Google’s AI Search Feature Suggested Using Glue To Keep Cheese Sticking On A Pizza



Google’s new search feature, AI Overviews, seems to be going awry. The tool, which gives AI-generated summaries of search results, appeared to instruct a user to put glue on pizza when they searched for “cheese not sticking to pizza.” Business Insider reported.

A screenshot of the summary it generated, shared on X, shows it responded with “cheese can slide off pizza for a number of reasons,” and that the user could try adding “about ⅛ cup of non-toxic glue to the sauce to give it more tackiness.”

According to another X user, the suggestion seems to have been based on a Reddit comment from 11 years ago, which was probably a joke.

Google started testing the AI Overviews feature in the US and UK earlier this year and announced it would roll out more widely by the end of 2024. Liz Reid, the head of search, introduced it as “Google will do the googling for you” at the company’s I/O conference last week.

Imagine this: you’ve carved out an evening to unwind and decide to make a homemade pizza. You assemble your pie, throw it in the oven, and are excited to start eating. But once you get ready to take a bite of your oily creation, you run into a problem — the cheese falls right off. Frustrated, you turn to Google for a solution. The Verge reported.

“Add some glue,” Google answers. “Mix about 1/8 cup of Elmer’s glue in with the sauce. Non-toxic glue will work.”

So, yeah, don’t do that, The Verge reported. As of writing this, though that’s what Google’s new AI Overviews feature will tell you to do. The feature, while not triggered for every query, scans the web and drums up an AI-generated response. The answer for the pizza glue query appears to be based on a comment from a user named “f***smith” in a more than decade-old Reddit thread, and they’re clearly joking.

This is just one of many mistakes cropping up in the new feature that Google rolled out broadly this month. It also claims that former US President James Madison graduated from the University of Wisconsin not once but 21 times, that a dog has played in the NBA, NFL, and NHL, and that Batman is a cop.

ArsTechnica reported Google’s AI Overview is a complete transformation of what Google Search is, changing from a product that searches the web to show relevant links, to a place that scrapes the web of information and shows it directly to users. Google is not done making changes, though, and the next for AI Overview is ads! 

The Google Ads & Commerce blog shows what this will look like, with ads landing at the bottom of the AI Overview box. The overview box was already a massive, screen-filling box, and ads make it even longer, pushing what’s left of the web results even further down the page. Google’s demo shows the ads at the bottom of the overview box, and you have to scroll down to see them.

In my opinion, it seems like Google’s AI Overviews has taken the comments on Reddit and used them as a way to provide answers to those seeking help with their pizza. Clearly, Google’s AI Overviews are not ready to provide actual useful answers.


OpenAI, WSJ News Corp Strike Content Deal Valued At $250 Million



Wall Street Journal owner News Corp struck a major content-licensing pact with generative artificial-intelligence company OpenAI, aiming to cash in on a technology that promises to have a profound impact on the news-publishing industry, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The deal could be worth more than $250 million over five years, including compensation in the form of cash and credits for use of OpenAI technology, according to people familiar with the situation. The deal lets OpenAI use content from News Corp’s consumer-facing news publications, including archives, to answer users’ queries and train its technology.

“The pact acknowledges that there is a premium for premium journalism,” News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson said in a memo to employees Wednesday, “The digital age has been characterized by the dominance of distributors, often at the expense of creators, and many media companies have been swept away by a remorseless technological tide. The onus is now on us to make the most of this providential opportunity,”

The rise of generative AI tools such as OpenAI’s humanlike chatbot ChatGPT is poised to transform the publishing business. AI companies are hungry for publisher’s content, which can help them refine their models and create new products such as AI-powered search.

CNBC reported as part of the deal, OpenAI will be able to display content from News Corp-owned outlets with ChatGPT chatbot, in response to user questions. The startup will “enhance its products,” or, likely, to train its artificial intelligence models.

News Corp. will also “share journalistic expertise to help ensure the highest journalism standards are present across OpenAI’s offering” as part of the deal, according to a release.

“We believe a historic agreement will set new standards for veracity, for virtue, and for value in the digital age,” Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp, said Wednesday in a release. “We are delighted to have found principled partners in Sam Altman and his trusty, talented team who understand the commercial and social significance of journalists and journalism.”

The Hollywood Reporter wrote OpenAI has cut another major media licensing deal. The artificial intelligence firm has inked a deal with News Corp, that will bring content from its stable of media outlets to ChatGPT and other OpenAI products.

“Through this partnership, OpenAI has permission to display content from News Corp mastheads in response to user questions and to enhance its products, with the ultimate objective of providing people the ability to make informed choices based on reliable information and news sources,” the companies said in the announcement.

The News Corp. properties The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, MarketWatch, Investor’s Business Daily, FN, and New York Post; The Times, The Sunday Times, and The Sun; The Australian, news.com.au., The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail, The Advertiser, and Herald Sun are all part of the deal, terms of which were not disclosed.

