Stanford's index report on AI

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Tax day came and went. But for us AI lovers, it’s all about the day Stanford releases its annual AI Index report. Let’s dive into it.

Today’s Insights

  • Stanford’s Biggest AI Findings

  • Prompt of the day

  • Chart: TSMC around the world

  • 5 new AI tools to boost your productivity

  • AI-Generated Images: Artsy Safari


The biggest findings from Stanford’s annual AI Index report

Each year, Stanford University takes a fresh look at the state of AI. Here are some of the biggest takeaways from its latest report:

AI is catching up to humans: It can’t beat us at everything quite yet. But it’s better at several benchmarks, like visual reasoning and English comprehension. We still have an edge when it comes to common-sense decision-making and complex math.

Speaking of Benchmarks… There’s still no consistent way to measure models’ capabilities. Multiple AI companies can claim they have the fastest or most accurate LLM. But without a single, standardized framework for assessing performance, it’s hard to say with any certainty who’s at the top of the leaderboard.

Workers are using AI for help completing projects: Several studies in 2023 found that using AI can improve both the speed and quality of certain tasks. At the same time, there’s a widening fear that AI could eventually get so good that it starts replacing employees in certain fields.

Governments are clamping down: Regulatory agencies are starting to realize the power that AI companies might one day wield — with a 56% increase in AI-related rules in 2023 alone. Governments are racing to put limits on the types of materials firms can use to train AI. They’re also working to ensure that this year’s elections aren’t compromised by AI-generated images and fake news.

There’s one big point of agreement: AI isn’t going anywhere. About two-thirds of people now say AI will dramatically affect their lives within the next five years. More than half are concerned about what a world with AI might look like, up from 38% in 2022.


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Chore enough

Prompt: Help me make a chore chart suitable for two siblings, a seven-year-old and a ten-year-old. 

They both should share the chores, but not necessarily evenly. The ten-year-old loves vacuuming while the seven-year-old enjoys playing around with the duster. 
The ten-year-old has also shown an interest in cooking, while the seven-year-old still needs to learn to put toys away. 

Please offer a sticker-based chart.

You can adapt the prompt to your and your family’s needs. Feel free to customize the chart based on the children's preferences or your household’s quirks. For example, teenagers may have time for more tedious chores…and may ask for more allowance.


TSMC’s expanding global footprint

Source: Financial Times

As Taiwan’s political situation becomes growingly sensitive, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) — one of the world’s major chip manufacturers — is opening new production facilities across the world.



The biggest moves in AI this week

  • A startup called Vana is helping social media users package their data and sell it to AI companies. It has so far raised $20 million from Paradigm, Polychain Capital, and other investors.

  • Lawhive, a legal tech startup based in the UK, raises $11.9 million in a bid to bring AI tools to smaller “main street” law firms.

  • California startup Collaborative Robotics (Cobot), which is building “non-humanoid” robots for manufacturing, healthcare, and retail, raises $100 million in a Series B funding round. 

  • UK-based technical training firm Multiverse acquires Searchlight, a company that screens job candidates with AI.

  • Symbolic, a startup building foundational AI models with novel techniques, raises $31 million in Series A funding.



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Artsy Safari

Source: @amos2003 on Midjourney

Prompt: Black and white, ultra-realistic photography of a serene African savannah at sunrise, featuring a majestic [elephant/insert animal] calmly walking, its detailed texture skin glistening under the soft morning light, against a backdrop of distant acacia trees silhouetted against the lightening sky. The [elephant's tusks/insert animal trait] are prominent, reflecting the first rays of the sun. The background consists of a gently undulating horizon with sparse vegetation, highlighting the vastness and tranquility of the savannah. The early morning light casts long shadows, adding depth and a sense of the [elephant's/insert animal here] solitary journey through this timeless landscape. 
--ar 2:3


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