Bing Chat's coming to Chrome & Safari
PLUS: RunwayML Gen2, Sam Altman Launches His Crypto, Putin Approves Russian CBDC, Win Your Day
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Welcome back to your weekly dose of Alpha You, where we simplify emerging tech news and help you unlock your peak potential.
In today's Alpha You edition:
Bing's AI chat expands to Google Chrome and Safari
RunwayML's Gen2 revolutionizes AI design
OpenAI's Sam Altman launches Worldcoin crypto project
Putin approves Russia's digital Ruble
AI Powered Productivity Tools
Win Your Day by Eating the Frog!
💻 What’s Up with AI? 💻
Bing Chat is coming to Safari & Chrome
It seems Microsoft has decided that confining Bing Chat to the Edge browser was a little too "in the box" for their taste. So, they're testing Bing Chat on Chrome and Safari now.
Here's the bummer, though. Not everyone's getting the golden ticket to the Bing Chat party right now. Some of us can see Bing Chat on Chrome, others on Safari, and some — well, they're out in the cold for now.
Plus, it's not quite the full-fat Bing Chat experience either. There are some strings attached. For instance, you can only type 2,000-word prompts, rather than the beefy 4,000-word limit Edge users get.
But hey, what did we expect? It's a big step for Microsoft, moving Bing Chat beyond Edge into popular browsers such as Chrome and Safari.
It seems users did not want to download Edge when Chrome/Safari has been the default browser for so long.
RunwayML's Gen2: The New Marvel in AI Video Generation
Runway Gen-2 just launched a whiz-bang new feature – text-to-video.
It's like some sort of digital sorcery that can morph your text into a full-fledged motion picture, and believe it or not, the results are anything but shabby.
Now, don't get all giddy, Spielberg isn’t losing sleep over this yet.
But let's take a moment to soak in the marvel of progress here. Just a year back, us mere mortals were struggling to whip up images out of thin air using AI. Today? We're casting text into video like some tech wizards.
So, yes, it may not be churning out Oscar contenders just yet, but it's like turning your doodles into Da Vinci. This ride has just begun.
🌐 What’s Up with Crypto & Web3? 🌐
Sam Altman from OpenAI Unleashes Worldcoin Crypto Project
This crypto project has conjured a "privacy-preserving digital identity" - think of it as a digital passport with a twist. You must scan your eyeball using the futuristic "Orb."
Starting the journey involves visiting one of 150 Orbs worldwide for a retina scan. This grants a World ID, solidifying your proof-of-personhood. Secured with cryptographic zero-knowledge proofs, it's like whispering a secret club password, confirming your legitimacy without spilling your identity.
The prize? $WLD tokens, claimable through an app, except for U.S. residents due to regulatory hurdles.
Spawned from three years of toil, $250M, and luminaries like Sam Altman, Worldcoin is set to make waves.
Yet, Vitalik (Founder, Ethereum) calls out potential privacy & security threats, hinting at a possible over-centralization.
A mixed bag of reactions to this audacious debut, indeed!
Putin Approves Russia's Digital Ruble
Vladimir Putin just slammed his signature on a law that says, 'Yes, we're launching a digital ruble.' Now, this move makes Russia the biggest kid on the block to get a central bank digital currency (CBDC) rolling.
Starting August 1, 2023, Russia is getting its CBDC game on. All this, only a few years after they first started mulling over the idea back in 2020.
Now, the lady at the helm of the Bank of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina, was quick to reassure everyone that no one's getting forced into using this digital ruble. It's more like an option.
And where's this CBDC going to live, you ask? Well, the Bank of Russia's going to babysit it. Keep the lights on and the gears turning.
Russia's not the first to take this leap. It joins a club of 21 other nations who are trying out CBDCs. When the digital ruble rolls out of its beta, Russia will be high-fiving with 11 other nations who've got their own CBDCs going. Nigeria's in there, along with a few Caribbean nations.
Why's everyone suddenly so keen on CBDCs? Well, 93% of central banks said they're interested, according to a survey by the Bank of International Settlements.
The world's got CBDC fever, and it's spreading fast.
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Win Your Day by Eating Frogs 🐸
Let's talk about eating frogs. No, not literally. It's from Brian Tracy’s book ‘Eat That Frog!’. The frog here is your biggest, most important task, the one you're likely to procrastinate on if you don't tackle it first.
Here’s how to start winning your days and your life with this technique.
Identify Your Frog: Your 'frog' is your biggest, most important task. It's the one you're most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life.
Write Down Your Tasks: Start each day by writing down your tasks. This gives you a clear overview of what needs to be done.
Prioritize Your Tasks: Not all tasks are equal. Some are more important than others. Prioritize your tasks based on their impact and urgency.
Eat Your Frog First: Start your day by doing the most challenging and important task. This gives you a sense of accomplishment and sets a positive tone for the rest of the day.
Break Your Frog into Smaller Pieces: If your 'frog' is too big to eat in one go, break it down into smaller, manageable tasks. This makes it less intimidating and easier to start.
Eliminate Distractions: Distractions can make it harder to 'eat your frog'. Eliminate or minimize distractions to stay focused on your task.
Stay Disciplined: Discipline is key to 'eating your frog'. Stay committed to your task until it's done.
Reward Yourself: Once you've 'eaten your frog', reward yourself. This creates a positive association with completing important tasks and motivates you to tackle your 'frog' the next day.
Remember, the uglier the frog, the better the rest of the day. Bon appétit!
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