Meta's Gen AI ban

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Today we will discuss-

  • 🚫Meta blocks political advertisers from using GenAI ad tools

  • 👷‍♂️EU social forum to address AI's impact on jobs

  • 🤖China to mass produce humanoid robots by 2025

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

All this and more - Let's dive in!

👩‍🍳What’s cooking in the newsroom?

Meta bans political advertisers from using GenAI tools over misinformation concerns

♨️News - Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has prohibited political advertisers from using their new generative AI advertising tools. This, after lawmakers expressed concerns that these tools could be used to spread election-related misinformation. 

This decision is significant as it is the first major AI policy update by a big tech company to address safety concerns surrounding GenAI ad products.

🤔Are political advertisers the only ones banned? No. In its latest updates on its help center, Meta mentioned that advertisers from other regulated sectors, including housing, employment, credit, social issues, health, pharmaceuticals, and financial services, are also prohibited from using GenAI ad tools. This is aimed at preventing AI from being used to create ads related to sensitive topics within those industries.

😃What's more? Meta has previously stated that it blocked its user-facing Meta AI virtual assistant from generating realistic images of public figures. The company also pledged to watermark AI-generated content and imposed a ban on misleading AI-generated videos across all content, including organic (unpaid) posts. 

Notably, other companies like TikTok, Snapchat, and Google, are also taking steps to restrict political ads.

EU social forum to explore policies to shield workers from AI-driven changes

☕News - This year's European Employment & Social Rights Forum (EESRF) will focus on the impact of AI on the workforce. The forum, taking place on 16 and 17 November, will be hosted by the European Commission in Brussels and online.

The forum aims to help employers, employees, and policymakers prepare for AI-driven changes in the workforce. This, by enabling workers to make the most of AI, setting clear rules to maintain job quality and promoting AI policies that reduce poverty and inequality.

🧐Why is this important though? Several studies and economists have suggested that while AI could significantly boost the global economy, it might also eliminate many jobs, making income inequality worse and affecting workers' well-being. Hence, it is crucial to implement policies that ensure job security. 

To this end, the forum will serve as a platform to discuss ideas and policy choices that make sure AI technology benefits workers through appropriate legislation.

Moreover, as the forum takes place while the EU is actively pursuing leadership in AI regulations, it offers a valuable opportunity for the forum's insights and recommendations to shape AI policies.

China issues guidelines for the development, mass production of humanoid robots by 2025

🤓Context of news - Last week, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said that humanoid robots that can perform tasks like humans are set to be the next major disruptive technology after computers, smartphones, and electric vehicles.

📜News - China's MIIT has issued guidelines, aimed at mass producing humanoid robots by 2025. The ministry has defined key goals in its document titled "Guiding Opinions for Innovating and Developing Humanoid Robots."

🤨What are these goals? 

  • The primary goal is to establish development centers to produce elements or parts needed for mass-producing androids by 2025. 

  • The next goal is to secure a reliable supply chain for industrial humanoid robots by 2027.

  • It also aims to improve upon traditional robots through research in various areas, including operating in tough conditions and developing odor-detecting sensors.

  • Finally, it aims to simplify the challenge of creating humanoid robots by breaking it down into three components: the brain, the cerebellum, and the limbs.

😶‍🌫️Are there any concerns though? While several industries offer promising opportunities for the use of humanoid robots, ethical considerations such as privacy, safety, and AI bias need to be addressed. 

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👩🏼‍💻What else is happening?

🎾Unusual AI use cases

  • Toilet sensors - AI-powered toilet sensors track restroom usage, alerting janitors for prompt cleaning. They enhance sanitation by optimizing water usage and detecting anomalies for maintenance, ultimately enhancing public hygiene.

  • Sports analysis - AI enhances sports viewing by providing real-time analysis. It offers instant player statistics, tactical insights, and highlights, engaging fans with a deeper understanding of the game. This makes the viewing experience more immersive and informative.

  • Customized sneaker designs - AI creates custom sneaker designs by analyzing customer preferences and generating unique designs. Machine learning algorithms assist in material selection, color combinations, and style choices. In doing so, it enables personalized and innovative footwear, meeting the diverse tastes of sneaker enthusiasts.

👩🏼‍🚒Discover mind-blowing AI tools

  1. Penny - An AI shopping assistant that helps users shop smarter and save money

  2. SynthMind - An AI-powered platform that offers various autonomous AI agents to assist professionals in their work

  3. EverArt - A tool that allows users to train AI image models based on their unique visual identity

  4. Fornax - A tool that offers instant slide-by-slide feedback on pitch decks for early-stage startup founders

  5. MomentsAI - An AI-guided meditation app that offers personalized meditation sessions

  6. PotionPitch AI - A tool for sales teams that enhances sales outreach and customer engagement

  7. Strong Focus Bot - An AI assistant that help users by summarizing and answering questions based on a given piece of text

  8. Galadon - An AI-building platform that allows users to create and customize AI software without coding skills

  9. Pagerly - An AI-powered incident management tool that helps teams debug incidents faster

  10. - An AI-powered interviewing tool that conducts live, conversational interviews and provides real-time evaluations

  11. More Graphics Stickers - A service that allows users to generate personalized stickers using AI technology

🎬AI-based movies

  • Demon Seed (1977)  - It is a horror film about a woman who is imprisoned and forcibly impregnated by an artificially intelligent computer. The film explores the dangers of superintelligent computer systems and discusses the drawbacks of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). The story has received a lot of criticism over the years, with many disliking the movie because of its gory nature.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team The Avengers. The story deals with a peacekeeping program called Ultron that becomes self-aware and decides that humanity is the greatest threat to peace. Ultron sets out to destroy humanity and the Avengers must reunite to stop him. The film was a critical and commercial success.

  • Tau (2018) - A science fiction thriller film about a woman who is held captive by a scientist in a futuristic smart house. The film has a lot of disturbing scenes, however, it is suspenseful and thought-provoking. The story deals with human consciousness and free will. It is a well-made film with strong performances from Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein.

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