Microsoft this week began its training sessions at the region’s first AI Summer camp. This is a unique initiative that aims at developing mechanisms to apply the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, positioning UAE as a leader in adopting artificial intelligence technologies in various vital sectors.
Announced in May this year, the UAE AI Summer Camp, is a one of its kind initiative that is built to support the efforts of knowledge transfer and building a generation capable of adopting advanced technology in developing solutions for various future challenges. The camp’s objective is to promote the concept of artificial intelligence and build capacities of government staff and national youth in the field of AI.
This is in collaboration with Learning Partner Koenig Solutions, as Microsoft kicked off its sessions at the Summer camp’s Dubai Future Accelerators Hub, hosted by Dubai Future Foundation that is being held at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. The workshops, that will continue from 8 – 12 July, are divided into two batches. The first batch that will take place in the mornings is focused on covering an overview and basics of artificial intelligence for those with no coding experience. While the afternoon sessions are for advanced learners and will cover the fundamentals of AI, including applying coding and machine learning scenarios.
“Experts forecast that 85 percent of the jobs that will exist 2030, do not exist today, while a study released by the UN shows that AI could help develop 21 million jobs in future.” Said Necip Ozyucel, Cloud & Enterprise Group Lead, Microsoft Gulf. “Artificial intelligent has already made it to mainstream across every industry, demand for a workforce that drives results across their organization. Upskilling our youth today, will have a significant impact on tomorrow, and our participation at the AI Summer camp reiterates that. We look forward to contributing our efforts to support UAE in this effort to harness the power of AI, nurturing a future-ready workforce, to accelerate innovation and increase economic competitiveness.”
Students and learners from high school and universities can enrol into Microsoft training at the AI Summer camp now, by registering here.
Experience the ChatGPT ‘Make It More’ Trend: Generate Weird AI Images
AI art generators occupy a peculiar space, capable of rendering diverse scenarios, from a cosmic skateboarding dog to a coffee cup adrift in the ocean. Setting aside ethical considerations, some creations may not initially meet expectations, necessitating user prompts to refine the AI-generated output.
Yet, what if the aim isn’t to craft a polished piece of AI art? Enter the “make it more” trend, where ChatGPT users task DALL-E to generate an image and subsequently request the bot to amplify certain aspects. For instance, Justine Moore prompted DALL-E to create a bowl of ramen, then instructed it to make it spicier. The iterative process led to increasingly absurd results, culminating in a bowl of noodles shooting fire beams into outer space.
A Dad getting increasingly Dad-ier pic.twitter.com/1EUFECmnT3
— Justine Moore (@venturetwins) November 27, 2023
While the Make It More trend gains traction on ChatGPT and DALL-E, allowing users to experiment with various image transformations, it also raises concerns about resource utilization. The AI processing involved consumes power and energy, prompting considerations about the trend’s efficiency and environmental impact. Nevertheless, these prompts contribute to OpenAI’s ongoing efforts to enhance AI capabilities across platforms like ChatGPT and DALL-E.
Humane Launches AI Pin, a Wearable Powered by OpenAI
After months of anticipation, Humane has officially introduced its groundbreaking device, the AI Pin. Priced at $699, the wearable consists of a square device and a magnetic battery pack that attaches to clothing or surfaces.
Alongside the upfront cost, users will be required to subscribe to Humane’s service for $24 per month, providing a phone number and T-Mobile data coverage. Preorders kick off on November 16th, with shipments slated for early 2024.
Weighing in at 34 grams, the Pin, equipped with a Snapdragon processor, employs voice control, gestures, a camera, and a small built-in projector for operation. The 13-megapixel camera captures both photos and videos following a software update. Notably, the Pin, unlike the Rewind Pendant, isn’t designed for continuous recording, requiring manual activation through the touchpad.
Powered by AI Mic software, the Pin connects to AI models, incorporating technologies from Microsoft and OpenAI, particularly leveraging ChatGPT access. The operating system, Cosmos, streamlines user interaction by automatically directing queries to appropriate tools, eliminating the need for extensive settings or app management.
Humane’s vision for the Pin is to simplify the user experience, allowing seamless interaction through voice or touch without the clutter of traditional interfaces.
With features like voice-based messaging, email summarization, nutritional information retrieval through the camera, and real-time translation, the Pin aims to function as a wearable, AI-powered search engine. Future plans include adding navigation and shopping capabilities, along with providing developers the opportunity to create their own tools.
Humane sees the AI Pin as a foundational step in a broader project, anticipating advancements as underlying AI models improve. The company envisions the device evolving similarly to smartphones, where improved hardware enhances user experience, but true innovation arises from the expanding range of capabilities. While challenges lie ahead, Humane is poised to embark on this transformative journey.
ChatGPT Plus Subscribers Can Now Upload and Analyse Files
ChatGPT Plus members can now enjoy new beta features, including file upload and analysis, and multimodal support. Users no longer need to manually select modes like “Browse with Bing” from the GPT-4 dropdown; the chatbot will intuitively discern their needs based on context.
These features bring a touch of the office capabilities available in ChatGPT Enterprise to individual chatbot subscribers. While not all Plus subscribers have received the multimodal update, many have tried the Advanced Data Analysis feature. When a file is uploaded to ChatGPT, it takes a brief moment to process it before becoming operational. The chatbot can then perform tasks such as summarising data, answering questions, or generating data visualisations based on user prompts.
It’s worth noting that ChatGPT can handle more than just text files. In a Threads post, a user demonstrated uploading an image of a capybara and asked ChatGPT, via DALL-E 3, to create a Pixar-style image based on it. They further refined the concept by uploading another image, this time of a wiggly skateboard, and asked the chatbot to incorporate it into the image.
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