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Adobe to integrate AI into Photoshop amid fears of job losses and mass faking of images

The Guardian

Software giant Adobe has announced it will integrate generative AI into its widely used Photoshop program, while downplaying fears the move will lead to job losses and mass fakes. The brand most associated with image editing will incorporate the generative AI product Adobe Firefly, which launched as a beta six weeks ago, creating a tool the company says will become a "co-pilot" to graphic design rather than a replacement for humans. Using the "generative fill" feature, Photoshop users will be able to add to, expand or remove unwanted items from images using a text prompt similar to those used by Dall-E and Midjourney, such as "long haired dachshund with long flowing rainbow hair". The generative fill feature will be available in the desktop beta from Tuesday, with a wider release set for later in 2023. Adobe has been using AI in its tools for over a decade, such as the background replacement tool in Photoshop.

Singapore wants to plug AI skills gap in finance sector


Singapore is looking to plug a dearth of artificial intelligence (AI) skillsets in its finance sector by consolidating demand and working with stakeholders. Citing a survey that polled 131 local financial institutions, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said 44% of respondents deemed a shortage of AI and data analytics talent as their biggest challenge in adopting such applications. The central bank hopes to address this skills gap with a new initiative that aims to aggregate demand for roles and build capabilities through education institutions and training services providers. Key players from these segments, including financial institutions, have formed a consortium and are working together to drive the initiative. These institutions include FactSet UK, National University of Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Visa, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, and United Overseas Bank.

How AI will have changed the world by 2030, according to experts

Daily Mail - Science & tech

By 2030, Artificial Intelligence could be looking after our elderly, making films and teaching lessons -- or it could have wiped out the human race. These are the wildly different predictions from eight AI experts from the US and UK, who predict how the technology may change our lives within the next decade. It comes amid growing calls for regulators to put the lid on the development of AI, amid fears that it could lead to waves of job losses and render us obsolete. AI technology could become so good that it will start to generate entire films within a day, predicts New York-based writer of Apple TV Sci-fi series Silo Mr Howey. Speaking to, he said it was only a matter of time before AI tools were capable of making films. 'I've had access to alpha versions of art generators for a few years now, and I've watched how quickly they go from very rough approximations to photo-realism so good that you can't distinguish the AI art from photography,' he said.

'It's all gonna take over': Americans reveal fears of AI impacting every day life

FOX News

Americans in Austin, Texas, shared what they most fear regarding artificial intelligence. Several said they worried about AI job displacement. AUSTIN, Texas – Lone Star state residents shared fears over AI's rapid advancement and how it may impact different aspects of life. "Genuinely, I'm much more afraid for the job loss," said Eilidh, an Austin resident who works in retail. But Girish was more optimistic.

AI, the WGA Strike, and What Luddites Got Right


The Monitor is a weekly column devoted to everything happening in the WIRED world of culture, from movies to memes, TV to Twitter. Earlier this week, on the red (technically striped) carpet of the Met Gala, The Dropout star Amanda Seyfried answered a tough question: What did she think about the then-impending Writers Guild of America strike? Wearing an elegant Oscar de La Renta dress made with 80,000 gold and platinum bugle beads, she told a Variety reporter that everything she'd heard from writer friends indicated they would picket if they couldn't reach an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Poised, draped in priceless garments and jewels, she remained firm. "I don't get what the problem is," she said.

Will A.I. Become the New McKinsey?

The New Yorker

When we talk about artificial intelligence, we rely on metaphor, as we always do when dealing with something new and unfamiliar. Metaphors are, by their nature, imperfect, but we still need to choose them carefully, because bad ones can lead us astray. For example, it's become very common to compare powerful A.I.s to genies in fairy tales. The metaphor is meant to highlight the difficulty of making powerful entities obey your commands; the computer scientist Stuart Russell has cited the parable of King Midas, who demanded that everything he touched turn into gold, to illustrate the dangers of an A.I. doing what you tell it to do instead of what you want it to do. There are multiple problems with this metaphor, but one of them is that it derives the wrong lessons from the tale to which it refers.

India's robot boom hits all-time high


India s operational stock of industrial robots hit all time high. Sales of industrial robots in India reached a new record of 4,945 units installed. This is an increase of 54 percent compared to the previous year (2020: 3,215 units). In terms of annual installations, India now ranks in tenth position worldwide. These are findings of the report World Robotics, presented by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

AI race drives down stock market valuations of education firms

The Guardian

The artificial intelligence race is already producing losers. On Tuesday, education companies trading on the London and New York stock exchanges saw hundreds of millions wiped from their valuations after Chegg, a US firm that provides online help to students for writing and maths work, said ChatGPT was affecting customer growth. The firm said it had seen a "significant spike" in students using the technology, and withdrew its profits guidance for the rest of the year, warning revenues had already been hit. It shares almost halved in value. The ripples were felt in London, where education giant Pearson's stock closed down 15%.

I asked an AI chatbot about AI replacing humans

Al Jazeera

This Labour Day, working people around the world have little to celebrate. Amid climate change, war and pandemics, inequality is rising, wages are stagnating or even falling, and inflation is skyrocketing, leaving billions of people struggling to make ends meet. In France, where in 1889 labour unions and socialists first designated May 1 as International Workers' Day, hundreds of thousands are demonstrating against a pension law raising the retirement age to 64. However, the sad fact is that many of these workers out on French streets and throughout the world today may not have a job at all come retirement. The speed with which automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are replacing humans in the workplace is breathtaking and poses an unprecedented risk of major economic disruptions and social upheavals.

Tech to drive job changes for quarter of all workers over five years

The Japan Times

Global labor markets are poised for a new era of turbulence as technologies like artificial intelligence accelerate the decline of clerical work, while simultaneously increasing demand for technology and cybersecurity specialists. Over the next five years, nearly a quarter of all jobs will change as a result of AI, digitization and other economic developments like the green energy transition and supply chain re-shoring, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum in Geneva on Monday. While the study expects AI to result in "significant labor-market disruption," the net impact of most technologies will be positive over the next five years as big data analytics, management technologies and cybersecurity become the biggest drivers of employment growth. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add and to your list of allowed sites.