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🎙 Daily Podcast Episode: Biology shapes us as humans and the world we live in. So how will AI push biology forward? And how does it impact us all? An expert broke it all down for us. Give it a listen.
🕵️♂️ Fresh Finds: Creating your own AI persona, Microsoft’s viral AI Disney posters, and NASA’s plans for AI. Read on for Fresh Finds.
🗞 Byte Sized Daily AI News: Google CEO compares AI to climate change, Meta releases new AI video editing tools, and detecting heart disease with eye scans. For that and more, read on for Byte Sized News.
🚀 AI In 5: Sometimes we overlook how good GenAI is at helping us learn more. So we’re checking out an AI tool that helps you learn faster! See it here.
🧠 Learn & Leveraging AI: So how will AI and biology shape the future of humanity? What can we do about it? Keep reading for that!
↩️ Don’t miss out: Did you miss our last newsletter? We talked about how IBM uses GenAI for enterprises, Microsoft Copilot’s new customized copilots, and how to keep Bing Chat from lying. Check it here!
The AI Revolution in Biology - How it’s changing 🧑🔬️
Biology plays a large part both in our daily lives and human development.
So how can we use AI to shape the world we live in?
Will gene modification become the norm? Can we create super medicines that make us immune to everything?
Anna Marie Wagner, SVP, Head of AI at Ginkgo Bioworks, joined us to discuss how AI is changing the future of biology and its implications for humanity and our world.
Also on the pod today:
• Real world examples of AI in biology 🌎
• AI and gene modification 🧬
• Challenges of AI in biology 🤔
It’ll be worth your 32 minutes:
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Here’s our favorite AI finds from across the web:
New AI Tool Spotlight – Cypher lets you create your own AI persona, Boostbot is an AI-powered influencer marketing assistant, and Linfo.ai lets you engage with your content through personalized AI.
Big Tech – Microsoft has made changes to its AI image generator after viral AI Disney posters raised concerns for copyright.
AI in Science – NASA is researching whether or not AI support tools can help astronauts in space.
1. Google CEO Highlights AI's Global Impact at APEC Summit 🌍
At the APEC CEO Summit, Google CEO Sundar Pichai likened AI to climate change, emphasizing its global reach and shared responsibility. He stressed the need for global frameworks to manage AI's impact, similar to how the world approaches climate change. Pichai's comments highlight the urgency of international cooperation in AI regulation.
2. Meta's New AI Video Editing Tools for Creators 📹
Meta Platforms has unveiled two innovative AI-based video editing features, Emu Video and Emu Edit, designed for enhancing content on Instagram and Facebook. Emu Video creates four-second videos from a caption, photo, or image with a description, while Emu Edit allows users to modify videos using text prompts.
3. Google's Gemini AI Release Delayed in Race Against OpenAI 🚀
Google has postponed the launch of its new large language model, Gemini, as it strives to compete with OpenAI. Currently, Google's Bard relies on the Palm 2 model, but the delay in Gemini's release indicates challenges in keeping pace with OpenAI's advancements. Originally planned for a fall debut, Gemini's delay marks a strategic recalibration for Google in the AI and cloud computing arena.
4. Toku's AI Heart Disease Detection via Eye Scans 👁️
Toku is pioneering a non-invasive AI-powered retina scan technology, CLAiR, to detect cardiovascular risks and diseases. This groundbreaking platform can assess heart disease risk, hypertension, or high cholesterol in just 20 seconds by analyzing blood vessels in retinal images. CLAiR, which integrates with existing retinal imaging cameras, could become a standard part of routine eye exams.
5. DoD's CDAO Launches 'Digital On-Demand' for AI Education 📚
The Department of Defense's Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) has announced the launch of "Digital On-Demand," a program to enhance AI knowledge within the DoD. This initiative provides access to MIT Horizon’s library of learning resources, aiming to establish a foundational understanding of AI and other emerging technologies among DoD personnel.
Your New AI Learning Sidekick! 🦸
Sometimes we overlook how good GenAI is at helping us to learn more.
