Innovation Profs - 1/16/2024

Your weekly guide to generative AI tools and news

Sign up for Jan. 26 AI workshop

We’re hosting an Intro to Generative AI Workshop Jan. 26 at Drake University (and virtually).

Don’t fall behind on generative AI knowledge. Attendees will learn about current generative AI tools and gain ideas of how those tools can be used in their professional lives.

You'll be testing out tools such as Chat GPT, Google Bard, Midjourney, DALL-E 3 and more during the day. So bring your laptop to get hands-on with these tools. The class is in a flex space made for hybrid teaching, so virtual attendees will have a great experience.

Generative AI News

New Deloitte gen AI report: Business leaders concerned about societal impact, tech talent

Consulting firm Deloitte just released The State of Generative AI in the Enterprise: Now Decides Next, a report that documents the results of a survey of more than 2,800 executives. Among their main findings:  

  • “79% of respondents expect generative AI to transform their organizations within three years.”

  • “47% of respondents agree that they are sufficiently educating their employees on the capabilities, benefits, and value of generative AI.”

  • 62% of respondents “reported excitement as a top sentiment with regard to generative AI”

Authors Guild Exploring Blanket License For Artificial Intelligence Companies

In the latest development on the use of copyrighted works to train language models, the Authors Guild, which had previously filed a lawsuit against OpenAI claiming copyright infringement, is considering a model according to which authors can opt in to a blanket license for AI companies to use their works to train language models. The license would require companies pay fees for the initial training (“ingesting the material”) and for “outputs that reference content.” According to Authors Guild Chief Executive Mary Rasenberger, “We have to be proactive because generative AI is here to stay.”

OpenAI debuts ChatGPT subscription aimed at small teams

For $25 per month per user, teams of up to 149 people can access GPT-4, GPT-4 with Vision, DALL-E, plus the GPT Store and other features in OpenAI’s new ChatGPT Team plan. This comes at a considerably lower cost compared to ChatGPT Enterprise and provides a reasonable option for smaller operations that want to access generative AI at an enterprise level.

ChatGPT will have video functionality and more accuracy in future versions — Sam Altman says GPT-5 will be a big improvement

In an interview with Bill Gates, Sam Altman stated that GPT-5, the next model in the GPT series which is currently being trained, will be “fully multimodal,” which means it will support for speech, image, code, and video. According to Altman, the new model would also have better reasoning capabilities and improved accuracy: “At least for the next 5 or 10 years we will be on a steep improvement curve, this is the stupidest these models will ever be.”

Tennessee governor unveils legislation targeting use of artificial intelligence in music

Tennessee governor Bill Lee announced new legislation that would protect musical artists’ voices from being replicated using AI tools without consent. The Ensuring Likeness Voice and Image Security (ELVIS) Act would extend Tennesee’s name, image, and likeness protections for artists to include their voices. "Tennessee will be the first state in the country to protect artists' voices with this legislation. And we hope it will be a blueprint for the country."

Alexa just got three new generative AI skills - here's how to try them

Amazon Echo and Alexa users can now access three new generative AI features. First, Character.AI, based on the website, allows users to chat with a range of chatbots, including some that impersonate famous historical figures as well as various assistants and helpers. Second, with Splash, users can prompt Alexa to create a song based on a verbal description. Finally, VolleyGames is allows users to play 20 Questions with a conversational AI.

Quick Hits

Tool of the week: The GPT Store

The GPT Store is now live, and there are already millions of user-created custom GPTs available to explore. Five GPTs highlighted in the article linked below:

  • DesignerGPT, which can be used to create simple webpages

  • Consistent Character GPT, which allows you to create multiple images of a character in consistent style

  • MathSolver, which purportedly can solve complex math problems

  • What Should I Watch?, which makes movie and TV show recommendations based on user preferences

  • Home Decor Advisor, which provides suggestions for improving your home decor with both image and text outputs

Only paid ChatGPT users can access these tools.

AI-generated image of the week

I needed some icons to go with a new online class for the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I could use Google to find some, but instead I used Midjourney to create them. Which set do you like best?

Prompt: create a set of icons representing photography, videography, audio editing, podcasting. make them simple designs and black and white only 

Generative AI tip of the week

You can use an image that currently exists to write a prompt for you. Krea is a new tool that does just that.

Click on the Upscale/Enhance option. Then upload your image and the AI will describe what it sees. You can then use that prompt, or an edited version, in your favorite image generation tool.

Get starting with Generative AI

New to generative AI? Here are some places to start…

What we found

Magnific AI is an image upscaler & enhancer for your artwork, photos and your ai-created images. Here is an example.

If you see this early enough, you might still be able to get in on their 24-hour free trial.