10% of U.S. jobs at risk due to AI

Microsoft AI reorg, GPT-5 is coming, first neuralink patient plays chess, and more

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  • 🙁 10% of U.S. jobs at risk due to AI

  • 👍 Microsoft AI reorg

  • 🤖 GPT-5 coming this summer

  • 🧠 First Neuralink patient plays chess

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White House report says 10% of U.S. jobs at risk due to AI

A White House analysis reveals that around 10% of US workers are in roles highly susceptible to the impacts of rapidly advancing artificial intelligence (AI), spotlighting concerns over job disruption and the amplification of inequality. This in-depth study, part of the Council of Economic Advisers' annual Economic Report of the President, emphasizes that lower-income and less-educated workers face higher risks.

The findings underscore the urgency for policymakers to guide AI's development beneficially, discussing readiness with labor unions across various sectors and acknowledging that while AI can enhance productivity for some, it could entirely replace other jobs.


Microsoft AI reorg

Microsoft has initiated an internal reorganization to align itself more closely with an AI-centric vision, establishing a new division called "Microsoft AI," led by Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of DeepMind and Inflection. This restructure will see key products including Bing, Edge, and Copilot, being integrated into the Microsoft AI organization, with the possibility of Windows also coming under its umbrella, although the announcement did not clarify Windows' position.

Suleyman, taking on the role of Executive Vice President and CEO of Microsoft AI, will report directly to CEO Satya Nadella, indicating the significant emphasis Microsoft is placing on AI for its future developments. This move signifies Microsoft's strategic shift towards becoming predominantly an AI company, with a focus on developing and enhancing AI-based consumer products and research.


Using AI to analyze $7.3 trillion US budget

Integrating chatbots into government websites has significantly streamlined the process for individuals seeking information, offering instant responses to a wide range of inquiries. These intelligent chatbots excel at simplifying complex data, allowing for easy access to detailed information without the need to navigate through extensive web pages or documents.

For instance, a chatbot like Dropchat, equipped with data from the U.S. Federal Government's draft budget for 2025, can swiftly provide users with specific details directly from the budget documents, ensuring accuracy and reliability.


GPT-5 coming this summer

GPT-5 is expected to debut in mid-2024, possibly in the summer, after being demoed to some enterprise customers showcasing significant improvements and new functionalities. Altman hinted in a podcast that a major new AI model might be released this year, though it's unclear if it will be named GPT-5 or serve as an incremental update to GPT-4 Turbo.

GPT-5 is anticipated to be a multimodal large language model, enhancing its predecessor's abilities in text or visual prompt interpretation and next-token prediction, aiming for greater task generalization and reduced errors. The model is currently in the training phase, with safety testing and red teaming to follow, determining the final release timeline.


First Neuralink patient plays chess

Neuralink recently showcased its first patient, Noland Arbaugh, who, after being paralyzed below the shoulders from a diving accident, successfully moved a computer cursor and played chess online using a brain-implanted device. The implant, which occurred in January and is roughly the size of a one-pound coin, involves inserting microscopic wires into the skull to read neuron activity and transmit wireless signals to a receiver.

Despite facing some technical issues, Arbaugh also managed to play Civilization VI for eight hours straight, highlighting the device's potential for enhancing life quality. This development marks a significant step in the goal to merge human brains with computers, aiming to address complex neurological conditions. Neuralink, which received FDA approval for human trials in May 2023, is part of a broader field exploring brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).

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