[Stanford Research] AI Beats Humans // Stay Ahead #21

Another insane edition: Stanford AI Index, Meta Llama 3, Meta AI, VASA-1, and more. Also, 5 productivity tools of the week to try out.
Evelyn Le
Evelyn Le
Strategic Product Lead, Stay Ahead, FlexOS
With a rich background in communication research and analysis, Evelyn guides readers with expertise, offering innovative advice in the digital work.
April 23, 2024
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Welcome to Stay Ahead #21 from FlexOS!

Every Tuesday, we share the latest tools and tips to help you work smarter, not harder. 

In this week’s edition:

  1. News of the Week: AI beats humans on most of the performance benchmarks.
  2. Productivity Tools: Apps and tools to boost your productivity and mental health.
  3. Must-read News: OpenAI releases enhanced GPT-4 Turbo. 
  4. Job Board: Future-forward roles at SimpleTiger, REI, CloudZero, and more. 

Let’s dive in!

Highlights of the week

AI Surpasses Humans: Redefining Competency

Stanford just launched its 2024 AI Index Research; here are some notable takeaways:

  1. AI beats humans in the majority of performance benchmarks.
  2. AI helps workers be more productive and leads to higher work quality.
  3. There’s a lack of standardized benchmarks for LLM responsibility.
  4. 52% of Americans report feeling more concerned than excited about AI.

Although AI has not surpassed humans at all benchmarks, such as competition-level mathematics, visual commonsense reasoning, and planning, it’s coming very close. 

Stanford AI Index

Notably, the comparison here is between standard AI models (such as GPT-4 and Gemini) and humans who can actually do advanced math (not just any human).

This finding yields a need to build more complex and challenging tests for AI. 

But more importantly, it is to build new tests that not only compare AI and human competency but also highlight where humans and AI differ and where humans still have a competitive edge.

Now, we might need to redefine productivity, competency, and performance so that humans and AI can be companions instead of competitors. 

Meta Llama 3 and Meta AI

Meta introduces Meta Llama 3 as the most capable open-source LLM so far. 

What excites people is not it's just another LLM or its impressive performance but the fact that it is open-source.

This means the code, training process, and architecture information are accessible for free. 

Everyone can read, use, download, and build a new AI application with Llama. Meta also uploaded a guide on integrating and building with Llama.

With the new model, Meta also launches Meta AI, a general assistant chatbot. 

You will see Meta AI soon in your everyday apps, as Meta will also include it in Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp to assist you on these platforms. 

Read more news at the end.


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Best Productivity Tools To Try Out This Week

  • Meta AI - If your country allows it, try Meta AI as a (free) assistant for your daily tasks. 
  • Chatmind - Quickly generate mindmap based on simple prompts or diverse content.
  • Make - Quickly build an AI workflow based on your scenario. 
  • TeuxDeux - Make note-taking and planning straightforward like a piece of paper.
  • Focuster - Automate your to-do list and help you focus on what is most important.

More cool AI newsletters that I love:

  • Morning Brew—Quick and insightful updates about the business world every day of the week from Wall St. to Silicon Valley.
  • Innovating with AI—Courses, community, and coaching on AI.

Need more AI tools? Check out:

In the News 

Every week, we pick must-read articles about the future of work so you can stay ahead. 

This is a busy week for Meta, Microsoft, and Adobe:

VASA-1: Lifelike Audio-Driven Talking Faces Generated in Real Time

VASA-1 can create a moving image with sound from just a single photo. 

Ready for a Chatbot Version of Your Favorite Instagram Influencers?

Instagram is building AI chatbots that can help influencers answer messages from their followers.

All-New Adobe Express Mobile App with Firefly AI Now Available to Millions

The all-new Adobe Express mobile app is available to all users, empowering them to create content on the go.

Nike vs. Nvidia: The Battle of Remote Innovation

Nike's CEO claims bold innovation is lost with remote work, but Nvidia succeeds in the same model. Why so?

How To Become A Courageous Leader. What It Means For Career Success

Cheryl Robinson, Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, writes about what it means to lead with courage. 

Jobs to Level Up

We want you to make the change we need in this world of work. And do it from wherever is best for you. Here are some jobs that caught our attention:

Emerging Talent (1-5 years of experience)

  1. Calendly: Social Media Marketing Manager
  2. Artisan Talent: Junior Social Media Coordinator
  3. Invisible Technology: Video Captioning AI Data Trainer at Invisible Technologies

Experienced Leaders

  1. Carta: Head of Product Marketing
  2. Twilio: Sr. Manager HR Service Delivery and Automation
  3. Zip Co: Director, People & Culture

Need more options? WeWorkRemotely, FlexJobs, Remote, and Jobgether are great places to get vetted remote-friendly roles. 

Also, check out our guide on “How to Get a Remote Job Today.”

How did we do?

That’s it for this edition of Stay Ahead, the newsletter that keeps you ahead in the future of work. Reply and give us your feedback: what could we do better?

We’re here for you, truly.

- Evelyn

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