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☁️ Latest AI Announcements from Google, Amazon and Microsoft

PLUS: How to activate ChatGPT Plugins

In Today’s Cloudbites:

  • 🔍 Google Reinvents Search with Generative AI

  • 🛠 AI Updates from Microsoft Build 2023

  • ☁️ Amazon joins the AI Race

  • 🤖 How to activate ChatGPT Plugins

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Hi friends, welcome back to Cloudbites. In today’s newsletter, we’ll be exploring some of the latest AI announcements from tech giants: Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

🤖 Google Reinvents Search with Generative AI

Google is revolutionising search again, this time with Generative AI.

At its annual I/O conference earlier this month, Google announced a major upgrade to Google Search - with the introduction of a new feature known as “AI snapshots”.

By enabling the “Search Generative Experience (SGE)”, users will start seeing AI-generated answers or “AI snapshots” appearing at the top of search results for certain queries.

Here’s what the new Google Search can do:

  • Streamline the search process by offering AI-generated snapshots and relevant links for faster task completion.

  • Enhance the online shopping experience, with real-time product data from Google's extensive Shopping Graph of 35 billion product listings.

  • Find out more here [Blog Article].

It is currently only available for early access in certain countries.

Here’s what the feature looks like.

Sounds familiar? This new update from Google may remind you of the new AI-powered Bing Search Engine launched by Microsoft earlier this year.

🛠 AI Updates from Microsoft Build 2023

Speaking of Microsoft, there have also been some significant AI progress over the past few weeks, as the company continues to announce impressive updates and launches. Here are some highlights:

  • Bing will support ChatGPT as its default search experience

    Microsoft announced that Bing will now be the default search engine in ChatGPT. As a result, ChatGPT users will be able to access real-time web information through Bing (instead of the previous 2021 knowledge cut-off). Find out more here [Blog Article].

  • Windows AI Copilot for Windows 11
    Microsoft unveils Windows Copilot, an AI “personal assistant” for Windows 11. With Copilot integrated directed into windows, users will be able to request the assistant to perform tasks like “adjust my laptop settings so I can focus” and “rewrite my content in a formal tone”. Find out more here [Blog Article].

Here’s what Windows Copilot looks like.

☁️ Amazon joins the AI Race

Amazon is taking an interesting approach to AI. They have recently announced a set of new tools and services aimed at helping companies build their own AI applications, by leveraging AWS-provided infrastructure and resources:

  • Amazon Bedrock - Easily build generative AI applications

    Bedrock helps developers build and scale generative AI applications without having invest time and resources into training their own Foundation Models (FMs). It gives people easy access to FMs built by top AI startups including AI21 Labs and Stability AI, as well as Amazon’s own set of FMs called Titan.

  • Amazon EC2 Inf2 & Trn1n instances - Lower cost of AI workloads

    Amazon also released two new EC2 instances: one powered by the company’s Inferentia2 chips, and one powered by AWS Trainium. By having instances that are tailored towards specifically AI / ML use cases, AWS will be able to deliver better performance, at a lower cost.

  • Amazon CodeWhisperer - Your own AI Coding Companion

    CodeWhisperer was launched back in June 2022, but has just made been made free for everyone. It can be used to generate code, provide recommendations, and identify code issues (similar to Github Copilot).

If you’d like to learn more about AWS AI tools, check out my recent YouTube video on the “Top 5 AWS AI / ML Tools for 2023”.

🤖 How to activate ChatGPT Plugins

Did you know that ChatGPT Plus users can now get access to web browsing and 70+ beta plugins?

Here’s how to get access if you have a Plus account: Launch ChatGPT, click on your username in the bottom left corner, select ‘Settings’, and then ‘Beta Features’. Here, you’ll be able to enable the new features and add plugins:

ChatGPT Plugin Store.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading! 😊

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