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Written & Compiled by Macklin Andrick, GPJ Sr. Creative Technologist

GPJ’s Experience Technology practice is your trusted guide through the latest technological shifts and how they might benefit your next experience. Another week, another opportunity to explore some of the weird and wild things going on in the tech world!

OpenAI’s DevDay showcased advancements that could redefine our interaction with machines. Humane’s AI Pin presented a more subtle yet significant innovation. And Rivian waves goodbye to exclusivity with Amazon, signaling a new chapter of open possibilities in the EV market.

All the news from OpenAI’s DevDay conference

At OpenAI’s first-ever developer conference, DevDay, significant announcements were made that emphasize the company’s commitment to fostering an ecosystem around generative AI technology. OpenAI has revealed a new platform for creating custom chatbots, drawing comparisons to the launch of Apple’s App Store, in hopes of establishing a thriving marketplace for AI applications. Additionally, a “Copyright Shield” is being introduced to protect enterprise users from legal claims of copyright infringement. The conference underlined OpenAI’s strategic moves to remain at the forefront of the AI field, with CEO Sam Altman hinting at the rapid growth of the technology and its uptake, citing that 100 million people use ChatGPT weekly and that 2 million developers are now working with OpenAI’s tools.

Humane’s AI Pin up close

Here is an in-depth look at Humane’s AI Pin, a new technology product poised to enter the AI market. After a significant unveiling, Humane demonstrated the AI Pin’s capabilities, revealing its compact size, Snapdragon processor, 32GB of storage, and a 12-megapixel camera. It’s voice-first, with laser projections for visual interactions and is designed to accommodate various body types. The AI Pin integrates proprietary AI alongside other AI models like OpenAI’s GPT-4, aiming to serve as a versatile AI platform. The device, primarily manufactured in Asia, is set to release in the U.S. early next year, with initial production capped at 100,000 units and over 110,000 people already on the waiting list.

Rivian and Amazon are no longer exclusive

Rivian has ended its exclusive deal with Amazon, allowing other companies to purchase its commercial electric vans. The exclusivity was originally tied to Amazon’s $1 billion investment in 2019 and intended to last until Rivian delivered 100,000 vans. Amazon, owning a 17% stake in Rivian, reached a 10,000 van delivery milestone this year, which was at the lower end of expectations, prompting the revision of the agreement. Rivian aims to fulfill its delivery promise to Amazon while expanding its customer base.

Samsung Challenges Apple with Generative AI Update for Galaxy Phones

Samsung has escalated its presence in the AI race by announcing a new suite of generative AI models, collectively known as the Gauss series, at the Samsung AI Forum 2023. These models, which include Samsung Gauss Language for advanced natural language processing, Gauss Code for coding assistance and Gauss Image for image processing tasks, are designed to enhance the capabilities of Galaxy phones. Samsung’s push into AI includes the integration of these models with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset for its upcoming Galaxy S24 phones, emphasizing on-device processing for speed and efficiency. The company also unveiled Galaxy AI, featuring a live translation feature for calls, underscoring its commitment to mobile AI that is fast, reliable and secure. 

CarMax takes gen AI for spin

CarMax has been exploring the use of generative AI to enhance its customer service by employing GPT-3.5 to summarize reviews for car models based on customer feedback collected after 30 days of purchase. The AI model processes the feedback and produces summaries that, after human review, are posted on the company’s website, allowing CarMax to efficiently handle large volumes of data, which would be time-consuming for human content writers to compile manually. CarMax’s experiment with generative AI reflects a cautious approach, with data-governance policies ensuring privacy and compliance while empowering teams to explore AI applications within their respective missions.

YouTube Introduces AI-Powered Features for Enhanced User Interaction

YouTube is incorporating new AI-powered features aimed at enhancing viewer interaction and content discovery. These features include a conversational tool that answers questions about content and makes recommendations without interrupting video playback, and a comment summarizer that organizes and provides insights into video comment sections. Initially available for YouTube Premium members in the U.S. on Android devices, the tools will gradually be available to more users, with YouTube seeking feedback to refine the experience. These generative AI tools are part of YouTube’s efforts to enrich user experience and support content creators in engaging with and understanding their audience’s sentiments more effectively.

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