This Week In AI: Experiments, Retirement And Extinction

The AI industry is growing exponentially and it isn’t planning on pumping the brakes anytime soon. The last week has also been pretty eventful in the world of AI and this article is covering pretty much everything that happened within it.

YouTube decided that manually written video descriptions aren’t just going to cut it on their own anymore and they began testing the use of AI to generate video summaries that can be seen right there on the watch and search pages. Pretty cool, right?!

Well, the question of accuracy still exists, and it’s only a matter of time for users to be able to tell how well it works. Still, YouTube makes it clear that this feature isn’t here to replace the real deal.

Recently, users began complaining that GPT-4, OpenAI’s latest text-generating model was somehow getting “dumber”. It took a lot of complaints before OpenAI openly admitted that the model has been mixing stuff up and creating false facts. Also, a test run of ChatGPT’s article summarizing skills by Fast Company came out with terrible results.

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AI Features Added To Google Search

Google announced at May’s I/O conference that it’s bringing new features to its Search Generative Experiment (SGE), powered by AI. Not long after, users who came on board for the test trials via Google Labs were able to access the feature. This generative AI-powered search feature provides contextual pictures and videos related to a search query.

Microsoft Pulls The Plug On Cortana

Microsoft made it known via its support page that it would be shutting down its smart AI assistant, Cortana, this month and focusing on taking a more modern-day approach to AI, something like its Bing Chat and more features across Windows to increase users’ productivity.

Cortana (inspired by the company’s game series, Halo) first made waves when it was added to Windows 10 and it was a big deal. Along the line, Microsoft decided to reduce its footprint in the OS by removing it from the device setup process and disabling it in Windows 11 by default. Microsoft completely shut down the mobile app, way back in March 2021. It began losing more and more relevance ever since with the company repeatedly adding and removing random features.

It seems Cortana opened the gates to this new AI future for Microsoft, a future that’ll take advantage of the company’s partnership with OpenAI as it announced its plans in May to build a Bing experience based on ChatGPT into Windows 11.

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China Removes AI Services From Its App Store

A popular tech blogger @foxshuo made a tweet containing screenshots supporting his observation that over 100 AI applications were taken down from China’s App Store. A while before that happened, Chinese developers were informed by Apple about the removal of their apps from the store. Apples stated in a letter to a native ChatGPT client, OpenCat, that its reason for pulling the app was that it was “illegal content in China”.

This is all happening about a week ahead of China’s new regulations on generative AI that’ll come into play on August 15th. Well, now an AI app has to have an administrative license before it can be allowed to operate in China.

Kickstarter Sets New Rules For Generative AI

Kickstarter announced that it would now require any projects using AI tools on its platform to generate text or any other form of media will need to disclose those details on their pages. That includes info details about how AI content was used by the project owner in their work and specifications about what part of the project is original and what part isn’t. That’s not all, Kickstarter also makes it a requirement that new projects that have to do with AI tech tools and software development make the source of training data known.

Google Removes Its AI Test Kitchen From Play Store

Google took down its AI Test Kitchen app from both the Play Store and App Store to put more focus on its web platform. The app was launched in August 2022, allowing users to interact with AI-powered projects. Google made its reasons known on 9to5Google, which was that it was easier to release updates on one platform.

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