AI workers have a lot to say

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Today’s Insights

  • OpenAI employees want more transparency

  • Prompt: Project Managers, rejoice!

  • Chart: The near-universal appeal of AI

  • 5 new AI tools to boost your productivity

  • Everything else you should know today

  • AI-Generated Images: Summer Sweets


In an open letter, AI workers call for more oversight and protections

Scientists take special precautions when handling viruses. Nuclear workers monitor equipment to prevent meltdowns. And regulators test airplanes before they’re deemed ready to fly. Now, AI workers are asking: Shouldn’t their industry be held to the same standards?

What happened? In an open letter, more than a dozen current and former employees at OpenAI and DeepMind called for more transparency and safety in a field that they say is in desperate need of oversight. Even though companies know what their models might be capable of, they “currently have only weak obligations to share some of this information with governments, and none with civil society,” the employees wrote.

What they’re asking for:

  • An end to “disparagement” agreements that prevent former employees from criticizing the AI companies they’ve previously worked at

  • An anonymous process that lets employees raise concerns to higher-ups about safety issues

  • Protections for whistleblowers who choose to speak out or share information related to safety threats

Who’s on board? The letter was endorsed by three prominent computer scientists, including Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio, who received the Turing Award in 2018 and are considered two of the “Godfathers of Deep Learning.”

The context: OpenAI’s safety-oriented superalignment team was disbanded after both of its leaders resigned last month. The company has since created a new safety division, but critics say it’s not independent because many of its members, including CEO Sam Altman, are OpenAI executives themselves.

The response: OpenAI told Axios it has no problem with its employees contributing to the “rigorous debate” around AI safety — and that it encourages them to share their perspectives. It added that it has already implemented some of the changes employees are asking for, like an “integrity hotline” that allows them to anonymously submit security tips.


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Project Managers, rejoice!

Prompt: Develop a stakeholder communication plan for our [insert project name and details here, ex: healthcare IT implementation project]. Outline the key stakeholders, communication objectives, channels, and frequency of updates.

You can adapt the prompt to your specific needs.

Source: The Effective Project Manager


Companies beyond Tech are increasingly mentioning AI

At the end of 2023, around 19% of energy companies mentioned AI during calls with investors. But by the next quarter, two-thirds of the energy sector referenced AI, according to a recent study. That’s representative of a wider shift in the business world: Even companies outside of the tech sector are mentioning AI more often, including industrials, communication services, and real estate.

But the trend isn’t universal. Healthcare and utilities firms, for example, referenced AI slightly less last quarter than they did in the final quarter of 2023. Analysts think this week’s Computex event could change that trajectory. AI chips are getting more powerful and less expensive — a sign that companies outside of the field might soon have an opportunity to incorporate LLMs into their work.


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Everything else you need to know today

Source: Reuters

  • Change of Plans: Elon Musk reportedly asked Nvidia to redirect thousands of Tesla AI chips to X and xAI. The move could delay the automaker’s autonomous car and humanoid robot projects by months.

  • Small But Mighty: Raspberry Pi, whose microcomputers are popular with hobbyists and students, announced it’s teaming up with chipmaker Hailo to build AI-integrated computer kits, which will sell for $70.

  • Coding Copycats: Stanford University students apologized after readers noticed their powerful new AI model looked eerily similar to an open-source one recently developed by Chinese computer scientists.

  • Switching Gears: Shutterstock says it generated $104 million in 2023 through partnerships and licensing deals with AI companies, including Meta, OpenAI, and Apple.

😄 One Fun Thing: The world’s first-ever Miss AI pageant — which is made up entirely of AI-generated contestants — has just announced 10 finalists out of a pool of 1,500 candidates. A mix of human and AI judges will vote on who should win the top prize of around $20,000.


Sweet(s) like Summer

Source: Inspired by @qoudaoyu on Midjourney

Prompt: A closeup of gummy bear ice cubes in [insert colors here, ex: pink and green] colors, [insert fruit here, ex: lime] slice, glistening with water droplets and creating an artistic pattern. The background has soft pastel hues, providing a serene ambiance for the candy-themed wallpaper. High resolution, high quality.
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