority. Of course, Google’s claim was for Gemini Ultra, which remains out of sight. What it really took to surpass GPT-4 was GPT-4o.

AI is already changing management — companies must decide how - Ethan Mollick, Financial Times

Most companies do not have an artificial intelligence strategy, yet they are already riddled with the technology. A survey published this month by LinkedIn suggested that three-quarters of white-collar workers have used AI for work, and four-fifths of them have done so from their own accounts and devices. They are not seeking the permission of their employers; in fact, they are hiding it from them, because they are afraid of the consequences. What that means is managers need to stop asking if AI will matter in their organisations and start shaping how it will matter. That is going to introduce a wide range of new challenges that will alter what management means. Our organisational structures are built around the idea that human workers are the only form of intelligence at work. That is no longer true.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

CleeAI is a different way to search for information using AI -

CleeAI is an innovative technology platform designed to revolutionize the way businesses interact with artificial intelligence (AI). At its core, CleeAI leverages advanced machine learning algorithms to analyze and interpret vast amounts of data at an unprecedented speed. Since its inception in 2021, CleeAI has rapidly gained traction, serving over 100 businesses across various sectors, including finance, healthcare, and e-commerce. The platform's proprietary algorithms have processed over 500 terabytes of data, demonstrating a remarkable accuracy rate of 98.5% in predictive analytics. This high level of precision has enabled companies to enhance decision-making processes, streamline operations, and significantly improve customer experiences. CleeAI's technology is supported by a robust infrastructure capable of handling over 10,000 data queries per second, ensuring reliable and efficient service delivery.


In a thread posted this week to X-formerly-Twitter, former OpenAI policy researcher Gretchen Kreuger announced her departure, writing that this "was not an easy decision to make." And while the ex-OpenAIer didn't quite go into detail — can't imagine why not! — about the forces that made her make that difficult choice, she did offer a cryptic warning about the lack of oversight within the AI industry and why it matters. "We need to do more to improve foundational things," Kreuger wrote, "like decision-making processes; accountability; transparency; documentation; policy enforcement; the care with which we use our own technology; and mitigations for impacts on inequality, rights, and the environment."

Friday, May 24, 2024

Illusion of Mastery with AI: Explore the Impact of AI on Skill Mastery in Education - Lily Lee and Aditya Syam, AIxEducation

It can be tedious to sift through hundreds of research papers to find relevant and high quality resources for academic research. However, with the help of AI-powered tools, this process can be streamlined. These tools can serve as an advanced search engine and offer additional capabilities such as citation mapping, summarization, data visualization, and more. Here are some popular AI tools being utilized by students and researchers for academic research.

AI and Quantum Computing: Glimpsing the Near Future -Eric Schmidt and Brian Greene, World of Science-YouTube

Catch a glimpse of the near future as AI and Quantum Computing transform how we live. Eric Schmidt, decade-long CEO of Google, joins Brian Greene to explore the horizons of innovation, where digital and quantum frontiers collide to spark a new era of discovery.  Hint: 10,000 times more, faster, and more powerful. This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

The AI-Augmented Nonteaching Academic in Higher Ed - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

In the previous edition of Online: Trending Now, we looked at the artificial intelligence (AI) tools and activities of the AI-augmented professor. Yet there are more staff members who support the learning process at most universities than there are those who directly teach the students. Let’s take a look at how AI will facilitate the work of the instructional designers, researchers, administrators and other nonteaching professionals in colleges and universities this fall. This comes in the context of Microsoft and LinkedIn’s 2024 Work Trend Index Report which surveyed some 31,000 people across 31 countries, uncovering rather surprising facts along the way. Bret Kinsella writes in Synthedia: “The report found that 78 percent of knowledge workers bring their own AI (BYOAI) to work.

