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OpenAI is forming a new safety committee amid key researcher departures and delays in GPT-5's release. Meanwhile, Google and Microsoft are expanding AI features across their products.

OpenAI Developments

OpenAI, led by CEO Sam Altman, has launched a new safety committee amidst the departure of key researchers. The company is also preparing a successor to its famed GPT-4 model. However, GPT-5's release may be delayed as OpenAI emphasizes its commitment to safety.

OpenAI has extended custom GPTs and other advanced features to free ChatGPT users, previously only available to paying subscribers. This move aims to broaden access and usability for its AI tools.

In internal shake-ups, former executive Jan Leike joined competitor Anthropic, criticizing OpenAI for prioritizing "shiny products" over safety. Helen Toner, a former board member, has revealed tensions within, accusing Altman of creating a "toxic atmosphere."

AI Features in Tech Products

Google is introducing Gemini and various AI-powered features to ChromeOS, with seven new Chromebooks expected this year. Similarly, Opera is collaborating with Google Cloud to embed AI in its browsers, while Microsoft is bringing its AI Copilot to Telegram for a more conversational experience.

The Chromebook lineup is receiving significant updates, including deeper Gemini integration. ARM's upcoming chips aim to enhance on-device AI performance, and Samsung is adding new health features to its Galaxy Watches alongside a potential Galaxy Ring health tracker. Apple's iOS 18 will include generative AI features, focused on maintaining strong privacy protections.

The proliferation of AI integration continues, with Google adding AI features to Chromebook Plus laptops and Samsung enhancing its Galaxy Watches with AI health functionalities. Additionally, Microsoft's Copilot chatbot, based on OpenAI's GPT-4, is now available on Telegram, expanding AI access within popular apps.

Elon Musk vs. Meta's AI Chief

Elon Musk clashed publicly with Meta’s Chief AI Scientist, Yann LeCun, on social media platform X over the Memorial Day weekend. The exchange began with Musk questioning LeCun's recent contributions to science.

Neil Druckmann Interview Retraction

Sony has retracted an interview it conducted with The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann, citing significant errors and inaccuracies. The retraction follows Druckmann's social media clarifications regarding some of his answers.

The published interview, part of Sony's promotion of its long-term "creative entertainment vision," included several interviews with key employees. However, Druckmann's responses were found to be heavily misquoted, leading to the controversy and subsequent removal of the content.

New Safety Concerns and Teams in AI

Following the departure of several key AI researchers, OpenAI announced that it’s forming a new safety committee led by CEO Sam Altman. This move comes as the organization aims to address growing concerns over the safety and ethical implications of artificial intelligence.

Jan Leike, OpenAI's former executive, has joined its rival Anthropic shortly after accusing OpenAI of prioritizing "shiny products" over safety. This shift indicates ongoing tensions and differing priorities within the AI industry regarding the balance between innovation and safety.

In other developments, OpenAI has partnered with Vox Media while Anthropic brings in the ex-OpenAI safety lead, marking significant strategic moves as both companies seek to leverage expertise and media partnerships to advance their positions in the AI sector.

Selected articles of the day

PwC inks deal with OpenAI for powerful ChatGPT version as almost all its consulting clients 'actively' engage with AI

Big four consultancy firm PwC and OpenAI announced a new deal for ChatGPT on Wednesday amid surging interest in generative AI from clients.

Read on Business Insider

OpenAI's former executive Jan Leike joins its rival Anthropic days after quitting over safety concerns

Jan Leike announced he's joined Anthropic shortly after accusing OpenAI of prioritizing "shiny products" over safety.

Read on Business Insider

I quit my Big Tech dream job to work for myself. I loved the perks and the 6-figure salary, but the hustle culture wasn't worth it.

Jean Kang worked at Meta, Pinterest, Intuit, LinkedIn, and Figma before quitting in February to run her own business. Her Sunday scaries are gone.

Read on Business Insider

Google adds AI-powered features to all Chromebook Plus laptops

Google has announced a suite of new AI-powered features for its full range of Chromebook Plus devices. Google Chromebook Plus… Continue reading Google adds AI-powered features to all Chromebook Plus laptops The post Google adds AI-powered features to all Chro…

Read on ReadWrite

Meta shuts down Israeli network pushing AI-generated propaganda in U.S.

The Israeli network included 510 Facebook accounts, 11 pages, one group, and 32 Instagram accounts. Meta also said that it took down an Iranian network that was targeting users in Israel

Read on CTech

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