Google Bard gets another upgrade!

PLUS: Billion dollar solopreneurs are coming

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

Google just leveled up Bard big time, infusing its Gemini Pro model into the chatbot alongside a slew of new AI releases.

With an army of products to integrate and an advanced Gemini Ultra model lurking — is Bard coming for ChatGPT’s throne? Let’s get into it…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • Google unleashes Gemini Pro in Bard and new AI

  • Altman: AI will enable a billion dollar solopreneur

  • How to create images with Google Bard

  • AI aids in early detection of ovarian cancer

  • 9 new AI tools & 4 new AI jobs

  • More AI & tech news

Read time: 4 minutes



Image source: Google

The Rundown: Google just rolled out a significant upgrade to Bard, now powering the chatbot with its Gemini Pro AI model — alongside the launch of a new image generator, AI maps upgrades, and an updated music generation tool.

The details:

  • Bard is now running on Gemini Pro instead of the previous LaMDA and PaLM models, improving reasoning and language abilities.

  • Bard can now generate images through its Imagen 2 model, which allows users to prompt conversationally, similar to ChatGPT/DALL-E 3.

  • A standalone ImageFX text-to-image tool is also now available in Labs, which features “expressive chips" for easier prompting and creation.

  • Conversational search comes to maps, with AI-powered results providing detailed information to help users discover new locations.

  • A new MusicFX text-to-music tool builds on MusicLM, with generations expanded up to 70 seconds and enhanced capabilities.

Why it matters: Giving Bard a significant upgrade puts it as a real contender to ChatGPT’s capabilities — and if the upcoming Gemini Ultra eventually gets integrated along with the other impressive standalone tools, OpenAI might have a real battle for the coveted top chatbot honor.


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The Rundown: OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said during a fireside chat at the 2023 Robin Hood Investors Conference that a ‘one person, billion dollar company’ will happen thanks to AI in the near future.

The details:

  • Altman revealed he has a betting pool in his tech CEO group chat on what year the milestone will be achieved.

  • The sentiment comes amid job concerns surrounding automation and a brutal stretch of tech layoffs, with nearly 30,000 employees cut already in 2024.

  • Altman just posted about ‘being nostalgic for the time period you’re living through at the time you’re living it,’ which… sure sounds like someone who has seen the future.

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The Rundown: Google just announced several major upgrades to Google Bard — including the ability to generate images by prompting conversationally directly in a chat.


  1. Head over to Bard.

    • Note: Bard's image generation is accessible in most countries, excluding the EU, and Canada.

  2. In the chat, ask Bard to “Generate an image of [describe your image].”

    • EX: “Generate a high resolution, awe-inspiring image of a humpback whale mid-breach, water spray reflecting sunlight at sunset, wispy clouds, and realistic water reflections.” You can also ask Bard to write a prompt to help get started.

  3. Bard will return two images based on your prompt. You can download the images, generate more, or edit your prompt to improve the images!


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Image source: ImageFX

The Rundown: Researchers at Georgia Tech just developed a new diagnostic blood test for ovarian cancer using AI and metabolic data that achieved 93% accuracy in detecting the disease.

The details:

  • The test analyzes compounds in the blood and feeds this data to AI models to predict if ovarian cancer is present.

  • The model calculates a personalized probability score for each patient based on their unique blood compound profile.

  • Tested on over 500 women with and without ovarian cancer, it significantly improved on past diagnostic approaches, especially for early detection.

Why it matters: Known as the ‘silent killer’, ovarian cancer has previously been notoriously difficult to detect in early stages. With the help of this new test, doctors may finally have a promising way to enable early diagnosis and lifesaving treatment.


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Amazon unveiled “Rufus" an AI shopping assistant that can answer shopping questions, recommend products, and compare items.

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