Post-Smartphone Era + Create Music with AI// Stay Ahead #20

In this edition: Humane AI Pin, GPT-4 Turbo, Lead with AI, tools to create AI music, improve your mental health, and more.
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 16, 2024
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Welcome to Stay Ahead #20 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: Can Humane AI Pin open the post-smartphone era?
  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

Humane AI Pin: Is The Post-Smartphone Era Here?

The short answer is no. Not yet.

But I love the vision of Humane. 

Humane, a startup founded by Apple ex-employees, funded by OpenAI’s Sam Altman, just shipped its first patch of Humane AI Pin.

The Humane AI Pin, in essence, is a combination of your smartphone and AI models from OpenAI, Google, and Microsoft. It’s “a phone without a screen” and “Star Strek’s label pin.”

You wear the pin on your top and talk to it like you tell Siri or Alexa to help you call a friend, craft a message, take a photo, search a movie schedule, or note something down. 

Humane AI pin can also project a a laser-ink screen onto your palm, and you can navigate it like you use your phone. 

The idea of Humane AI pin is for you to spend less time on screen and more time in the moment. They envision a future where AI can help you be more in touch with yourself and the world surrounding you rather than making you drift apart. 

Everything sounds wonderful on paper (I mean, their website), but the reviews from the first batch of the AI pin speak otherwise.

People are struggling with the pin because speech-based technology does not work well in crowded environments like a station, gives no helpful answer, or even gives false information. As we cannot see what the pin is seeing, it captures and gives the wrong answer to what you are asking for. 

The idea of a post-smartphone, no-screen era where AI is seamlessly integrated into life sounds novel and appealing, but it’s not here yet. 

But in several years to come, would you try it?

Dive into Humane AI pin and its reviews here:

Read more news at the end.


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Best Productivity Tools To Try Out This Week

  • Udio AI - Create impressive music with a single prompt and maybe your own lyrics.
  • My possible self - Clinically verified activities to manage stress and improve sleep. Your mental health matters.
  • Perplexity - A heavenly combination of Google, GPT-4, and proper citation. 
  • Gamma AI - Create beautiful presentations in one click. 
  • MindNote - Mindmap, structure, and organize your ideas. A perfect partner for visual thinkers. 

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 week, OpenAI’s GPT-4 turbo ranks 1st (bye Claude 3 Opus) in the chatbot leaderboard:

OpenAI launches enhanced GPT-4 turbo for ChatGPT plus users and developers

Plus users of ChatGPT can now access GPT-4 Turbo. This model took back ChatGPT's first place on the LMSYS Leaderboard.

Microsoft pitched using OpenAI's DALL-E for military software development

Microsoft suggests that DALL-E can help military software recognize targets better.

Google brings AI-powered editing tools, like Magic Editor, to all Google Photos users for free

Editing features that were previously limited to Pixel devices and paid subscribers—including its AI-powered Magic Editor—will now be available for free to all Google Photos users.

Why We Need People AND Technology (with Josh Bersin)

Listen to our discussion with Josh Bersin about Dynamic Organizations, AI, Work Tech, and the Future of Work. 

4 Reasons Why Managers Fail

Managers are accountable for 51% more responsibilities than they can effectively manage. Explore the common causes of managers’ failures and how to address them.

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. Science Exchange: Technical Business Analyst

Experienced Leaders

  1. ezCater: Senior Manager, E-commerce Engineering (Remote)
  2. Twilio: Sr. Manager HR Service Delivery and Automation
  3. AIP Publishing: Head of 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 (Nhi)

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