July 14, 2024
OpenAI and Google lay out their competing AI visions

Welcome again to TechCrunch’s Week in Evaluate.

This week had two main occasions from OpenAI and Google. OpenAI’s spring replace occasion noticed the reveal of its new mannequin, GPT-4o, which has voice and imaginative and prescient capabilities that may flip ChatGPT right into a digital assistant seemingly aspiring to be “Her.” Scorching off OpenAI’s tail, Google’s I/O convention featured a smattering of bulletins and integrations for its flagship mannequin, Gemini.

This week additionally noticed some main shake-ups at AWS and OpenAI. AWS CEO Adam Selipsky is stepping down and might be changed by AWS gross sales chief Matt Garman. And OpenAI co-founder and longtime chief scientist Ilya Sutskever has departed the corporate together with Jan Leike. Sutskever might be changed by Jakub Pachocki, OpenAI’s director of analysis.

There was additionally a big shift at Meta. TechCrunch solely reported that the corporate is shutting down its enterprise communications enterprise, Office. It makes us marvel if Meta was ever actually severe about its enterprise ambitions.

Information

120+ AI mentions: How a lot AI is an excessive amount of AI? For Google, none. They talked about it nonstop all through their I/O keynote, and we now have the tapes to show it. Learn Extra

Speak to me, ChatGPT: OpenAI’s newest “omni” mannequin GPT-4o can discuss to you, change its tone to sarcastic, and even do real-time language translation. It additionally sounds suspiciously like Scarlett Johansson. Learn Extra

Microsoft’s Cobalt 100 chips: TechCrunch has realized that the corporate will launch its customized Cobalt 100 chips to prospects as a public preview at its Construct convention subsequent week. And we found another scoops, too 👀 Learn Extra

Sony Music cracks down on AI: Sony Music Group has despatched letters to greater than 700 tech corporations and music streaming companies to warn them to not use its music to coach AI with out permission. Sony Music says it has “purpose to imagine” these corporations “might have already got made unauthorized makes use of” of its content material. Learn Extra

SIM swap assaults: Since mid-2023, an interception operation referred to as Property enabled tons of of members to hold out hundreds of automated telephone calls to trick victims into getting into one-time passcodes, which provides attackers entry to their financial institution accounts. Learn Extra

Undertaking IDX is now in open beta: Introduced at Google I/O, the corporate’s next-gen, AI-centric browser-based improvement setting is now in open beta. Google says that greater than 100,000 builders already tried the service. Learn Extra

AI to avoid wasting the birds: Wind is the biggest supply of renewable power within the U.S., however wind generators can wreak havoc on chook populations. Spoor is a startup utilizing AI to assist wind farms mitigate that threat. Learn Extra

Apple expands accessibility: Apple is bringing new accessibility options to iPads and iPhones — together with the power to regulate your gadget with eye-tracking, create customized shortcuts utilizing your voice, and expertise music with a haptic engine. Learn Extra

ThreadsDeck?: Instagram Threads is testing pinned columns on the internet, which might be alternative for TweetDeck. In 2023, X turned TweetDeck into X Professional and put it behind a paywall. Learn Extra

Evaluation

Did Meta give enterprise a good shot?: Meta pulled the plug on its enterprise product Workday on Tuesday, bringing the curtain down on the enterprise experiment 9 years after it launched. Ron Miller writes that it’s truthful to marvel if Meta was ever severe about it. Learn Extra

Mark Zuckerberg, model icon: Current images of the Meta CEO have gone viral as customers seen a sudden shift in his private model. Gone are the grey shirts and denims, changed by gold chains and graphic tees. Amanda Silberling explores whether or not his newfound makeover is a rigorously crafted rebrand. Learn Extra

Tesla’s Supercharger is in limbo: Regardless of being the undisputed king of EV quick charging — and being worthwhile — Tesla CEO Elon Musk axed all the Supercharger division. Tim De Chant investigates how the community got here to be and what’s subsequent now that it’s in limbo. Learn Extra