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Bard gets another massive update, attempting to pull users from competitive genAI sites such as ChatGPT and Midjourney; Google is reportedly rebranding Bard as Gemini
Google Bard released a significant round of new updates, including:
Integration with Google Services: Bard now draws information from YouTube, Google Maps, Flights, and Hotels, allowing users to ask a wider variety of questions and perform tasks like planning trips and obtaining templates for specific purposes.
Multilingual Support: The chatbot can now communicate in over 40 multiple languages.
Image Generation: Google has added image generation capability, allowing it to create images powered by the creativity and imagination of your prompts. The lead image was developed using Bard.
Email Summarization and Sharing: Bard now offers better and more thorough summaries of recent emails and allows for the sharing of conversations, including images, to better appreciate the creative process.
Fact-Checking and Integration with Google Apps: You can now fact-check in Bard, which is a big plus with Google search engine competitor Perplexity.
Users can also integrate with Google Workspace and import data from other Google apps, such as summarizing PDFs from Google Docs. This appears to be taking steps toward competing against Microsoft’s co-pilot, which already has much ground to make-up.
Google Bard Insights
At this point, active genAI users are onboard or Google will have to work to entice new users. This is perhaps why Google is said to be in the motion of rebranding Bard as Gemini and is set to launch a dedicated app to compete against ChatGPT and other focused genAI applications.
Incremental releases won’t accomplish that so much. But I am impressed to see Google moving to wave 3 of genAI in becoming a system of action.
Neuralink implants chip in first human brain.
Neuralink, a brain-chip startup founded in 2016 founded by Elon Musk received U.S. FDA approval for human trails. The company successfully conducted its first user installation and the patient is recovering well.
Neuralink is developing a brain-computer interface (BCI) that implants a device (N1) about the size of a coin in the skull, with ultra-thin wires going into the brain. The N1 implant allows individuals to wirelessly control devices using their brain to potentially restore independence and improve the lives of people with paralysis.
The success of this and all subsequent trials will serve as the foundation for potential medical applications that could revolutionize the lives of people with severe paralysis. Neuralink’s BCI could give patients control of computers, robotic arms, wheelchairs, and other life changing devices through their thoughts.
It’s also important to remember that one of Neuralink’s initial ambitions is to meld brains with AI for human-machine collaboration.
Bland.ai introduces a new genre of chatbot that literally talks to you, like a human
I remember before the launch of ChatGPT, in 2018, Google was accused of faking a big AI demo of using virtual-assistant AI to call a hair salon and make reservations on a user’s behalf.
Head on over to Bland.ai to receive a call from Blandy and be introduced to a new genre of conversational AI.
Bland.ai introduced an AI call center solution that’s reportedly capable of managing 500,000 simultaneously operating in anyone’s voice.
Initial use cases point to lead qualification calls. When connected to a CRM, the AI can automate initial lead calls to save time, reduce human error, and surface important insights into prospect preferences and behaviors.
There are pros and cons of technology like this. It’s inevitable. This technology, IMHO, doesn’t replace SDRs, it sets them up for human-centered success and increases their value.
AI-generated content, including calls and customer interactions, may lack the human touch, creativity, and ability to think outside the box, leading to repetitive, monotonous, and bland (get it?) content. Human touch counts for everything.
But, warning, this technology helps while it also empowers the dark side of AI and humanity. Conversational AI can lower our defense mechanisms by making everyday transactional engagement acceptable with AI. Deep fakes will pounce on this.
Recently, a finance worker at a multinational firm was coaxed into paying out $25 million to deepfake fraudsters posing as the company’s chief financial officer in a video conference call.
The growing libraries of specifically focused GPTs can now be summoned in real-time in ChatGPT sessions
Sometimes you don’t need to carry the heavy lifting for prompt engineering in unchartered territory. When ChatGPT introduced the GPT Store, the intent was to connect users to useful, custom versions of ChatGPT for specific use cases.
Now, you can integrate GPTs into prompts to accelerate desired outcomes in specific applications.
We don’t know what we don’t know. And that’s important when we don’t know what to ask or what’s possible. Sometimes it can take a series of elaborate, creative, meandering prompts to help us achieve the outcomes needed for each step we’re trying to accomplish in any new process.
AI founder and podcast host Jaeden Schafer shared an example use case where stacking GPTs in the same thread could help users empower founders. “One males a logo, Canva makes a pitch deck, another writes sales copy, etc.,” he shared.
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