Highlights of the Month – November
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by Milica Stankić
In the recent upheaval at OpenAI, Sam Altman, the charismatic CEO and co-founder of the company responsible for ChatGPT, was initially fired on November 17, only to be reinstated after five days of dramatic developments. The OpenAI board that ousted Altman didn’t provide detailed reasons initially, citing issues with his communication with the board. However, later statements clarified that the decision was unrelated to financial, business, safety, or security/privacy practices. Altman’s firing shed light on an apparent schism within OpenAI, with speculation about tensions between those prioritizing commercial growth and those concerned about the ethical implications of rapid development. Altman’s return was spurred by support from hundreds of company employees, threatening to follow him to Microsoft, where he was offered a job leading a new advanced AI research team. The situation underscores the challenges and debates surrounding responsible AI development and the broader impact of commercial forces on the industry.
In order to attract more creators, especially for Reels content, Meta introduces several tools, including A/B testing for Reels creators, enabling experimentation with different captions and thumbnail images to optimize the content approach. The Achievements hub in the Professional Dashboard incentivizes creators with rewards and badges, with the new incentive offering increased visibility for creators who complete all Progression levels. As Reels become a dominant content type, Meta also streamlines content management in the Professional Dashboard, allowing creators to view and manage posts, Reels, and videos in one place, along with account highlights cards for easy performance tracking.
Google’s playing the update game with a new feature – now you can ‘follow’ your search topics and get the lowdown on the latest happenings whenever you fancy. The ‘Follow’ button pops up in search listings like a surprise guest at a party, promising you a front-row seat to all the juicy info. Planning a half marathon? Hit that button, and Google promises to flood your Discover feed with articles and videos, ensuring you’re marathon-ready. But, hold up – is this a significant shift or just another notification in the crowd? Only time will tell as Google’s topic option unfolds in the U.S. over the next few weeks. Is Google becoming a bit too clingy, or is this a discovery game-changer?
LinkedIn is bidding farewell to carousel posts, profile videos, and in-image links, slated for removal starting December 14th, 2023, with all previously posted carousels and clickable links facing deletion and deactivation. Despite an initial announcement in June, the move is now confirmed, potentially impacting user engagement as carousels, a favored feature, get the boot. Users seeking to preserve their profile videos or carousel post files can request copies by contacting email@example.com by December 11th.
Meta has revealed two generative AI projects under its “Emu” research, set to empower Facebook and Instagram users to create videos from text prompts and make real-time image edits. The first, “Emu Video”, enables the creation of high-quality, 512×512, four-second videos at 16 frames per second, responding to text and image inputs. This unified architecture represents a significant leap in Meta’s generative AI capabilities, with human evaluations showing a strong preference over previous iterations. While promising, the real test lies in its practical application, marking a potential milestone for Meta’s AI toolkit.
Elon Musk’s company, X, is diving into the generative AI realm with its first chatbot, “Grok”, currently undergoing limited testing and set for a broader release soon for X Premium+ subscribers. Positioned as an “anti-woke” alternative, Grok aims to provide less-censored discussions on sensitive topics, countering Musk’s critique of ChatGPT’s perceived censorship. Utilizing data sourced from X and boasting exclusive access to X’s information, Grok aims to be a more accurate real-time news source. However, X’s recent changes and Musk’s controversial moves on the platform have affected its standing, raising questions about Grok’s impact.
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