Today’s biggest stories if you’re in a rush
Watching this press conference is like witnessing something from a bad sci-fi movie; only it’s real.
In a room full of press and media, generative AI humanoid robots sit next to their handlers and answer questions from a room full of reporters. It isn’t easy to know if the answers are prompted or on the spot, but one thing is for sure - what this press conference shows is a very near future where robots and humans coexist in everyday life. It’s not just on our phones or on our laptops, or on our screens - this technology will soon walk among us.
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Since April, Mayo Clinic research hospitals have been trialing Med-PaLM 2, Google’s medical AI chatbot.
Trained on a “curated set of medical expert demonstrations”, the model excels at healthcare conversations, to the extent it outperforms some medical professionals in dealing with patients. Google states the model will be particularly useful in countries that have limited access to doctors, and given the US’s, the UK’s, and Europe's’ healthcare systems, along with the rest of the world, we’d say Med-PaLM 2 will be useful just about everywhere.
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The American dream - the idea that anyone can achieve anything, given that availability of opportunity is equal to any American. Given that some individuals have the motivation, drive, foresight, and ability to leave their own nation and make it somewhere new, it’s hardly surprising that many become highly successful in the US. In particular, the field of AI, where the demand for talent far exceeds supply, opportunities are abound, with highly skilled and motivated workers reaping the benefits of America’s “equal opportunities.”
Listicle of what else is happening today
300 robots: Japanese AI robotics arm company Telexistence secures $170M in series B funding round, as it promises to install its AI robots in 300 FamilyMart convenience stores across Japan.
Deepfake scam: British consumer finance champion Martin Lewis has gone to Twitter, saying a recent deepfake video featuring him endorsing an investment opportunity is a scam by criminals trying to steal money. DO NOT TRUST ANYTHING YOU SEE ONLINE.
YouClever: YouTube is set to trial AI-generated quizzes that test viewers on educational video content.
Send in the robots: Robots will start delivering UN food aid to high-conflict areas as soon as next year. With attacks intensifying on aid workers these past twelve months, using robots to deliver supplies to those in need could be a way to help those in need and protect aid workers at the same time.
StableChinaAI: China’s Alibaba releases Tongyi WanXiang, an AI tool that generates images from text, much like StableDiffusion. Alibaba’s offering is more focused on Enterprises instead of public use.
Sarah Sueman: Sarah Silverman is suing OpenAI for allegedly illegally using her works to train their models. If they did use it, it probably was to show the model what a bad joke looks like.
I prompt, you pay: Follow this guide to landing a truly 2023 job - that of a highly-paid prompt engineer.
Can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em: Michigan photographers who were initially against generative AI photograhy are now using it to “boost their creativity” (and no doubt their profit margins too).
Human+AI>human: “I don’t think anybody’s job on the creation side will be taken by AI, but it will get taken by a human using AI.” Unity’s CEO succinctly sums up what AI will do to the workforce.
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