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New AI tools you need to know about

Google and Shutterstock are experimenting with generative AI. Anthropic prefer to stick to the basics.
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Google notes

Google has made its NotebookLM project, originally conceived as an "AI notebook for everyone", available to a select group. This experimental product is designed to help students structure their lecture notes and other documents. NotebookLM can answer questions about the uploaded documents and uses its current knowledge to do so. It tries not to generate false information, but checking it against your own notes is advisable. Google does not yet have a clear target audience or application for NotebookLM but hopes to develop it into a useful product.

Shutterstock paints

Shutterstock has announced an extended partnership with OpenAI to offer start-up training data for its AI models. OpenAI will license data from Shutterstock for six years, including images, videos, music and metadata. In return, Shutterstock will get "preferential access" to OpenAI's latest technologies and editing features, which will allow Shutterstock customers to modify images from its stock content library.

OpenAI will also partner with Shutterstock to bring generative AI capabilities to mobile users through Giphy, the GIF library that Shutterstock recently acquired from Meta. The partnership is intended to establish Shutterstock as the preferred data and distribution partner for leading generative AI companies.

Shutterstock doesn't see OpenAI as a competitor for stock galleries, but as a partner to jointly create generative AI models and tools and remunerate artists on the platform.

Anthropic thinks

Anthropic, an AI start-up, has unveiled its new AI model for text generation Claude 2. Claude 2 is better at texting, programming, and avoiding harmful text responses compared to its predecessor Claude 1.3. It has been trained with newer data and uses a larger context window of 100,000 tokens. Anthropic relies on "constitutional AI" to teach the model certain values. Claude 2 is another step towards a "next-gen algorithm for AI self-teaching".

USA thanks

The EU Commission has set the legal conditions for the data protection framework for data transfers to the US. The adequacy decision ensures that personal data in the US has similar protection to that in the EU. The agreement allows data to be transferred to US companies that comply with the framework without any further safeguards.

This is the third attempt to create a solid agreement for data exchange between the EU and the USA. However, the Austrian civil rights organization Noyb criticizes the new agreement as a repetition of the failed Privacy Shield and expects a new lawsuit before the European Court of Justice.