This week in AI and ML news: The Romanian government introduces an AI-powered “advisor,” Microsoft adds new conversational styles to its Bing chatbot, and more.

Plainsight in the News

There’s nothing soporific about counting sheep when computer vision is involved. In an interview with Design News, our Co-Founder and CTO, Logan Spears, explores computer vision’s capabilities to support livestock counting and a number of other agricultural use cases. Check it out for more details on the ways cutting-edge solutions are turning visual data into sources of insight for transforming livestock and crop management to take agribusinesses into a new era. 

Author’s Note 

Our conversation with the MarineSitu Co-Founders continues this week as James Joslin, Mitchell Scott, Paul Murphy, and I took a deep dive into some of the organization’s most exciting and impactful projects. Check it out below or on our blog to learn how Plainsight and MarineSitu’s work to promote sustainability and power Blue Economy innovation. Stay tuned for the conclusion to the conversation next week.

AI News

Romania Appoints the First Ever AI-Powered Government Official

A new Romanian government aide earned their prominent job thanks in part to widespread winds of change and what Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca has called a sense of “obligation.” Ion is an AI-powered assistant and a new “honorary advisor” to Ciuca’s government. The assistant, which resembles a mirror and speaks with a deep voice, automatically trawls social media to gauge the opinions of Romanian citizens. Though the government has touted Ion’s potential to help address concerns more directly, others have raised ethical questions. 

Ion’s debut comes at a time when world governments are determining how to best and most responsibly leverage emerging solutions. China established nationwide guidelines for generative AI usage late last year and the U.S. State Department released a number of guidelines for responsible deployment of AI in military settings following a conference at the Hague last month. 

Businesses Are Redesigning Processes with AI 

Armed with powerful new AI-equipped solutions, companies are once again identifying opportunities to reengineer their core processes. According to a trio of Harvard Business Review writers, this echoes the wave of enthusiasm that enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems briefly inspired in the 1990s. Though they enabled major updates, the authors argue that ERPs failed to meet most enterprise’s expectations and often introduced rigid processes of their own. 

AI-driven reengineering is increasingly popular, the article continues, with banks transforming wealth management, health care providers offering AI-supported diagnoses, and insurance companies automating the estimate process. Check out the full article for expert guidance on cutting through the hype, setting your organization up for success, and dependably realizing the potential of AI for process improvement. 

Microsoft Introduces Personality Options for its Chatbot

After strange conversations with its new Bing chatbot caused a wave of negative headlines, Microsoft issued an explanation and introduced a handful of restrictions for users. These restrictions cut down on bizarre or offensive responses, but also limited responsiveness. This week, they have introduced new features aimed at helping users tailor the tone of their conversations with Bing. 

Before they begin chatting with Bing, users now have the option to select Balanced, Creative, or Precise conversational styles. Creative conversations will favor “original and imaginative” responses from the chatbot, while the Precise conversation style is characterized by more precision and a stricter emphasis on factual accuracy. Learn more about recent updates to Microsoft’s answer to ChatGPT

Having trouble keeping up with all the chatbot news? The Verge has helpfully collected all its coverage of ChatGPT, Bing, and Google’s Bard in one place

About the Author & Plainsight

Bennett Glace is a B2B technology content writer and cinephile from Philadelphia. At Plainsight, he plays a central role in planning and delivering content that supports Plainsight’s efforts to make vision AI success a repeatable, scalable reality for enterprises across a range of industries. 

Plainsight provides the unique combination of AI strategy, a vision AI platform, and deep learning expertise to develop, implement, and oversee transformative computer vision solutions for enterprises. Through the widest breadth of managed services and a vision AI platform for centralized processes and standardized pipelines, Plainsight makes computer vision repeatable and accountable across all enterprise vision AI initiatives. Plainsight solves problems where others have failed and empowers businesses across industries to realize the full potential of their visual data with the lowest barriers to production, fastest value generation, and monitoring for long-term success. For more information, visit

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