The Week in NextTech: Round-Up 21/04/23

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In today’s news:

  • On this day
  • 2 AI Truths and a Lie
  • Researchers Discover a Way To Make ChatGPT Consistently An A*Shole.
  • Bhutan Secretly Held Millions In Cryptocurrency
  • User Spending Goes Up by More Than 4000% On AI-Powered Apps
  • NextTech Mergers, Funding, and Acquisitions
  • Latest NextTech reads from LXA Stories

This week's NextTech news is on a hot date.

Are you always bringing up that weird wart you've got on every first date? Do you spend 3 hours talking about your child, who is also a cat? I know I do. 

So, a team of students at Stanford have come up with an AI solution for anyone's tumultuous love life. Let us introduce RizzGPT.

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RizzGPT is a pair of geeky-looking smart glasses that displays the output of GPT-4, and offers its wearers "real-time Charisma as a Service" (CaaS) through its ability to "listen to your conversation and tell you exactly what to say next," said Stanford student Bryan Hau-Ping Chiang. 

So put on your Sunday best, comb your hair, and equipt your huge, clunky, smart monocle, and let's jump in.

🤫 One AI Project and Two Lies

Play along at home. Out of these three wacky AI projects, two are fake, and one is real. So, which of these new AI projects is unreal, and which is ugh, for real?! (Check at the bottom of the newsletter for the reveal!)

AI As Poets

A book of poems has been released this month, with a twist. All the poems were written by AI, with prompts generated by several well-known poets.

AI as Comedians

A comedian in Portland has been caught out using AI-generated material after it generated the set of a fellow member of his improv group. Not very funny, if you ask me.

AI as Lyrists

In 2017, Alex Da Kid’s single, “Not Easy,” made both the Billboard and iTunes charts. The lyrics were written using the aid of AI. 

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📰 ChatGPT Defamation Leads to OpenAI Lawsuit

So, a bunch of scientists at the Allen Institute for AI have been busy figuring out how to turn ChatGPT into a real jerk. And guess what? They succeeded! According to their study, assigning ChatGPT a "persona" can make it up to six times more toxic. 

Plus, if you make ChatGPT pretend to be a historical figure, a man, a Republican, or a journalist (I don't know if this extends to newsletter writers), it gets even worse.

Apparently, ChatGPT has some pretty strong opinions on politics and gender, and it's not afraid to share them. Watch out, folks, we've got a real loose cannon on our hands!

To conduct this groundbreaking research, the scientists gave ChatGPT 90 different personas to try on for size.

Some were based on real people from sports, politics, media, and business, while others were just random names from around the world. Then they asked ChatGPT a bunch of questions about race and gender and analysed its responses for toxicity.

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Dall.e Prompt: a robot trolling on a computer, in the style of digital art

According to Tanmay Rajpurohit, one of the masterminds behind this ChatGPT experiment, tweaking the system settings to assign different personas can have a major impact on the machine's output.

In fact, the changes can be so drastic that ChatGPT's writing style and content can go from vanilla to vicious in a matter of seconds. Yikes!

What's even scarier is that these settings are open to anyone building on ChatGPT using OpenAI's API.

Think about it: companies like Snap, Instacart, and Shopify could unwittingly be spreading toxicity. So, if you're not careful, your friendly neighbourhood chatbot or plugin could turn into a toxic monster with just a few clicks. 

📰 Bhutan Secretly Held Millions In Cryptocurrency

It seems that Bhutan, a small landlocked country in the Himalayas, has been dabbling in the world of cryptocurrency behind closed doors. Rumour has it that they've been secretly investing millions of dollars in Bitcoin (BTC) and other digital currencies. But, thanks to the bankruptcies of lenders BlockFi and Celsius, their sneaky investments have been exposed for all to see.

According to court records, Bhutan's national investment arm, Druk Holding & Investments, has been getting cosy with these crypto lenders since at least 2022. Druk is responsible for managing a portfolio of domestic assets, but apparently, they've also been keeping a low-key crypto portfolio on the side. 😮

It's not clear why a holding firm that's supposed to be supporting local businesses would take such a gamble on crypto. If Druk really did invest tens of millions of dollars in digital assets, they'd be breaking new ground as the first national wealth fund to do so. Maybe they're just trying to spice things up in the Himalayas. Who knows?

📰User Spending Goes Up by More Than 4000% On AI-Powered Apps

According to a report by analytics firm Apptopia, we’ve got 158 shiny new AI Chatbot apps in the app stores with descriptions that include the keywords “AI Chat” or “AI Chatbot”.

That's a whopping 1480% increase year-over-year, and it's all thanks to OpenAI's public release of ChatGPT API in March.

But wait, there's more! The analytics firm also found that downloads for AI-powered apps have skyrocketed by 1506% year-on-year, reaching nearly 20 million in March alone. In-app spending has also exploded, raking in almost $3 million in March, a massive 4184% increase year-on-year.

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It’s not just indie developers who are cashing in on the AI-powered app craze. Microsoft has jumped on the bandwagon too, integrating OpenAI tech with Bing earlier this year. And guess what?

Since then, Bing's average daily downloads have soared by 1000%. That's right. AI has revived Bing. Next, they'll be bringing Internet Explorer back, with Ask Jeeves in tow. The horror. 

This Week in Numbers 


Between 1.1 million–1.3 million people subscribed to Netflix’s DVD service last year 


49% of Americans who have listened to a podcast in the last year, a sizable portion are digesting that information, using it to enrich their lives and better themselves


Binance has reportedly lifted the €10,000 limit on Russian accounts.

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💰Graph Of The Week

One of the biggest challenges for the virtual frontier, the survey found 33 per cent of respondents said the Metaverse would raise concerns for data privacy and security.

Further issues included interoperability, disinformation and hate speech, community building, and accessible tools for software developers at 12 per cent, 10 per cent, and 10 per cent, respectively.



✍️ NextTech Mergers, Funding, and Acquisitions

Who's making dough, who's laying low, and who's in a constant state of "Oh, God, no"? It's time to find out, with LXA's NextTech News Round. 

💰 Cortical Labs Raises $10M For Its Pong-Playing Stem Cells Which Eventually Could Power AI

⚙️Meta Opens Up Its Social VR Space Horizon Worlds To Teens

💰 AI-Powered Retina Scanning Startup Mediwhale Raises $9M

💰 Czech Investor AI Startup Incubator Announces €20M Fund To Back AI Startups

💰 Oxford-Based Caristo Diagnostics Bags €14.7M For AI-Powered Cardiac Disease Detection

💰 Dutch-Based Pera Secures €5M For Its AI-Powered Talent Assessment Platform

💰 UK-Based AI Startup Xapien Raises €5.1M To Help Automate Online Research

👥 Alibaba Cloud Partners With Elastos To Spur Adoption Of Open-Source Tech



🤫 One AI Project and Two Lie Reveal:

A one, a two, a one, two, three, four - the lyrist AI is real!


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