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Last Two Weeks in Conversational AI
Elon Musk's company, xAI, has launched Grok, a new chatbot designed to rival ChatGPT. Grok, the first product of xAI, is already outperforming ChatGPT 3.5 in multiple benchmarks, according to Musk. The chatbot is currently testing with a limited group of U.S. users and is designed to provide witty and rebellious responses. What sets Grok apart is its utilization of data from Musk's X (formerly Twitter), which keeps it up-to-date with the latest developments. Musk envisions Grok as an essential component of his ambition to expand X beyond a social platform into an all-in-one app similar to China's WeChat. Following two months of development, Grok will become available to all X Premium+ users after the testing stage. Although xAI is a separate company, it plans to collaborate closely with X, Tesla, and other businesses. Read More
YouTube is conducting tests on a chatbot that will appear beneath specific videos. This chatbot, part of YouTube's ongoing AI experiments, aims to provide viewers with more information and enhance their video-watching experience. Referred to as a conversational AI tool, the chatbot can summarize videos, answer questions, recommend related content, and even engage viewers in quizzes if they are watching educational videos. YouTube has previously introduced various AI features for video creators, such as AI-generated backgrounds for shorts, AI-powered video topics, and audio suggestions. As with any experimental feature, YouTube acknowledges the possibility of occasional inaccuracies and is particularly cautious about comment moderation to prevent the amplification of harmful content. Users interested in these chatbot and AI features can sign up on the YouTube Labs page. Read More
OpenAI has announced that it will allow users to create AI chatbots called "GPTs" for personal and professional use. The company plans to launch an online store where customized GPTs can be uploaded, and the most-used ones will receive a portion of the revenue. OpenAI aims to build a product ecosystem and sees GPTs as precursors to more advanced AI agents capable of performing complex actions on behalf of users. In addition, OpenAI unveiled the GPT-4 Turbo, a more capable AI model than its predecessor GPT-4. The new model has an updated knowledge cutoff, allowing users to include more recent information in their prompts. OpenAI has also reduced the prices of its AI models to stay competitive in the growing AI chatbot market. Read More
Microsoft is expanding its Copilot chatbot to Windows 10 following its recent introduction to Windows 11. Copilot, which uses generative artificial intelligence, will serve as an "everyday AI companion" on Windows 10, allowing users to ask questions in natural-sounding text. The move is part of Microsoft's cautious approach to deploying Copilot, as it carefully assesses its impact on different platforms, including Office apps. The company plans to test Copilot on Windows 10 through the Release Preview Channel for Home and Pro editions, excluding enterprise and education editions. Read More
Amazon is reducing jobs at its Alexa voice assistant unit, impacting several hundred employees. The decision is attributed to shifting business priorities and a greater emphasis on generative artificial intelligence (AI). The move involves discontinuing some initiatives and reallocating efforts to align with business goals and customer needs. The decision follows Amazon's recent cutbacks in various divisions, including music and gaming, and a reorganization in human resources roles. This shift to focus on generative AI reflects broader industry trends as companies explore the capabilities and applications of advanced AI technologies. Read More