Will GPT-4o make GPT-4 the “dumbest model”?// Stay Ahead #24

People are hinting at a future where the current AI state will soon be a joke: GPT-4o, an app to turn your idea into an AI tool, and China humanoid robots.
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.
May 15, 2024
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Welcome to Stay Ahead #24 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: Would the launch of ChatGPT search end Google’s monopoly? 
  2. Productivity Tools: Apps and tools to boost your productivity and mental health.
  3. Must-read News: xAI, Elon Musk’s OpenAI rival, is closing on $6B in funding
  4. Job Board: Future-forward remote roles. 

Let’s dive in!

Highlights of the week

If There Is An AI Hype, It Is Underhyped

Last week, Sam Altman and Brad Lightcap, the CEO and COO of OpenAI, answered in two different interviews that GPT-4 is “the dumbest model” and the current state of generative AI will be “laughably bad” in a year. 

In the announcement on Monday, the “magic” that everyone would love turned out to be ChatGPT-4o, with two remarkable points

Firstly, it is FREE to all users! Paid users will have up to five times the capacity limits.

Secondly, it has a new voice and video search. You can talk to ChatGPT in natural languages and get a response in human-level time and expressiveness. Moreover, you can show ChatGPT what you are talking about and discuss it together.

Alman stated:

“As we add (optional) personalization, access to your information, the ability to take actions on your behalf, and more, I can really see an exciting future where we are able to use computers to do much more than ever before.”

In an interview on CNBC's Squawk Box, Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, said, “I hate to tell you, but this stuff is underhyped, not overhyped. Because the arrival of the intelligence of a non-human form is really a big deal for the world.”

He can see that this is coming soon. If previously people predicted it would take 20 years to reach the development, he said it would only take 5 years from now. 

This statement is consistent with what Pieter Abbeel, an early employee of OpenAI and now Co-founder of Covariant, stated in his talk at UBA Trends Day in Europe. Unlike NFT, where hype can shape its value and stock market, the public hype of AI has no real impact on the development of AI. 

Regardless of your feelings towards it, it will continue to grow rapidly. 

The implication for you is: Don’t be afraid to explore AI. This does not mean you should try every single new AI product out there. This means you should give them a shot (I would say ChatGPT is more than enough for most tasks) and stick with some tools that can supercharge you to the best of your abilities. 

Read more news at the end.


Sam Altman’s take on ChatGPT-4o

Sam Altman called ChatGPT-4o a “magic,” “best computer interface,” and “a bit surprising that it’s real.”

Here are his highlighted takes on the announcement of ChatGPT-4o

Read his full blog here.

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Best Productivity Tools To Try Out This Week

  • Archie - Turn your idea into an actional AI-driven tool.
  • Bit.ai - Build, collaborate, and share documents with your team, powered by AI.
  • Spark - Separate your mailbox into priority and non-priority emails.
  • Harvest - A time-tracking tool that can turn insights into invoices or reports. 
  • Cognosys - Let the AI agent automatically break down complex objectives and work on your tasks. 

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. 

Chinese humanoid factory video plunges back into the uncanny valley

A TikTok account posted a video featuring humanoid robots with human-like skin inside a robot factory. 

The teens making friends with AI chatbots

Teens are opening up to AI chatbots as they would with a friend, but there are risks to this relationship.

3 Career-Building Strategies for an Increasingly Complex World of Work

John Winsor, an innovator and the co-author of “Open Talent: Leveraging the Global Crowd to Solve Your Biggest Challenges,” talks about three strategies for young adults to build their careers in the future of work.

Anthropic now lets kids use its AI tech — within limits

Anthropic will let minors use third-party apps powered by its AI model as long as they implement specific safety features. 

90% of Companies’ AI Approaches Fail – Why You Should Copy Moderna’s AI Playbook

We explore how Moderna created a playbook to avoid the common pitfalls that 90% of companies encounter when adopting AI technology and how you can apply this to your company.

Jobs to Level Up

We want you to thrive at work, and do it from wherever you want. Here are the this week’s  remote and hybrid jobs that caught our attention:

Trending Remote Jobs:

  1. Warner Music Group: Senior Software Engineer | $187K/yr - $245.5K/yr
  2. Figma: Growth Marketing Manager | $122K/yr - $288K/yr
  3. Brightwheel: Director of Sales, Expansion | $135K/yr - 215K/yr

Trending Companies Hiring Now:

More Exciting Remote Job Opportunities:

Need more options? Remote, Jobgether, WeWorkRemotely, and FlexJobs 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.

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