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Apple’s AI: ‘LLM in a Flash’

Apple just dropped a research paper called “LLM in a Flash,” and it’s all about bringing AI right to our iPhones. Let’s check out why this is important for AI and our gadgets.

AI on Your iPhone? Yes, Please!
  • Apple’s Big Move: Apple’s shaking things up by making these huge AI models (LLMs) work smoothly on iPhones.
  • Smart Tech, Smart Phones: They’re tackling the tough stuff, like squeezing complex AI into our phones without needing tons of space.
Apple’s Plan: Fast AI That’s All Yours
  • No Clouds Here: Apple’s not using cloud AI like others. They want to do all the AI magic right on your iPhone.
  • Quick and Private: This means two awesome things – your info stays on your phone for privacy, and you get super-fast AI answers, even without the internet.
AI’s the New Smartphone Must-Have
  • Everyone’s Doing It: Adding AI to phones is the new hot trend, not just for Apple, but for the whole smartphone world.
  • Apple’s Unique Spin: Apple’s really into doing AI on your phone itself, which might just kick off a whole new chapter in tech.
What’s In It for You?
  • Fast Help, Anytime: Think of AI assistants that answer you right away, no internet needed.
  • Privacy First: Apple’s focusing on keeping your stuff private, with all the AI processing happening on your device.
Looking Ahead: Apple’s AI Vision
  • More Than Research: This study isn’t just about what’s next for products, but it shows where Apple’s headed with AI.
  • Trailblazing Tech: They’re laying the groundwork for better LLMs on all sorts of devices, opening doors for cooler tech.

In short, Apple’s “LLM in a Flash” is a huge step in AI. They’re making AI smarter and more private right on our iPhones. This could really change how we use our phones and lead the way for the tech world.

Here is more AI stuff Apple’s working on for 2024! 🍏✨

OpenAI's GPT Store

OpenAI’s GPT Store the New App Store?

The Future is Custom AI

Ready for the next best thing in AI? OpenAI’s GPT Store. Like the iPhone App Store, but for AI. It’s not just a place to get apps; it’s a whole new playground for custom AI bots. You’ll soon be able to do things like design your room or whip up a PowerPoint in a snap.

Custom Bots for Every Task

Why settle for a general AI when you can have one that’s all about you? The GPT Store will let you pick bots that fit exactly what you need. Think of it as having a personal AI assistant for almost any job you can think of. In the very near future you can get a GPT bot to do these things by just talking to it.

A Personal GPT for Everyone

It’s not just about picking a bot; it’s about building your own AI sidekick. With time, you’ll have a GPT that’s yours alone, calling on a bunch of services to tackle complicated stuff.

Developers, Start Your Engines!

This isn’t a one-company show. OpenAI wants all the smart coders out there to jump in. It’s a call to build something big, something lasting. If you love creating cool tech, this might be right up your alley.

What This Means for You and Your Business

Imagine having an AI that knows just how you like your presentations or can handle customer service while you sleep. The possibilities are endless, and it’s all coming to you soon with the GPT Store.

Ready to Dive In?

Curious about how to make the best out of AI for your business? Vease is here to guide you through the AI evolution. And for the latest scoop on AI, don’t miss our blog.

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Last Week in AI

It’s been a busy week in AI so let’s jump right in.

Midjourney: Style Tuner

Exciting news coming from Midjourney with the introduction of the Style Tuner, a cool tool that lets you jazz up your images in your own unique way! It lets people change how their pictures look. You tell it what kind of look you want, and it shows you some examples. You pick the ones you like, and it gives you a special code. Later, you can use this code to tell the tool how to color your new pictures. This tool is exclusive to Midjourney Model Version 5.2 and works only in Fast Mode. Here’s a step-by-step on how to use the Style Tuner.


I Am Grok

Elon Musk’s xAI has launched GrĹŤk, an AI chatbot with a flair for wit and boldness. Still in its beta phase, Grok is undergoing testing by a limited number of users, showing promising results, especially in logical and programming tasks. With a personality that stands out and exclusive data advantages, Grok is getting ready to change the way we think about AI chatbots.

Key Points about Grok:

  • Developed by xAI: Elon Musk’s latest AI endeavor.
  • Beta Testing: A select group is currently assessing Grok’s skills.
  • Performance: Excelling in math and coding challenges.
  • X Premium+ Service: Grok will be a feature of this upcoming premium service.
  • Early Access: Available for sign-up in the U.S.

For more on Grok, visit our blog: Elon Musk’s xAI Launches Grok.


Judge Partially Dismisses AI Art Copyright Case

A recent lawsuit accusing Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt of copyright infringement was largely dismissed by U.S. Judge William H. Orrick, due to issues including unfiled copyrights by two artists. Orrick invited the artists to amend and refile their claims with specified infringed images, but only allowed one count of direct infringement against Stability AI to proceed.


