While it has positively impacted productivity and efficiency in the workplace, AI has also presented a number of emerging risks for businesses. At the same time, however, nearly half (48%) said they enter company data into AI tools not supplied by their business to aid them in their work. This rapid integration of generative AI tools at work presents ethical, legal, privacy, and practical challenges, creating a need for businesses to implement new and robust policies surrounding generative AI tools. AI use and governance: Risks and challengesDeveloping a set of policies and standards now can save organizations from major headaches down the road. The previously mentioned Harris Poll found that 64% perceive AI tool usage as safe, indicating that many workers and organizations could be overlooking risks.
“Defending the Use of AI: Selkie Founder’s Bold Stance on Cutting-Edge Dress Collection Sparks Controversy”
An extra toe is like a representation of where we are beginning.”But when the brand announced that the collection was designed using generative AI, backlash was immediate. In the year since she finalized designs for this drop, public opinion of AI art has shifted significantly. As generative AI tools become more sophisticated, the use of AI in art has also become increasingly polarizing. Of course, not all generative AI is exploitative; as a VFX tool, it’s immensely useful to enhance animations, from creating more realistic flames in Pixar’s “Elemental” to visualizing complex scenes in HBO’s “The Last Of Us.” There are plenty of examples of morally bankrupt applications of generative AI. But most of the generative AI debate settles into a morally gray area, where the parameters of exploitation are less defined.
In addition to a new gesture-powered search feature for Android devices, Google today also introduced an AI-powered addition to its visual search capabilities in Google Lens. However, Google clarified that while the Lens multisearch feature is offering generative AI insights, it’s not the same product as Google’s experimental genAI search SGE (Search Generative Experience), which remains opt-in only. The AI-powered overviews for multisearch in Lens are launching for everyone in the U.S. in English, starting today. Google notes that its genAI products — like its Google Search Generative Experience, for example, will cite their sources, to allow users to fact-check its answers. The AI overviews for multisearch in Lens arrive today, while the gesture-based Circle to Search arrives on Jan. 31.
Samsung’s Galaxy S24 line arrives with camera improvements and generative AI tricks Starting at $800, the new flagships offer brighter screens and a slew of new photo editing toolsNo awards for correctly guessing that today’s big Unpacked news is all about Samsung Galaxy S24 series. As anticipated, the Korean hardware giant just unveiled its latest flagship line, including the Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+ and Galaxy S24 Ultra. Writes Samsung,After great shots are captured, innovative Galaxy AI editing tools enable simple edits like erase, recompose, and remaster. On the new Galaxy S24 series, Samsung’s Notes, Voice Recorder and Keyboard apps will use Gemini Pro to deliver better summarization features. The S24, S24 and S24 Ultra sport 6.2, 6.7 and 6.8-inch displays, respectively.
After a year of people throwing money at AI companies, investors are now looking for startups that are more solid and viable. That could prove daunting for AI founders: AI is expensive to build and maintain. SymphonyAI CEO Sanjay Dhawan offers some tips on how to build a strong foundation for a profitable AI startup. KaryneGenerative AI isn’t a home run in the enterpriseAh, we’ve found the one place that’s slowing down when it comes to generative AI: the enterprise. According to a Boston Consulting Group survey of 1,400 executives, almost 70% said they’re ambivalent or dissatisfied with the progress their orgs have been making on generative AI.
Generative AI gets a lot of press, from image-generating tools like Midjourney to Runway to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. To be clear, the execs — who hail from such industries as manufacturing, transportation and industrial goods — still see GenAI as a priority. Eighty-nine percent responding to the BCG poll ranked the tech as a “top-three” IT initiative for their companies in 2024. The results, taken in tandem with responses to a BCG survey late last year, put into sharp relief the high degree of enterprise skepticism surrounding AI-powered generative tools of any kind. “Bad or illegal decision-making” touches on copyright violations — a hot-button topic in GenAI.
Getty Images, the stock media company, announced a new service this week at CES 2024 that leverages AI models trained on Getty’s iStock stock photography and video libraries to generate new licensable images and artwork. The launch of Generative AI by iStock — Getty’s second gen AI tool — comes as the copyright debate over AI heats up. Some companies developing gen AI apps argue that they’re protected by fair use doctrine, at least in the U.S. Generative AI by iStock has a policy along those lines, too — presumably as a last resort of sort. Any licensed visual that a Generative AI by iStock customer generates comes with $10,000 in legal coverage, Getty says.
Most notably, Walmart is launching a new generative AI search feature on iOS that will allow customers to search for products by use cases, instead of by product or brand names. These enhanced search results will span categories, rivaling Google’s SGE (Search Generative Experience), which can recommend products and show various factors to consider, along with reviews, prices, images, and more. At the time, Walmart teased that a generative AI-powered search feature was also in the works. In another area, Walmart’s generative AI tool for store associates, My Assistant, will be expanded to 11 countries outside the U.S. in 2024, where it will work in employees’ native languages. Outside of AI, Walmart is looking to other new technology for faster deliveries.
“Upgrade in store: Cutting-edge hardware and generative AI enhances the ElliQ eldercare robot’s conversational abilities”
In some parts of the world (read: Japan, primarily), eldercare has been an important robotics focus for decades. In Tel Aviv, meanwhile, Intuition Robotics has been promoting a “companion” robot since 2016 or so. The latest version of the robot features design tweaks, more powerful hardware and — of course — generative AI integration. The company is exploring other avenues with generative AI, as well here. “One example is the ability to paint or write poems together, activities that contribute to cognitive wellness and creativity,” Intuition notes.
In September 2023, Amazon announced to developers that it would be launching new tools to build LLM-powered experiences. Today, the company revealed three developers delivering new generative AI-powered Alexa experiences, including AI chatbot platform Character.AI, AI music company Splash and Voice AI game developer Volley. All three experiences are available in the Amazon Alexa Skill Store. Volley introduced its generative AI-powered “20 Questions” game, giving Alexa users a modern version of the well-known game. The game uses generative AI to interact with users by asking them questions, providing hints and explaining “yes or no questions” if the human opponent gets stuck.