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Issue #09

Google – The Announcement

Last week, Google I/O 2023 captivated attention with its announcement of Google’s forthcoming AI initiatives, signaling a pivotal moment for the company amidst rising competition.
Sundar Pichai unveiled several key developments:

  1. Duet AI: A dynamic sidebar designed to serve as a personal assistant, featuring a notable “Help me write” function in Gmail and Docs. This tool offers to draft complete emails or documents based on user prompts.
  2. “Help me organize” in Sheets: This feature promises to automatically generate custom plans for a variety of tasks or projects, streamlining project management with simple prompts.
  3. Slides and Meet Enhancements: Personalization options such as customizable background images in Meet, enriching the user experience.
  4. Content Watermarking: Google commits to watermarking all AI-generated content to ensure transparency.
  5. Search Generative Experience (SGE): Still in the experimental phase and accessible via Google Labs, SGE represents Google’s future direction for search interface enhancements.
  6. Bard Upgrades: Bard will now support coding in over 100 languages and integrate seamlessly with Google’s ecosystem and select third-party applications.
  7. Magic Editor in Google Photos: An editing tool that simplifies photo adjustments, allowing users to modify positioning, restore parts of images, and fine-tune lighting and color.
  8. Immersive View for Maps: Offers a detailed preview of routes, incorporating traffic, air quality, and weather data to enhance planning.
  9. PaLM 2 Model: Google’s advanced language model trained across multiple languages, showcasing enhanced logic and reasoning, and specialized for domains like security and medicine.
  10. Gemini: A new, in-development multimodal language model, promising to bring versatile capabilities to Google’s AI portfolio.

For those interested in exploring these announcements further, the complete presentation is available for viewing.



AI Insider 📰

  1. Μeta has unveiled its AI Sandbox, an innovative platform offering advertisers the ability to:
    • Generate varied ad copies tailored to different target audiences while maintaining the core message.
    • Customize image crops for various ad formats.
    • Recommend colors, patterns, ad text, and promotional imagery.

    Initially available to a select group of advertisers, Meta aims to expand access by July and integrate these features into its standard ad products by year-end.

  2. Stability AI introduces an open-source text-to-animation tool, marking a significant advancement in creative AI applications.
  3.  Anthropic’s chatbot Claude now boasts a context window of 100,000 tokens, approximately 75,000 words. This enhancement allows Claude to maintain conversation histories for extended periods or quickly analyze entire novels, a substantial leap from the current context windows of other models.
  4. OpenAI is contemplating the release of an open-source model, motivated by the significant contributions of open-source LLMs to the field and aiming to maintain the competitive edge of GPT-4 against rising open-source alternatives.
  5. Huggingface announces Transformers Agents, a new offering in AI agents accessible via their API, expanding the toolkit available to developers for AI integration.

Learning Bytes 🧐

  1. Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, participated in a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee hearing on AI legislation, highlighting a broad consensus on the need for legal frameworks around AI technology.
  2. The EU is advancing towards finalizing the AI Act, positioning itself as a leader in AI legislation, aiming to establish a regulatory framework for AI applications.
  3. Italy is allocating funds to upskill workers, addressing the potential job displacement risks posed by AI advancements.
  4. Caryn Marjorie, a Snapchat influencer, has created an AI version of herself, CarynAI, raising concerns about the potential for fostering toxic parasocial relationships and the generation of inappropriate content by AI.

Cool Finds 🤯

A Japanese robotics company has developed prosthetic hands reminiscent of Doctor Octopus, showcasing the intersection of robotics and pop culture inspiration.


  1. Spotify is taking action against AI-generated songs on its platform, reflecting the challenges of copyright and originality in the age of AI-generated content.
  2. The Teaser AI app introduces the concept of creating an AI version of oneself for dating, sparking discussions on the societal implications of AI in personal relationships.
  3. AI’s role in astronomical discoveries.


See you next week! 💚




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