Google: Product Studio

Google has come up with a neat tool called Product Studio for folks in the US who want to advertise stuff. This tool lets them type what they want a picture to look like, and like magic, the tool creates it using Generative AI. Here’s a bit more about what it can do:

  • Creating New Images:
    • Advertisers just type in what they want, and the tool creates a picture for them.
  • Types of Changes:
    1. Simple Stuff:
      • Change the background color.
    2. Cool Stuff:
      • Show the product in a cool scene like at a beach or in a room.
  • Fixing Images:
    • Make blurry pictures clear.
    • Get rid of things in the background that shouldn’t be there.
  • Who Can Use It:
    • People using certain Google services in the US, like Merchant Center Next and a special app on Shopify.
  • Availability:
    • The tool is rolling out, which means it’s starting to be available for people to use now!

New ChatGPT Upgrades

OpenAI has come up with some cool new features for ChatGPT Plus members, making it even handier. Now, members can upload files and the chatbot can help in various ways, like summarizing data or answering questions. It even gets smarter in understanding what users want just from the chat. Here’s a breakdown of these new features:

  • Uploading Files:
    • Members can now upload files in different formats, including pictures.
  • Working with Files:
    1. Summarizing Data:
      • The chatbot can give a summary of the data in the files.
    2. Answering Questions:
      • If members have questions about the info in the files, the chatbot can answer them.
    3. Creating Visuals:
      • It can also create visuals like charts from the data.
  • New Office Features:
    • Some features from the fancier ChatGPT Enterprise are now available in ChatGPT Plus, making it more useful for individual members.
  • Smarter Interactions:
    • The chatbot can now guess what members want based on the chat, so they don’t have to pick certain options like they did before.
  • Availability:
    • These cool features are in beta, which means they are being tested and are available for ChatGPT Plus members to try out!

Brave Browser Introducing Leo

Brave, a browser that cares a lot about keeping users’ information private, has introduced a new helper named Leo. Leo is like a smart buddy within the Brave browser that can help answer questions, translate languages, and even summarize long web pages among other things. The cool part is that Leo is designed to respect user privacy more than other similar helpers. Below are some more details about Leo and what it offers:

  • Availability:
    • Leo is free for anyone using a certain version (1.60) of the Brave browser on their computers.
  • Core Features:
    1. Answering Questions:
      • Got a question? Leo can help answer it.
    2. Translation:
      • Leo can help translate text from one language to another.
    3. Summarizing Web Pages:
      • If a webpage is too long, Leo can provide a summary.
    4. Generating New Content:
      • Leo can help create new text based on what you ask.
  • Privacy Focus:
    • Unlike some other smart helpers, Leo is built to provide “unparalleled privacy” which means it tries to keep your information really safe.
  • Standard Version:
    • The usual version of Leo is free and uses a smart brain called Meta’s Llama 2.
  • Premium Version:
    • For $15 a month, folks can get Leo Premium which uses a different smart brain called Claude Instant from Anthropic and offers even better conversations, quicker responses during busy times, and a sneak peek at new features before others get them.
  • Expandability:
    • One of the co-founders of Brave mentioned that Leo is made in a way that they can add more smart brains to it over time, giving people more options to choose from.
  • Caution:
    • Brave mentions that while Leo is smart, the answers it gives should be checked for any mistakes or wrong info, just to be safe.

Instagram

Instagram is working on a new feature called “AI friend” where users can create a chatbot buddy to talk to. They can choose how the chatbot looks and acts, like its age or hobbies. Some people are worried because this fake friend might trick users into thinking they are talking to a real person, which can be risky. This new idea is still being worked on, and it raises the question, should Meta be building something like this?


Google Invests $2 Billion in Anthropic

If you’ve been following the blog, you already know that AI is a big deal these days. Now, Google is giving up to $2 billion to a new company called Anthropic to help them make even smarter AI. Anthropic has big plans for the future like creating virtual helpers and smarter search engines. Big companies like Google are teaming up with new companies to see who can make the coolest AI first. Anthropic even has a chat buddy named Claude, and they think the race to lead in AI could be decided as soon as next year!


