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In today’s email:

  • LLMs ‘Not The Path to AGI’

  • Amazon’s AI Alexa

  • Musk: Jobs to be ‘Optional’

  • Google Meet’s New AI Audio

  • ScarJo Voice Not Used By OpenAI

  • 10 New AI Tools

  • Latest AI Research Papers

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Today’s trending AI news stories

Meta AI Chief: Large Language Models Won't Achieve AGI

Meta's Chief AI Scientist, Yann LeCun, quips that large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, Google's Gemini, and Meta's Llama won't achieve artificial general intelligence (AGI). According to LeCun, LLMs have the intelligence of a particularly bright house cat, lacking logic, physical understanding, and persistent memory. While OpenAI has given ChatGPT a semblance of working memory, LeCun isn't convinced this elevates it much. He wryly dismissed the rush to control super-intelligent AI, suggesting we first need AI smarter than feline companions. Meanwhile, LeCun's 500-person team at Meta is ambitiously working on developing AI with genuine common sense and world comprehension. He expects this venture, aiming beyond today's chatbots that produce surreal images and peculiar illustrations, to take about a decade. Read more.

Amazon Reportedly Preparing Paid Alexa Version Powered By Its Titan AI Model

Amazon is reportedly developing a paid subscription version of its Alexa virtual assistant, powered by its Titan AI model. Expected to launch later this year, this upgraded Alexa will feature new generative AI capabilities derived from Amazon's Titan series of large language models (LLMs). The Titan Text Premier model, capable of processing prompts with up to 32,000 tokens, incorporates a retrieval-augmented generation (RAG) feature for enhanced responses. Conversely, the entry-level Titan Text Lite model supports simpler text processing tasks with prompts containing up to 4,000 tokens. The pricing for this upgraded version of Alexa is anticipated to offset the cost of the underlying LLM, with subscription fees speculated to range from $20 per month to a “single-digit dollar amount." Read more.

Elon Musk Predicts AI Will Make Jobs 'Optional' in Future

Elon Musk's discourse at VivaTech 2024 forecasts a future where AI and robots might render employment optional, pivoting towards a society reliant on automated services. He suggests a paradigm shift necessitating "universal high income" to sustain livelihoods in this scenario, distinguishing it from universal basic income. Musk's concerns about the societal implications of AI's evolution echo through his references to Ian Banks' "Culture Book Series," portraying a utopian AI-led society. He ponders the existential question of human purpose in a jobless world, proposing that human involvement in AI development may imbue it with purpose. Despite acknowledging AI's risks, he advocates for proactive measures, acknowledging its potential societal benefits amidst escalating technological advancement. Read more.

Google Meet’s Adaptive Audio Connects Mics From Multiple Laptops For Clearer Audio

Google Meet is getting a much-needed boost in the audio department with the introduction of "adaptive audio." This AI-powered feature tackles the age-old problem of echoey conference calls with multiple laptops in a room. By synchronizing microphones and speakers, Google Meet aims to create a smoother, more frustration-free experience.

This feature is a boon for smaller teams and budget-conscious organizations lacking dedicated conferencing equipment. It offers greater flexibility in meeting locations and ensures clear audio regardless of the setting. Google plans a measured rollout to specific Google Workspace subscriptions, with the feature conveniently enabled by default but offering the option for manual control. Read more.

OpenAI Didn’t Copy Scarlett Johansson’s Voice For ChatGPT, Records Show

According to The Washington Post, OpenAI didn't intentionally seek an actor resembling Scarlett Johansson for its Sky voice assistant. The company selected actors based on criteria such as warmth and engagement, not Johansson's likeness.

The chosen actor's natural voice, resembling Sky's, was confirmed by initial voice test clips. OpenAI emphasized that its Chief Technology Officer, Mira Murati, made decisions regarding AI voices, with limited involvement from Sam Altman. Johansson, approached by Altman in September 2023, declined to voice ChatGPT but later raised concerns about Sky's similarity to her voice. Read more.

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10 new AI-powered tools from around the web

Nowadays is an AI-driven assistant for corporate event planning, automating venue selection, availability checks, rate negotiations, and logistical coordination, optimizing efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Canvid for Windows is an AI-powered screen recorder offering automatic zoom, smooth cursor movements, motion blur, and custom backgrounds for high-quality demos and tutorials.

Findr 2.0 is an AI search assistant that integrates with workplace apps like Slack and Gmail, providing instant answers and document creation.

Unify AI Unify optimizes LLM prompts by dynamically routing them to the best models, balancing cost, latency, and quality. Includes $100 free credits.

Granola is an AI-powered notepad for back-to-back meetings, combining smart transcription with personal notes to ensure comprehensive and useful meeting records.

Opinion Stage AI offers a no-code tool for creating customizable, conversion-optimized quizzes, forms, and surveys, enhancing audience engagement and data collection efficiency.

StarSearch is an AI-powered feature by OpenSauced that provides detailed insights into contributor history and activities, enhancing transparency and knowledge of open source projects.

BrowseBuddy AI is an AI co-pilot for e-commerce, enhances the customer journey with personalized guidance, product recommendations, and interactive shopping experiences for seamless transactions.

DataGems is an AI copilot that transforms scattered marketing data into compelling narratives, enabling data-driven storytelling and insights for marketers.

Usermaven offers AI-powered, privacy-friendly analytics with cookie-less tracking, automatic event capture, product analytics, attribution, and customer journey reports for marketing and product teams.

arXiv is a free online library where researchers share pre-publication papers.

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