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Today we will discuss-

  • 🏃‍♂️China outpaces U.S. in a key AI metric

  • 🪖AI-powered exhibit allows visitors to talk to WWII vets

  • 🤖Why AI struggles with spelling

  • ⚙️9 amazing AI tools you might not have heard of

All this and more - Let's dive in!

👩‍🍳What’s cooking in the newsroom?

China pulls ahead of U.S. in nurturing top AI talent

♨️News - While the United States is the frontrunner in AI development, new research suggests that China has outpaced the U.S. in producing the scientists who develop such technology.

According to a study by MacroPolo, a think tank associated with the Paulson Institute, China produces nearly half of the world's top AI researchers, whereas only about 18% originate from undergraduate institutions in the United States.

The findings also suggest a considerable growth in China's contribution to top AI talent, up from around one-third three years ago. In contrast, the United States' contribution has remained largely unchanged during this period.

😌How did China do it? The answer is simple: The country has made significant investments in AI education. Since 2018, the nation has launched over 2,000 undergraduate AI programs, which contributed to the large pool of AI talent it has today.

🤕Why is this bad news for the U.S.? For nearly a decade, the talent gap has been widening. In the past, the U.S. benefited from a significant number of top Chinese scholars pursuing career opportunities in the country. However, recent trends indicate a shift, with more Chinese researchers opting to return to China and a new generation of researchers choosing to remain there. If this trend persists, the U.S. may face challenges in maintaining its position as a leader in AI and eventually lose its competitive edge against China.

National WWII Museum uses AI to allow visitors to talk to heroes of 'Greatest Generation'

🚂News - The National WWII Museum is using Artificial Intelligence to create interactive exhibits, providing visitors with a more engaging way to learn about history.

🔍How so? To create these exhibits, the museum interviewed 18 veterans from the "Greatest Generation," a term used to describe those who lived through the Great Depression and fought in World War II. Among them was a Medal of Honor recipient who passed away in 2022.

The project, known as Voices from the Front, took four years to finish. Each veteran was asked 1,000 questions about their wartime experiences, contributing to a comprehensive database. Their stories and images were then combined using an AI system equipped to listen to questions and find relevant answers.

As a result, museum visitors can now have AI-enabled conversations with actual veterans. The process is straightforward: individuals can interact with life-sized projections of real veterans while seated; introductions are made through a console instead of handshakes.

🤓What inspired this project though? Well, it's no secret that the World War II generation is well into their 90s, and every year there are fewer veterans available to share their experiences firsthand. Peter Crean, the vice president of the museum, stated that post-COVID, the importance of preserving these interactions for future generations became more apparent, adding that the project will allow people to converse with World War II veterans for years to come, rather than just watching documentaries on TV.

The reason behind AI's surprisingly inability to spell

🤹‍♂️News - AIs are crushing the SATs, defeating chess grandmasters, and debugging code like it's child's play. But when it comes to spelling, these AIs couldn't compete with an elementary school kid if their digital lives depended on it.

When using text-to-image generators such as DALL-E to design a menu for a Mexican restaurant, you might spot dishes like "taao," "burto," and "enchida," amidst a plethora of nonsensical options. 

Similarly, while ChatGPT can assist in writing papers, it hilariously struggles to generate a 10-letter word without the letters "A" or "E,"  (it told me, "BENCHMARKS") See for yourself 👇

🔤So why do AIs struggle with the ABCs? Image generation models primarily learn to generate images by capturing patterns and structures from the training data. However, they don't inherently understand language or textual information. Therefore, without specific guidance or mechanisms to incorporate textual information, they may produce misspellings like "yellooo" for "yellow." 

When it comes to text generators, large language models (LLMs) may seem to understand and respond to prompts like a human brain, but in reality, they use complex mathematical algorithms to match the pattern of the prompt with one stored in their memory. Then, based on those patterns, they generate a response. It's like they're matching pieces of a puzzle to come up with an answer, without truly understanding the meaning behind the words.

🙄But is it truly such a drawback? Well, come to think of it, this "flaw" can actually come in handy, especially when we're trying to tell if an image is real or AI-generated. Details like street signs, text on clothing, book pages, or any element with odd letter combinations are a few of the telltale signs of an image's artificial nature. So, all things considered, perhaps the "flaw" isn't such a bad thing after all.

🙆🏻‍♀️What else is happening?

📺AI-based series

  • Westworld (2016- 2022) - The series is set in a technologically advanced amusement park called Westworld, where guests can interact with lifelike android hosts. As the series unfolds, it explores complex themes such as AI consciousness and the ethical implications of playing with advanced technology.

  • Raised by Wolves (2020-2022) - The series is set in a distant future where Earth has been ravaged by war and religious conflicts. It follows two androids, Mother and Father, who are tasked with raising human children on a remote, desolate planet called Kepler-22b. The show challenges viewers to consider the potential for AI to play a parental and nurturing role in the survival of the human race.

  • Better Than Us (2018-2019) - The show revolves around the intertwining lives of several characters, including a divorced father and a rebellious teenager, who come into contact with a highly advanced and illegal Bot named Arisa. The series garnered attention for its thought-provoking narrative and its examination of the implications of advanced AI and robotics.

👩🏼‍🚒Discover mind-blowing AI tools

  1. Landing AI - A tool that helps users build a fully functional landing page with a logo, favicon, illustrations, buttons and copy that sells ($39/1 page+ unlimited revisions) 

  2. Teno Chat - An intelligent Discord bot designed to join voice channels, listen, and transcribe meetings (Free)

  3.  OpenLead - An AI-powered lead generation tool that helps businesses generate custom lead lists based on specific criteria ($99/month)

  4. Checkmyidea - An AI-powered service that helps entrepreneurs evaluate their side business ideas and provide an action plan roadmap ($9.9/1 idea) 

  5. Passphoto - An AI-powered tool that allows users to select their country and generate a passport photo that meets the required specifications ($4.95)

  6. Hocoos AI - A website builder that uses artificial intelligence to create customized websites for businesses (15/month) 

  7. Julius - A data analysis tool that allows users to connect their data sources and ask questions about their data (Free up to 15 messages a month)

  8. SplitSong - An AI-powered tool that allows users to split songs into individual instrument tracks ($12/10 credits; 1 credit = 1 song)

  9. LOVO AI - An AI voiceover & text to-speech platform that offers a library of over 500+ human-like voices in 100 languages ($4/month)

😇Technical jargon simplified

  • API stands for Application Programming Interface. It's like a waiter in a restaurant. The waiter takes your order and brings you your food. The waiter is the API, and the restaurant is the software program. APIs are used to connect different software programs together.

  • Cache is a temporary storage area that stores frequently accessed data or web pages to improve the speed and efficiency of retrieval.

  • Data mining is the process of discovering patterns, relationships, and insights from large volumes of data. It is like being a detective in a world of data. It's about using cool computer techniques to search through massive amounts of information and find hidden patterns, connections, and secrets.

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