How To Use GPT-4o (GPT4o Tutorial) Complete Guide With Tips and Tricks - the AI Grid, YouTube

With the release of GPT 40 this tutorial is going to be a comprehensive guide on every new capability that you can use this software for including some of the new features that were added today later on in the video I'll show you guys some of the things that are coming and the applications that you can do exactly when those applications do arrive but without further ado, let's take a look at some of the new capabilities first off.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

AI and assessment in higher education - Times Higher Education

No sooner had generative AI ignited fears in universities about risk to assessment practices and academic integrity than academics set to working out how to embrace it to save time and enrich student skills such as critical thinking and analysis. This has required consideration of not only how to use artificial intelligence in university assessment in the future but also a rethink of past exam, assignment and evaluation practices. This diverse collection of resources includes advice on how to engineer prompts, use AI for authentic assessment design, whether to lean into AI-detection tools, how to build digital literacy and AI’s role in developing soft skills in lifelong learning.

How universities can help students leverage AI in the right way - Times Higher Education

Breakthrough technologies such as AI are widening the gap between tradition and innovation in higher education, said Aaron Yaverski, regional vice-president for EMEA at Turnitin, when speaking at the THE Digital Universities UK 2024 event. Generative AI is transforming how students learn and blurring the boundaries of academic integrity, posing new challenges for educators. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

OpenAI Rolls Out Next Evolution of ChatGPT, Able to Accept or Output Any Combination of Text, Audio, or Image - John K. Waters, Campus Technology

Called "GPT 4o." (The "o" stands for "omni"), this new flagship model was designed, the company said, to "reason" across audio, vision, and text in real time. OpenAI also announced the release of the desktop version of ChatGPT, and a refreshed UI designed to make it simpler to use and more natural. The new iteration was designed to accept as input any combination of text, audio, and image, and to generate any combination of text, audio, and image outputs. In a blog post, the company said it can respond to audio inputs in as little as 232 milliseconds, with an average of 320 milliseconds, "which is similar to human response time in a conversation."

OpenAI dissolves safety team - Martin Crowley, AI Tool Report

Last week, OpenAI co-founder, Ilya Sutskever, and key AI researcher, Jan Leike, both quit OpenAI’s “Superalignment” team, which was focused on implementing long-term AI safety protocols, with Leike openly expressing his frustration over the company’s priorities, claiming that “safety culture and processes have taken a backseat to shiny products.” Following Sutskever and Leike’s departure, OpenAI then decided to dissolve the AI safety team for good. In response to Leike’s frustration, OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman, and co-founder, Greg Brockman, (publicly) acknowledged that OpenAI has "a lot more to do” and needs “to have a very tight feedback loop, rigorous testing, careful consideration at every step, world-class security, and harmony of safety and capabilities.”

Monday, May 20, 2024

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says the AI revolution should face regulations like airlines by an "international agency" to avert global harm to humanity News - Kevin Okemwam, Windows Central

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman was recently featured in the All-In podcast, where he discussed the development of GPT-5, AI regulation, a potential AI-powered iPhone competitor, and the OpenAI fiasco that led to his firing and reinstatement as CEO. Sam Altman says the iPhone is the greatest piece of technology humanity has ever made and would be a considerable undertaking to compete with. Altman indicates that AI regulation is crucial in the not-so-distant future when powerful AI systems could pose a significant threat to humanity. The CEO says AI should be regulated like an airplane by an international agency that ensures the safety testing of these advances.

Navigating the future of work: A case for a robot tax in the age of AI - Michael J. Ahn, Brookings

Artificial intelligence and robotics promise unprecedented efficiency while creating a risk of job loss for human workers. A specific tax on companies that deploy AI and robotics that are capable of autonomous decision-making could provide economic support for displaced workers as well as an incentive for strategic decision-making about automation, particularly when the benefits are marginal. Implementing this tax may require extending legal personhood to robots, not in order to grant robots human rights but to create a structured basis for interactions between robots, individuals, and the state.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Google 3D calls coming in 2025 - Martin Crowly, AI Tools Report

Google originally introduced the concept of 3D video conferencing calls via a project codenamed ‘Project Starline’, in 2021, at the Google I/O conference. Now, three years later it’s announced that it will be available for consumer use as early as next year. Project Starline uses 3D imaging, AI, and special cameras and screens to create 3D images of remote people, on video calls, so it looks and feels like they’re in the room with you, having a natural face-to-face conversation. Together with HP–known for its computing experience–Microsoft has created this video calling technology that allows users to talk, gesture, and maintain eye contact as if they were physically present, sitting opposite you. After months of testing and private technical reviews, Google says that the immersive 3D experience reduces video meeting fatigue by 31%, resulting in a 12% faster reaction time on general day-to-day tasks.

