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Google is quietly building an omnipresent AI that will be linked to all your devices and apps - and 'knows everything about your life'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Confidential documents presented at a recent internal Google summit detail the tech giant's plan to create an artificial intelligence (AI) designed to become its users' 'Life Story Teller.' But to do it, the AI will require unprecedented access to each user's personal data. It's unclear where this experimental AI, currently dubbed'Project Ellmann,' will reside among Google's apps and services, but the team behind it works for Google Photos -- and their presentation suggested a tailored AI chatbot. 'We can't answer tough questions or tell good stories without a bird's-eye view of your life,' read one portion of the presentation, made by a Google product manager. Confidential documents presented at a recent internal Google summit detail the tech giant's plan to create an AI designed to become their users' 'Life Story Teller.' Building off the company's ChatGPT rival Gemini, it new project will scrape reams of a user's personal data Building off the company's ChatGPT rival Gemini, Project Ellmann will use'large language models' (LLMs) to synthesize personal information from context said to include biographies of users and their loved ones, as well as stored photo'moments.' But the new developments may spark alarm from those outraged by Google's secret collection of millions of individual's sensitive medical records, code-named Project Nightingale in 2019 -- or anyone who eagerly collects digital privacy tips.

Microsoft's OpenAI Ties Face Potential U.K. Antitrust Probe

TIME - Tech

Microsoft Corp.'s partnership with OpenAI Inc. is facing the potential of a full-blown UK antitrust investigation three weeks after a mutiny at the ChatGPT creator laid bare deep ties between the two companies. The Competition and Markets Authority said Friday it was gathering information from stakeholders to determine whether the collaboration between the two firms threatens competition in the UK, home of Google's AI research lab Deepmind. Microsoft fell 0.7% in premarket trading. Microsoft has benefited richly from its investments, totaling as much as $13 billion, in OpenAI. By integrating OpenAI's products into virtually every corner of its core businesses, the software giant very quickly established itself as the undisputed leader of AI among big tech firms.

'Nudify' Apps That Use AI to 'Undress' Women in Photos Are Soaring in Popularity

TIME - Tech

Apps and websites that use artificial intelligence to undress women in photos are soaring in popularity, according to researchers. In September alone, 24 million people visited undressing websites, the social network analysis company Graphika found. Many of these undressing, or "nudify," services use popular social networks for marketing, according to Graphika. For instance, since the beginning of this year, the number of links advertising undressing apps increased more than 2,400% on social media, including on X and Reddit, the researchers said. The services use AI to recreate an image so that the person is nude.

AI has been quietly enhancing your work life for years


AI went mainstream in 2023, but in reality, it's been quietly enhancing your work life in popular tools like Gmail and LinkedIn for years.

Do you know who's posting pictures of your kid online?


Recently, a group of teen girls made the shocking discovery that boys in their New Jersey high school had rounded up images they'd posted of themselves on social media, then used those pictures to generate fake nudes. The boys, who shared the nudes in a group chat, allegedly did this with the help of a digital tool powered by artificial intelligence, according to the Wall Street Journal. The incident is a frightening violation of privacy. But it also illustrates just how rapidly AI is fundamentally reshaping expectations regarding what might happen to one's online images. What this means for children and teens is particularly sobering.

Revealed: The most popular emoji on Tinder in 2023 - and the secret meaning behind it

Daily Mail - Science & tech

From friendly smiley faces to cheeky peaches, emoji now form a staple part of many of our daily conversations. Now, Tinder has revealed the most popular emoji used on its app in 2023. You might expect romance-themed characters such as love hearts or the kissing face to feature in the top list. But it seems that singletons instead opted for some rather unexpected emoji this year - including several with hidden meanings. 'The year was marked by overarching themes of positivity, optimism, and a focus on bettering one's self through making connections with others,' Tinder said.

Meta rolls out its AI-powered image generator as a dedicated website


Using Meta's AI image generator to create images is now more convenient, thanks to its new dedicated website. Previously available only through individual and group chats in Meta's social network platforms, the Imagine tool is now freely accessible on the web for anyone in the US to try. To take the tool for a spin, head to Meta's Imagine website. You'll need to log in before you can start generating images, which requires a free Meta account. After you sign in, the site works just like any other AI image generator.

Generative AI's iPhone Moment

The Atlantic - Technology

After nearly seven months of rumors and delays, Google has finally released its most advanced generative-AI model to date: Gemini 1.0, a program the company is advertising as one of the most capable pieces of software ever. It can purportedly solve calculus problems, explain memes, write code, and--in a real example offered by the company--provide feedback on cooking photos to help you decide when your omelet is done. Google is even billing Gemini as "a first step toward a truly universal AI model," one that is designed from the ground up to engage with images, video, text, audio, and computer code in a range of contexts. And, somehow, it all feels a bit underwhelming. Perhaps that is because today's announcement feels like any other Silicon Valley product launch.

Meta's AI image generator is available as a standalone website


Meta has launched a standalone version of its image generator as it tests dozens of new generative AI features across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. The image generator, called Imagine, was first previewed at the company's Connect event in November and has been available as part of Meta's AI chatbot. Now, with its own dedicated website at, the tool will be available outside of the company's messaging apps. Like other generative AI tools, Imagine allows users to create images from simple text prompts. Imagine, which relies on Meta's Emu model, will generate four images for each prompt.

Google says Bard is now smarter than ChatGPT, thanks to Gemini update


Google unveiled its take on the AI chatbot -- Google Bard -- last February. Since its release, Bard has been powered by two different large language models (LLMs) with the promise of making it a more formidable rival to ChatGPT. Now Bard gets its most significant LLM upgrade yet -- Gemini. On Wednesday, Google released Gemini, the company's most capable and advanced large language model to date, first announced in May at Google I/O. Paired with the release of the LLM was the announcement that-- starting today -- users will be able to experience a specially tuned version of Gemini Pro for English in Google Bard.