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AI Debrief: November 10 2023


This week, several significant developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) have made the news, reflecting the rapid evolution and growing impact of AI technologies across different sectors:

  1. Humane's AI Pin: Humane, a company founded by ex-Apple employees, unveiled its AI Pin, a wearable device priced at $699. This device, which lets you wear ChatGPT on your clothes, represents a step towards 'ambient computing' and is aimed at integrating AI into daily life. It promises to offer functions like a camera with a laser projector and comes with a $24/month subscription for cellular connectivity. The AI Pin is set to ship in early 2024 and will be available for order from November 16 in the U.S.​​​​​​​​​​.

  2. OpenAI's GPTs: OpenAI introduced GPTs, a new feature allowing users to create customized versions of ChatGPT for various applications in daily life, work, and specific tasks. This development was announced at OpenAI's first developer event, along with other significant updates and cost reductions for developers. Despite facing a DDoS attack, OpenAI managed to release GPTs to all ChatGPT Plus subscribers. This innovation has sparked concerns among AI startup founders about competing with OpenAI's rapidly expanding suite of AI products and services​​​​​​​​​​.

  3. Regulatory Developments in the U.S.: The U.S. government is preparing to introduce new proposals to regulate AI. This follows President Joe Biden's executive order aimed at promoting the safe development of AI, signaling increased attention and urgency from the government in managing the expansion and influence of AI technologies​​.

  4. The Singularity Prediction: A prominent figure in AI has suggested that the singularity — the point at which AI surpasses human intelligence and becomes uncontrollable — could be less than 10 years away. This prediction underscores the accelerating pace of AI development and the growing public and academic interest in the broader implications of such advancements​​.

  5. Elon Musk's AI Startup - xAI: Elon Musk's AI startup, xAI, is set to release its first AI model to a selected group. This development highlights the continued interest and investment in AI by influential tech leaders and the potential for new AI models to emerge from private sector initiatives​​.

  6. AI's Impact on Employment: AI is expected to have a significant impact on the global job market. It is projected to replace 85 million jobs worldwide by 2025, but also potentially create 97 million new jobs. This highlights the transformative role of AI in the workforce and the need for adapting skills and employment policies in response to AI-driven changes​​.

These stories highlight the dynamic and rapidly evolving landscape of AI. They underscore the wide-ranging implications of AI technologies, from wearable devices and personalized AI applications to regulatory and economic impacts, signaling a transformative era in the integration of AI into various aspects of society and daily life.