The world’s first AI beauty pageant

PLUS: Copilot + AI feature gets a recall

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

The world’s first AI beauty pageant is currently underway, and it’s blurring the lines between reality and virtual glamour like never before.

With image capabilities accelerating at a rapid pace, the age of the AI influencer is here — and things are about to get a whole lot weirder. Let’s dive deeper…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • The world’s first AI beauty pageant

  • Microsoft Recall gets safety changes

  • Using ‘Background Conversations’ in ChatGPT

  • Concise prompting cuts AI costs by 20%

  • 6 new AI tools & 4 new AI jobs

  • More AI & tech news

Read time: 4 minutes

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

AI INFLUENCERS

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The Rundown: The World AI Creator Awards and creator platform FanVue are currently running the inaugural ‘Miss AI’ contest, with over 1,500 AI-generated models competing for the world’s first AI beauty pageant.

The details:

  • 10 finalists were selected from a pool of 1,500 AI-generated contestants, with the winner set to be announced at the end of June.

  • The AI models ‘hail’ from countries across the globe, showcasing various causes and personalities in addition to their photorealistic images.

  • Judges will also evaluate the AI tech behind the avatars, including prompts/image outputs and the creator’s ability to engage audiences on social media.

  • The prize pool includes $20,000 in awards and access to PR and mentorship programs.

Why it matters: With how good AI image generation capabilities have become, we’re likely already being exposed to an influx of generated brand ambassadors and models without even realizing it. While the idea of an AI beauty pageant may sound strange… it’s probably only going to get weirder from here.

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MICROSOFT

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The Rundown: Microsoft is making changes to its new Recall on-device AI feature following security concerns — with the tool now starting off by default and gaining new encryption protections ahead of the release on June 18.

The details:

  • The Copilot + Recall feature was unveiled at the Microsoft Build event in May, which will run locally and take constant screenshots to remember user actions.

  • The company faced backlash after experts warned of the tool’s ‘privacy nightmare’ with the potential to expose screenshots and activity to hackers.

  • The feature will now be off by default, with users having to opt in manually — with new encryption and authentication being added for extra safety measures.

  • The tool will roll out in ‘preview’ on the new Copilot + PCs set to launch on June 18.

Why it matters: While the Recall feature was one of the flashiest features revealed at Build — it also is one of the most controversial. While the screenshots enable memory and get us a step closer to the AI agent dream, its also a tough hurdle to get past for increasingly privacy-focused consumers.

AI TRAINING

The Rundown: ChatGPT’s latest update introduced the "Background Conversations" feature, allowing you to continue your chat even when using other apps or when your screen is off.

Step-by-Step:

  1. Install the latest ChatGPT app update on your phone.

  2. Open the app and go to Settings.

  3. Scroll to “Voice Mode” and toggle “Background Conversations” on.

  4. Use ChatGPT hands-free while multitasking or with your screen off.

Note: If you still don’t see the option, the feature may not have rolled out to your account yet.

PRESENTED BY GALILEO

The Rundown: Join Galileo’s upcoming webinar to learn about the future of instant, accurate, and low-cost GenAI evaluations — designed to help you move beyond outdated methods like 'vibe checks' and ChatGPT.

The session will cover:

  • How to conduct GenAI evaluations for enterprise use cases

  • The problem with human and LLM-as-a-judge evaluations

  • The future of ultra-low cost and latency evaluations

AI RESEARCH

Image source: John Hopkins University

The Rundown: Researchers just found that adding a simple ‘be concise’ instruction to chain-of-thought prompts can reduce the length of AI responses by 50% with minimal impact on accuracy — leading to over 20% cost savings on API calls.

The details:

  • Chain-of-thought (CoT) prompting has the AI explain its reasoning step-by-step before giving a final answer, improving accuracy on complex problems.

  • Researchers tested adding ‘be concise’ to CoT prompts on GPT 3.5 and 4, using 1,000 multiple-choice questions across 10 topics.

  • The instruction made responses about 50% shorter on average vs. normal CoT prompting, with no significant accuracy impact.

  • The approach also reduced per-query API costs by over 20% for both models, with the more concise prompts generating fewer tokens.

Why it matters: Next time your AI chatbot is getting a little too wordy, this one simple prompt trick is all you need! Despite the massive complexities and uncertainties surrounding how LLMs work, sometimes these strange, seemingly basic quirks make all the difference in getting the optimal outputs.

NEW TOOLS & JOBS

  • 🤝 Asana AI Teammate - Tackle complex workflows and elevate teamwork

  • 🚀 Hubspot AI - The all-in-one AI-powered marketing solution

  • 💻 Replicate - Run fine-tune open-sourced AI models using an API

  • 🎨 Khroma - AI color tool for designers, pick colors and train your own combination

  • 🌍 ChainGPT - A personal AI assistant on all crypto and blockchain-related topics

  • 🧠 MindMatrix - Minimalist AI mindmap generator

  • 🔬 Meta - Research Engineer, Conversational AI (Reality Labs)

  • 🎨 Palantir Technologies - Product Designer, US Government

  • 📊 Databricks - Strategic Sourcing Manager, Technology

  • 📈 Anyscale - Marketing Operations Manager

QUICK HITS

Robot Era showcased a demo of its XBot-L AI-powered humanoid robot successfully traversing the Great Wall of China, demonstrating advanced movement and balance capabilities.

Anthropic posted a new blog detailing the process behind crafting its Claude AI model’s personality, using ‘Character Training’ to help instill curiosity, thoughtfulness, and diverse viewpoints.

Google DeepMind researchers published a new paper arguing that open-endedness — the ability to create new, learnable ‘artifacts’ — is the key to achieving artificial superhuman intelligence (ASI).

Perplexity is facing backlash following the launch of its new Pages feature, with accusations of generated content republishing nearly identical stories to major news outlets without attribution.

Apple will reportedly reveal a new AI system called Apple Intelligence at WWDC today, alongside a partnership with OpenAI, a flurry of new AI features, and software upgrades across its product lines.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau spoke about AI’s potential, saying he believes development should not be slowed and instead focused on building for good to counter the bad.

xAI’s Grok may be gaining new image capabilities and the ability to access web search results, according to new code found within the system.

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