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Google’s AI Overviews is failing...

Plus: Elon Musk’s xAI raises $6 billion

Today’s AI Odyssey issue is 447 words, a 2-minute read.

1: Google’s AI Overviews feature is delivering incorrect answers…

Google's recently launched AI Overviews feature, designed to provide AI-generated responses to search queries, has been facing criticism for delivering inaccurate and sometimes bizarre information. 

  • The AI Overviews feature has provided questionable information (taking answers from Reddit and Quora), such as recommending adding glue to pizza sauce. Don’t do that.

  • It has made factual errors, like claiming James Madison graduated from the University of Wisconsin 21 times.

  • Other mistakes include stating that a dog has played in the NBA, NFL, and NHL, and that Batman is a cop.

  • Google acknowledges these are "isolated examples" and is using them to refine the product. The company insists the mistakes are from "very uncommon queries" and not representative of most experiences.

The current state of AI-generated search results raises concerns about the reliability of these systems. Addressing these inaccuracies is crucial to ensure a trustworthy user experience as AI becomes more integrated into our daily lives.


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2: Elon Musk’s xAI raises $6 billion from Valor, a16z, and Sequoia

Elon Musk's AI startup, xAI, has secured a massive $6 billion funding round, valuing the company at $18 billion pre-money. With this massive funding round, Elon Musk's xAI has secured significant capital to fuel its ambitions in the AI race, positioning itself as a formidable competitor to industry giants. 

  • Prominent investors include Valor Equity Partners, Vy Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Fidelity, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, and Kingdom Holding.

  • xAI released its chatbot Grok 1.0 last year and recently introduced Grok 1.5, aiming to develop "truthful" AI systems.

  • The funds will bring xAI's products to market, build infrastructure, and accelerate research and development.

However, concerns about Grok's potential to generate misleading information have been raised, highlighting the challenges in developing truly "truthful" AI systems.


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Everything you need to know today

  • Spotify’s AI DJ: Spotify’s addition of its AI DJ feature, which introduces personalized song selections to users, was the company’s first step into an AI future. [Link]

  • Apple’s WWDC: It may include AI-generated emoji and an OpenAI partnership. [Link]

  • YouTube Music: It will let you search by humming into your Android phone. [Link]

  • Meta and Google are pitching AI to Hollywood. Bloomberg reports Meta and Google met with major Hollywood studios to license content for their AI video generation platforms. [Link]

  • Apple's iOS 18 AI plans: A new report – here are 9 new features to expect. [Link]

That’s a wrap! See you on soon for a fresh dose of AI Odyssey. 😎

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