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🧵 In today's edition:

  • 🔨 Sam Altman wants regulation

  • 🍎 Apple gives an AI teaser

  • 🧭 AI to navigate your relationships

  • 🤑 AI Fundraising News

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🔨 Sam Altman wants regulation

On Tuesday, Sam Altman got his moment in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee panel on AI, where he was asked questions regarding the risks and benefits of AI.

Here’s a gist of the 3 hr meeting:

  • In his opening remarks, Sam claimed that AI has the potential to improve “nearly every aspect of our lives” and that this can be a printing press moment for the technology.

  • He believes that the benefits of the AI tools currently available vastly outweigh the risks they pose, but there still needs to be procedures in place to ensure user safety.

  • OpenAI spent ~6 months working on GPT4 to ensure that it responds “helpfully and truthfully, while refusing harmful requests,” making it safer to use than any other widely deployed model.

  • Sam also openly acknowledged the need for regulation in AI development.

  • He stated that AI can "entirely automate away some jobs” but noted that it could also create new job opportunities that would be "much better." How? We have no idea.

Also: He has ZERO (0) EQUITY in OpenAI… wowza.

Overall, Altman proposed a few ways in which governments could take the lead in regulating AI:

  • Create an agency that issues licenses for the creation of large-scale A.I. models

  • Have safety regulations and tests that A.I. models must pass before being released to the public.

Now, the question becomes how fast the government can act on creating these guardrails. If history is any indication, we could be waiting for a while…

Read more: Semafor | NY Times

🍎 Apple gives an AI teaser

Big changes are coming to Apple’s latest iOS.

Apple is introducing new accessibility features enabled by AI, such as Assistive Access, which simplifies common apps, and AI detection, which makes it easier for individuals with vision issues to select buttons on microwaves/elevators.

Apple is also updating Live Speech by enabling users to record their speech patterns and create a voice that sounds like them. The app generates speech using AI and requires users to read 15 minutes of audio prompts.

It was created specifically for folks at risk of losing their speech, but we have a sneaky suspicion that this might be a hit for general users too.

Many of these new features are centered around machine learning at a time when Apple has been relatively mysterious about its AI initiatives.

I guess this is just the teaser before the big reveal at WWDC, coming up in June.

If it's anything like Google I/O, we can’t wait.

Read more: Gizmodo

🧭 AI to navigate your relationships

Ever wondered which friend of yours knows how to tie a Fisherman's Knot? Or who in your friend circle can explain the difference between a Delaware C-Corp and an LLC?

Well, wonder no more.

Clay, a personal CRM app designed to help people manage their relationships, is introducing an AI-powered tool called Nexus, which will enable users to gain insights from their network of contacts.

The feature will allow users to query their own network for information and assistance for relationship-building purposes. The company describes it as “talking to your network as if it’s a person, then having it generate a list for you, based on its understanding of that data.”

Obviously, data privacy is a real concern with tools like this. To combat that, Clay provides a human-readable privacy policy that goes into how they protect user data.

Oh, and you know, they have a paid plan for $20/month yada yada.

Read more: TechCrunch

🤑 AI Fundraising News

Procurement platform Zip raises $100M at a $1.5 billion valuation

Hippocratic AI raises $50M seed funding to build models for healthcare

🗞️ Byte size: AI article summaries

Disclaimer: AI is (partially) used to summarize these articles.

Webex meetings will use AI tools to help speech-impaired users communicate [Engadget] - Speech recognition company Voiceitt has integrated its technology into Webex Meetings, which enables people with non-standard speech to communicate effectively during video calls. Voiceitt's AI is designed to establish and transcribe what people are saying on calls, predicting phrases and elaborating on user-chosen shortcuts. (Read more)

Microsoft’s Bing Chat gets deeper Edge mobile integration, a widget, and much more [The Verge] - Microsoft has announced contextual chat for Edge, a Bing widget for iOS and Android, as well as the ability to continue Bing Chat conversations between mobile and desktop devices. In addition, Skype is now fully supported by Bing Chat for group chats. (Read more)

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