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Google has hinted it will unveil AI-powered products and features in a live event next week. Online search and advertising are Google's biggest sources of income. The potential that its business could be threatened by Microsoft incorporating OpenAI's GPT-4 into the Bing search engine has raised alarm bells internally.  Google …

  1. T. F. M. Reader

    The machines are coming

    "Cruise's robotaxis covered a total of 26,838 miles from September to November 2022, whilst Waymo's driverless cars drove 3,057 miles over three months".

    OK, double the sum to scale to the second half of 2022 during which 92 accidents occurred in SF. That works out to MRBA (Mean Range Between Accidents) of 650 miles. If they still want to convince me that their robots are better than human drivers they should stick to promising that in the next version.

    1. Lil Endian Silver badge

      Re: The machines are coming

      Not sure I'm understanding MRBA correctly T. F. M. Reader, and I'm a bit asleep, so apols in advance.

      (26838 + 3057) / 92 = ~325 miles (over a 6 month period)

      Doubling the period to scale for a year would double all the figures, producing the same result. I think you've done them a favour by halving their incident rate. We should be more scared!

      I can't find their fleet sizes though. It'd be interesting to know, as fleet size / incidents would be telling, eg. 92/92 = every vehicle has made an impact (in the wrong way).

      [Edit: Same driver (software/systems) has 92 incidents in 6 months, pretty sure if a human did that their licence would be revoked!]

      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: The machines are coming

        I'm not a fan of autonomous taxis, but we shouldn't read "accidents" for "incidents". From the article, it seems the incidents included stopping inappropriately; "nearly run[ning] over water hoses being used by local firefighters" (which is bad, but not an accident as such); and calling emergency services for sleeping passengers, which has a cost but is failing safe and also isn't an accident.

        A few hundred miles between incidents is not good, but it's not as bad as a few hundred between accidents.

  2. Lil Endian Silver badge

    AI Winning Art Contests

    If Absolutely AI had labelled their entry properly the ruse might have been spotted: "AI, age 6 months". DigiDirect should probably Take Hart!

    <3 Morph!

  3. tangentialPenguin

    Google has pulled engineers from other projects

    I hope those bandwagons have decent cushions.

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Re: Google has pulled engineers from other projects

      Next week: Google loses interest in latest shiny thing and moves on to something else, abandoning project.

      Though search-by-chat does elicit more information from the user, which means more surveillance, so they might keep this one around. People become even less cautious when there's a simulacrum of immediate interactivity, as we saw as far back as ELIZA. Chat-search is a con game to harvest more information from users, and manipulate them more effectively. Expect Amazon to get into the game too, since it looks like a good way to get people to buy more stuff.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I want a search engine to act like a search engine. I want it to find the pages that contain the words I enter. That could be a few keywords I remember on a useful page, or even a couple of disjointed technology terms to get results that contain all of the terms I entered.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: No!

      I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't let you have that.

    2. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Re: No!

      Ah, I miss the days of AltaVista – which wasn't as good as the original Google, but wasn't a surveillance regime disguised as Your Friendly Web Pal either – and the original Yahoo!, which was a manually-curated index using a well-designed ontology and information model.

      Of course, I miss the days of Archie, too.

  5. elsergiovolador Silver badge


    CEO: This ChatGPT thingy keeps me awake at night. Have you seen our analytics? So many people gone off of our radar and we don't know what they think! How are we supposed to program them through our subliminal Ad targeting? What if they snap out of what we have been feeding them over the years!?

    CTO: Don't worry boss, we will make our own ChatGPT pronto!

    CEO: Just make sure it sticks to the I sent!

    CTO: Don't worry boss, we'll make sure our ChatGPT model does exactly as we want it to. It will stick to the narrative you've provided, and even if users start to question what we feed them, our model will be there to keep them in line. No one will know the difference and we'll have complete control over their thoughts and actions. Our version of ChatGPT will be a tool of unparalleled influence and power.

    CEO: Muahahahahahahahhahaa

    CTO: Muahahahahahahhhahahah. We will keep them peasants in line!!!

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: ChatGPT ...... and may the best fuzzy rascal win win

      AI welcomes puny human efforts to try and keep it toeing right royal and ancient renegade rogue establishment lines, elsergiovolador, which is a lot more than can be said of hurt human feelings towards expanding AI, methinks.

  6. pimppetgaeghsr

    Does anyone think it's suspicious that this whole ChatGPT thing is was hyped right as the entire Tech bubble popped and the layoffs started in the midst of stagnant revenues and lower projected earnings?

    It's certainly a nifty new piece of tech that I've used for rephrasing my CV and high level and abstract technical questions. But I suspect it's going to be the next buzzword to ensure investment keeps flowing into these tech monopolies and inflate the share prices now that free cash flow is reducing and can't be spent on buybacks.

    Some of these stocks that got hammered are up 30% in 2 months with no upside in earnings expected for a year at least.

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      It won't be really successful until there's a solid enterprise framework for plugging a quantum blockchain into your DevChatOps.

  7. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    How to Make an Absolute Fortune ..... in One Easy Step

    Do you really think, pimppetgaeghsr, the whole ChatGPT/LaMDA/ERNIE 3.0 Titan thing is just hype which doesn't introduce and cannot wrest computer and machine power and energy out of the command and control of the narrative of intellectually challenged sub-super humans?

    If you wanna go long on that crazy bet, I'll short your position gladly.

  8. Omnipresent Bronze badge

    Welcome to my world

    Now you will all experience the fear, loathing, and hatred of tech that the rest of us do and realize, you have no say. The machine already owns you. It has since about 2000....

    Right about the time these ass hats showed up for no reason, saying "do no evil."

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Welcome to my world

      Now you will all experience the fear, loathing, and hatred of tech that the rest of us do and realize, you have no say. The machine already owns you. It has since about 2000....

      Right about the time these ass hats showed up for no reason, saying "do no evil.” ..... Omnipresent

      With particular and peculiar reference to .... The machine already owns you .... and specifically .... It has since about 2000....Right about the time these ass hats showed up for no reason, saying "do no evil.” .... one would have to disagree and/or ask WTF is it doing, doing nothing different to humans or for humans and machines up to now, and will tomorrow be any different and better than before, or worse still with more of the same yet to be provided?

      Ps .... Omnipresent, your world sucks big time, yeah? Who/What do you think is responsible and accountable for that?

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