Even cyborgs go on vacation...
“C'mon buddy. After a long day of Turing tests you gotta unwind.” - Nathan, Ex Machina
Hey there everyone! I’m coming to you this week from my vacation in Glacier National Park, Montana, so today’s newsletter will be slightly shorter than usual. If you didn’t catch it this Tuesday, be sure to give my podcast with Will Bakst of SOTAI a listen (click here) - it’s a good one!
3 AI-powered tools to turbocharge your efficiency, today
The product - Fathom is an AI-powered tool that records, transcribes, highlights, and summarizes your meetings, allowing you to stay focused on the conversation rather than note-taking. What's more, it automatically syncs these call notes to your CRM system, ensuring all relevant information is neatly organized and easily accessible.
The use case - as a product person, Fathom could be your ultimate meeting companion. From internal team meetings, stakeholder meetings to client discussions, Fathom can help you retain critical information, follow up on action points, and maintain comprehensive records without missing a beat. It's like having an extra team member focused solely on capturing details, freeing you up to drive the conversation and make strategic decisions.
The product - Speak is a powerful language data analysis tool designed to unlock insights from your audio, video, and text data quickly and without the need for coding. Whether it's qualitative research or marketing analysis, Speak enables easy individual and bulk uploading of data and offers automated transcription for audio and video content.
The use case - for product managers who need to conduct competitive analysis, customer research, or track market trends, Speak could become an indispensable tool. It allows you to efficiently convert casual conversations, customer interviews, focus group discussions, and even competitor webinars into actionable insights. Speak's potential to streamline data analysis can ultimately lead to stronger customer relationships and more informed decision-making.
The product - Byword is an advanced AI content generation platform trusted by over 10,000 marketers. It has the capability to produce high-quality, SEO-friendly content on a vast range of topics at scale. Along with generating content, Byword also creates up to four AI images to accompany each article, and its sophisticated algorithms can bypass all major AI detectors.
The use case - for product folks who are involved in content marketing and SEO strategy, Byword could be an invaluable asset. Whether you're creating content for your product pages, writing blog posts to engage your audience, or generating SEO-focused articles to improve your site's search engine ranking, Byword can help. Its ability to generate relevant images can also significantly reduce the time you spend on publishing, allowing you to focus more on your core product management tasks.
Detailed insight into every user experience, powered by PlayerZero
Unleash the power of Stanford's DAWN labs' unique AI with PlayerZero, a tool designed to comprehend and help you adapt to the distinct tendencies and habits of each user in your application. Identify changes in user workflows or disruptions to their experience earlier, ensuring unparalleled user understanding and engagement. Simply specify your key actions and priority customers, and PlayerZero will deliver real-time updates, transforming the way you connect with and understand your users.
Chronicles of the circuit circus
Sam Altman: CEO of OpenAI calls for US to regulate artificial intelligence - James Clayton for BBC. The big pull quote:
“Mr Altman told legislators he was worried about the potential impact on democracy, and how AI could be used to send targeted misinformation during elections.
He gave several suggestions for how a new agency in the US could regulate the industry - including giving out and taking away permits for AI companies.
He also said firms like OpenAI should be independently audited.”
Microsoft Says New A.I. Shows Signs of Human Reasoning - Cade Metz for the New York Times. The big pull quote:
“They asked it to write a program that took in a person’s age, sex, weight, height and blood test results and judged whether they were at risk of diabetes. They asked it to write a letter of support for an electron as a U.S. presidential candidate, in the voice of Mahatma Gandhi, addressed to his wife. And they asked it to write a Socratic dialogue that explored the misuses and dangers of L.L.M.s.
It did it all in a way that seemed to show an understanding of fields as disparate as politics, physics, history, computer science, medicine and philosophy while combining its knowledge.
“All of the things I thought it wouldn’t be able to do? It was certainly able to do many of them — if not most of them,” Dr. Bubeck said.”
Turkey’s deepfake-influenced election spells trouble - David Meyer for Fortune. The big pull quote:
“Just days before the Sunday election, one of the best-known opposition candidates, Muharrem İnce, pulled out. An alleged sex tape had been circulating on social media and he claimed his appearance in it was the result of deepfake technology; nonetheless, he withdrew from the contest.”
“Faked photos and even videos have been around for a while, but thanks to A.I. they are so much easier to make now, in a form that convinces many of those who aren’t paying close attention—which is most people. Soon, they will be incredibly simple to generate at a quality level that will fool even more voters. From now on, as Fortune reported recently, this will be a feature of most elections, including next year’s U.S. presidential election, and I think it’s fair to say we aren’t ready.”
Thanks for joining me for this vacation edition of the newsletter! Next week I’ll be getting back to the full newsletter and interviewing a very exciting secret guest. Check in next Tuesday to find out who they are!
Look forward to seeing you there.