Google's AI Overview nightmare

PLUS: xAI plans massive 'gigafactory of compute'

Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

Google’s AI Overviews, a new search feature intended to streamline user experience, has instead become a viral sensation — for all the wrong reasons.

As inaccurate, bizarre responses flood social media, the tech giant finds itself once again grappling with the fallout of another AI-related controversy. Let’s dive deeper…

In today’s AI rundown:

  • Google’s AI Overviews spark backlash

  • Canva launches new AI features

  • Bring photos to life with D-ID

  • Elon Musk plans xAI supercomputer

  • 6 new AI tools & 4 new AI jobs

  • More AI & tech news

Read time: 3 minutes

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

GOOGLE

Image source: AI Overview screenshots

The Rundown: Google’s newly unveiled ‘AI Overviews’ search feature is under fire following an outpouring of bizarre and inaccurate responses that have gone viral across social media.

The details:

  • The AI-generated summaries began rolling out at last week’s Google I/O event, added above standard Google search results for more streamlined answers.

  • The overviews have provided false and misleading information, such as recommending glue as a pizza topping, suggesting eating rocks, and more.

  • Google stated that the majority of AI Overview queries result in "high-quality information" and that the shared examples are uncommon.

  • The company is reportedly working to manually disable AI Overviews for specific searches as the issues circulate on social media.

Why it matters: In an issue reminiscent of the viral AI image fiasco earlier this year, Google’s AI tools are again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. This rocky rollout could potentially erode trust towards the search giant’s results, and puts the company on the defensive again in spite of its impressive other AI rollouts at I/O.

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CANVA

Image source: Canva

The Rundown: Canva just introduced a slew of new AI features to its creative platform, including text-to-graphic capabilities, an AI-powered photo editor, video editing upgrades, and more.

The details:

  • A new ‘Magic Media’ text-to-graphic tool allows users to create images, icons, and illustrations from simple text prompts.

  • 'Magic Switch’ transforms and generates alternative media forms in seconds, such as a presentation into a website.

  • A new ‘Magic Write’ copywriting assistant crafts text unique to the user’s voice from a short writing sample.

  • New AI video-editing tools include streamlined clipping with ‘Highlights’ and ‘Enhance Voice’ to improve audio.

Why it matters: Canva’s original disruption of the design industry came by making it simple for anyone to create — and the pairing with AI is a match made in heaven. Integrating subtle but powerful AI tools will only further the ability for users to take creative workflows into their own hands.

AI TRAINING

The Rundown: D-ID allows users to generate lifelike talking-head avatars from just a static portrait image and a script.

Step-by-step:

  1. Sign up for a free account on D-ID and receive bonus credits.

  2. Click "Create" and select "Video" to access the video creation page.

  3. Choose a pre-generated presenter, generate a unique AI avatar, or upload an image.

  4. Type a script and customize an avatar with language, voice, and style options.

  5. Click "Generate video" to bring a photo to life!

XAI

Image source: Midjourney

The Rundown: Elon Musk’s xAI is reportedly planning to build a massive supercomputer containing 100,000 GPUs dubbed a ‘gigafactory of compute’, aiming to accelerate the development of its Grok AI chatbot.

The details:

  • The supercomputer would use 100,000 Nvidia H100 GPUs, making it at least 4x larger than the biggest AI clusters currently in existence.

  • Musk hopes to have the supercomputer operational by Fall 2025, with Oracle floated as a potential partner in the endeavor.

  • The gigafactory will be used to further train and operate new versions of Grok — with Grok 2.0 currently being trained on 20,000 GPUs.

  • OpenAI and Microsoft have also discussed a ‘Stargate’ cluster even larger than Musk’s proposal.

Why it matters: The push for AI acceleration is about to lead to a scale of supercomputers unlike anything the world has ever seen. Greater compute power is the key to unlocking more capable AI — and the amount of chips, energy, and money pouring into these clusters is only going in one direction… Up.

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  • 🎵 AI Jukebox - In-browser text-to-music generation

  • 🎨 Google Art Remix - Remix fine art with AI

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  • 🐙 OctoAI - Senior MLSys Engineer

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QUICK HITS

Apple’s upcoming WWDC AI announcements will reportedly focus on practical features, including a ‘Project Greymatter’ toolset for apps like Safari and Photos, as well as new generative custom emojis.

Suno launched its v3.5 update, offering the ability to generate longer songs with improved structure — also teasing the ability to craft songs from specific sounds.

Elon Musk predicted that AGI will arrive ‘next year’ in a response to a post on X from Google’s Logan Kilpatrick.

Filmmaker George Lucas said that AI’s use in the industry is ‘inevitable’, comparing anti-AI sentiment to preferring the horse over the automobile.

Mastercard rolled out a new software update to integrate AI into its fraud-prediction tech, helping better identify patterns and prevent stolen credit cards and info.

Emory student Benjamin Craver is suing the university after being suspended for his ‘Eightball’ AI study tool that took the top prize at the school’s startup competition.

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