OpenAI Vs. Google

PLUS: AI voice assistants get a Perplexity boost

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

While Google is gearing up for next week’s hotly anticipated I/O conference, OpenAI may have a surprise ready to rain on the parade.

New reports claim that ChatGPT is set to gain new AI search capabilities on Monday, directly competing with Google Search. Let’s investigate…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • ChatGPT search feature coming Monday

  • SoundHound and Perplexity team up on voice AI

  • Add shortcuts using ChatGPT’s Memory

  • Llama-3 goes head-to-head with GPT-4

  • 5 new AI tools & 4 new AI jobs

  • More AI & tech news

Read time: 4 minutes



Image source: Kenneth Cheung/Getty Images

The Rundown: According to multiple sources, OpenAI is planning to announce a new search feature for ChatGPT on Monday, directly competing with Google Search and Perplexity.

The details:

  • The search functionality would allow ChatGPT to access online sources to answer user queries, providing citations for the info used.

  • Some versions of the feature may also incorporate relevant images alongside text responses, such as diagrams or illustrated instructions.

  • OpenAI currently offers limited browsing capabilities to ChatGPT Plus subscribers, which has been inconsistent and buggy.

Why it matters: While OpenAI and Google have been dancing around the AI boxing ring, a ChatGPT search functionality would be a major escalation — especially just a day before Google I/O. Powerful search features could also take ChatGPT to a new level and open the door for more agentic-type features.


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Image source: SoundHound AI

The Rundown: SoundHound AI just announced a new partnership with Perplexity, aiming to integrate the company’s online LLM capabilities with real-time web knowledge across voice assistants in cars and devices.

The details:

  • SoundHound’s Chat AI is already integrated with several in-car assistants, restaurant ordering tech, and mobile phones, apps, and TVs.

  • Perplexity’s answer-engine AI will enable SoundHound’s assistant to provide more accurate responses and handle more complex questions.

  • Perplexity’s web access also allows for real-time information, syncing info like 'gas price trends’ with an in-car assistant to navigate to the nearest station.

Why it matters: While AI models continue to improve, we’ve yet to see that acceleration really translate into consumer devices. While we wait for major AI integrations from Siri and the big players, SoundHound’s Perplexity partnership could majorly improve AI within cars, apps, and phone assistants.


The Rundown: A lesser-known feature of ChatGPT’s new Memory feature is that it can be programmed to store shortcuts, which can save you a lot of time in chat conversations when used effectively.


  1. Go to ChatGPT’s website. You’ll need to have a Plus subscription to access Memory.

  2. Click on your account name (bottom-left), select ‘Settings’, ‘Personalization’, and enable ‘Memory’.

  3. Teach ChatGPT a list of shortcuts by adding: “Store in your memory that when I start a prompt using: ‘!si’ means that I want you to search on the Internet; ‘!ci’ means that I want you to create an image; and !da’ means that I want you to use your Advanced Data Analysis feature

  4. That’s it! Try the shortcuts in your conversations and let us know how much time you save 🎉


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Image source: Lmsys

The Rundown: Lmsys just published a new deep dive into its Chatbot Arena data, comparing Meta’s open-source Llama 3 70B model against top models like GPT-4 — revealing surprising strengths in the open-source leader.

The details:

  • Llama-3 is the top open-source model on the Lmsys Leaderboard, featuring over 70,000 votes from users in Arena Battle testing.

  • Meta’s model shines in battles involving brainstorming and writing prompts, falling short in math, coding, and translation compared to top competitors.

  • Lmsys noted Llama-3’s tone is friendlier and more conversational than rivals, which the model exhibits in its victorious battles in the Arena.

Why it matters: Llama-3’s ability to compete with top-tier models in certain areas is a testament to the rapid progress of open-source — and that’s with Meta’s largest model still pending. The more granular comparison also provides useful details often lost in more general model benchmarking.


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