“Human-like” AI is almost here + Chat with your PDF// Stay Ahead #19

In this edition: Claude 3, Synthetic data, Apple’s Robots, tools to chat with your pdf, AI journals, and more. Plus, top 100 AI tools for work.
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 9, 2024
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Welcome to Stay Ahead #19 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: Is synthetic data the key to artificial general intelligence (AGI)? 
  2. Productivity Tools: Apps and tools to boost your productivity and mental health.
  3. Must-read News: Top 100 AI tools people really use for work. 
  4. Job Board: Future-forward roles at SimpleTiger, REI, CloudZero, and more. 

Let’s dive in!

Highlights of the week

Claude 3 Overthrows ChatGPT: The Power of Synthetic Data

“The King is dead” - the statement has been all over the internet in the last week. Anthropic’s Claude 3 family surpasses ChatGPT and Gemini in many aspects, such as Undergraduate knowledge, reasoning, school math, and code. 

It’s claimed to have “near-human levels” of comprehension and fluency when working on complex tasks. 

Claude 3 surpasses GPT and Gemini.

If this technical report speaks nothing to you (as every new launch has been claimed to be the best by its own benchmark), the community-voted chatbot leaderboard might help. 

From the vote of 500,000 users on Large Model Systems Organization (LMSYS Org), for the first time, Claude took over ChatGPT in the first place for its performance. 

Claude 3 Opus ranks first in community vote.

The advance of Claude 3 is partially credited to the synthetic data it was trained on. 

Synthetic data is internal AI-generated data, meaning that AI can use its current database to create new data, instead of scraping the entire thing externally. 

This will be “a big deal,” especially given the current shortage of data that can be used to train AI, and YouTube’s recent statement that using its videos to train Sora is illegal. 

It’s also significant to note that Anthropic’s founder left OpenAI to build a more trusted model, and Claude stands out from others due to its Constitution on Ethics. 

You can dive into these videos for more information on Claude 3 and synthetic data:

Top 100 AI Tools For Work

No, Generative AI use is not declining. In fact, it has increased by 9% in just two months, to 2,909 billion visits across the top 100 tools. 

FlexOS conducted a new report about the most used AI tools people ACTUALLY use at work to boost productivity and save them tens of hours. 

Not really a surprise, but AI tools do not stop at ChatGPT or Gemini. People use AI tools for image/video generation, project management, writing, marketing, and personal productivity. 

It’s not AI that takes your job but a supercharged human with an army of AI tools and agents. Now might be the time to pick up your AI game. 

Read more news at the end.


Employer of Record (EOR): The Definitive Guide for 2024

We love remote work, but the administrative side of it is not always a joy.

Employer of Record (EOR) services can help you dive into the global talent pool without the legal complexities of international hiring. 

In this list, we rank EOR services objectively to help you find the one that best suits your needs. 

Whether you're looking to innovate, diversify, or scale, these are the best partners to power your quick and compliant hiring across borders.

Check out EOR guide and services review

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Best Productivity Tools To Try Out This Week

  • CallPDF.AI - Chat with your PDF and save you hours' worth of reading. 
  • Koala - Accelerate your content creation and SEO audit process. 
  • Argil - Create short videos of yourself speaking generated by AI.
  • Dorik - AI Website builder.
  • Reflectly - World’s first AI journal to structure your thoughts and feelings. 

More cool AI newsletters that I love:

  • Techpresso - A daily rundown of what’s happening in tech, read by professionals from Google, Apple, and OpenAI.
  • GPTE AI - A daily summary of the latest AI news and trending tools sent to 40,000+ subscribers, including Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft employees.

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 is going to launch Grok-1.5:

Apple has been secretly building home robots that could end up as a new product line, report says

After abandoning its self-driving car project, Apple is reportedly building a home robot that can follow people around the house. 

Amazon Fresh kills “Just Walk Out” shopping tech—it never really worked

Turns out, Amazon’s AI checkout is operated by 1,000 human video reviewers in India.

Meta’s new AI deepfake playbook: More labels, fewer takedowns

Instead of taking down AI deepfake content, Meta will use labeling to notify users, avoiding the risk of affecting free speech.  

OpenAI’s GPT Store Is Triggering Copyright Complaints

Customized GPTs on the GPT Store are facing complaints of using copyrighted materials.

Why Playing It Safe Is the Riskiest Strategic Choice

Steve Dennise, a strategic advisor, explains why, in the age of digital disruptions, “playing it safe” can put your team at risk. 

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 LLC: Remote SEO Strategist
  2. CloudZero: Remote Content Marketing Specialist
  3. Adcopy.ai: Remote Senior Developer on AI Advertising Startup

Experienced Leaders

  1. Axon: Senior Manager, Operational Controller (Remote)
  2. REI: Director, HR Operations
  3. Inclusively: Learning & 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. Reply and give us your feedback: what could we do better?

We’re here for you, truly.

-Evelyn (Nhi)

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