Google I/O Conference: An Announcement Spree

PLUS: Google Is Throwing Generative AI At Everything

Good Morning! Today, we're covering Google's announcements left, right, and centre. They have made updates to Project Starline booth making it smaller and more reliant on AI, have introduced PaLM 2 LLM to enhance Bard, Search, Maps, and more and added Perspectives filter to search, incorporating content from Reddit, YouTube, TikTok.

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Top News & Why It Matters

| Google’s Latest Project Starline Prototype Uses AI To Make 3D Images Of People

Google revealed a significant update to its Project Starline 3D teleconferencing booth. The latest prototype is substantially smaller and less reliant on hardware, thanks to AI and machine learning improvements. The size reduction allows it to fit in many offices more easily, moving from the space of a restaurant booth to that of a flat-screen TV.

The company is already testing the new prototype with well-known partners like T-Mobile, Salesforce, and WeWork. Project Starline aims to create authentic and immersive connections, enhancing trust, transparency, and productivity. techcrunch

Why does this matter?

Project Starline continues to evolve alongside our transforming workforce, as remote working becomes more of a norm. These advances in teleconferencing technology may lead to even stronger connections and more efficient work practices, even in a post-pandemic world.

| Google Is Throwing Generative AI At Everything

Google announced at its annual I/O conference that it's integrating its latest AI language model, PaLM 2, into over 25 products like Maps, Docs, Gmail, and Sheets. It's launching new AI tools, including a coding assistant and opening up access to chatbot Bard to the general public in over 180 countries. This major push by Google will make AI an unremarkable part of day-to-day life.

However, AI language models are known for their flaws and high-risk nature. Incorporating AI tools into Google's products could backfire due to their potential to create disinformation or enable scamming on a large scale. technologyreview

Why does this matter?

The move could lead to heightened scrutiny of AI products by regulators, potentially giving them grounds for action against Google. As AI-powered tools become more prominent in everyday life, it's crucial for lawmakers and regulators to ensure responsible AI development and use.

| Google ‘Perspectives’ Integrates Reddit, YouTube, TikTok And More In Search Results

Google has announced it will integrate a new Perspectives filter into its search results, giving users easier access to content from platforms like Reddit, YouTube, and TikTok. This feature focuses on highlighting personal experiences and discussions, offering more details about content creators and showcasing their work in a dedicated Perspectives section.

Incorporating user-generated content into search results, Google acknowledges its decreasing relevance in ranking webpages and pivots to address consumers' evolving content consumption habits. The tech giant is also working on comprehending and ranking personal content with an improved system. techcrunch

Why does this matter?

As tech-savvy generations increasingly turn to alternative platforms like Instagram and TikTok for queries, Google's move reflects its determination to remain relevant and adapt to the constant shift in online content trends.

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| Lunch & Learn

📝 Text: C# Tutorial - Full Course for Beginner by Giraffe Academy (link)

🎧 Audio: Ubisoft’s Yves Jacquier on How Generative AI Will Revolutionize Gaming - Ep. 192 by The AI Podcast (link)

📽️ Video: "How Machines Learn" by CGP Grey: (link)

 What Else Is Happening

| More News

🗞️ Google launches ML Hub to help AI developers train and deploy their models. (source)

🗞️ Google Is Racing to Bring More AI to Android. (source)

🗞️ Google brings AI and more to the Play Store. (source)

🗞️ Learn how to build AI-powered software with this $40 bundle. (source)

🗞️ Using reflections to see the world from new points of view. (source)

🗞️ Google I/O 2023: Everything announced at the event. (source)

🗞️ Don’t miss Ars Frontiers 2023: Top minds talk AI, mRNA, and TikTok bans. (source)

🗞️ Google brings AI to search as it vies with Microsoft. (source)

🗞️ Brazil Proposed Internet Regulation. Big Tech Dug In Its Heels. (source)

🗞️ How to join the Google Search Labs waitlist to access its new AI search engine early. (source)

🗞️ The influence of AI on trust in human interaction. (source)

| Best of AI Social Media

💬 Scammer profits from selling AI-generated Frank Ocean songs (Twitter)

💬 China uses AI in schools to monitor student focus (Twitter)

💬 AI GameToEarn Experiences Oversubscribed Whitelisting Event (Twitter)

💬 Orbofi launches AI-generated NFT collection Freemint (Twitter)

💬 Odenkirk, Patinkin support writers' strike, dismiss AI in writing. (Twitter)

💬 Being accused for using ChatGPT in my assignment, what should I do ? (Reddit)

💬 A ChatGPT trading algorithm delivered 500% returns in stock market. My breakdown on what this means for hedge funds and retail investors. (Reddit)

💬 "Request for bro support" (Reddit)

💬 This is why I love ChatGPT: prompt saved me 20 minutes (Reddit)

💬 ChatGPT 4 homework? Hard pass (Reddit)

💬 GPT-4 web browsing, plugin demos, AI layoffs + more with Sunny Madra & Vinny Lingham | E1737 (YouTube)

| Research Review

Optimizing Drug Design By Merging Generative AI With Active Learning Frameworks (Full Paper)

Isaac Filella-Merce et al.

∑ Summary: A new generative AI workflow improves drug discovery by designing molecules with high predicted affinity for specific targets and exploring novel chemical spaces.

!? Practical implications: The development of a Generative AI workflow that iteratively learns from molecular metrics and includes advanced molecular modeling may lead to the creation of novel drugs and treatments, resulting in potential benefits for public health and a faster drug development process.

A Glimpse In ChatGPT Capabilities And Its Impact For AI Research (Full Paper)

Frank Joublin et al.

∑ Summary: Large language models' growing popularity in AI research indicates the trend towards general intelligence, but their high computational costs challenge smaller research labs.

!? Practical implications: This research may catalyse the democratization of AI development, enabling smaller research labs or even individuals to leverage the capabilities of large language models, leading to increased competition and innovation across various industries and potentially reshaping our societies in unpredictable ways.

Written by Isaac R. Ward, Casey Clifton, and Alex Brogan.

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