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The Bright Side of AI #4: AI Safety Coalition, Transforming Lives in India through Language, Neanderthal Genes Reimagined

Gaétan Lajeune
Aug 2, 2023

The Bright Side of AI #4: AI Safety Coalition, Transforming Lives in India through Language, Neanderthal Genes Reimagined

2 min read

Lately, AI applications in areas such as extensive monitoring or even substituting our beloved film stars have come to light. However, let's shift our attention and concentrate on the more positive aspects of technology in this new chapter titled "The Bright Side of AI."

Tech Titans Unite: Google, Microsoft, OpenAI, and Anthropic's Pioneering Partnership for AI

Google, Microsoft, OpenAI, and Anthropic are leading the charge in Artificial Intelligence with their respective products Bard, Bing Chat, ChatGPT, and Claude

For the first time in history, these major entities are playing on the same team. They’ve announced the formation of the Frontier Model Forum, a novel industry coalition aimed at uniting top professionals, such as industry authorities, policymakers, and researchers, to oversee the advancement of cutting-edge AI technology.

But what does this translate to in tangible terms? The Frontier Model Forum's purpose is to define the standards for AI safety, stimulate research into the potential hazards connected to AI, and transparently share knowledge with governmental bodies and the public at large. Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, described the duty of companies in the AI arena as working to "ensure that these technologies are safe and secure".

In an environment increasingly focused on the potential perils and darker aspects of AI, it's invigorating to witness a growing number of initiatives like this one coming to life. Whether it's OpenAI's "Superalignment" project or X.AI, Elon Musk's venture aimed at shielding us from a terminator-like Judgment Day, the clear message is that industry front-runners are accepting the challenge to ensure that AI is utilized in a responsible and secure manner.

From Poverty to Prosperity: Karya's AI-Driven Transformation in India

For AI models to function properly and minimize the risk of errors, the data must be verified by human workers. You might even be a HUMAN Protocol worker yourself. Karya, an Indian startup launched in 2021, fits right into the AI industry, but with a unique twist: it's focusing on lesser-known languages like Marathi, Urdu, and Kannada, rather than English.

These languages are spoken by millions in India, now the world's most populated country, boasting nearly 400 recognized languages! As India continues to rise in the ranks of global superpowers, localizing AI in the native languages of its citizens is more crucial than ever. Since its inception, Karya has drawn big names like Microsoft, MIT, and Stanford.

But Karya's mission goes beyond just improving access to AI in different languages. It's also creating job opportunities through a one-of-a-kind model. As a not-for-profit company, Karya not only pays its workers but also gives them ownership of the data they create. This allows them to earn proceeds when the verified data is resold to a third party.

Karya's strategy is structured as a gateway to self-employment and the cultivation of skills, rather than a trajectory towards traditional full-time work. Indeed, once a worker has accrued earnings equivalent to $1,500, they gracefully move aside to allow a new worker to step in.

This pioneering approach has already aided close to 30,000 Indians since the inception of the company, a feat worthy of robust applause. It stands as a glowing testament to how the fusion of technology and empathy can make a genuine, positive impact on individuals' lives.

Ancient Genes, Modern Solutions: AI's Revival of Neanderthal Genes for Tomorrow's Medicine

We've been hearing about species’ "extinction" for years, but get ready for the term "de-extinction" to start making headlines! Bioengineers in Pennsylvania have recently utilized AI to identify protein fragments in Neanderthals and Denisovans (another species of the Homo genus discovered in 2010). Don't worry, this isn't some "Jurassic Park"-style human zoo. Instead, these identified fragments have antibacterial properties, opening doors to create new medicine to tackle today's health challenges.

This discovery could also inject new life into the antibiotics industry. Most of the antibiotics prescribed today have been on the market for over three decades, and both people and bacteria are growing increasingly resistant to them.

Overall, this week’s report represents thrilling progress in the realm of AI, highlighting its capacity to foster positive transformations within our communities! It's undeniably a more inspiring narrative than stories of extensive monitoring or the dwindling of the film industry. Unfamiliar with these topics? Then you haven't explored our most recent piece on the “Dark Side of AI”. After giving it a read, don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Discord if you haven't done so yet, to keep up to date on all of our upcoming updates and articles.

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