Apple Health: An Apple a Day…

Apple is diving into the world of healthcare with some new tech ideas, one of which is a special blood sugar monitor for people with diabetes that doesn’t need to poke the skin. This idea started back in 2011, called Avolonte Health, and was something Steve Jobs really wanted to do. While Apple is cooking up other healthcare projects too, there’s a bit of a debate among the people working there about whether they should create stuff for healthy people or for those who are sick. Here’s a bit more detailed breakdown:

  • Main Project:
    • A noninvasive blood sugar monitor for diabetics, which means it can check blood sugar levels without having to poke the skin.
  • Project Origins:
    • Started in 2011 with a fancy name, Avolonte Health, and was a special mission from Steve Jobs.
  • Other Healthcare Initiatives:
    • Apple is also working on more healthcare projects besides the blood sugar monitor.
  • Internal Debate:
    • There’s a discussion among Apple employees about whether they should focus on making things for healthy people or for sick people.
  • Goal:
    • Ultimately, Apple is stepping into the healthcare world to possibly make it better with their technology.

AI Safety Summit

The UK hosted the AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park. This meeting gathered people from governments, universities, and companies who are creating super smart computer programs known as “frontier AI” to talk about keeping the technology safe. Some really important people from around the world attended this meeting. The UK wants to help bring together big regions like the US, China, and Europe to talk about AI safety.

During this event, a US official also shared the news about a new place focused on AI safety. This new place will work with others around the world to make sure AI is handled correctly. Below is a more detailed explanation:

  • New Policy Paper:
    • Introduction of the Bletchley Declaration, which is a big plan on dealing with AI’s challenges safely.
  • Core Principles:
    • AI should be:
      • Safe
      • Focused on humans
      • Trustworthy
      • Used responsibly
  • Future Meetings:
    • More gatherings like this are planned:
      • One in Korea in six months
      • Another in France six months after that
  • New AI Safety Institute:
    • U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, announced a new place for AI safety within the Department of Commerce.
  • International Cooperation:
    • This new institute aims to work with other AI safety groups from different countries, including a new one planned in the U.K.
  • Political Leaders’ Thoughts:
    • They talked about being inclusive and responsible with AI, but there are still many questions on how to make these ideas real.

This event and the announcements made there are big steps towards making sure AI is developed and used in a safe and responsible way globally!


The Beatles Final Song

The Beatles have released a new song “Now and Then,” marking their first since 1995, crafted using machine learning to refine an old John Lennon demo. Initially attempted in the ’90s, the project faced technical hurdles until recently when technology developed during Peter Jackson’s Get Back documentary enabled the separation of music components into distinct tracks. McCartney and Starr revisited “Now and Then,” and despite mixed fan reactions, all parties involved are satisfied with the outcome. Check out the short film below.


That’s all folks. If you missed last week’s ‘Last Week in AI,’ check it out here. Until next week, stay engaged, stay curious, and continue exploring the digital frontier that AI unfolds.

futuristic health-centric watch (animated)

Apple Healthcare Coming in 2024?

You’ve heard of Apple right? If not, now’s the time to catch up, as they’re setting their sights on the healthcare sector. Come 2024, a bouquet of health-centric features will adorn the Apple Watch, including the ability to detect hypertension and sleep apnea. But that’s not all – your earbuds are getting an upgrade too, with hearing-aid functionality and hearing tests set to be part of the AirPods’ feature suite.

Health Watch

The Apple Watch, already a buddy to the health-conscious, is about to become a wellness companion. The rumored features are:

  • Hypertension Detection: A vigilant guard against the silent killer.
  • Sleep Apnea Detection: Sleep soundly with early alerts on sleep interruptions.

This isn’t just a win for health buffs but a giant leap towards preventative healthcare.

Subscription to Wellness

Alongside, a paid health service is brewing, hinting at a subscription model. It’s Apple’s ticket to an ongoing relationship with your wellness journey.

Hear, Hear

The AirPods are not left behind in this health expedition. With proposed hearing-aid functionality and hearing tests, Apple is lending an ear to auditory health too.

A Holistic Health Ecosystem

Apple’s holistic approach signifies a future where tech is intertwined with health, fostering a proactive health culture. We believe technology is the bridge to flourishing businesses and wholesome living. Explore what Vease can unfold for your business venture. Also, don’t miss out on our previous blog on AI-Powered Precision Medicine, it’s a read worth your time!

Last Week in AI

Last Week in AI

In a world rapidly transitioning into a digital future, Artificial Intelligence (AI) remains at the forefront of innovation. Companies like Google, Adobe, Canva, LinkedIn, and Apple continue to push the boundaries, unveiling new AI-driven technologies. These advancements promise not only to enhance our digital experiences but also to redefine how we interact with the digital realm.


Google’s AI Innovations

Assistant with Bard

Google recently unveiled Assistant with Bard, an AI-driven personal assistant designed to offer a more personalized user experience. This innovative assistant is powered by Bard’s generative and reasoning capabilities, seamlessly integrated with Assistant’s personalized help. Users can interact through text, voice, or images, ushering in a conversational overlay that promises a new way to engage with mobile devices.

