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🧠 OpenAI announces customizable ChatGPT and better GPT-4
🏢 WeWork, once a $47 billion giant, files for bankruptcy
💬 YouTube is testing AI-generated comment section summaries
🤔 Cruise robotaxis rely on human assistance every 4 to 5 miles
❌ Meta bars political advertisers from using generative AI ads tools
🚶 Spinal implant allows Parkinson’s patient to walk for miles

🧠 OpenAI announces customizable ChatGPT and better GPT-4LINK

  • OpenAI celebrated its first developer event, where it launched improvements and new tools like GPT-4 Turbo and Assistants API, and announced over 100 million weekly ChatGPT users.
  • The company introduced the ability for users to build custom GPT versions with ease, and revealed a new store for sharing these GPTs, including incentives for popular creations.
  • Additional offerings include a text-to-speech API, DALL-E 3 access via an API with moderation, and a Copyright Shield program to cover legal fees in intellectual property disputes for its users.
  • 🏢 WeWork, once a $47 billion giant, files for bankruptcyLINK

  • WeWork has filed for bankruptcy due to its inability to manage $13 billion in lease obligations.
  • The company's decline began in 2019 after revealing significant losses and was accelerated by the shift to remote work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The move reflects broader challenges in the office real estate market, as the firm was previously valued at $47 billion.
  • 💬 YouTube is testing AI-generated comment section summariesLINK

  • YouTube has introduced a new conversational AI chatbot that can summarize videos, answer viewer questions, and even offer related content recommendations.
  • The chatbot feature is currently an experiment limited to English-speaking Premium subscribers in the US with Android devices, accessible via an "Ask" button under eligible videos.
  • YouTube's experimental AI-powered comment categorization feature organizes comments into topics, aiming to help creators interact and gain insights from their audience's discussions.
  • 🤔 Cruise robotaxis rely on human assistance every 4 to 5 milesLINK

  • Cruise robotaxis have been grounded nationwide after a collision and are reported not to be fully self-driving, relying on remote human assistance frequently.
  • Remote assistance happens on average every four to five miles, according to Cruise, accounting for 2-4% of the driving time for guidance, not direct control.
  • Questions arise about the nature of the remote interventions, the control remote assistants have, and the security measures in place for the operation center.
  • ❌ Meta bars political advertisers from using generative AI ads toolsLINK

  • Meta has prohibited political campaigns and advertisers in regulated industries from using its new generative AI tools to create ads, in an effort to prevent the spread of misinformation.
  • The company updated its advertising standards, which previously did not specifically address AI-generated content, and is testing these tools to better understand and manage potential risks.
  • This decision follows Meta's expansion of AI-powered advertising tools for creating ad content, as tech companies compete in the wake of OpenAI's ChatGPT.
  • 🚶 Spinal implant allows Parkinson’s patient to walk for milesLINK

  • A Parkinson’s patient, Marc, can now walk 6km due to a spinal implant that targets his spinal cord to improve mobility.
  • The treatment involves a precision surgery placing electrodes on the spinal cord, and differs from traditional Parkinson's therapies by focusing on the spinal area instead of the brain.
  • While the technology shows promise, researchers note the challenge of adapting this personalized treatment for widespread use, with further tests planned on more patients.
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