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Written & Compiled by Macklin Andrick, GPJ Sr. Creative Technologist

GPJ Experience Technology is your trusted guide through the latest technological shifts and how they might benefit your next experience. Another week, another opportunity to explore some of the weird and wild things going on in the tech world!

IBM and Salesforce team up to bring AI to enterprise CRM customers, Drake’s AI song was submitted for a Grammy, OpenAI thinks they can help teach your kids and it turns out that your car is likely a horrible privacy offender.

IBM and Salesforce Team Up to Help Businesses Accelerate Adoption of Trustworthy AI

IBM and Salesforce announced a collaboration to help businesses worldwide accelerate their adoption of AI for CRM. The two companies will work together to provide clients with driving adoption of AI technology, integrating data and insights, accelerating value through delivery. IBM leveraged generative AI through Salesforce, Slack and IBM watsonx for its own transformation journey to create a 360-degree customer experience. IBM’s client service and sales organizations can have a holistic view into the client journey. Teams all over the world collaborate and work together in one platform to provide fast, data-driven engagement that meets the customers where they are.

AI-Generated Drake Song Submitted for Grammys

A highly contentious AI-generated song featuring the cloned vocals of Aubrey “Drake” Graham and Abel Makkonen “the Weeknd” Tesfaye has officially been submitted to the Grammy Awards for consideration. The song, “Heart on my Sleeve,” was submitted for “Best Rap Song” and “Song of the Year,” both of which technically are awarded to the writers, not performers. Produced by an anonymous artist called ‘Ghostwriter’, the song made major headlines earlier this year, when it went viral on TikTok — and then immediately drew the ire of Graham and Tesfaye’s label, Universal Music Group. The label forced the song to be taken offline across a number of streaming platforms, but not before it racked up 600,000 streams on Spotify and 15 million views on TikTok.

Teaching With OpenAI

OpenAI is releasing a guide for teachers using ChatGPT in their classroom—including suggested prompts, an explanation of how ChatGPT works and its limitations, the efficacy of AI detectors, and bias. How teachers are using ChatGPT? They are doing so by role playing challenging conversations, building quizzes, tests, and lesson plans from curriculum materials. They’re also reducing friction for non-English speakers and teaching students about critical thinking.

Cruise Nears Approval to Mass-Produce Robotaxis With No Steering Wheel, Pedals

Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt said Thursday at an investor conference that the company is close to from getting the green light to begin mass production of its purpose-built autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel or pedals. NHTSA told TechCrunch that no decision to grant or deny GM’s petition has been reached, nor has a deadline been set for such a decision. That said, federal safety regulators are expected to announce a new rule-making in September. If passed, it also will benefit Amazon’s Zoox, which has built and is testing a similar type of vehicle to Cruise’s Origin. Cruise, via GM, has been waiting for an exemption from the federal government’s motor vehicle safety standards, which require vehicles to have a steering wheel and pedals. NHTSA only grants 2,500 such exemptions each year, but there is legislation to increase that number to 25,000.

McKinsey and Salesforce Partner to Accelerate Generative AI Adoption Across Industries

Strategic consulting firm McKinsey & Company and Salesforce, announced an ambitious partnership aimed at expediting the integration of reliable generative AI into sales, marketing, commerce, and service functions. According to McKinsey, the collaboration will leverage Salesforce’s CRM capabilities, including Einstein and Data Cloud, in conjunction with McKinsey’s proprietary AI models, data assets, and proficiency in capability building. Together, the companies aim to assist enterprises in harnessing structured and unstructured data to enhance customer purchasing experiences, boost sales efficiency, personalize digital marketing initiatives, and reduce customer service resolution times. 

It’s Official: Cars Are the Worst Product Category We Have Ever Reviewed for Privacy

“Car makers have been bragging about their cars being “computers on wheels” for years to promote their advanced features. However, the conversation about what driving a computer means for its occupants’ privacy hasn’t really caught up. While we worried that our doorbells and watches that connect to the internet might be spying on us, car brands quietly entered the data business by turning their vehicles into powerful data-gobbling machines with an unmatched power to watch, listen, and collect information about what you do and where you go in your car.

All 25 car brands we researched earned our *Privacy Not Included warning label — making cars the official worst category of products for privacy that we have ever reviewed.”

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