OpenAI and Google lay out their competing AI visions

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This week had two major events from OpenAI and Google. OpenAI’s spring update event saw the reveal of its new model, GPT-4o, with voice and visual capabilities that can transform ChatGPT into a virtual assistant apparently aspiring to be “She.” Right after OpenAI, Google’s I/O conference featured a handful of announcements and integrations for its flagship model, Gemini.

This week also saw major upheavals at AWS and OpenAI. AWS CEO Adam Selipsky is resigning and will be replaced by AWS sales chief Matt Garman. And OpenAI co-founder and longtime chief scientist Ilya Sutskever left the company along with Jan Leike. Sutskever will be replaced by Jakub Pachocki, research director of OpenAI.

There has also been a significant change in Meta. TechCrunch exclusively reported that the company is shutting down its corporate communications business, Workplace. This makes us wonder if Meta was ever really serious about its corporate ambitions.


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Talk to me, ChatGPT: OpenAI’s latest “omni” model, GPT-4o, can talk to you, change its tone to sarcastic, and even perform real-time translation. It also looks suspiciously like Scarlett Johansson. Learn more

Microsoft’s Cobalt 100 chips: TechCrunch has learned that the company will launch its custom Cobalt 100 chips to customers in public preview at its Build conference next week. And we discovered other scoops too 👀 Learn more

Sony Music tackles AI: Sony Music Group has sent letters to more than 700 tech companies and music streaming services warning them not to use its music to train AI without permission. Sony Music says it has “reason to believe” that these companies “may have already made unauthorized uses” of its content. Learn more

SIM swap attacks: Since mid-2023, an interception operation called Estate has allowed hundreds of members to make thousands of automated phone calls to trick victims into entering one-time passcodes, which allow attackers to access their bank accounts. Learn more

The IDX project is now in open beta: Announced at Google I/O, the company’s next-generation, browser-based, AI-centric development environment is now in open beta. Google says more than 100,000 developers have already tried the service. Learn more

AI to save birds: Wind is the largest source of renewable energy in the United States, but wind turbines can wreak havoc on bird populations. Spoor is a startup that uses AI to help wind farms mitigate this risk. Learn more

Apple expands accessibility: Apple is bringing new accessibility features to iPads and iPhones, including the ability to control your device with eye tracking, create personalized shortcuts using your voice, and enjoy music with a haptic engine. Learn more

ThreadsDeck?: Instagram Threads is testing pinned columns on the web, which could be a good replacement for TweetDeck. In 2023, X transformed TweetDeck into X Pro and put it behind a paywall. Learn more


Did Meta give businesses a chance?: Meta on Tuesday discontinued its Workday enterprise product, bringing the enterprise experience to an end nine years after its launch. Ron Miller writes that it’s fair to wonder if Meta was ever serious about this. Learn more

Mark Zuckerberg, style icon: Recent photos of the Meta CEO went viral as users noticed a sudden change in his personal style. Gone are the gray shirts and jeans, replaced by gold chains and graphic tees. Amanda Silberling wonders if her new makeover is a carefully crafted rebrand. Learn more

Tesla’s Supercharger is in limbo: Despite being the undisputed king of fast EV charging – and being profitable – Tesla CEO Elon Musk has scrapped the entire Supercharger division. Tim De Chant investigates the creation of the network and what’s next now that it’s in limbo. Learn more

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