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Today we’ve got a writeup on a new paper on image editing - DragGAN. Next, after the rumours of acquisition, Neeva is shutting down its consumer search product and Wired has got a first review of Google Duet AI tools.
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AI really is well on its way to giving everyone the ability to be a pro editor with all sorts of arty skills, and something dropped over the weekend that’s been getting a lot of attention on Twitter. DragGAN uses AI techniques to give users an interactive ability to drag aspects of a photo around to morph and edit it. Click the link and check out those demos - it’s awesome! You can do all sorts - change the shape and size of a car, stretch the ears of a dog, make yourself taller and skinnier (or shorter and fatter, whatever floats your boat). Get morphing!
RIP - one of the good guys has officially fallen foul to the presence and dominance of Big Tech. Neeva has been at the forefront of making the ‘search’ experience the best one possible, with AI-centric search, ad-free, private, customisable product.
As it turns out, convincing people to use a better search engine is just really really hard, and the dominance of other players like Google and Microsoft is simply not going anywhere. It’s so hard that they’ve had to shut shop. But it’s not all doom and gloom - they’re gonna push forward to apply their expertise in AI and LLMs to advance the industry in the best direction possible.
Journos getting weird in their stories is always funny, and this Wired report is same. He tested new AI features in Gmail - Help Me Write and docs - Duet AI throughout planning his wedding. Quick highlights:
A fair bit of inconsistency in its ability to provide responses to similar questions in both versions. Then there’s the rather hairy trait of reinforcing gender and sexual stereotypes. A decent job on getting the facts right, but inaccuracies are not rare. Every now and then, it’d refuse to generate something like his wedding vows and speech. I hope everything went smooth, ha.
With such an aggressive race to get to market, it’s hardly a surprise that these sorts of pitfalls are sneaking in, but I’m sure they’ll get ironed out with time.
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