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Google brings its Gemini AI to Gmail to help you write and summarize emails

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1. Google brings its Gemini AI to Gmail to help you write and summarize emails


Google is introducing a new Gemini AI side panel in Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive. The feature allows users to write emails, summarize email threads, and ask questions. The Gemini panel is available to Google Workspace customers with a Gemini Business or Enterprise add-on, a Gemini Education or Education Premium add-on, or a Google One AI Premium subscription. In Docs, the Gemini side panel can help write content, summarize information, brainstorm ideas, and create content based on other files.

In Slides, the Gemini panel can help generate new slides and custom images, summarize presentations, track and organize data in Sheets, create tables, generate formulas, and get help with certain tasks. Users need to be a paid Gemini user to access these features. Google is the latest tech giant to add generative AI features to its everyday apps and services.

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2. ChatGPT for Mac is now available to all


OpenAI's ChatGPT AI chatbot is now available to all macOS users, following a joint announcement at Apple's WWDC 2024. Users can access ChatGPT by using the keyboard combination of Option + Space after installing the app. The chatbot, which is part of OpenAI's generative AI model, can handle text, speech, and video.

The desktop app, available for both free and paid users, allows users to take and discuss screenshots, upload files, and speak to ChatGPT from their desktop. OpenAI's integration with Apple devices will also extend to iPhones and iPads, including through Siri and AI-aided areas like Writing Tools. These integrations are powered by GPT-4o and will roll out later this year with the launch of Apple's newest operating systems.

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3. Alter3 is the latest GPT-4-powered humanoid robot


Researchers at the University of Tokyo and Alternative Machine have developed Alter3, a humanoid robot system that can map natural language commands to robot actions. Alter3 uses LLMs like GPT-4 as the backend model, which receives natural language instructions to perform complex tasks. The LLM uses an "agentic framework" to plan a series of actions for the robot to achieve its goal.

The model acts as a planner, determining the steps required to perform the desired action. Alter3 uses different GPT-4 prompt formats to reason about instructions and map them to robot commands. The coding agent generates the commands required for the robot to perform each step, using its in-context learning ability to adapt its behavior to the robot's API. The robot can learn from human feedback, allowing for corrections and storing the refined action recipe and code in a database for future use.

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4. OpenAI will block people in China from using its services


OpenAI plans to block users from using ChatGPT in China, a country where its services are not officially available but are accessible via the company's API. The move could impact several Chinese startups that have built applications using OpenAI's large language models.

Users trying to access the company's products in unsupported countries could be blocked or suspended. The move coincides with Washington's pressure on American tech companies to limit China's access to cutting-edge technologies developed in the US. OpenAI's "advanced Voice Mode" feature will be available to a small group of users to gather feedback and then launch to all paying ChatGPT customers in the fall. The company is still figuring out when the new voices (minus the Johansson soundalike) will roll out to paying users this fall.

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5. Toys ‘R’ Us made an ad almost entirely AI

Toys “R” Us

Toys "R" Us has premiered a short promo film using OpenAI's text-to-video tool, Sora, at the 2024 Cannes Lions Festival. The company's entertainment studio partnered with creative agency Native Foreign, which had early access to Sora. Toys "R" Us believes it is the first brand to debut a film using the technology. The 66-second promo follows Toys "R" Us founder Charles Lazarus, who had a vision to transform toy stores with the help of the brand's mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe.

The clip received mixed reactions on social media, with some calling it a compelling look into the future of film and others calling it "creepy." Toys "R" Us used corrective visual effects and an original music score. OpenAI's Sora, which can create realistic and imaginative videos from quick text prompts, has the potential to disrupt the digital entertainment market.

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