Today’s biggest stories if you’re in a rush
Tech giants like OpenAI, Google, and Anthropic are use reinforcement learning with human feedback (RLHF) to sharpen their AI tech. The process is simple: flood a chatbot with texts, then bring in human touch to finesse it. But here's the rub - AI raters have it rough. Meager pay, vague instructions, and a ticking clock define their reality. Yet, despite their key role in the tech surge, they're the unsung heroes in the AI narrative. Looks like HR's future might have a few bots up its sleeve.
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India's joined the AI anchor club, debuting hyper-realistic bot-hosts that could pass for flesh and blood. Enter Sana, the AI brainchild rocking India Today Group's Aaj Tak news channel, delivering multilingual updates daily. As these bots invade the airwaves, human anchors sweat over job security. Granted, AI hosts stumble with monotonous tones, wonky blinks and stutters, but they ace repetitive and data-crunching tasks. Buckle up, South Asian broadcasting's on a wild tech rollercoaster ride.
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According to the Washington Post, the SEC's putting the brakes on investment firms using AI to score more business at clients' expense. In their crosshairs? Online brokerages like Robinhood, known for using AI to influence customer trading. The SEC's proposed rule extends conflict-of-interest bans to AI-driven personal data exploitation. Although advisers must already prioritize clients' best interests, these rules crank up the stakes for online platforms. Firms would need to spotlight and nix any AI-induced conflicts of interest. The SEC's move could be a game changer for Wall Street's tech future.
Listicle of what else is happening today
Netflix rich: Amid ongoing strikes from actors and writers, Netflix is hiring an AI manager. Yep, it’s a 6-figure salary. Actually, it’s a $900k figure salary, which would put “AI Manager @ Netflix” as a better-paid position than most CEO’s out there.
AI language inequality survivors: Apparently AI usage fees are up to 15x cheaper for English than other languages. Rest assured we’ll be hearing about this in the mainstream soon too.
Meta Ali: Alibaba’s cloud unit just brought Meta’s AI model Llama to its client base. A synergy of Western and Eastern powers if there ever was one.
Home AI: Amazon’s Alexa resides in over 50 million US homes, but Alexa’s foundational technology is far behind the new wave of AI flooding the market. Amazon aims to change that, by upgrading the Alexa software to the equivalent of a voice-enabled ChatGPT.
AutogenAI: A generative tool for writing bids and pitches secures $22.3M in funding, perpetuating the cycle of massive amounts of money being dropped into AI startups.
Night-mode activated: Bats echolocate to see in the dark. Dogs smell. And as mum and dad told you, eating carrots will help you see in the dark too. Well, so will this AI-enhanced night-vision technology.
AI surveillance: NYC’s subway system has joined airports and police stations in using AI-powered surveillance. Your morning and afternoon commutes are no longer your own, it seems.
Serious drones: “Necessity is the mother of invention,” as the saying goes. That couldn’t be more relevant than in Ukraine, where the war is spurring some serious AI drone firepower.
Mission not-so-likely: The new Mission Impossible film featured the Entity. Luckily, according to (this particular) expert, it’s not a realistic representation of what an all-destroying AI would be like — pure opinion.
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