In my opinion, it seems like many corporations have decided that AI-generated content is the best way to go. My concern is that large corporations will decide that OpenAI is better for their needs, and will begin layoffs of human employees.


Google’s AI Search Results Are Already Getting Ads



Google only just rolled out AI summaries in search results — and now they’re getting ads. In an update on Tuesday, Google says it will soon start testing search and shopping ads within AI Overviews for users in the US, The Verge reported.

According to The Verge, in the example shared by Google, the search engine’s AI overview lists a response to the question: “How do I get wrinkles out of clothes?” Beneath the AI-generated suggestions, there’s a new “Sponsored” section with a carousel showing wrinkle spray you can buy from places like Walmart and Instacart.

Google says it will display ads in AI Overviews when “they’re relevant to both the query and the information in the AI Overview.” Advertisers that already run certain campaigns through Google will automatically become eligible to appear in AI Overviews “As we move forward, we’ll continue to test and learn from new formats, getting feedback from advertisers and the industry,” Google writes.

Google posted the following on its Ads & Commerce Blog:

An evolution of attention is underway. People have seemingly endless ways to shop, communicate and stay entertained online. For advertising to stand out, it needs to be relevant and helpful — in fact, that’s more important than ever before. Businesses need to be on every surface with creative assets that capture people’s attention.

Until now, this has felt impossible to do at scale — but generative AI is changing that. This technology is helping us better meet advertisers’ needs and unlock new possibilities across the marketing process, from new immersive ads experiences to high-performing creative assets. As we build this next era of marketing together, we’re sharing our latest creative asset generation controls, new ad experiences, visual storytelling features and more at Google Marketing Live (GML).

We’ve been working on making it easier and faster to produce great creative assets for ads across marketing channels. Creative asset variety is crucial to strong ads, and achieving this has gotten easier for more advertisers with generative AI in Performance Max. We found that advertisers who improve their Performance Max Ad Strength to Excellent see 6% more conversions on average. 

Event Tickets Center was one of the earliest beta testers for asset generation in Performance Max, which has helped the team accelerate creative production by 5x with less time and effort.

CNBC reported Google announced Tuesday that it will be giving advertisers the ability to create immersive visuals in their promotions using generative artificial intelligence, as the company rolls out more AI tools for brands.

Advertisers can take advantage of what Google is calling a visual brand profile in search “that gives richer results” for queries that include the name of a brand or retailer, the company said Tuesday at its annual Google Marketing Live. Brands can also include product videos and summaries.

Last week, Google announced plans to change its search results page to prioritize a feature called “AI Overview,” which uses AI to summarize information at the top of a search results page. The move could push organic content and ads further down the page, resulting in a potential shake-up for publishers and advertisers.

In my opinion, there are a lot of companies who have jumped on artificial intelligence, and then added something of their own to it. This might be great for the big companies, but I think the general public, overall, is not super interested in AI.


Microsoft Unveils Copilot+ PC With Generative AI Capabilities Baked In



We’ve been hearing rumblings for moths now that Microsoft was working on so-called “AI-PCs.” At a pre-Billed event, the company spelled out its vision, Engadget reported.

Microsoft is calling its version of Copilot+ PCs, which CEO Satya Nadella described as a “new class of Windows PCs.” These contain hardware designed to handle more generative AI Copilot processes locally, rather than relying on the cloud. Doing so requires a chipset with a neural processing unit (NPU), and manufacturers such as Qualcommm have been laying the groundwork with chips like the Snapdragon X Elite.

Microsoft is taking a partner-first approach to making Copilot+ PCs. Along with chipmakers like AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm, major OEMs including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo are on board. The first Copilot+ laptops are available to preorder today and they’ll ship on June 18.

Microsoft posted on its Official Microsoft Blog: Today, at a special event on our new Microsoft campus, we introduced the world to a new category of Windows PCs designed for AI, Copilot+ PCs.

Copilot+ PCs are the fastest, most intelligent Windows PCs ever built. With powerful new silicon capable of an incredible 40+ TOPS (trillion operations per second), all-day battery life and access to the most advanced AI models, Copilot+ PCs will enable you to do things you can’t really do on any other PC.

Easily find and remember what you have seen in your PC with Recall, generate and refine AI images in near real-time directly on the device using Cocreator, and bridge language barriers with Live Captions, translating audio from 40+ languages into English.

These experiences come to life on a set of thin, light and beautiful devices from Microsoft Surface and our OEM partners Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung, with pre-orders beginning today and availability starting on June 18. Starting at $999, Copilot+ PCs offer incredible value.

ArsTechnica reported Microsoft is using its new Surface launch and this week’s Build developer conference as a platform to launch its new “Copilot+” PCs initiative, which comes with specific hardware requirements that systems will need to meet to be eligible.

