April 15, 2024

Hashtag Trending January 19: AI’s impact on Davos jobs headlines; New study shows how much data is shared with Facebook; Starlink announces expensive Gigabit Internet

Where does open source fit into the global AI landscape? Concerns about AI abound in Davos. A new study shows how much data is shared with Facebook, Starlink announces Gigabit Internet, but it comes with a high price, and its smart headphones may raise eyebrows, literally.

All this and more in this edition of Hashtag Trending. I’m your host, Jim Love, CIO of IT World Canada and Tech News Day in the US.

At this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, a crucial question arises: will AI reshape the future of employment? The discussions, featuring leading academics, business leaders and government representatives, focus on the potential impact of generative AI on labor markets.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says AI, in its current state, is not replacing jobs but improving productivity. Rather, it is considered a powerful tool that magnifies human capabilities, allowing people to do their jobs better.

A PwC survey of more than 4,700 CEOs reveals a divided perception. While 45 percent believe their business models may not survive the rise of AI in the next decade, 60 percent expect AI to make their companies more efficient, especially in tasks such as email response, analysis of reports and writing of presentations.

The International Monetary Fund predicts that up to 60 percent of jobs in developed countries may be affected by AI, affecting both high-skilled and low-skilled positions. While AI integration could improve the productivity of half of these jobs, the rest could suffer reduced labor demand, lower wages, and even job losses.

The discussions at Davos reflect a global concern about the disruptive potential of AI. While some, like Bill Gates, see AI as a path to greater productivity and reduced working hours, others, including the Secretary-General of the United Nations, warn of the technology’s social and human rights implications. .

Sources include: Register

Analytics India published a list of top 7 AI applications on Hugging Face.

For those who don’t know, Hugging Face is an open source data science and machine learning platform that serves as a hub for AI experts and enthusiasts. It allows users to host, collaborate, and deploy machine learning models, as well as train and run AI applications. Often referred to as the “GitHub of machine learning.”

The platform’s top 7 apps are an impressive sample of what’s available as open source AI.

Three of the top seven are what some might consider novelties. One is for 3D shape generation. Another transforms images into anime. Another generates comics.

But some of them are more serious and potentially powerful tools that are available to anyone.

IP-Adapter-FaceID ensures consistent and accurate face generation by using a facial recognition model to extract a unique embedded face ID from a provided portrait photograph.

Int float/e5-mistral-7b-instruct is based on the European Mistal AI model, an impressive open source model that rivals the results of ChatGPT. This application is used for creative writing tasks such as composing poems, codes, scripts, musical pieces, emails, and letters.

Pharma Clip Uses CLIP models, natural language predictor models, to help you investigate chemical compounds and their properties. It is a tool for drug discovery and research.

Open Voice is supposedly a very sophisticated text-to-speech generator.

The point is that while we spend a lot of time focused on proprietary models from OpenAI, Google and others, there is an increasingly sophisticated set of open source offerings that are making their way into use and Hugging Face. is increasingly becoming a place to pay attention to for open source AI development.

Sources include: India Analysis

A study by Consumer Reports and The Markup has revealed the extent of data sharing with Facebook by companies. For the average individual Facebook user, an AVERAGE of 2,230 companies, and sometimes more than 7,000, are involved in providing personal information.

This research, which involved 709 volunteers over three years, revealed that more than 186,000 organizations passed data on individuals to Facebook’s parent company, Meta.

It’s not just a handful of companies; There are thousands of them, each of whom contributes to the vast pool of information that Facebook collects.

For many users, the extent of this data sharing remains invisible and often unrecognized.

The study provides a link to a tool I didn’t know about that allows you to download the information Facebook has about you. It might be interesting to see.

There is a link to the full study and to the tool in the show notes at itworldcanada.com/podcasts. And surprisingly, you can download the study without giving away your personal information.

Sources include: Consumer Reports

SpaceX’s Starlink is taking internet connectivity to new heights with its latest offering, “Community Gateways.” Designed for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), this program promises to deliver gigabit speeds to remote areas, albeit at a high price.

The program requires a significant initial investment of $1.25 million. In exchange, SpaceX provides not just a satellite dish but an entire installation capable of receiving broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps from its fleet of satellites.

‘Community Gateways’ are not for average consumers; They are aimed at ISPs looking to expand high-speed broadband access in hard-to-reach areas. This business program is a strategic move to close the digital divide in remote locations.

Starlink’s first Community Gateway, built for residents of Unalaska, an island near Alaska, is a testament to the program’s potential. Local ISP OptimERA is using the gateway to significantly improve broadband for its customers, providing 10 gigabits of symmetrical uplink and downlink performance and maintaining more than 99 percent uptime.

By offering fiber-like speeds over satellite connectivity, Starlink Community Gateways represent a significant leap in providing Internet access to underserved regions. While the cost is high, the impact on remote communities could be transformative.

Sources include: PC Magazine

Smart headphones could be playing a surprising role in what can only be called eyebrow transformations. A study by the International Beauty and Wellness Council (IBWC) found that 80 percent of respondents reported significant changes in eyebrow shape and density, sparking curiosity and extensive research.

It turns out that the secret to having fuller eyebrows could simply be in your ears. The infrared sensors in the smart headphones are suspected of stimulating hair growth thanks to their proximity to the eyebrow area.

Geonode’s Josh Gordon explains that the infrared light emitted by these headphones could increase blood circulation and stimulate cellular activity in dormant hair follicles, resulting in lush, full brows.

While the survey suggests a fascinating correlation, it’s critical to remember that more research is needed to establish a definitive cause-and-effect relationship. But just to be safe, I’ll be wearing my headphones on top of my head for a while, just in case.

Credit: Geonode

And that is our program today. Join us tomorrow for a great weekend interview. I have authored a new book called Algorithm with award-winning journalist and NYU professor Hilke Schellmann. It is one of the most thought-provoking books on AI I have ever read. I hope you like the conversation.

Hashtag Trending airs five days a week with a special weekend talk show we call “the weekend edition.”

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I’m your host Jim Love. Have a fantastic Friday.

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