🔉 Text to Audio

PLUS: Uber Is developing it's own chatbot

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🧵 In today's edition:

  • 🔉 Text to Audio

  • 🩺 AI detects breast cancer

  • 🦾 Thought-driven movement

  • 🤑 AI Fundraising News

🤖 Top AI News

🔉 Text to Audio

We’ve seen it all. Text-to-text. Text-to-image. Text-to-video.

Now, we have… text-to-audio.

Yesterday, Meta announced AudioCraft, an open-source AI kit that allows users to create realistic audio and music from written content.

The technology uses three models to do so:

  • MusicGen, trained with Meta-owned and specifically licensed music, generates music from text prompts.

  • AudioGen, trained on public sound effects, creates audio from text prompts.

  • EnCodec, which allows higher-quality music generation with fewer artifacts.

This is interesting because It introduces a redefined audio landscape with the potential for personalized voice experiences.

The potential user pool includes:

  • Aspiring/current musicians and producers looking to compose a melody/sample

  • Audiobook production companies

  • Companies/startups tinkering with voice assistants

Overall: Meta continues to innovate by releasing open-source tools that enthusiasts and professionals can experiment with.

And while it doesn’t make them any money, it allows Meta to gather data re: what works and how the community uses the technology. That’s gold in the age of AI.

Read more: Engadget

🩺 AI detects breast cancer

Source: Innovation at work

There is a lot of talk about which sectors and jobs will benefit the most from AI.

Some say finance. Others say sales.

But the overwhelming majority seem to agree that the medical industry will benefit the most from advancements in AI.

Here’s one example of why:

A study conducted in Sweden revealed that AI significantly enhanced breast cancer detection rates by 20%.

How? By implementing AI algorithms to analyze mammograms, researchers were able to identify potential cancerous abnormalities more precisely.

It also dropped radiologists' workload by 44%, allowing them to help more patients detect breast cancer early. Lead author Kristina Lång calls the workload reduction AI's "greatest potential right now."

It's a game-changer for overwhelmed screening programs.

By integrating AI into the screening process, the study found that the technology's ability to discern subtle patterns and anomalies significantly outperformed traditional methods.

Overall: While there is still much more work to be done, this advancement can revolutionize breast cancer diagnosis and management, offering hope for better outcomes and increased survival rates for patients worldwide.

Big win.

Read more: Politico

🦾 Thought-driven movement

Northwell Health’s The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

Speaking of big wins from the AI x Medicine collab:

A paralyzed man was able to move and feel again thanks to an AI-enabled brain implant.

How does it work?

  • Surgeons implanted microchips in the patient’s brain, mapped to the areas that control arm movement and hand sensation.

  • The external ports connect to a computer with AI algorithms that interpret and translate his thoughts into movement.

  • The implant can also adapt and fine-tune its responses to the user's intentions, resulting in more natural and precise movements.

Remarkably, the patient’s arm strength also doubled, even when disconnected, with new sensations in his wrist and forearm.

Overall: For obvious reasons, this is immense! Doctors and developers hope that with continued R&D in AI and neuroprosthetics, we could one day restore 100% mobility and independence to those with paralysis. Wouldn’t that be something?

I think we can chill with the chatbots for now. We need more of this!

Read more: Engadget

🤑 AI Fundraising News

Inworld AI Raises a new round of undisclosed funding to continue developing "Character Engines" for games and interactive experiences.

LightForce Orthodontics Raises $80M in Series D Funding to produce personalized 3D printed braces.

🗞️ AI Quick-Bytes

What else is going on?

  1. AMD is considering making a specific A.I. chip for China to comply with export controls

  2. Google’s generative search feature now shows related videos and images

  3. Tinder tests AI photo selection feature to help users build profiles

  4. Kickstarter projects will soon have to disclose any AI use

  5. Google pulls its AI Test Kitchen app from Play Store and App Store

  6. AI is helping scientists reveal star ages. Here's how

  7. Uber Is developing an AI-powered chatbot to integrate into the app

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