Plus, Texas school replaces teachers with AI
A new study has discovered that pigeons possess problem-solving abilities comparable to AI. The researchers conducted tests on 24 pigeons, revealing that the birds utilize mechanisms akin to AI models to make accurate choices. Pigeons can learn from trial and error, identify similarities, and improve their decision-making based on consequences. These findings provide valuable insights into the cognitive capabilities of pigeons and may have practical applications in understanding human brain damage.
Amazon is introducing AI image generation tools for advertisers, allowing them to easily create compelling product shots with appealing backgrounds or scenes. This feature aims to remove creative barriers and enable brands to produce lifestyle imagery that can significantly improve ad performance. Brands of all sizes, even those without in-house design teams or agency support, can now create brand-themed imagery effortlessly. By incorporating products into lifestyle scenes, click-through rates can increase by up to 40%. Amazon’s generative AI capabilities have already been used to help sellers craft compelling product listings.
Airbnb is combating the problem of house parties by employing AI to identify potential troublemakers. The AI system analyzes factors such as the user’s account creation date, location, and length of stay to determine if a booking could lead to a party. This initiative aims to reduce the number of reported parties and establish trust between hosts and guests. While AI technology enhances the filtering process, some experts caution that false negatives can still occur, highlighting the challenges inherent in deploying AI to prevent unwanted behavior.
Chinese researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China and Tencent’s YouTu Lab have created a tool called “Woodpecker” to address the issue of hallucinations in AI models. Hallucination refers to the generation of outputs by AI models that lack basis in their training data. Woodpecker utilizes a five-stage process, including key concept extraction and hallucination correction, to improve the accuracy of large language models (LLMs). The researchers found that Woodpecker significantly improved accuracy compared to baseline models and could be easily integrated into other multimodal large language models (MLLMs).
In a groundbreaking study published in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Würzburg have developed a novel method to assess forest biodiversity using AI. By leveraging bioacoustic analysis, this innovative approach can accurately identify and catalog forest inhabitants through their distinct sounds. The application of AI not only saves time but also minimizes the need for experts, revolutionizing the way reforestation projects are evaluated. This breakthrough technology offers tremendous potential in monitoring and conserving our planet’s ecosystems.
Researchers from New York University and Pompeu Fabra University have developed Meta-learning for Compositionality (MLC), a technique that enhances the generalization abilities of artificial neural networks similar to humans. The MLC model, trained through episodic learning, demonstrated remarkable performance in various tasks, matching or even surpassing human performance. This technique offers a solution to the compositional generalization challenges faced by popular models like ChatGPT and GPT-4.
Alpha, a private school in Austin, Texas, has revolutionized education by replacing traditional teachers with AI systems. The school’s innovative approach involves using AI apps to deliver personalized lessons to students, allowing them to learn core subjects at their own pace and level. Known as “guides” instead of teachers, the school’s educators now provide support and guidance to students in achieving their academic goals. This AI-driven system not only accelerates learning but also offers in-depth feedback to students, enhancing their educational experience. Alpha is part of a growing trend in Texas, where AI is being increasingly integrated into the education system.