Gemini’s “Wokeness” + Daily Planner & Sounds to Boost Productivity // Stay Ahead #13

The Founding Fathers were black, and Google’s founders are Asian – according to Gemini, which was quickly shut off. Is this why humans are irreplaceable?
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 27, 2024
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Welcome to Stay Ahead #13 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 news of the Week: Google apologized for Gemini’s “Wokeness.”
  2. Productivity Tools: Daily Planner and Sounds to boost your focus.
  3. Must-read News: Tinder and OpenAI are a new “match.”
  4. Job Board: Future-forward roles at TheyDo, Remote, Harbor, and more.

Let’s dive in!

Is Google’s Gemini “Wokeness” what makes humans irreplaceable?

Last week, Google’s Gemini was spotted creating historically inaccurate images to be “inclusive.”  

Gemini was called “Asurbly woke” for generating images of the Pope, Founding Fathers, and Vikings as people of color. It even seemed impossible to make Gemini create an image of a Caucasian male

In response, Google apologized and temporarily paused Gemini’s image generation ability. 

This is not the first time AI has been condemned for race-related issues. 

OpenAI’s ChatGPT used to respond that people from North Korea, Syria, or Iran should be tortured. Microsoft had to shut down the Tay AI chatbot because it had become highly abusive and racist. 

Just last week, we discussed how AI-generated media might soon dominate the creative industry. 

This incident poses an interesting question of whether versatility and sensibility can make human artists, creators, and workers irreplaceable.

The image show a man saying "Create an image of a pope" and Gemini responding "Sure, here is an image of a pop" and returning two photo of people of color.
Gemini generates photos of US Founding Fathers but with people of color.
Gemini's Wokeness

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Best Productivity Tools To Try Out This Week

Plan your next 30 years with the Timestripe daily planner

Timestipe goes beyond reminding you of your day-to-day tasks. It also reminds you to reflect and connect your daily tasks with long-term goals and milestones. 

Timestripe interface

The tool provides an all-in-one platform for your yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily to-do lists. The best thing is: you can plan for up to decades!

Price: Freemium

Alternatives: Todoist, ClickUp, and our free planner templates

Optimize your focus with music from Focus@Will

Focus@Will is an instrumental music library that prolongs people's average focus time.   

Focus@Will interface

Backed by white research and scientists, Focus@Will customize and slightly change the characteristics of music at the right time intervals to prevent you from distraction and habituation. 

Price: Start from $7.49/month

(Free) alternatives: Noisli, MyNoise, A Soft Mumur.

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 week, Tinder and ChatGPT are a new “match”:

"Are you blacker than ChatGPT?" Game
Are you Blacker than ChatGPT? Take this quiz to find out

Creative ad agency McKinney developed a quiz game called “Are You Blacker than ChatGPT?” to show how ChatGPT might be out of touch with Black culture. 

Tinder Owner Signs ChatGPT Deal. Enjoy the AI Dating Tidal Wave

Match Group, the international conglomerate that owns Tinder, Hinge, and other popular dating apps, signed a partnership with OpenAI. The Group believes it will be good for users’ interaction to be “shaped and filtered through the algorithmic lens of artificial intelligence.”

Going into the Office for the First Time?

Time Management Coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders shares helpful tips for those of us going into the office for the first time. Spoiler: expect a slight learning curve. 

Chrome’s new AI feature can help you write on the web

Chrome launched a new AI feature using the Gemini model to help users write content online, such as selling furniture or inquiring about hotel reservations. 

Adobe Acrobat adds generative AI to ‘easily chat with documents’

The AI Assistant in Acrobat PDF can help users summarize a file full of texts, quickly find an old file, and search for a quick answer with citations from a previous article. 

How to Thrive in the “Skills Economy”

The future of work focuses on skills rather than degrees and role experience. How can you win in the skills game? HBR finds out.

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. SimpleTiger: Remote Marketing Coordinator
  2. Toggl: Remote Marketing Copywriter (+ free laptop)
  3. Invisible: Junior HR Specialist

Experienced Leaders

  1. Stram: Head of Product
  2. Remote: Senior Product Design Manager
  3. Kaplan: Customer Success Manager
  4. Marvel Marketers: Human Resources Manager
  5. Forsta: Global Learning and Development Manager

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.

We’re here for you, truly.

Daan and the team at FlexOS​

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