This week in AI and ML news: Musk announces TruthGPT, Meta maps trees to offset emissions, and more. 

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Elon Musk Announces Plans for ‘TruthGPT’

In an interview with Tucker Carlson this week, Elon Musk said he’s working on a rival to ChatGPT. Echoing a February tweet, Musk said the solution – which he describes as a “maximum truth-seeking AI” – will be called TruthGPT. During the discussion, Musk also rejected forecasts of an apocalyptic, AI-dominated future, remarking, “AI that cares about understanding the universe is unlikely to annihilate humans because we are an interesting part of the universe.”  

Musk helped co-found OpenAI, but suggested that its pivot to for-profit operations could pose ethical concerns. At this point, it is unclear how much (if any) work has already gone into developing the solution. The Verge notes that Musk established a new company, X.AI, back in March. He was also a recent signatory on an open letter calling for a pause on AI development. 

Artist Wins and Rejects Prestigious Prize for AI-Generated ‘Photo’

Chatbots have dominated the year’s tech headlines to such a degree that it’s easy to forget about the image generators that first grabbed our attention. Before the public engaged with ChatGPT, solutions like Midjourney and DALL-E 2 were raising questions about the nature of art and concerns about the future employability of artists. 

This week, Berlin-based photographer Boris Eldagesen brought image generators back into the spotlight when he formally turned down a prize for ‘The Electrician.’ Last month, the ‘photo’ won in the Open Category at the Sony World Photography Awards. The eerie image, which shows two sepia-toned women, was created with the help of AI. On his website, Eldagaesen describes it as coming to life via “a complex interplay of prompt engineering, inpating, and outpainting.” He also claims that his use of AI was, in part, a test of readiness for the world of photography competitions. After learning that it had failed Eldagesen’s test, the World Photography Organization dismissed the stunt and noted that its competition would always be about championing human artists.   

Mapping Trees for a Greener Planet

On Arbor Day (next Friday) and every day, trees play an important role in combating climate change. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recognizes forest management as useful for carbon removal, offsetting emissions and mitigating their temperature-raising effects.

Meta has set the ambitious goal of achieving zero net emissions by 2030. In pursuit of this goal and support of global sustainability initiatives, the tech titan is combining cutting-edge AI and satellite imagery to improve carbon removal projects by building a solution capable of determining the height of individual trees and mapping forests on a huge scale. By making the data publicly available, they hope to lower the barrier to deploying advanced mapping solutions and support landowners around the globe. 

Check out Meta’s blog for details on how the organization’s research team is leveraging models including DINOv2, the role of AI-enhanced mapping for achieving net zero emissions, and more. 

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. 

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