Midjourney kills free access

PLUS: UNESCO calls for a halt on AI

In today's rundown:

  • Midjourney cancels free access: Addressing the ethical debate

  • UNESCO calls for a halt on AI: Implementation of ethics in AI

  • AI in March 2023: The most revolutionary month in AI history

  • Today's giveaway: 500+ best ChatGPT prompts

Read time: 4 minutes

Midjourney Cancels Free Access

Midjourney, arguably the most widely-used AI text-to-image generator, recently halted access to its free trial version due to a rapid increase in viral deepfakes using their technology.

The most notable deepfakes that prompted this:

  1. Pope Francis swagged out in a white puffer [covered in this issue]

  2. Former U.S. President Donald being by police, which surfaced during reports of his impending arrest [view]

  3. People sharing fake photos of historical events such as the "Great Cascadia" [view]

The acceptable use of deep fakes remains a topic of ongoing debate. Companies such as Midjourney and Playground AI can try to prevent as many deepfakes as possible by removing free tiers. However, it's probably much too late for that. 

Our recommendation: start educating friends, family, and as many people as possible on the new reality that we will no longer be able to trust images as 'purely authentic' on the internet ever again.

UNESCO Calls for a Halt on AI

Following the letter proposed by Elon Musk and other tech leaders yesterday, UNESCO (a specialized agency of the United Nations) just called for countries to implement its recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence immediately.

The "Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence" sets the necessary safeguards for AI:

  • Adopted unanimously by 193 member states

  • Addresses discrimination and stereotyping

  • Tackles disinformation and privacy rights

  • Focuses on personal data protection

  • Emphasizes human and environmental rights

As the first global framework for ethical AI use, UNESCO aims to maximize AI's benefits while minimizing risks, providing countries with essential guidance.

AI in March 2023

March of 2023 will go down as one of the most revolutionary months in history. AI developments released this month have changed the world forever.

From the start of the month when ChatGPT and Whisper APIs were released to world leaders signing a petition to halt AI developments, this month has felt like an entire decade.

If you just subscribed to The Rundown:

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  2. I feel BAD for you because you missed the live coverage of the most historic month in AI history.

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  • Gamma- AI design partner for designing ideas beautifully (link)

  • Novo Studio- $1000 prompt contest challenge *ends April 6th (link)

  • Morise- Automatically generate titles, tags and descriptions for YouTube (link)

  • Ronith- Generating mini macOS apps with natural language (link)

  • Quickly- Use AI on any website instantly just by selecting text (link)

  • DiffusionArt- Free, Web based, Anonymous alternative to MidJourney (link)

  • Managr- AI sales assistant powered by ChatGPT (link)

  • MarsX- Free, low-code platform for building web and mobile applications (link)

  • Recommend Domains- Find the perfect domain for your next project (link)

  • Loopin- Summarize your meetings into structured meeting notes (link)

  • AskPaper- Extract datasets, summarize research papers then chat with it (link)

  • Prime Profile- AI-powered profile picture generator (link)

  • CourseAI- Create online courses in seconds (link)

  • Dreamlife AI- Camera app that helps you redesign your home with AI (link)

  • Role Model AI- Create/customize your AI assistant for personal growth (link)

  • ZeroTax-AI-powered tax assistant (link)

  • AiYogi- Discover yourself through AI powered conversations (link)

  • Machine Translation- Analyzes and compares MT outputs using GPT (link)

  • Getfloorplan- Convert 2D floor plans in to fully furnished 3D layout (link)

  • Voila- Assistant to level up your online productivity (link)

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