Google takes on GPT-4o with Project Astra, an AI agent that understands dynamics of the world - Shubham Sharma, Venture Beat

Today, at its annual I/O developer conference in Mountain View, Google made a ton of announcements focused on AI, including Project Astra – an effort to build a universal AI agent of the future. An early version was demoed at the conference, however, the idea is to build a multimodal AI assistant that sits as a helper, sees and understands the dynamics of the world and responds in real time to help with routine tasks/questions. The premise is similar to what OpenAI showcased yesterday with GPT-4o-powered ChatGPT. That said, as GPT-4o begins to roll out over the coming weeks for ChatGPT Plus subscribers, Google appears to be moving a tad slower. 

Saturday, May 18, 2024

2024 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report | Teaching and Learning Edition - EDUCAUSE

This report profiles the trends and key technologies and practices shaping the future of teaching and learning, and envisions a number of scenarios for that future. It is based on the perspectives and expertise of a global panel of leaders from across the higher education landscape.

Element451 Introduces Gen AI Assistants for Higher Education - Kate Lucariello, Campus Technology

The two generative AI tools provide personalized help to students and staff, and fast, accurate, and timely information, the company said. Developed specifically for higher education, Bolt AI Assistants are personalized "team members" that give "tailored responses to specific objectives" and are "trained to handle specific roles and tasks," the company said in a release. Currently available AI Assistants include: Academic advisors; Career coaches; Financial aid advisors; Admissions advisors; Campus life advisors; Support peers; Program advisors; Design assistants; Copywriters; Campaign strategists; Events managers; Marketing advisors; and Data analysts.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Superhuman? What does it mean for AI to be better than a human? And how can we tell? - Ethan Mollick, One Useful Thing

No matter what happens next, today, as anyone who uses AI knows, we do not have an AI that does every task better than a human, or even most tasks. But that doesn’t mean that AI hasn’t achieved superhuman levels of performance in some surprisingly complex jobs, at least if we define superhuman as better than most humans, or even most experts. What makes these areas of superhuman performance interesting is that they are often for very “human” tasks that seem to require empathy and judgement. For example: If you debate with an AI, they are 87% more likely to persuade you to their assigned viewpoint than if you debate with an average human. GPT-4 helps people reappraise a difficult emotional situation better than 85% of humans, beating human advice-givers on the effectiveness, novelty, and empathy of their reappraisal.

TikTok Starts Automatically Labeling AI-Produced Synthetic Media - ERIC HAL SCHWARTZ,

TikTok has begun rolling out a new feature to recognize and label content created with generative AI automatically. This Content Credentials tool comes out of TikTok’s new partnership with the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) and is part of a larger strategy by the social media video platform to reduce misinformation and boost transparency related to what it refers to as AI-generated content (AIGC). The new system works for when people upload a video or image to TikTok, spotting synthetic content and slapping a label naming it as such, as seen in the image above. The tool currently reviews images and videos, but it is expected to be extended to audio content soon.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Professors Worry About ‘Digital Surveillance’ of Their Work - Jack Grove, Inside Higher Ed

More than eight in 10 professors say universities’ excessive use of digital technologies is harming academic freedom, according to a survey of academics in the United Kingdom. The poll of more than 2,000 scholars conducted for the University and College Union (UCU), which represents 120,000 faculty and staff members in the U.K., highlights growing unease over the digital tools commonly used in academe, such as the virtual learning environments used to facilitate teaching, electronic systems to evaluate teaching performance and metrics-based systems such as SciVal that enable managers to scrutinize research publications and citations.

