Will the White House Embrace AI? 🚓

Featuring an AI Frankenstein situation, VP Harris' AI Initiatives, the latest new tools & more

Hey there, AI explorers!

Welcome to our first edition of AI Authority, delivering all of the top groundbreaking AI news shaping our world into a bite-sized newsletter every Friday.

Highlights from this week include:  

  • 🚨 ‘Father of AI’ Leaves Google and Warns of Danger

  • 🤝 AI Leaders Gather with VP Harris on Ethics & Safety

  • 💻 Bing AI Now Open to Public

  • ⭐️ Star Wars AI Fun

Let’s dive in 👇

A rundown of some of the top headlines in the AI space this week:

Geoffrey Hinton, widely considered “the pioneer of AI”, has stepped down from Google — expressing concerns about the potential risks of AI chatbots. The 75-year-old scientist, known for his groundbreaking work on neural networks and deep learning, now regrets his work and warns that chatbots could soon surpass human intelligence.

Are we seeing an AI Frankenstein situation play out?

Hinton cited "bad actors" who might use AI for malicious purposes as one of the key concerns. And while he acknowledged that AI could bring more benefits than risks in the short term, Hinton is emphasizing the need for a responsible approach to AI development and government involvement to prevent AI from "going rogue."

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a discussion Thursday with several top names from Google, Microsoft, Anthropic, and OpenAI, focusing on the responsible growth of AI technology. As the sector continues to evolve at a rapid pace, governments worldwide are racing to address concerns about job displacement, deception, and the spread of disinformation.

Will the White House help drive innovation in AI, or stifle it?

The Biden administration is reportedly investing $140 million in seven new AI research institutes and developing guidelines for federal agencies on AI usage — and leading AI developers have also committed to a public evaluation of their systems this August at the Las Vegas hacker convention DEF CON.

Microsoft annnounced Thursday that its AI-powered Bing search engine is now open to everyone, showcasing its commitment to advancing the technology despite concerns over inaccuracies and tone (RIP to Sydney, the Bing chatbot released in February that took over the internet with its bizarre and often unsettling responses).

With Bing now boasting over 100 million daily active users, Microsoft plans to integrate ChatGPT technology into core productivity tools like Word, Excel, and Outlook, potentially revolutionizing the way we work. New updates to Bing include asking questions with pictures, accessing chat history for a more personalized experience, and exporting responses to Microsoft Word.

“Some people think we should pause development for six months but I’m not sure that fixes anything or improves or moves things along… The only way to really build this technology well is to do it out in the open in the public so we can have conversations about it.”

Yusuf Mehdi, VP at Microsoft

A compilation of the latest AI-powered platforms to add to your toolbox:

  • Bing AI — An AI-powered co-pilot for the web, now available to the public (link)

  • Box AI — Secure, enterprise-grade AI for content (link)

  • Byrdhouse — A multilingual video conferencing app with AI-powered real-time translation (link)

  • JamGPT — Your personal AI code debugging assistant (link)

  • Pi — A new personal AI with a focus on active listening and conversation (link)

Our favorite tweets, threads, AI generations and more from the past week:

📹 AI text-to-video is getting scary good:

🎨 Midjourney launched v5.1 this week, with some subtle differences in outputs:

🔮 AI mind reading on the horizon?

⭐️ May the Fourth Be With You! The internet celebrated Star Wars with some great AI generations:

Chewy 2024 — Midjourney prompt: A photograph of Chewbacca from Star wars being sworn in as the president of the United States, wearing a suit, in front of the White House --ar 16:9 --v 5.1