Copilot+ PCs will be able to handle some AI-accelerated workloads like chatbots and image generation locally instead of relying on the cloud, but new hardware will generally be required to run these workloads quickly and power efficiently,

At a minimum, systems will need 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, to accommodate both the memory requirements and the on-disk storage requirements needed for things like large language models (LLMs; even so-called “small language models” like Microsofts Phi-3, still use several billion parameters).

But the biggest new requirement, and the blocker for virtually ever Window’s PC in use today, will be for an integrated rural processing unit, or NPU. Microsoft requires an NPU with performance rated at 40 trillion operations per second (TOPS), a high-level performance figure that Microsoft, Qualcomm, Apple and others use for NPU performance comparisons.

Right now, that requirement can only be met by a single chip in the Windows PC ecosystem, one that isn’t even quite available yet.

In my opinion, some people will be very excited about the AI that has been “baked in” to Microsoft’s Copilot+ PC. That said, I think the $999 cost will be expensive to most PC users.


Apple And OpenAI Are Preparing A Major Announcement At WWDC



Apple Inc. has faced its share of challenges during Tim Cook’s tenure, but none may be bigger than the one its contending with now: the need to come from behind and win in artificial intelligence, Bloomberg reported.

As chief executive officer, Cook successfully steered Apple away from a potential rut after the death of Steve Jobs in 2011. He navigated a trade war with China, proved the company could still pioneer new product categories an fought off smartphone rivals like Samsung Electronics Co. But the dawn of AI is his biggest test to date.

To give a sense of what Cook is up against, let’s compare this to a baseball game. Coming in, Apple had actually practiced longer than its rivals and has the home court. After all, it launched the Siri digital assistant in 2011, years before others got into the space. And yet, the game is now underway and Apple is already down 20 points.

Even if it’s only the game’s first quarter, staging a comeback is going to be difficult for Apple. Their competitors (OpenAI and Alphabet Inc.’s Google) have become AI superstars, and they’re only getting stronger as the contest goes on. Apple’s priority now is not getting smoked on its home floor.

AppleInsider reported a new report claims that Apple’s current schedule doesn’t include updates to its Mac Pro and Mac Studio machines until the middle of 2025.

The Mac Studio and Mac Pro got their most recent refreshes at the 2023 WWDC, which may be a bit if a wait for the next refresh. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the two pro-level Macs will be skipped in 2024. If accurate, this would mean a two-year refresh cycle for Apple’s current highest-end machines.

Apple’s M3 chip debuted with Pro and Max versions out of the gate, at the October 2023 MacBook Pro-centric event. Other chips started at the base and worked their ways up to Pro, Max, and Ultra.

It took over a year for M1 to get an Ultra variant. The M1 Ultra debuted in the refreshed Mac Pro and then-new Mac Studio.

Apple’s M1 and M2 chips in Mac Pro and Mac Studio had clear interconnects, so a chip like the Ultra was a clear possibility relatively early. The M3 does not have this obvious interconnect, so it’s possible Apple had this road map in mind all along.

MacRumors reported Apple is poised to unveil an auto-summarization feature for notifications as part of a series of new artificial intelligence features in iOS 18, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

“As part of the changes, the company will improve Siri’s voice capabilities, giving it a more conversational feel, and add features that help users with their day-to-day lives — an approach it calls “proactive intelligence.”

That includes services like auto-summarizing notifications from your iPhone, giving a quick synopsis of news articles and transcribing voice memos, as well as improving existing features that auto-populate your calendar and suggest apps. There will be some enhancements to photos in the form of AI-based editing, but none of those features will impress people who have used AI in Adobe Inc.’s apps for the last several months.”

In my opinion, it sounds like the upcoming AI features will make those who enjoy using artificial intelligence on their devices happy. WWDC begins on June 10, and I assume Apple will have more to say about this at the event.


OpenAI Putting ‘Shiny Products’ Above Safety, Says Departing Researcher



A former senior employee at OpenAI has said the company behind ChatGPT is prioritizing “shiny products” over safety, revealing that he quit after a disagreement over key aims reached a “breaking point” The Guardian reported.

Jan Leike was a key safety officer at OpenAI as its co-head of superalignment, ensuring that powerful artificial intelligence systems adhered to human values and aims. His intervention comes before a global artificial intelligence summit in Seoul next week, where politicians, experts and tech executives will discuss oversight of the technology.

Leike resigned days after the San Francisco-based company launched its latest AI model, GPT-4o. His departure meant two senior safety figures at OpenAI have left this week following the resignation of Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI’s co-founder and fellow co-head of superalignment.

Leike detailed the reasons for his departure in a thread on X posted on Friday, in which he said safety culture had become a lower priority.

