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Google's Gemini, Grok Goes Premium, and More of the Top AI News of the Week

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Graphic: Google

There were a few AI product launches this week. Google released Gemini, it’s newest AI platform, while Grok, Elon Musk’s annoying chatbot, rolled out to X Premium users. Apple, meanwhile, tried to keep up by open-source machine learning framework. Not quite as exciting. That said, the AI industry continues to be the most tumultuous and exciting area of tech and this week provided more than a few examples. 

Elon Musk’s ‘Anti-Woke’ AI Is Here, Snowflakes Need Not Apply

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Image: rafapress (Shutterstock)

Elon Musk’s snarky, anti-woke chatbot, Grok, started rolling out to X Premium Plus users on Thursday. X users who paid $16 a month, or $22 via the app, for a blue checkmark started receiving the added feature of getting roasted by xAI’s premiere generative AI chatbot. - Maxwell Zeff Read More

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Graphic: Google
Graphic: Google

Google unveiled its new AI model Gemini on Wednesday, giving the public a first look at a technology that’s had the tech press mired in rumors. Gemini, the company’s most powerful AI to date, comes to Bard and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones starting today, and will soon integrate with other products across Google’s services including Chrome, Search, Ads, and more. Google has a top-line message it wants you to hear: this thing is way better than anything you’ll get from OpenAI. - Thomas Germain Read More

Climate Groups to Biden: AI Will Worsen Climate Change Crisis

Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg (Getty Images)
Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg (Getty Images)

An open letter to the White House from 17 major climate change and anti-disinformation groups says President Joe Biden and his administration have largely ignored the toll AI is already taking on a fast-warming world. At the top of these groups’ demands is a new rule executive order that would big tech to share just how energy-hungry the big push for AI truly is. —Kyle Barr Read More

The Secret Behind AI Drive-Thrus? It’s Humans Doing the Work.

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Photo: Bloomberg (Getty Images)

Presto, the self-acclaimed “leader in drive-thru voice automation” wants artificial intelligence to take your order. The drive-thru AI company works with Carls Jr, Chili’s, and Del Taco, and it partially runs on ChatGPT. However, SEC filings from November reveal that Presto’s AI may not be capable of taking your burger order and requires a human to help out with 70% of its orders. —Maxwell Zeff Read More

Our First Test of Meta’s AI Image Generator Was a Hilarious Flop

Screenshot: Meta
Screenshot: Meta

Meta released a standalone AI image generator on Wednesday that will convert your text-based queries into fantastical, high-resolution images in mere seconds. The free tool, Imagine with Meta AI, is powered by Emu, the company’s image foundation model. —Maxwell Zeff Read More

Microsoft’s Copilot Is Getting a GPT-4 Turbo Boost

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Image: monticello (Shutterstock)

Microsoft Copilot, the company’s AI-fueled workflow companion, is getting an upgrade. The virtual assistant will soon be integrated with OpenAI’s latest batch of tools, including the new and improved GPT-4 Turbo, which promises to make the app’s usefulness factor improve by a matter of degrees. —Lucas Ropek Read More

Sam Altman May Have Found a Loophole to Cash in at OpenAI

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Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images)

Sam Altman reportedly has no equity in OpenAI, a strange move for a tech founder, but new reporting from Wired this weekend shows the CEO would profit from an OpenAI deal to buy AI chips. OpenAI signed a previously unknown deal back in 2019 to spend $51 million on advanced chips from a startup Sam Altman is reportedly personally invested in. Altman’s web of private business interests seems to have played some role in his recent firing according to the report. —Maxwell Zeff Read More 

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