AI and the future of creativity: Takeaways from Music Matters 2024 - Krystal Coe, MusicTech

Thursday’s programme began with a discussion on the exponential growth of Generative AI across creative industries and the massive ecosystem that’s been built on the technology. “Once in a while in history, you see technology that will potentially change lives. I think we are at that stage right now,” said Kevin Chan, chief partner officer of Microsoft Singapore. He explained that the magic of Generative AI lies in the way it allows creators — both big and small — to “do much more with less”. For musicians, this means freeing up precious time to focus on what matters to them: making music. Asked about the impact of AI on the creator economy, Harari surprised the audience, saying that the technology is not going to change things drastically: “I don’t think it’s going to be as disruptive as people think it’s going to be,” he said. The executive also expressed scepticism towards fully AI-generated avatars because “you still need the sprinkle of human touch”.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Colleges Adapt to Non-traditional Realities - Joseph Bednar, Business West

At the recent ceremony that officially installed him as chancellor of UMass Amherst, Javier Reyes noted that attitudes about higher education are changing, while rapid advancements in technology, with artificial intelligence at the center, are forcing colleges and universities to find new ways to meet their obligations. “How does higher education respond to these challenges?” he asked. “How do we meet the needs of today’s students — students who are increasingly mobile and more agile? How do we meet the needs of a changing society? How do we remain nimble and adapt so that our students are prepared to be active and engaged members of their communities today, tomorrow, and for decades to come?” That’s a lot to unpack, but UMass will focus on six key areas, Reyes explained: education, research and creative activity, translation and knowledge transfer, engagement, inclusivity and wellness, and financial and operational viability.

Change in higher education — we must quickly adapt to changing, unequal digital environment - Letlhokwa George Mpedi, Daily Maverick

The question for leadership in higher education is how do we harness these changes to propel us in a direction where we are positioned to provide access, maintain and accelerate knowledge production for the benefit of society, meaningfully contribute to the public and social good and keep abreast of the shifting terrain that poses challenges constantly? There are, of course, unique considerations in South Africa. We are 30 years into democracy this year, and South African higher education has shifted from an elite race-based system to one that can be termed as “massified”. Yet, the shadows and vestiges of apartheid persist as the buoyancy of the economy has faltered. What do the sages say about the future of higher education? On the radar currently and for the foreseeable future are the sweeping changes in technologies and the advent of artificial intelligence (AI). These technologies have arrived like a tsunami and can and must change traditional teaching, learning and research methods.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

What OpenAI did A new model opens up new possibilities - Ethan Mollick, One Useful Thing

OpenAI released a new AI model, GPT-4o, with some interesting capabilities. It also maintains the OpenAI tradition of terrible names for AI models (the “o” means “omni” - more on that shortly). Previously, new AI models from the major AI labs have focused on how smart the model is. GPT-4o appears to be a step up over GPT-4 and is the smartest model I have used. However, it does not represent a major leap over the previous version of GPT-4, the way that GPT-4 was a 10x improvement over the free GPT-3.5. That has to wait, presumably, until GPT-5, which is apparently still scheduled for some future release. But what it does do is quite interesting.

THE podcast: the future of XR and immersive learning - Monica Arés, Times Higher Education

Imagine a learning environment where an AI professor fields infinite student questions, where business students practise difficult conversations with an avatar that models an array of personas and reactions, where automated feedback is not static but dynamic and individualised. Artificial intelligence and XR tools are changing education and preparing students to live and work in an unpredictable world.  Immersive technology expert Monica Arés explains how the combination of artificial intelligence and extended reality in education has the potential to unlock curiosity and learning, the costs that come with these tools and what she thinks teaching technology will look like in 2034. In this conversation, she tells us about the evolution of edtech from the early days of virtual reality, immersive technology's potential for unlocking curiosity (and the costs that come with it), and what she thinks teaching technology will look like in 2034. Hint: it’s a personalised, creative world with fewer screens.

Hello GPT-4o - Open AI

GPT-4o (“o” for “omni”) is a step towards much more natural human-computer interaction—it accepts as input any combination of text, audio, and image and generates any combination of text, audio, and image outputs. It can respond to audio inputs in as little as 232 milliseconds, with an average of 320 milliseconds, which is similar to human response time(opens in a new window) in a conversation. It matches GPT-4 Turbo performance on text in English and code, with significant improvement on text in non-English languages, while also being much faster and 50% cheaper in the API. GPT-4o is especially better at vision and audio understanding compared to existing models.