Today we're checking out Everlearns, an AI sidekick that helps you consume more knowledge and learn things quickly.
Is it any good? Let's find out!
🤷♂️ What’s Going On and Why It Matters:
(That’s not a hot take or anything. Just … facts.)
(We get the questions that are rolling through your head. Don’t worry.)
1. What’s Ginkgo Bioworks?
2. What’s biology have to do with AI?
3. How does this impact me?
Don’t worry, we answered all of those questions during today’s show.
Spoiler alert — this show was a legit banger. (Or as the kids say, it was life!)
Oh… yeah, back to those rhetorical questions above.
1. Ginkgo Bioworks is a leader in the biotech research space, and they make AI-powered biology models that other large companies use.
2. Biology and AI actually go hand-in-hand. In Ginkgo’s case, they’re kinda like the OpenAI of biology. One thing they do? Collect biological data and train smart AI models that other companies use.
3. Remember the whole biology is life thing? Yeah. This actually impacts us all. Want better medicines? Better recommendations from your doctor? Healthier food? A greener planet? Yeah, that’s what Gingko is using AI for.
Here’s the skinny y’all — so much of our daily life is impacted by biology, and recent advancements in Generative AI are changing the way we interact with our world.
That’s why we went all in on all things AI in biology. If you missed today’s show, here’s what we dissected in the AI X biology space:
Inflection point at the intersection of AI and biology
Personalized medicine and therapeutic generation
Use of reinforcement learning in biology
Challenges of keeping up with fast-paced technology advancement
Vast potential for AI and gene editing applications
Ethical choices and societal impacts to consider
Yeah, we really opened up a can of ‘Oh, that’s interesting!’ today.
Now, here’s what it means for us everyday folks (who aren’t in the lab creating LLMs dripping with biological data.)
🦾How You Can Leverage:
You’re (probably) not a biologist who’s working on AI-powered biology models for the rest of the world to use.
Here’s why you gotta pay attention to the AI/biology space: it impacts every aspect of your life. The air you breathe, the food you eat, the medicines you need, the future you want — all being driven by companies like Gingko and artificial intelligence is playing a major role.
Yes, Gingko makes amazing biology-based AI models that its customers use and leverage to help shape everyday products and services we can’t live without.
But that’s not the only takeaway here.
Here’s what ya gotta know to understand how AI-powered biology is impacting your world.
1 – Biology LLMs are unique 🦄️
Interesting tidbit here if you’re a fan of Generative AI and Large Language Models.
The GenAI and LLMs we use, such as ChatGPT, Midjourney or watsonx, are technically kinda simple compared to biological AI models. They’re all language-based. And we humans created language. So they’re comparatively easier — and cheaper — to train vs. a biology-based AI model.
Anna Marie talked about the unique challenges of biological LLMs. We didn’t create biology. And AI-powered biology models aren’t all 1s and 2s.
Try this: Wanna put biology and AI under the microscope? Check out this in-depth dive from the Wall Street Journal, which looks at how AI and biology can work together to change science, medicine and biology.
2 – AI + biology = better healthcare ⚕️
Especially in America, we’re kinda sick.
Imagine a doctor who can input your genetic information and symptoms into an AI model, and boom! Out pops a personalized therapeutic plan legit made just for you.
That’s not science fiction. That’s what happens when biology and AI meet.
3 – Keep ethics in focus ⚖️
Let’s say the quiet part out loud — the combo of artificial intelligence and biology can be a bit scary.
Gene sequencing, biosecurity, engineered DNA and creating different organisms through AI sound like something out of a sci-fi movie.
But as Anna Marie Wagner points out, it's crucial to keep ethics in focus as we navigate potentially risky yet exciting new frontier. While current regulations exist for drugs going through clinical trials and FDA approval, the fast pace of technological advancement makes it challenging for regulations to keep up.
Try this: As with most things Generative AI, there’s not a lot of regulation and enforced public policy because of the breakneck speed of development. One recent (and important!) update: The Biden White House’s Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence. Here’s a great breakdown on what it means for life sciences, healthcare and biology.
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