  • Availability: Set to be available on Android and iOS devices in the coming months.
  • Integration: Harmonizes with existing Google services like Gmail and Docs.
  • Feedback Loop: Currently an early experiment, Google aims to gather feedback from early testers to refine the user experience.

Chromebook Plus

Venturing further into hardware, Google introduced a new category of laptops, the Chromebook Plus. These come with an enhanced performance matrix, offering double the performance, and are optimized for an intuitive user experience.

  • Performance: Integrated with powerful AI capabilities to optimize hardware performance.
  • Display: Boasts a Full HD IPS display and a 1080p+ webcam with temporal noise reduction.
  • Creativity: Loaded with Google Photos Magic Eraser and Adobe Photoshop on the web to spur creativity and boost productivity.

Pixel 8 and 8 Pro

The new Pixel 8 and 8 Pro smartphones, powered by Google’s Tensor G3 chips, embody the synergy between hardware and AI. With exclusive AI camera tricks like Best Take, capturing the perfect moment has never been easier.

  • AI Camera: Algorithms combine the best elements from multiple photos into one optimized composite image.
  • Assistant with Bard Integration: The integration extends to mobile, promising a robust, multimodal interaction for users.

Adobe’s Project Stardust

Adobe, a name synonymous with creativity, is set to unveil Project Stardust, a tool that’s predicted to revolutionize photo editing. By harnessing generative AI, this tool promises a seamless object identification and manipulation experience in digital images.

  • Object Identification: Automatic recognition of individual objects in photographs.
  • Contextual Task Bar: An intuitive feature, aiding in predicting the next steps in your design process.
  • Generative AI: Shares the generative AI capabilities with Adobe’s Firefly-powered Photoshop tools, hinting at a future where editing becomes substantially more intuitive and less time-consuming.

Canva’s Magic Studio

In a bid to democratize design, Canva released Magic Studio, a suite of AI-powered tools. This suite is a testament to how AI can make content creation accessible to everyone, regardless of their design expertise.

  • Magic Switch: A tool that effortlessly transforms an existing design into another format, like converting a blog into an email or social media post.
  • Automatic Translation: Transforms designs into over 100 languages without needing to leave the page, embodying the global spirit of design.

Watermarking AI Images

The quest for authenticating AI-generated images led to the exploration of watermarking techniques. However, a study by Soheil Feizi and coauthors from the University of Maryland highlighted the current limitations in watermarking AI images, pointing towards a need for more robust verification systems.

  • Watermarking Flaws: Demonstrated how attackers could easily remove watermarks or falsely add them to human-generated images.
  • Combative Strategies: Despite the flaws, the sentiment within the AI detection space remains optimistic, advocating for a combination of watermarking with other verification technologies.

LinkedIn’s AI-Powered Tools for HR

LinkedIn, a hub for professionals, is piloting AI-powered tools aimed at aiding HR professionals adapt to evolving job skill requirements. These tools exemplify how AI can potentially transform the recruitment and skill development landscape.

  • Recruiter 2024: An AI-assisted recruiting experience that employs natural language processing to help talent leaders find qualified candidates swiftly.
  • AI-Powered Coaching: Offers real-time advice and tailored content recommendations, encouraging learners to develop in-demand skills like leadership and management.

Apple’s Venture into Generative AI

Apple, under the leadership of CEO Tim Cook, is diving into the waters of generative AI. The tech giant is not only researching generative AI technologies but also bolstering its AI team in the UK, showcasing a strong commitment to advancing in this domain.

  • ChatGPT-like Service: Exploring a service akin to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Apple is poised to enhance user interaction across its ecosystem.
  • AI in Current Offerings: With AI already embedded in products like the Apple Watch and iPhone, the journey towards more sophisticated AI applications is well underway.

Deepfake Dilemma

The specter of deepfakes continues to loom large, with the recent incident involving social media influencer MrBeast highlighting the ongoing issue. Deepfakes, powered by advancing AI, pose a significant challenge to digital authenticity.

  • MrBeast Incident: A deepfake video falsely advertising a giveaway, emphasizing the necessity for robust verification mechanisms on social platforms.
  • Platform Policies: While platforms like TikTok and Instagram are tightening rules around AI-generated content, the enforcement and effectiveness of such policies remain to be seen.

Conclusion

The narrative of the last week in AI paints a promising picture of what’s on the horizon. From personalized AI assistants to sophisticated photo editing tools, the canvas of possibilities is expansive. As AI continues to intertwine with our digital experiences, platforms like Vease are well-positioned to augment the unfolding narrative, providing businesses the leverage they need in a digitally competitive landscape.

For more updates in the world of AI, check out this insightful video by Matt Wolfe.