Latest AI Developments: Google Gemini, Apple Vision Pro, and Neuralink's Human Trial

Last Week in AI: Episode 17

Welcome back to “Last Week in AI.” Although, it’s been a slow couple of weeks, we’ve got some pretty groundbreaking stuff to talk about. From Google shaking things up with Gemini, to Apple launching a ton of apps for its Vision Pro platform, making digital interaction more immersive than ever. And let’s not forget Neuralink successfully testing their brain-computer interface in a human for the first time. Let’s break it down for you.

Google

Google’s Bard can now make images using its Imagen 2 model. It’s Google’s answer to ChatGPT Plus. They made sure it’s responsible, with watermarks and no-go zones for certain content. Plus, they dropped ImageFX, a simple tool for making pictures from text. Bard now speaks over 40 languages worldwide.


Key Points:
  • Bard vs. ChatGPT Plus: Google’s stepping up, adding image-making to Bard.
  • Safety First: Watermarks and rules keep things in check.
  • Worldwide Reach: Bard’s now a global player, with a massive language boost.

With Bard and ImageFX, Google’s blending creativity, ethics, and accessibility. It’s smart, it’s global, and it’s responsible. That’s the future of AI they’re betting on.


Gemini

Google’s AI, Gemini, handles text, code, audio, images, and video, all in one. There are three versions: Ultra, Pro, and Nano, with Ultra being a real standout, even outsmarting human experts in understanding language and coding.

Key Points:
  1. Versatility: Gemini’s a jack-of-all-trades, mixing and matching different types of data seamlessly.
  2. Three Models: From Ultra’s heavyweight capabilities to Nano’s mobile-friendly design, there’s something for every need.
  3. Safety and Accessibility: Google’s not cutting corners on safety, checking Gemini for bias and toxicity. It’s getting baked into Google products and is available for developers through Google AI tools.

Google’s Gemini is built to be versatile, accessible, and safe. This is a way for AI to work with us, making life easier for developers and changing how we all interact with technology.


Shopify

Shopify’s now adding a media editor and conversational search to its toolkit with its AI-powered Magic suite. It can tweak photo backgrounds or switch them up entirely—no Photoshop skills needed. It even suggests backgrounds to match what you’ve got, making products shine without the fancy photo shoot. All these AI perks? They’re thrown in for free, knocking down hurdles for entrepreneurs.


Key Points:
  • DIY Photo Magic: Sellers can edit photos like pros, thanks to generative image fill.
  • Convo Search: This isn’t your old-school search; it gets what you’re looking for by understanding the intent, making results way more relevant.
  • Tools Galore: Beyond photos, Shopify’s got AI doing heavy lifting with product descriptions, chatbots, and smart replies, all aimed at easing merchant and buyer chats.

Shopify’s making sure small and big businesses alike get a fair shot. It’s about giving options, not orders. Shopify’s vision? A leveled playing field where all sellers get to shine.


Midjourney

Midjourney’s latest anime-style update, Niji V6 is here. It offers both amateurs and professionals new ways to blend text with imagery. This allows artists to embed words directly into their pictures but also introduces enhanced features for customizing art like never before.


Key Points:
  • Creative Fusion: Niji V6 lets you combine drawings with text, adding a personal touch to your art.
  • Enhanced Control: Features like ‘Vary (Region)’, ‘Pan’, and ‘Zoom’ give artists unprecedented control over their creations.
  • Accessibility: Available to paying users through the Midjourney chatbot, with a full release scheduled for February.

By empowering artists to fuse text and imagery seamlessly, it opens up new possibilities for storytelling and personal expression. Whether you’re just dabbling in digital art or you’re a seasoned pro, Niji V6 promises to inspire and transform the way anime-style art is made.


OpenAI

OpenAI’s ChatGPT users can now pull in specialized GPTs right into their chats. Just hit “@,” pick your GPT, and boom, it’s like adding a new brain to the conversation. They’ve even set up a GPT Store (like an App Store) to make finding and using these GPTs easy. But, not many folks are using them yet, and those who do, it’s dropping. Plus, they hit a bit of a snag with some not-so-great GPTs slipping through, which they’re cleaning up.

Key Points:
  • Customizable Convos: This new feature lets you tailor your ChatGPT conversations with specific GPTs for whatever you need.
  • GPT Store: A marketplace to grab these GPTs, designed to be user-friendly even for non-coders.
  • Challenges Ahead: Adoption’s been slow, and there’s been a bit of trouble with moderation, but OpenAI’s not backing down, planning to let creators earn money from their GPTs soon.

The idea’s solid: more personalized, useful chats. But, they’ve got some hurdles to clear, especially getting more users on board and keeping the GPT Store clean. Still, with plans to monetize, there’s a clear path forward for developers and users alike.


Mistral

Miqu-1-70b” got leaked online and everyone’s talking about it possibly beating GPT-4. The head of Mistral said it was an old model accidentally leaked by someone they work with. But here’s the kicker: they’re working on a new version that might just outdo GPT-4.


Key Points:
  • Leaky Boat: “Miqu-1-70b” has everyone buzzing about it possibly taking on GPT-4.
  • Inside Job: The boss over at Mistral says, oops, it was an older model that got out by accident.
  • Game On: They’re hinting they’ve got something even bigger brewing that could outdo GPT-4.

Mistral’s little accident is now big news, showing everyone just how intense the AI race is getting. And this leak? It might just shake things up, pushing the open-source AI scene into new places and turning up the heat on OpenAI.


Apple

Apple’s doing something big with the Vision Pro. They’ve got 600 new apps hitting the scene. This is about taking computing to a whole new level by blending the digital and real worlds like never before.

The Points:
  1. Wide Range: These apps are all over the map – games, work tools, learning, you name it. It’s about making computing not just something you do, but something you experience.
  2. Top-Notch Tech: The display on this thing is next-level. You’re not just looking at a screen; you’re in it. And you control it with your eyes, hands, voice – however you want.
  3. Big Changes: What Apple’s aiming for here is to change the game. How we watch, work, play, learn – it’s all going to be different with these apps and Vision Pro.

Apple’s Vision Pro is setting a new standard for digital interaction, merging the lines between the virtual and the real. It’s creating experiences that change how we see and interact with the world around us.


Neuralink

Elon Musk’s Neuralink just hit a big milestone: they’ve put their brain-computer interface device into a person for the first time. The patient seems to be doing just fine. Neuralink’s big idea is to let people with serious paralysis use tech like computers and phones just by thinking. They’re calling this brain implant Telepathy, aiming to help folks with conditions like ALS communicate or even use social media directly with their minds.

Key Points:

  1. First Human Trial: Neuralink’s moved from experiments to actually implanting a device in a human, showing they’re on track towards making this tech a reality.
  2. The Goal: The tech is all about translating what’s in your brain into commands for devices, without moving a muscle.
  3. Not Alone: Neuralink’s not the only one in this race. Companies like Synchron and Blackrock Neurotech are also pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with brain-computer interfaces.

Neuralink’s stepping into new territory, blending mind and machine in ways we’ve only dreamed of. This first human trial is a big deal, showing Musk’s vision of merging humans with AI isn’t just sci-fi fantasy anymore.

In Summary

This week has shown us just how fast the world of AI is evolving. Google’s Gemini is setting new standards in versatility, Apple’s Vision Pro apps are redefining user interaction, and Neuralink is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with neurotechnology. Each of these developments not only highlights the rapid advancements in AI but also hints at the transformative impact these technologies could have on our everyday lives. The future of AI is here and now, and it’s more exciting than ever. Stay tuned for more updates.