Elon Musk Implements Brain Chip + Google Kills Bard // Stay Ahead #11

Elon Musk is reported to have successfully implanted a brain chip into a human. Google launched Gemini Advanced to replace Bard. Read it in Stay Ahead #11.
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.
February 13, 2024
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Welcome to Stay Ahead #11 from FlexOS!

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

In this week’s edition:

  1. Innovation of the Week: Elon Musk’s company Neuralink implanted a chip in a human patient’s brain. These are tools to make task management more exciting.
  2. Must-read News: Google launched Gemini Advanced. GenAI could disrupt 200,000 jobs in the creative industry.
  3. Job Board: Future-forward roles at Vercel, Remote, Hubspot, and more.

Let’s dive in!

Would you put an AI chip into your brain?

In 2017, Elon Musk shocked the world with the launch of Neuralink, a company aimed to connect the human brain directly to the computer. The company realizes Musk’s vision that humans must become cyborgs to be relevant in the future of AI. 

Elon Musk implants chip to human's brain

2024 marks a new milestone for Neuralink as they successfully implemented the chip into the first human patient. Here are some key things you need to know:

  • Neuralink has two main pieces of equipment: a chip implanted into a human’s skull and a robot to implant the chip automatically.
  • There are two main visions for Neuralink: Helping people with brain injuries in their daily life activities (motor control) and achieving “symbiosis with artificial intelligence.” For example, writing an email and calling a car using only your thoughts.
  • This innovation causes huge ethical concerns for brain surgery, which is considered a high-risk treatment.
a man with a band across his head.
It's like a Black Mirror episode. 

A chip in your brain could be a game-changer in how you interact with computers and technology. Would you be willing to sign on?



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In the News 

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

This week, Google launched Gemini Advanced as a replacement of Bard, and a study shows that GenAI could disruptively change the entertainment job industry:

Google's Gemini
Bard becomes Gemini: Try Ultra 1.0 and a new mobile app today

Months after the groundbreaking (and fake) Gemini demo video, Google officially announced the Gemini Advanced Ultra model. This model is reported to surpass the performance of the GPT-4 model on a range of benchmarks, including text and coding. 

OpenAI reportedly developing two AI agents to automate entire work processes

OpenAI is developing two AI agents. One agent can take control of a user’s device to perform tasks such as transferring data and filling in reports, the other agent can take care of all web-centric tasks such as booking a flight ticket. 

GenAI could disrupt over 200,000 entertainment industry jobs by 2026, says study

A study by CVL Economics found that GenAI could disrupt approximately 203,800 entertainment industry jobs by 2026. The biggest impact will be in film, television, and animation. 

Labeling AI-generated images on Facebook, Instagram, and Threads

Meta is working on common technical standards that signal when a piece of content has been created using AI. The aim is to be able to label AI-generated images posted by users on Facebook, Instagram, and Threads. 

Google's Lookout App Adds Detailed, AI-Powered Image Descriptions

Google's Lookout app employs AI to generate more detailed image descriptions to help blind and low-vision users. Users can get descriptions and ask follow-up questions about an image without alt text. 

5 Ways in Which Apple Vision Pro Will Change How We Work

With the launch of Apple Vision Pro, I have put together 5 most powerful use cases for this innovation in the future of work. From working everywhere to improving mental health, Apple Vision Pro can redefine workplace dynamics for a happier working experience. 

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:

  1. Vercel: Director, Customer Success, US-West
  2. Remote: Manager, Solutions Consulting AMER
  3. YPO: Talent Development and Learning Director
  4. DuckDuckGo: Director, People Operations

Need more options? WeWorkRemotely, FlexJobs, and Remote 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.

We’re here for you, truly.

Daan and the team at FlexOS​

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