AI Weekly: Hurray for boring AI

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I keep having the same conversation with companies that want to brief me about their latest AI-related news. It goes something like this: They have some new feature or improved stats or fresh achievement that's specific to their business. Then we get to the AI part, and I start to salivate, asking them to tell me more and go deep. The reply is increasingly some version of "We use [a mostly unexciting AI tool] to do it." Coming from a background where I'm accustomed to covering technology for technology's sake, that feels like a letdown.