Plus, Adobe teases new AI photo editing tool
Adobe is set to introduce a new AI-powered photo editing tool called Project Stardust at the upcoming Adobe Max event. This tool automatically identifies and manipulates individual objects in regular photographs, making it easier for users to alter images without prior editing experience. Similar to Google’s Magic Editor for Pixel phones, Project Stardust’s “object-aware editing engine” allows users to move, delete, or manipulate objects as if they were on a separate layer, with the space behind them automatically filled in to match the surroundings. The tool also includes a “Contextual Task Bar” that detects the next steps in the design process and provides one-click buttons to perform the actions. According to Adobe’s project manager, the teased features are just a fraction of the tool’s capabilities, promising a revolution in how users interact with Adobe products. More information will be revealed at the Adobe Max event starting on October 10th.
South Korean band Eternity is breaking new ground in the world of entertainment with their AI-generated virtual members. Created by Pulse9, Eternity utilizes AI technology to create computer-generated stars that have unique abilities surpassing those of human artists. One member named Zae-in can sing, rap, design fashion, and act, making her a versatile virtual star. With real-time face-swapping technology and an AI-generated voice, multiple individuals lend their talents to Zae-in’s avatar as needed.
Pulse9’s advancements in AI-generated video and audio allow for convincing virtual characters without the need for human actors. Other companies, such as SM Entertainment and Hybe, are also experimenting with AI in the K-pop industry. While virtual popstars have their advantages, some fans remain loyal to human artists. However, the emergence of AI-driven virtual talents is seen as an evolution rather than a threat to the entertainment industry.
Companies such as Twilio, Google, and DataRobot are using generative AI to streamline the process of responding to RFPs. For example, communications software maker Twilio has developed RFP Genie, a tool that uses OpenAI’s GPT-4 to generate suitable responses to RFPs. Sales staff copy and paste the generated text into a formal document and make minor adjustments.
Previously, RFPs would take weeks of effort from multiple staff members, but with generative AI, they can be completed in minutes. This technology is allowing sales teams to focus on more complex problems that require human reasoning. RFP bots are also being used at Google’s cloud unit, ad-buying agency EssenceMediacom, and DataRobot. Although AI is streamlining the RFP process, questions are being raised about how long humans will remain involved in business admin practices like this.
Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has introduced an AI-powered assistant aimed at job recruiters as part of its efforts to enhance user experience on the platform. The assistant, called Recruiter 2024, allows recruiters to search for candidates using “natural language” and create ad campaigns for job postings. LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky stated that AI can help industry professionals develop new playbooks and improve recruitment processes.
In addition to the recruiting tool, LinkedIn has also launched AI-powered coaching in its learning section, which tailors content and offers real-time advice based on users’ career aspirations. The new AI features are currently available to a select group of users and will be made more widely accessible in the future. Microsoft used technology from OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, to develop these AI capabilities.
Pioneering AI has synthesized the design of a functional walking robot in a matter of seconds, representing a rapid evolution in contrast to nature’s billion-year journey. Unlike traditional AI models that rely on vast amounts of data and high-powered computing, this AI operates on a simple personal computer and creates completely innovative structures from scratch. In response to the prompt “design a walker,” the AI evolved a three-legged robot with a porous body capable of slow, steady locomotion.
This AI-designed organism may mark a paradigm shift in design and innovation, with potential applications in fields such as search and rescue and medical nanotechnology. The AI program compressed billions of years of evolution into seconds, bypassing human design biases. This breakthrough discovery opens up new possibilities for AI-designed tools and therapies.
Chicago has implemented a new tax policy targeting artificial intelligence (AI) technology, specifically ChatGPT. The decision comes as cities across the United States seek ways to generate revenue. Chicago’s move is seen as an attempt to capitalize on the growing use of AI systems in various industries.
The taxation on ChatGPT, a popular AI language model developed by OpenAI, aims to raise funds for public services. The city will charge a fixed fee per usage or monthly subscription, similar to how traditional software services are taxed. The decision has sparked a debate, with proponents arguing that AI systems should conform to the same regulations as other businesses to ensure fairness and generate revenue.
Critics, however, warned that the tax may hinder AI innovation and development. They worry that such measures could discourage companies from utilizing and improving AI technology in the city. Nonetheless, Chicago’s move has set a precedent that could influence other cities to consider implementing similar taxes on AI in the future.