This post reveals some of the most mind-blowing innovations in tech & AI this month:
This AI-Powered Robot Cleans Your Room
Meet TidyBot, a personalized robot assistant that could make dorm-room life much easier. Developed by a team of researchers led by Jimmy Wu from Princeton University, TidyBot is designed to tidy up rooms by picking up objects and putting them away. The robot learns user preferences from a handful of examples and applies them to future scenarios. For instance, if you prefer storing shirts in the drawer, TidyBot will remember and do just that. The robot achieves 91% accuracy on unseen objects. In real-world test scenarios, TidyBot successfully puts away 85% of objects.
Photoshop Just Got a Whole Lot Easier
Adobe Photoshop has introduced an incredibly mighty and simple-to-use feature in its beta version. The new generative fill feature uses AI to understand the content of your image and fill in the gaps with what it thinks should be there. This means if you’re removing an object from a photo, Photoshop can now fill in the background for you, making it look like the object was never there. Users can also write prompts to create the surface of your choice (see video above). This feature is a game-changer for photo editing, making the process quicker and more intuitive.
Microsoft Aims to Achieve Fusion Power within Five Years
In a bold move towards sustainable energy, Microsoft has partnered with a fusion energy startup, Helion Energy. The tech giant aims to harness fusion power by 2028. This ambitious goal comes after the two companies signed an agreement, with the startup pledging to provide Microsoft with fusion power within this timeframe. While this partnership marks a significant step towards the future of renewable energy, it’s important to note that achieving fusion power within such a short timeframe is a highly ambitious goal that will require overcoming significant scientific and technical challenges. However, after 50 years of hearing it would take the world 20 years to achieve fusion power, we now apparently enter an era where it’s only 5 years. The question is, how long this era will last 😉
OpenAI Awards $1 Million for Research into AI & the Democratic Process
OpenAI is launching a program that will award ten $100,000 grants to fund experiments in setting up a democratic process for deciding what rules AI systems should follow.
“AI will have significant, far-reaching economic and societal impacts. Technology shapes the lives of individuals, how we interact with one another, and how society as a whole evolves. We believe that decisions about how AI behaves should be shaped by diverse perspectives reflecting the public interest,” OpenAI says in a statement about the initiative.
Elon Musk’s Brain Implants receive FDA Approval
Elon Musk’s brain-implant startup, Neuralink, has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its first human trial. This approval comes amidst ongoing federal scrutiny over the company’s handling of animal experiments. Neuralink’s brain implants are designed to create a direct interface between a computer and the human brain. The technology could potentially enable people with neurological conditions to control computers or prosthetics with their minds, and in the future, it could even facilitate telepathy, web browsing, and the treatment of a range of conditions including obesity, autism, depression, and schizophrenia, as envisioned by Elon Musk. Despite all this, Neuralink has faced criticism over its animal testing procedures. Reports have emerged suggesting that the company was rushing surgeries on monkeys, pigs, and sheep, leading to unnecessary animal deaths. The company is also under investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General for potential animal-welfare violations. As Neuralink moves forward with its human trials, it will be crucial for the company to address these concerns and ensure the safety and efficacy of its technology.
ChatGPT 4 Rolls Out Plugins and Browsing for Premium Users
OpenAI has fully rolled out the plugins and browsing features for ChatGPT 4, exclusively for premium users. For $20 a month, users can access most of the plugins for free and can use up to three plugins at the same time. Here are some interesting plugins you might want to check out:
- There’s An AI For That: Helps you find AI solutions for various needs.
- AksYourPDF: Allows ChatGPT to access PDF files (e.g. to summarize their content).
- SEO CORE AI: A great tool for SEO analysis.
- SEO.app: Helps you create search engine optimized content.
- Link Reader: A basic plugin that makes it easier for ChatGPT to read links while also using other plugins.
- Prompt Perfect: Helps you formulate more effective prompts.
- Penrose Analyst: Gathers information from news sources and academic archives.
With these plugins, ChatGPT 4 is not just an AI assistant, but a versatile tool that can be customized to meet your specific needs.
Which of these advancements do you find most thought-provoking, and why? I’d love to hear your insights in the comments section!
This article was created with the assistance of a human.