• Will Google’s rush to join chatbot party with launch of Bard backfire?The Guardian
    With Bard, Google has to walk a tightrope: offer users an experience that can compete with the AI-powered Bing Chat and ChatGPT without cannibalising its enormously profitable search business in the process. And it has to do all that under the sort of scrutiny an upstart competitor may be able to avoid, but a market leader has to tackle head-on. It’s an interesting quirk when ChatGPT “hallucinates” false information, but it’s a very different feeling when AI backed by the third-largest company in the world does the same.

    At the bottom of every Bard conversation is a disclaimer: “Bard may display inaccurate or offensive information that doesn’t represent Google’s views.” For a company that once proudly described its vision as “organising the world’s information and making it universally accessible and useful”, it’s a bizarre reduction in ambition, like Tesco launching a new product range that may give you food poisoning or Ford warning that its latest car may fail to stop when brakes are applied.

  • ‘I learned to love the bot’: meet the chatbots that want to be your best friendThe Guardian
    Arguably my expectations for Pia were too high. “We’re not trying to … replace a human friendship,” says Kuyda. She says that the reps are more like therapy pets. If you’re feeling blue, you can reach down to give them a pat.

  • SHIFT exhibit presents artistic perspectives on artificial intelligenceBoing Boing
    One of the most interesting pieces in the exhibit was by artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg: … “Probably Chelsea” consists of 30 sculptures of Manning’s face—all created from one genetic sample from Manning—suspended from the ceiling, as if they were floating in air. I was astounded at how different they all were—it’s hard to believe they were all derived from the same genetic sample, which is one of the problems with AI-focused data analysis that this piece raises.

  • Who is still inside the metaverse? Searching for friends in Mark Zuckerberg’s deserted fantasyland.Intelligencer
    Ever since VR began going mainstream, the masters of the corporate world have been circling the virtual one, waiting for something concrete enough to throw money at and, in the meantime, putting out press releases to assure shareholders they’re on top of it. None of the cheerleading makes the metaverse sound too enticing, however. Some of it is downright sociopathic.

  • The stupidity of AIThe Guardian
    Now, this didn’t happen because ChatGPT is inherently rightwing. It’s because it’s inherently stupid. It has read most of the internet, and it knows what human language is supposed to sound like, but it has no relation to reality whatsoever. It is dreaming sentences that sound about right, and listening to it talk is frankly about as interesting as listening to someone’s dreams. It is very good at producing what sounds like sense, and best of all at producing cliche and banality, which has composed the majority of its diet, but it remains incapable of relating meaningfully to the world as it actually is. Distrust anyone who pretends that this is an echo, even an approximation, of consciousness.

  • ChatGPT-style tech brought to Microsoft 365BBC News
    The technology behind the world’s most talked about artificial intelligence (AI) system, ChatGPT, is being added to its most ubiquitous work software, Microsoft 365. Microsoft is calling the system Copilot and says it will be embedded into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Microsoft boss Satya Nadella said it would “fundamentally change the way we work.” However, the firm admitted Copilot would sometimes make mistakes.

  • A new era for AI and Google WorkspaceGoogle Workspace Blog
    Blank pages can stump the best of us. That’s why we’re embedding generative AI in Docs and Gmail to help people get started writing. Whether you’re a busy HR professional who needs to create customized job descriptions, or a parent drafting the invitation for your child’s pirate-themed birthday party, Workspace saves you the time and effort of writing that first version. Simply type a topic you’d like to write about, and a draft will instantly be generated for you. With your collaborative AI partner you can continue to refine and edit, getting more suggestions as needed. […] And if you’re in the mood to let AI try out a new playful voice altogether, you’ll be able to hit the “I’m feeling lucky” option in Gmail.

  • The next generation of AI for developers and Google WorkspaceGoogle Blog
    We’re now at a pivotal moment in our AI journey. Breakthroughs in generative AI are fundamentally changing how people interact with technology — and at Google, we’ve been responsibly developing large language models so we can safely bring them to our products. Today, we’re excited to share our early progress. Developers and businesses can now try new APIs and products that make it easy, safe and scalable to start building with Google’s best AI models through Google Cloud and a new prototyping environment called MakerSuite. And in Google Workspace, we’re introducing new features that help people harness the power of generative AI to create, connect and collaborate.

  • Crystal Frost, Second Life on Unity project, focuses on PC/VR viewer while Linden Lab works on mobile versionNew World Notes
    Berry’s original idea is to create a version of Second Life that’s optimized to run in PCs and VR, and that remains the goal. Yes, Second Life in VR, with hands-on prim-based creation, a version of SL that can compete with VRChat.

  • Second Life Mobile: first lookSecond Life: YouTube
    Let’s face it, this isn’t the first time we’ve tried to build a mobile viewer because of course we want to have all of the glory of Second Life in our pocket, but honestly this is the most exciting result we’ve seen so far. We really wanted to start with the hardest things first. Hardest? Avatars and beautiful world views and we wanted to make sure that our app works on all platforms and so it is with joy and trepidation that we share with you the early results of these efforts.