Get ready to meet your AI clone// Stay Ahead #18

Your friends and families might be unable to distinguish you and your AI clone. Moreover, your next therapist might also be an AI.
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 1, 2024
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Welcome to Stay Ahead #18 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 clones are becoming indistinguishable. 
  2. Productivity Tools: Apps and tools to boost your productivity and mental health.
  3. Must-read News: OpenAI’s Voice Engine can read a text in your voice. 
  4. Job Board: Future-forward roles at Aspire, REI, Groove, and more. 

Let’s dive in!

Highlights of the week

The Future Of Having An AI Version To Replace You

Hear me out. The conversation about how AI can replace you is no longer at the level of skills but a literal meaning of being and behaving “you.”

One year ago, Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal senior personal tech columnist, made an AI clone of herself (video and voice) and tested its lifelike-ness with her family, bank, TikTok, and meeting. 

Her clone, AI Joanna, successfully convinced Snap CEO, her sister, and the bank’s voice biometrics. However, the TikTok community and her colleague recognized it was not her due to the limited facial expressions, hand movements, and breathing pauses. 

Although her clone was imperfect, Joanna said, “The scariest part of this experiment is that I can see down the line, this being compelling enough and convincing enough.”

Well, that time has come. 

Last week, a video on X (Twitter) went viral because it claimed to be generated by AI. A huge controversy followed because people…didn’t believe it was AI.

Turn out, it WAS AI-generated, using a real person's appearance, whose image has been licensed to Arcads to clone and generate such videos. 

HeyGen, Argil, and Arcads are some of the tools that can help you create AI-generated videos at scale using AI avatars. 

Reaching out to companies like Synthesia can help you create your own (appearance) clone, and tools such as ElevenLabs and can do the voice part. 

Can you imagine a day when our AI clones will be in the meeting together while we enjoy breakfast?

Read more news at the end.


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Best Productivity Tools To Try Out This Week

  • Hume - Talk to “the first AI with emotional intelligence” with an empathetic voice about your well-being and mental health.
  • Grid Diary - The combination of a daily diary and a productive planner that helps you keep track of your tasks and reflect on your personal life at the same time.
  • Opus Clip - Turn a YouTube video into AI-rated TikTok Videos and Shorts in one click.
  • Beeminder - A hardcore option for goal tracking. It charges you money if you fall behind in progress or fail to achieve your quantifiable goals. (Don’t go after us if you lose money to Beeminder 😬)

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, Elon Musk will launch Grok-1.5:

OpenAI Voice
OpenAI’s voice cloning AI model only needs a 15-second sample to work

ChatGPT developed a Voice Engine that can clone your voice and read text. 

NYC’s AI Chatbot Tells Businesses to Break the Law

NYC’s AI Chatbot says that bosses can take employees’ tips and landlords can discriminate against tenants based on their incomes. 

Research: Leaders Undervalue Creative Work from AI-Managed Teams

New research suggests that leaders might view members who have AI (haphazardly) integrated into their work as less creative and skilled. 

X’s Grok chatbot will soon get an upgraded model, Grok-1.5

Elon Musk’s AI startup announces that Grok-1.5 with “better reasoning” will be revealed in the coming days. 

Trust, Neuroscience, and Embracing Our Weirdness at Work (with neuroscientist Paul J. Zak)

Dive into the practical strategies to build and maintain trust in remote and hybrid teams.

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. In2Green: Remote Freelance Content Creator
  2. Konsort Social: TikTok Content Creator
  3. Groove: Content Writer
  4. CloudDevs: Remote AI (LLM) Fullstack Engineer

Experienced Leaders

  1. Amplitude: Community Marketing Manager
  2. REI: Director, HR Operations
  3. Aspire: Director of People

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.

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