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AI Frontier Insights The Wild West of Artificial Intelligence

Howdy, AI Enthusiasts! AI is like the wild west, but we’ve got you covered. Think of us as your trusty trail guides, leading you through the frontier of artificial intelligence with tips, tricks, and the latest updates to keep you ahead of the game.

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This Week’s Insights 📰 

Louis Vuitton Wants to Augment AI With Humans

LVMH is using AI to supercharge human creativity, not replace it. They’ve rolled out MaIA, an internal ChatGPT spinoff, to streamline tasks and support their team. Axel de Goursac from LVMH made it clear: “We don’t want to replace but augment humans with artificial intelligence.” With 1500+ employees trained in AI, LVMH is leading the way in blending tech with human expertise.

Canva Is Really Good at Making Designs Easy, Maybe Not So Good at Rapping…

Canva rolled out some killer updates to 1 million users this past weekend, with the rest getting access later this year. The highlight is the expanded AI tool Magic Studio, which has been used over five billion times. New features include Magic Media, text-to-graphic, and Magic Design for top-notch presentations. Plus, there’s a Magic Switch to convert any design into custom documents like video scripts or LinkedIn posts.

They also launched Work Kits in their freshly designed UI, offering hundreds of industry-specific templates. Oh, don’t miss the cringeworthy rap they dropped—no one’s sure if it’s AI-made or just painfully human. Either way, it’s got people talking.

AI Is the New Plant Cupid

AI is on a mission to find a mate for the last known male Encephalartos woodii, a plant thought to be extinct in the wild. The University of Southampton is leading a high-tech search in South Africa’s Ngoye Forest using drones and AI. This Jurassic-era plant needs a female partner to reproduce, but so far, the search has come up empty.

If no female is found, researchers are exploring ways to change the plant’s sex. Talk about a sci-fi twist! This project, blending conservation and cutting-edge tech, could bring this ancient species back from the brink. Hopefully, nature’s love story will get a happy ending.

Should You Be Polite to Your AI Assistants?

Ever wondered if you need to be polite to your AI? This is probably one of the most common questions we get in our AI course! A recent study shows that while politeness doesn’t always improve AI responses, it can help clarify requests and mirror human interactions. Interestingly, smaller models might respond better to niceties than more advanced ones. The only consistent difference from polite prompts was the AI starting responses with “Certainly!” while the quality of information didn’t change much. Researchers found that while AI doesn’t have feelings, positive interactions can benefit the human user, fostering engagement and creativity.

So, does being nice to your AI really matter? Maybe not for the machine, but it could make you feel better. “Positive emotions promote discovery of novel and creative actions, ideas and social bonds, which in turn build that individual’s personal resources; ranging from physical and intellectual resources, to social and psychological resources.” Treating AI like it has emotions might seem silly, but as long as it improves your experience, there’s no harm in a little politeness. Besides, who knows—maybe your toaster will remember the kindness when it gains sentience.

Washington Standing Up for Hollywood

Washington is buzzing about a new bill aimed at protecting artists from AI misuse. The NO FAKES Act is set to stop the unauthorized use of AI to replicate artists’ voices and likenesses. This comes on the heels of a controversy involving actress Scarlett Johansson. Recently, OpenAI released a chatbot with a voice eerily similar to hers, despite her refusing to license her voice twice. Scarlett Johansson, famous for voicing an AI system in the movie “Her,” called out OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman for this misuse. She’s now hired a lawyer to demand they stop using the voice, dubbed “Sky.”

The push for this bill, led by Senator Chris Coons and backed by a bipartisan group, comes as AI tensions in Hollywood reach a boiling point. Musicians like Ariana Grande and Sheryl Crow have also raised alarms about their voices being mimicked without permission. Sheryl Crow highlighted the urgency for clear rules, noting that AI has already been used to replicate voices of both living and deceased artists. The NO FAKES Act aims to create those much-needed guardrails, ensuring the entertainment industry can protect its creative talents in this AI-driven age.

AI Lab Visual Vault 🖼️

Common Problem:
– Can’t fit the full body of a subject in frame

Solutions: Change up your aspect ratio! When generating a square or rectangle image, the body of the subject will likely be cut off. If you change the aspect ratio of the image or zoom out you’ll be able to capture the entire body. You can also add in “full body shot” into your prompt sometimes.

Starting Prompt: an anthropomorphic giraffe in an 80s jogging outfit, teal and pink colors, kodak

When adding “full body shot” into your prompt doesn’t work. (as you can see in the far right photo 2 of the images generated are only half body shots) there are a few different things you can do to get the whole body in frame. In Midjourney, you can click the down arrow to change the aspect ratio.

Original Image: full body shot an anthropomorphic giraffe in an 80s jogging outfit, teal and pink colors, kodak –ar 3:2

anthropomorphic giraffes in 80s style jogging suits, half body shots, teal and pink colors, graffiti on the wall, urban environment

Updated Image:

anthropomorphic giraffes in 80s style jogging suits,  full body shots, teal and pink colors, graffiti on the wall, urban environment

You can also use the “Zoom Out” feature and get a result that looks like this:

anthropomorphic giraffes in 80s style jogging suits,  full body shots, teal and pink colors, graffiti on the wall, urban environment

Because bodies are vertical in nature, when trying to generate horizontal image the AI tool will typically cut off portions of the body despite using the “full body shot” prompt. Adjusting the aspect ratio to better fit the body, zooming out, or starting with a vertical aspect ratio and expanding from there are different ways you can achieve a full body subject in frame!

Tools We Used This Week 🧰

Gamma – Last week Gamma’s CEO Grant Lee, joined us on our AI Unplugged Mastermind to discuss creating presentations with Gamma and some of his favorite AI use cases. Watch the replay!

Echo Jockey – The fastest way to find, pitch, and get booked on podcasts. Use code AISMART30 to get +30% more pitches per month!

Canva – We’ve always been big fans of Canva, with the latest updates and ability to batch create content with ease, we’re pumped to see what else we can create this year!

Application Deadline Extended! 💥

We’ve extended the deadline to June 13 for applications to the Applied AI Summer Program! Submit your application to be accepted!  This program is custom-built for college students, fresh grads, and young marketers and guess what…. IT’S FREE. Forward this email or share the application link with college students and young marketing pros looking to gain an edge in AI and Marketing!

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The AI Smart Team