Monday, May 13, 2024

In an artificially intelligent age, frame higher education around a new kind of thinking - David Holland, Times Higher Education

Since John Dewey popularised the educational ideal of critical thinking more than a century ago, the concept has become fundamental to the perceived reputation, value and quality of higher education – the core branch of its DNA if you will.  While it’s inevitable that large language models such as Open AI’s ChatGPT are more efficient at lower-level processing, how do they fare when it comes to the superior faculties inherent in critical thought? Tentative evidence would suggest not that well, which compounds general impressions that large language models are superficially impressive not least because this is what they are designed to do: give the outward appearance of articulate learned thought. They merely reflect the most popular language choices in their training data, which is not confined to academic work. That said, there is no reason why machine learning cannot be focused on the construction of argument, as the ARG-tech project based at the University of Dundee shows. 

UT Austin, Grammarly to Study Effective AI Use in Higher Ed - Government Technology

The University of Texas at Austin is working with the AI-powered writing assistant platform Grammarly for Education to study what generative artificial intelligence tools might do for academia.  Initially, the announcement said, a testing phase will take place where faculty and staff will use Grammarly’s generative AI assistant to develop AI-based tasks or assignments related to their respective fields and test them with students and colleagues. The second phase will have faculty create lesson plans that involve AI. “We strive to be involved in projects that will influence higher education on and beyond the Forty Acres,” Art Markman, vice provost for academic affairs, said in a public statement. “We are in an era with a lot of uncertainty surrounding AI and education. This is a chance to demonstrate how to use generative AI as a positive source for education, teach responsibility to our students, and engage an industry leader to improve our understanding of classroom AI.”

Sunday, May 12, 2024

OpenAI plans to announce Google search competitor on Monday, sources say - Anna Tong, Reuters

 OpenAI plans to announce its artificial intelligence-powered search product on Monday, according to two sources familiar with the matter, raising the stakes in its competition with search king Google. The announcement date, though subject to change, has not been previously reported. Bloomberg and the Information have reported that Microsoft (MSFT.O), opens new tab-backed OpenAI is working on a search product to potentially compete with Alphabet's (GOOGL.O), opens new tab Google and with Perplexity, a well-funded AI search startup. After publication, OpenAI on Friday posted on X that the company would stream a live event on Monday, to "demo some ChatGPT and GPT-4 updates." CEO Sam Altman later posted on X, "not gpt-5, not a search engine, but we’ve been hard at work on some new stuff we think people will love! feels like magic to me."

ElevenLabs previews music-generating AI model - Ken Yeung, Venture Beat

Voice AI startup ElevenLabs is offering an early look at a new model that turns a prompt into song lyrics. To raise awareness, it’s following a similar playbook Sam Altman used when OpenAI introduced Sora, its video-generating AI, soliciting ideas on social media and turning them into lyrics. Founded by former Google and Palantir employees, ElevenLabs specializes in using machine learning (ML) for voice cloning and synthesis in different languages. It offers many tools, including one capable of dubbing full-length movies. Unsurprisingly, the company has set its sights on the music industry.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

STUNNING Medical AI Agents OUTPERFORM Doctors - Wes Roth, AI News

STUNNING Medical AI Agents OUTPERFORM Doctors trained in the simulation, continuous improvement.  This podcast follows the newly-released research paper "Agent Hospital: A Simulacrum of Hospital with Evolvable Medical Agents" .  Excellent demonstration of the potential of AI Agents in the medical field.

6 Practical Tips for Using Anthropic's Claude Chatbot - Reece Rogers, Wired

Anthropic recently launched an iOS app for its Claude chatbot. We asked the company’s head of product design how to get the most out of the AI helper. Decades of Google Search dominating the web has trained us to type blunt and concise queries when we want something. To get the most out of chatbots like Claude, you need to break free from that approach. “It's not Google Search,” Lewenstein says. “So you're not putting in three keywords—you're really having a conversation with it.” He encourages users to avoid an overly utilitarian communication style and to get a little more verbose with their prompts. Instead of a short phrase, try writing prompts that are a few sentences long or even a couple of paragraphs.

Friday, May 10, 2024

The Important Difference Between Generative AI And AGI - Bernard Marr, Forbes

In the fast-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence, two concepts often spark vigorous debate among tech enthusiasts: Generative AI and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). While both promise to revolutionize our interaction with machines, they serve fundamentally different functions and embody distinct potential futures. Let's dive into these differences and explore what each form of AI means for tomorrow.

