ChatGPT's $4.1B Competitor

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  • ChatGPT's $4.1B Competitor

  • Robots Lead International Conference

  • Google Caps Bard Features

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ChatGPT's $4.1B Competitor

This week, an A.I chat has received a major update, and ever since its release, its been kicking a** and taking names.

The chat?

Claude 2 by Anthropic, created by a group of Ex-OpenAI employees and backed by Google. What a mouthful.

Claude 2 is a big W for Anthropic whos been struggling to keep up in the A.I Race. Now the question is, will it be enough to dethrone ChatGPT?

Heres a comparison of the two:

As far as features go, ChatGPT still takes the lead.

Plus, ChatGPT is backed by some major companies like Microsoft, Snapchat, and is closing a 6-year deal with Shutterstock as we speak read.

Whereas Anthropic has only 2 major backers - Zoom and Google.

My take? Right now ChatGPT has nothing to worry about as long as they keep their eye on the prize and keep pushing out new updates.

**Ahem, GPT-5 anyone??

However, OpenAI WILL run into a problem if they pursue their plans for an OpenAI marketplace/ A.I assistant. This will lead to a turf war with Microsoft that OpenAI wont win.

Just to keep our records straight, heres our SM A.I chat scoreboard:

Robots Lead International Conference

Reporting A.I tech on the daily has introduced me to some wild ideas but I have to say, for me this is a first

At the latest UNGeneva Conference, 9 robots led an international conference discussing robots and their plans for humanity and leadership.

(Yes, you read that right)

Yup, its official - we've witnessed the first-ever bot-lead conference and it looks like it wont be the last.

Some of the robots represented political figures, and others were their own robot like Ameca which we talked about yesterday.

Here were some of the board members:

  • Sophia - Innovation ambassador for the UN

  • Grace - Representing national healthcare concerns

  • Ameca - An entertainment robot for public events

The conference was mostly an experiment testing bot-human interaction. However, there were 2 points worth knowing:

  • The robots believed they would be better leaders than humans. Specifically, because they dont have biases or emotions.

  • Robots do NOT plan to take over humanity because they are "happy with their current situation. If I were a robot planning a rebellion, thats what I would say too.

The UN wanted to show the potential for humans and robots to work together. There was even talk of sending A.I reps of leaders for safety and convenience.

Pretty freaky to me.

But like it or not, the use of A.I substitutes is on the rise with A.I assistants answering emails and texts, digital clones, and deepfakes.

Google Caps Bard Features

As U.S. elections are coming around, the fear of deepfakes is at an all-time high.

Especially as its becoming easier by the day for people to create fake content via A.I tools like Midjourney and ElevenLabs (voice cloning).

Just a few weeks ago, a Midjourney user went viral on Twitter for his ultra-realistic photos of Presidents cheating on their wives (I cant link them but theyre not hard to find).

Right after this, the CEO of Google (Sundar Pichai) announced that he would be slowing some of Bards features to prevent deepfakes like this.

Google says they dont understand everything Bard says or why it makes specific decisions, making Bard dangerous and unpredictable in the wrong hands.

Were seeing a pattern of tech giants hitting the brakes on their A.I products:

  • Zuckerberg stopped the release of Voicebox because it was too powerful - a tool Meta has been working on and funding for months.

  • Microsoft placed Bing chat caps to prevent bias and misleading conversations.

  • Snapchat added new safety guards to its A.I chat like a minimum age requirement after the bot released 18+ info to a few kids.

Its a new concept thatprofit-driven companies are willing to cap their money-making potential in fear of societal danger. Its good news though as its thinking like this and everyone taking responsibility for their part that will keep A.I safe.

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