Biden's AI executive order

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Today we will discuss-

  • 📝U.S. President signs AI executive order

  • 🔫Ukraine to use AI weapons in fight against Russia

  • 🥇Vietnam leads AI development in Southeast Asia

  • 😱 9 fantastic AI tools you might not have heard of

All this and more - Let's dive in!

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👩‍🍳What’s cooking in the newsroom?

President Biden signs AI executive order to promote innovation, address risks

🗞️News - President Joe Biden, on Monday, signed a new executive order on artificial intelligence, the first of its kind for the U.S. government. The order includes requirements for companies to perform safety checks, and research into how AI impacts employment.

While law enforcement and Congress have been discussing AI regulation, the executive order can have a faster impact because, like a law, it has immediate authority. This simply means that its directives can be implemented without the lengthy legislative process required for passing a new law.

What are some of the key components of the order? 

  • The order aims to ensure consumer privacy by creating guidelines for agencies to evaluate how AI technologies handle and protect people's private information.

  • To promote fairness and civil rights, it lays out guidelines for landlords and federal contractors to prevent AI discrimination. It also sets limits on AI's role in the justice system, which includes its use in sentencing, risk assessments, and crime prediction.

  • It encourages innovation and competition by providing more grants for AI research in areas like climate change and revising criteria for skilled immigrants to stay in the U.S.

  • Lastly, it instructs the Department of Health and Human Services to assess AI-related healthcare practices and offer guidance on responsible use of AI in education.

Ukraine to build AI weapons to strengthen defense against Russian forces

♨️News - Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's Minister of Digital Transformation has removed several Soviet-era laws that restricted private sector involvement in the economy. This change has helped clear the path for the development of AI-enabled weapons for Kyiv's fight against Russian forces.

The minister believes that AI weapons can be a lifeline for his countrymen and level the playing field against Russia's manpower advantage.

Notably, over 200 Ukrainian companies are now actively involved in the development of these AI enabled weapons due to the relaxation of state procurement rules and the establishment of a free-market system.

⚔️What are these AI-enabled weapons; how will they be used? 

  • An "army of robots" will be created to perform tasks that typically require Ukrainian soldiers to risk their lives, such as laying Ukrainian mines and digging up explosives left in the ground by Russian forces.

  • Automated machine guns equipped with AI-based targeting systems will be deployed on the battlefield, eliminating the need for human involvement.

  • Fleets of self-driving vehicles will be used to transport weapons, deliver ammunition, and evacuate wounded soldiers from the front line.

  • Advanced air-defense sensors will be employed to identify Russian missiles and drones, their intended routes will also be traced using AI.

Vietnam leads AI development in Southeast Asia, leaving peers behind

☕News - Vietnam is taking the lead in the development of AI among other Southeast Asian nations. In comparison to Malaysia and the Philippines, Vietnam is adopting a more forward-looking approach to AI, according to Ranjan Sharma, the head of ASEAN TMT equity research at JPMorgan.

🧐What are some factors contributing to Vietnam's AI development?

  • Vietnam benefits greatly from its large working-age population, with almost 69% of its people falling into this category, according to the General Statistics Office.

  • Vietnam's progressive AI integration in healthcare, transport, and finance surpasses its Southeast Asian neighbors, marking a significant lead in innovation and development.

  • In 2022, Vietnam improved its standing in the Government AI Readiness Index by Oxford Insights, ranking 55th out of 181 countries, marking a seven-place improvement from the previous year.

🤔How has Vietnam's government improved its readiness for AI though? Vietnam's government recently issued the "National Strategy on Research, Development, and Application of Artificial Intelligence," which lays out essential objectives and guidelines for AI technology advancement in the country.

It also introduced the National Digital Transformation Program, which aims to facilitate a digital shift across governance, the economy, and society, while also positioning Vietnamese technology companies on the global stage.

👩🏼‍💻What else is happening?

👨‍🎓Interesting facts

  • UCLA bioengineers created an AI-powered ASL glove that could translate 660 sign gestures to speech via a smartphone app, enhancing communication between signers and non-signers.

  • The COMPAS algorithm, once used for predicting criminal behavior in sentencing, faced accusations of racial bias in 2016. This sparked discussions on AI ethics, emphasizing the need for unbiased algorithms and transparency.

  • In 2017, the faculty at MIT created an AI-enabled Twitter horror story writer named Shelly. She drew inspiration from 140,000 stories on Reddit to craft spooky story prompts. Users on Twitter used to complete these via replies on the same thread.

👩🏼‍🚒Discover mind-blowing AI tools

  1. StoryBee - An AI-powered platform that allows users to create personalized stories for children

  2. Game-Generator - An AI-powered tool that allows users to generate ready-to-use game assets by simply describing them in natural language

  3. SpeakUp - A tool that allows users to convert articles, blogs, and other written content into engaging audio podcasts

  4. Softr AI - An AI-powered tool that generates web applications from a single prompt

  5. Piktochart AI - An infographic generator that uses artificial intelligence to quickly create high-quality infographics

  6. Neuton TinyML - A no-code automated platform that allows users to build extremely tiny machine learning models without coding

  7. OpenCV - An open-source computer vision library that provides tools and functions for image and video processing

  8.  Aimoji - An AI-powered emoji app that allows users to generate unique and personalized emojis based on simple descriptions

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