“Over the past years, safety culture and processes have taken a backseat to shiny products,” he wrote.

OpenAI was founded with the goal of ensuring that artificial general intelligence, which it describes as “AI systems that are generally smarter than humans”, benefits all of humanity. In his X posts, Leake said he had been disagreeing with OpenAI’s leadership about the company’s priorities for some tome but that standoff had “finally reached a breaking point.”

Engadget reported in the summer of 2023, OpenAI created a “Superalignment” team whose goal was to steer and control future AI systems that could be so powerful they could lead to human extinction. Less than a year later, that team is dead.

OpenAI told Bloomberg that the company was “integrating the group more deeply across its research efforts to help the company achieve its safety goals.” But a series of tweets by Jan Leike, one of the team’s leaders who recently quit revealed internal tensions between the safety team and the larger company.

In a statement posted on X on Friday, Leike said that the Superalignment team had been fighting for resources to get research done. “Building smarter-than-human machines is an inherently dangerous endeavor,” Leike wrote. “OpenAI is shouldering an enormous responsibility on behalf of all of humanity. But over the past years, safety culture and processes have taken a backseat to shiny products.”

Leike’s departure earlier this week came hours after OpenAI chief scientist Sutskevar announced that he was leaving the company. Sutksevar was not only one of the leads on the Superalignment team, but helped co-found the company as well.

CNBC reported OpenAI has disbanded its team focused on the long-term risk of artificial intelligence just one year after the company announced the group, a person familiar with the situation confirmed to CNBC on Friday.

OpenAI did not provide a comment and instead directed CNBC to co-founder and CeO Sam Altman’s recent post on X, where he shared that he was sad to see Leike leave and that the company had more work to do.

In my opinion, it sounds like some of those who worked for OpenAI are dissatisfied with how things are going. This appears to be why some have left. One cannot run a company simply by focusing on “shiny products.”


OpenAI Strikes Reddit Deal To Train Its AI On Your Posts



OpenAI has signed a deal for access to real-time content from Reddit’s data API, which means it can surface discussions from the site within ChatGPT and other new products. It’s an agreement similar to the one Reddit signed with Google earlier this year that was reportedly worth $60 million, The Verge reported. 

The deal will also “enable Reddit to bring new AI-powered features to Redditors and mods” and use OpenAI’s large language models to build applications. OpenAI has also signed up to become an advertising partner on Reddit.

Redditors have been vocal about how Reddit’s executives manage the platform before, and it remains to be seen how they’ll react to this announcement. More than 7,000 subreddits went dark in June 2023 after users protested Reddit’s changes to its API pricing. Recently, following news of a partnership between OpenAI and the programming message board Stack Overflow, people were suspended after trying to delete their posts.

No financial terms were revealed in the blog post announcing the arrangement, and neither company mentioned training data, either.

OpenAI posted: OpenAI and Reddit Partnership

Keeping the internet open is crucial, and part of being open means Reddit content needs to be accessible to those fostering human learning and researching ways to build community, belonging, and empowerment online. Reddit is a uniquely large and vibrant community that has long been an important space for conversation on the internet. Additionally, using LLM’s ML, and AI allow Reddit to improve the user experience for everyone.

In line with this, Reddit and OpenAI today announced a partnership to benefit both the Reddit and OpenAI user communities in a number of ways:

  • OpenAI will bring enhanced Reddit content to ChatGPT and new products, helping users discover and engage with Reddit communities. To do so, OpenAI will access Reddit’s Data API, which provides real-time, structured, and unique content from Reddit. This will enable OpenAI’s tools to better understand and showcase Reddit content, especially on recent topics.
  • This partnership will also enable Reddit to bring new AI-powered features to redditors and mods. Reddit will be building on OpenAI’s platform of AI models to bring its powerful vision to life.
  • Lastly, OpenAI will become a Reddit advertising partner.

Engadget reported OpenAI and Reddit announced a partnership on Thursday that will allow OpenAI to surface Reddit discussions to bring AI-powered features to its users. 

The partnership will “enable OpenAI’s tools to better understand and showcase Reddit content, especially on recent topics” both companies said in a joint statement.

The deal is similar to the one that Reddit signed with Google in February, and which is reportedly worth $60 million. A Reddit spokesperson declined to disclose the terms of the OpenAI deal to Engadget and OpenAI did not respond for comment.

OpenAI has been increasingly striking partnerships with publishers to get data to continue training its AI models. In the last few weeks alone, the company signed deals with the Financial Times and Dotdash Meredith. Last year, it also partnered with German publisher Axel Springer to train its models on news from Politico and Business Insider in the US and Bild and Die Welt in Germany.

In my opinion, it seems like OpenAI wants to partner with every site that allows people to post things. That’s likely good for OpenAI, but I have concerns about the content created by users who may or may not want to have their posts used by OpenAI.