Google AI Overview: pythons are mammals and other blunders

Google’s newly launched AI Overview feature, which aims to provide users with AI-generated summaries of search results, has been criticized for delivering misleading, inaccurate, and sometimes downright bizarre answers.  The feature, now rolling out to billions after Google doubled down on it at the recent Google I/O developer conference, has become the subject of widespread mockery and concern on social media as users exposed examples of the AI’s blunders. It was only a matter of time. Human curiosity gets the better of AI guardrails one way or another.  Journalists and everyday users alike have taken to X and other platforms…

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Tech companies across the globe commit to fresh set of voluntary rules

Leading AI companies have agreed to a new set of voluntary safety commitments, announced by the UK and South Korean governments before a two-day AI summit in Seoul. 16 tech companies opted into the framework, including Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI, xAI, and Zhipu AI. It’s the first framework agreed upon by companies in North America, Europe, the Middle East…

May 21

GPT-4o loses Sky’s voice after Scarlett Johansson objects

OpenAI has removed GPT-4o’s “Sky” voice after Scarlett Johansson said the company intentionally copied her voice. GPT-4o wowed us with the natural-sounding voices during a demo of the soon-to-be-released Voice Mode. Actress Scarlett Johansson says that GPT-4o’s Sky sounds uncannily like her own voice and it’s hard to dismiss her claim that this was intentional. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has…

May 20

Google’s Frontier Safety Framework mitigates “severe” AI risks

Google has published the first version of its Frontier Safety Framework, a set of protocols that aim to address severe risks that powerful frontier AI models of the future might present. The framework defines Critical Capability Levels (CCLs), which are thresholds at which models may pose heightened risk without additional mitigation. It then lays out different levels of mitigations to…

May 15

Interview: Tanisha Katara – Blockchain and Web3 Strategist

We interviewed Tanisha Katara, an expert in blockchain governance and the Governance Innovation Specialist at Polygon Technology. In the last two years, she has also been an independent consultant to 6+ clients including Blockchain protocols, Decentralized Applications (dApps), and Decentralized…

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