AI Insights Newsletter – 1st July 2024

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Welcome back everyone to another AI Insights newsletter by NotCentralised. We explore the interesting things we’ve been finding on the world of AI this past week and synthesise it for the things we think you should care about.

If you’re interested in talking with us about how to get the best out of AI for your work then feel free to get in touch with us either on this contact form or email

Fancy a job as the Head of AI?

Another week in the world of AI and we start off with the hottest new role in the jobs market, “Head of AI”. This Vice article dives into it in more detail and whilst there might be some hype driving this, we think there is certainly an opportunity here for folks in this role to set the agenda of how this sort of role helps their organisations understand AI and the new workflow efficiencies that come from this. Read more here.

New framework for AI in government

The Australian Framework for AI in Government is out and in this post from Aurelie Jacquet, you can learn more about it here.

Sam Burretts also had a take on this you can check out here.

Of course we had to run it through SIKE to show a few things on what we could do to analyse the transcripts. See here.

SIKE and the US Presidential debate

Speaking of SIKE, we decided to get wifi on a long flight to Perth last week and it happened to coincide with the 1st US Presidential debate. So of course, after it finished, we had to see what SIKE would say about it. From a quick summary to some questions that a political ecnomist might ask, we dived in, Check out the animations. See more here.

SIKE Examples in the User Guide

Also in the world of SIKE, if you didn’t already know, we have a User Guide here but it also acts as a repository for use cases and prompts you can follow along (some with data you can download to try out the examples we’re calling SIKEtoso – like Microsoft’s Contoso). Check it out here.

Build Club’s Y24 Cohort

Check out the Y24 cohort of Build Club who we saw present recently at their demo day. See more here.

More realistic AI avatars

Hyper realistic AI avatars are here with Synthesia. This sort of innovation makes it easier to clone yourself and do more with video content. Imagine being able to have your face of the company be able to not just be in one country but in many, where traditional language barriers will come down when you couple this with voice to text like Eleven Labs

AI as the end of creatives?

According to OpenAI CTO, Mira Murati, creators are under threat when it comes to AI. She claims that there are jobs creators do that shouldn’t have been there in the first place. That obviously didn’t go down well (as per the comments on this post). See more here.

Speaking of creativity, great to see Toys R Us adopt AI for their latest nostalgic video. See the article here.

You can watch it here too

The hare and tortoise race of AI?

OpenAI has delayed it’s new voice capabilities again as highlighted in this new SVIC podcast clip

At the same time, we’re seeing this new Build with Claude contest showcasing creativity of using the Anthropic API where 3x winners get $10k of Anthropic credits

What’s ironic here is that OpenAI would normally have been seen as the one that releases products fast and Anthropic as the one that’s been synonymous with a slow and steady pace given their inkling more towards AI safety. This isn’t just about the delay to the new voice features but also to Sora, OpenAI’s video model which was also beat to market by Luma and Runway recently. When it comes to getting a product to market that actually isn’t just hype and stories that you cannot try, Anthropic (or the tortoise) wins in this case.

SB147 and the killing of open source models?

Apparently there’s a bill in the US Senate set out to kill open-source models? Here’s more details about bill SB147. See more on LinkedIn.

Figma + AI

If you use Figma, it’s now been AI-fied and even easier to use. See the tweet here

Star Wars + AI

Check out this fun clip which is a hyper shortened version of Star Wars. You can see the video on this Ethan Mollick LinkedIn post

SIKE in the air? 

We’ll leave you with this showing that SIKE works fine even on plane wifi.  This is me using SIKE whilst 30,000 feet up in the air. Worked fine and it’s during this 4.5 hour trip that I was watching and analysing the US Presidential debate shown earlier in this newsletter. See the original post here

Get in touch

Stay tuned for more insights from us next week and if you’re interested in SIKE (our privacy focused AI tool), then you can check out more on what it’s about here.

If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to Arturo Rodriguez or 📈 Mark Monfort here and get in touch with us here or on email at we@notcentralised.com.

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Mark
Monfort

Mark drives innovation with his deep understanding of AI, blockchain, and data technologies. His experience spans over 15 years of contributions to finance, technology, and operational strategy across Australia, Europe, and North America.

In 2021, he transitioned from Head of Data and Technology at a leading Australian accounting firm to startups. Prior to this, he worked in equity and macroeconomic research in the capital markets space.

Mark brings a passion for data and insights to NotCentralised. His understanding of AI and blockchain technology is central to the development of workplace productivity and financial system modernisation products, including SIKE and Layer-C. Mark’s dynamic and solutions-focused methods enable the navigation of complex technological landscapes and new market potentials.

Mark holds an Executive Master’s and a Bachelor of Commerce. He led the creation of the Australian DeFi Association and serves on the advisory board for the Data Science and AI Association of Australia. His commitment to such communities demonstrates his enthusiasm for emerging technologies and vision of positive change through technology adoption.

Nick
Bishop

Nick spearheads product strategy and institutional business development, leveraging a rich background spanning 23 years in capital markets and financial services across the UK, the US, and APAC.

In 2020, Nick transitioned into startups, bringing extensive experience in asset management and corporate advisory from roles including Director, Head of Australian Fixed Income at Abrdn and Managing Director, Head of Corporate Credit at Gresham Partners. His expertise extends to client management across the government and private sectors.

With a First Class degree in Law and Criminology and Chartered Financial Analyst experience since 2002, Nick is known for his energetic and creative approach, quickly appraising business models and identifying market opportunities.

Beyond his role at NotCentralised, Nick actively contributes to multiple startups and SMEs, holding various Board and advisory positions and applying his institutional expertise to early-stage ventures. Nick is fascinated by emerging technologies with significant societal impact and loves to immerse himself in nature.

Arturo
Rodriguez

Arturo leads product development and software engineering, applying over two decades of experience in technology, capital markets, and data science. With his years of programming expertise, Arturo smoothly transitioned into blockchain, AI, and machine learning.

Arturo has built and sold technology startups across Europe, following quant derivatives roles in global investment banks. His prior experience includes data projects for the NHS in the UK, Strategic Technology Advisor at Land Insight, and Senior Advisor to OpenInsight, where he built predictive models for vessel usage in commodity markets.

A mathematics and statistics graduate from Stockholm University, Arturo’s early grounding in logic problems and data manipulation techniques is evident in his practical applications. His work building equity derivative pricing models for Merrill Lynch and Royal Bank of Scotland showcased Arturo’s highly specialised skillset.

Arturo relocated from London to Australia in 2020. Beyond NotCentralised, his passion for technology and industry involvement extends to the Australian DeFi Association, which he co-founded, and regular contributions to the Data Science and AI Association.