Happy Sunday and welcome to InsideAI! I'm Rob May, a Partner at PJC, investing in AI and Robotics. This weekend edition is a summary of the top weekly articles, in case you missed them, and some commentary about what I see in the AI markets. We also recently published season 2 of the AI at Work podcast. If you are building something cool and AI related, I'd love to chat. For now here are the most popular articles from our daily newsletter.
An engineer released an AI voice generator that can mimic the voices of famous people. Brandon Thomas developed Vocodes as a "pandemic side project." Users type what they want the AI to say, and the system speaks it out loud in the voices of celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Betty White, and Christopher Lee.
Genderify, an AI-based service that purports to guess a person's gender based on name, email, or username, has taken down its website and Twitter page after facing a backlash online. A company representative told The Verge that the company will shut down and has removed its free API after launching only a week ago. Many people who used the service said it was biased, inaccurate, and harmful, particularly for transgender and non-binary users.
Chinese AI startup Rokid is planning mass shipments of its next-generation smart glasses. The Rokid Glass 2 is designed to handle more applications than its body temperature-detecting predecessor, the T1 thermal glasses.