The retirement speech of General Douglas MacArthur. A talk on three Caravaggio paintings by a National Gallery curator. Several hours of woodland noise to fall asleep to. All 13 episodes of Civilisation. Clips of how Gavi is coming on at Barcelona. An interview with Saul Bellow on Swiss Italian TV. A review of the De’Longhi Dedica coffee machine. A Tame Impala gig I missed in Hackney last summer. Gore Vidal drawling his way through Venice for 90 minutes. A guide to the five tones in spoken Thai.
Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Someone’s hour-long drive through my old neighbourhood in LA. A documentary about the Meiji Restoration in French. How to re-pressurise a boiler. The academic philosopher Anthony Quinton explaining Wittgenstein. Martha Nussbaum explaining Aristotle. An American expat eating bánh cuon in Hanoi. A British expat eating prawn pad kaprao in Bangkok. Versions of L’Orfeo from the Barcelona and Zurich opera houses. A discussion of how close China came to industrialising in the Song dynasty. Four parkour runners seemingly beating the Tube in a race from Moorgate to Farringdon stations. A 158-minute interview with Emmanuel Macron. How to use an Indesit washer-dryer. The above is a basket of goods from the great souk we call YouTube. I pay a tenner a month for these videos. I could put up with adverts and pay nothing.
Google announced today that it’s introducing three new Search features to make it easier for users to research hotels, book their next plane ticket and discover things to do while on vacation.
Most notably, the company is piloting a new “price guarantee” badge for flights. If you see a flight with the price guarantee badge, it means that Google believes that the price you see today won’t get any lower. If you book with Google, the company will watch the price, and if it drops, you will get the difference back. You can already see whether current prices are low, typical or high compared to historical averages, but this new badge goes beyond the current offerings.
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Begun, the chatbot wars have. Microsoft was early out the gate with its updated version of Bing, appending chatbot functionality to its search engine and integrating both into the Edge browser, while Google trailed behind, only just recently making its Bard chatbot available to the public.
Both companies have big plans for generative AI (the catchall name for AI that produce images, text, and video), integrating features into productivity software like Word, Excel, Gmail, and Docs, and pitching their respective chatbots as search engine companions, if not someday replacements.
Now that Bing and Bard are available for anyone to try (waitlist notwithstanding in Bard’s case), Inverse put the chatbots in a head-to-head test to get a sense of their usefulness.
A search engine researcher explains the promise and peril of letting ChatGPT and its cousins search the web for you.
By Chirag Shah, Published March 19, 2023
The prominent model of information access and retrieval before search engines became the norm – librarians and subject or search experts providing relevant information – was interactive, personalized, transparent and authoritative. Search engines are the primary way most people access information today, but entering a few keywords and getting a list of results ranked by some unknown function is not ideal.
A new generation of artificial intelligence-based information access systems, which includes Microsoft’s Bing/ChatGPT, Google/Bard and Meta/LLaMA, is upending the traditional search engine mode of search input and output. These systems are able to take full sentences and even paragraphs as input and generate personalized natural language responses.
At first glance, this might seem like the best of both worlds: personable and custom answers combined with the breadth and depth of knowledge on the internet. But as a researcher who studies the search and recommendation systems, I believe the picture is mixed at best.
Editor’s Note: I asked Bard to summarize the similarities between the tv show Survivor and chess. Here’s the response…
There are several similarities between the TV show Survivor and chess. Both games are strategic and require players to think ahead and plan their moves. Both games also involve a degree of luck, as players must sometimes make decisions based on incomplete information. Finally, both games can be very competitive, as players strive to outwit and outplay their opponents.
Here are some specific similarities between Survivor and chess:
Both games are strategic. In Survivor, players must make decisions about how to allocate their resources, who to align with, and when to make big moves. In chess, players must develop a plan of attack and defend their pieces from their opponent’s attack.
Both games require players to think ahead and plan their moves. In Survivor, players must think about how their decisions will affect the game in the future. In chess, players must think about how their moves will affect the game in the next few moves.
Both games involve a degree of luck. In Survivor, players must sometimes make decisions based on incomplete information. For example, players may not know who has an idol or who is planning to vote for them. In chess, players may not know what their opponent’s next move will be.
Both games can be very competitive. In Survivor, players strive to outwit and outplay their opponents. In chess, players strive to checkmate their opponent’s king.
Despite these similarities, there are also some important differences between Survivor and chess. For example, Survivor is a game of social dynamics, while chess is a game of strategy and tactics. Additionally, Survivor is a game of endurance, while chess is a game of mental focus.
The search giant is testing generative writing and other AI features for its Workspace apps.
By Nina Raemont, March 14, 2023 8:12 a.m. PT
Google plans to bring new AI-powered tools to its suite of Workspace apps. In a blog post on Tuesday, the search giant said it’s starting by testing generative AI writing features in Gmail and Docs that can help people get started on the writing process.
“Simply type a topic you’d like to write about, and a draft will instantly be generated for you,” reads Google’s post. “With your collaborative AI partner you can continue to refine and edit, getting more suggestions as needed.”
The tool, Google suggests, can be used to help create things like customized job descriptions or invitations for a kid’s birthday party. The company is also exploring ways to incorporate AI tools into Slides, Sheets, Meet and Chat.
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