Employees Are Bringing Their Own AI to Work Regardless of Company Support - BRET KINSELLA, Sythedia

Microsoft’s 2024 Work Trend Index Report surveyed 31,000 people across 31 countries and uncovered new information related to AI adoption by business users. A key finding was that 75% of knowledge workers worldwide are already using generative AI. While some executives lament the slow uptake by workers of internally supplied generative AI solutions, they aren’t seeing the broader trend of shadow AI use. The report found that 78% of knowledge workers bring their own AI (BYOAI) to work. For GenZ, the figure is 85%. However, even Baby Boomers are BYOAI at a rate of 73%. This suggests that the behavior is broad-based.

Thursday, May 09, 2024

66% of leaders wouldn't hire someone without AI skills, report finds - Sabrina Ortiz, ZD Net

On Wednesday, Microsoft released its annual Work Trend Index in partnership with LinkedIn, surveying 31,000 people across 31 countries to provide an in-depth look at the impact of AI on employment. The results show an overwhelming prioritization of AI at work from both employers and employees. However, the research shows business leaders are now set on recruiting non-technical talent with AI aptitude. These employees have the skills to use generative AI tools to the maximum advantage.

Gen AI talent: Your next flight risk - McKinsey Podcast

Employees who regularly use gen AI are likelier to be more productive, more efficient—and more attracted to your competitors. On this episode of The McKinsey Podcast, McKinsey talent leaders Aaron De Smet and Brooke Weddle talk to global editorial director Lucia Rahilly about what these workers want most, as well as practical steps leaders can take now to keep them happy and engaged. The research was very clear on this front. Compensation is not the driving factor here. It is about having flexibility, meaningful work, reliable and supportive colleagues and teammates, and a clear sense that the employer is focused on health and well-being. I think it’s a mistake to think that companies can move away from having this emphasis on meaningful work and well-being. Leading companies I’m working with say, “Yes, we need to get to more productivity and productive outcomes. But we’re going to do that by understanding holistically what employees want and knowing it is not just about financial incentives.”

Wednesday, May 08, 2024

The AI-Augmented Professor of 2024 - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

 It is early August 2024. I am about to begin the fall term of teaching, research, administrative tasks and advising with the help of generative artificial intelligence tools and assistants. This is what I anticipate will be reality for savvy faculty members in the fall of this year. Versions of the technology capabilities mentioned are already available. We are likely to see even more robust autonomous artificial agents than I describe. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is predicted to arrive this fall. And, some scientists predict Artificial Super-Intelligence will follow in 2027. The technology is advancing at a much faster speed than most anyone predicted. It is propelled by unprecedented investments by many of the largest corporations around the world. The promise of massive profits for those who develop advanced marketable programs drives previously unexpected partnerships. The message for those of us in higher education is that we must pay close attention to these developments for the sake of our students, our institutions and ourselves.

Monday, May 06, 2024

Yale freshman creates AI chatbot with answers on AI ethics - Lauren Coffey, Inside Higher Ed

 Two weeks after the launch of LuFlot Bot, there have been 11,000 queries from 85-plus countries. The bot is not intended to replace the more general ChatGPT-type bots, which can seemingly answer any question under the sun. LuFlot Bot focuses specifically on the ethics, philosophies and uses of AI, answering questions such as “Is AI environmentally harmful?” and “What are the regulations on AI?” “I did not think the technology would reach people in so many corners of the world,” Gertler said. “It’s what happens when you break down the barriers to this technology.”

Innovation through Prompting - Ethan Mollick, One Useful Thing

I suspect that many of the previous levels of prompt development will eventually become obsolete for most people. While there will still be value in creating prompts, increasingly AIs will just prompt themselves to solve your problem based on your goals. Here is an example of me using Devin, an early AI agent powered by GPT-4. Rather than creating the perfect prompt, I can simply tell Devin “create and deploy a website that teaches 11th grade American history students about the 1st red scare, make it interactive. look up appropriate AP standards for what should be taught. make sure this is really good and students can use it easily”