Excitement Unleashed During the AI Event at Pinch on Sloterkade!

AI is hot, almost everyone knows that by now. Every day something new and interesting is released about However, AI is not new. For example, our own CTO, Roeland Weve, already graduated in the field of Artificial Intelligence in 2007. One of the reasons why we organised a meetup on this topic together with Appsterdam. On Thursday the 25th of May, we had the pleasure of hosting for about 60 enthusiastic people at the Pinch HQ in Amsterdam.

We had the pleasure of co-hosting with Appsterdam, catering for an audience comprised of individuals from a very wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, all bringing interesting takes and insights to the discussions and questions. The excitement about AI generated a lot of energy among the guests, who formed a diverse group in terms of age and profession (from experienced entrepreneurs to marketing students). Before the official program started, contacts were already being made and experiences were being exchanged. “How do you use Midjourney?” Especially, the students could hardly imagine what it would be like without AI.

Theo Palios, an experienced software engineer and AI specialist, kicked off the evening and provided a good insight into the global development of the technology and how current AI applications differ from previous generations. AI transformers, people! People were visibly shocked when Theo Pallios he showed the results of a Japanese study in which researchers had people look at images while their brains were scanned. By feeding the AI model Stable Diffusion with this data, the model learned to determine based on brain scans which image was being looked at or what was being thought about. Visualising dreams seems close. Phew. Theo shared his healthy skepticism of the motives of tech giants like Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, who recently called for a pause in the rapid development of AI; “That is simply driven by their own commercial interests!” He was also not a big advocate of too much regulation surrounding AI, but not everyone agreed on that. The dangers of extensive political and social influence with such a disruptive technology are very real. And while not everyone agreed about how to solve this problem we did all agree on one thing: It will not be easy to regulate this technology.

During the break we had a tasty Indonesian buffet. After our own CTO, Roeland, continued and shared his experiences as an early adopter of various visual AI applications. He shared with us his experiences experimenting with Dall-e, while he was working on the concept for his robots_rule project. It was really cool to see the output and how quickly AI has developed. Nothing could top the visual splendour of his Midjourney. He concluded with a few video animations he had created with Stable Diffusion, slowly transforming the real world into a 3D animation world. Wow. We were awestruck! We noted that a lot of people were taking pictures, so that they could try out Roeland’s prompts themselves. Next stop, according to Roeland: 3D AI models. He’ll keep us updated 😉

Then we had Alex from Pinch share his take on the OpenAI API, and on using GPTs like ChatGPT in particular. How does the ChatGPT model actually work? And can it really read text? Answer: no, ultimately they are all numbers He also showed a few possibly better and cheaper alternatives; Ada or DaVinci, anyone? The successful demo, he made a Flutter app that uses OpenAI’s APi, and even uses Chat GPT to schedule chores to unlucky audience members, showed that the current model (3.5 turbo) (and undoubtedly other models as well) this technology is still plagued by implicit biase. By the way, this is something that OpenAI is also aware of. Alex agreed with Theo, however he would like to have legislation because he knows what all can be done with Analytics. This topic was something that everyone was keen to discuss over some drinks after the talks!


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