Bard officially becomes Gemini!

PLUS: Microsoft partners with Journalists

Happy Friday, Fiends!

Major developments across the board this week as the race for AI dominance heats up. Google takes a swing at ChatGPT, Meta doubles down on open-source, and Microsoft partners with journalists.

  • Google’s Bard officially becomes Gemini

  • Meta’s Code Llama is available on OctoAI

  • YouTube is empowering creators with AI tools

  • Microsoft partners with journalists in the era of AI

Image source: Google

Overview: Google officially rebranded their ChatGPT competitor, Bard, as Gemini and launched a paid subscription tier for Gemini Advanced which provides access to their most capable AI model, Gemini Ultra 1.0.

Key Takeaways:

  • Bard is now rebranded as Gemini and can be accessed at

  • Gemini launched with a freemium subscription model similar to ChatGPT. “Gemini” is the free version and “Gemini Advanced” is the paid version which is powered by Gemini Ultra 1.0.

  • Gemini Advanced costs $19.99/month (same price as ChatGPT Plus) and includes 2TB of cloud storage as well as native integration into Google services such as Gmail and Google Docs.

  • Although the Gemini mobile app has only been released on Android, Gemini can still be accessed through the official Google app on IOS.

Gemini on IOS Google app. Image source: Apple Store

Image source: OctoAI

Overview: Meta’s open-source LLM, Code Lllama, is now accessible through OctoAI marking a significant step forward in the accessibility of the world’s largest open-source LLM.

Key Takeaways:

  • OctoAI makes it possible to swap out the latest versions of open-source LLMs in your app with a few lines of code.

  • Code Llama 70B represents the largest open code-trained LLM to date, showing performance that surpasses GPT 3.5 and approaches GPT 4 in code generation benchmarks.

  • Users can start experimenting with Code Llama 70B on OctoAI at no cost, benefiting from the platform's commitment to incorporating the latest advancements in LLM technology.

Image source: YouTube

Overview: YouTube's CEO Neal Mohan outlines the platform's commitment to empowering creativity with AI, recognizing creators as next-gen studios, and the importance of safeguarding the creator economy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Amidst rapid advancements in generative AI, YouTube is doubling down on its original mission of providing a platform where everyone can create, noting that AI should empower human creativity, not replace it.

  • Dream Screen, Music AI Incubator, and Dream Track are just a few AI tools that YouTube is working on that will empower creators by giving them the ability to generate backgrounds and music.

Image source: Midjourney

Overview: Microsoft is aiming to shape the future of journalism through strategic partnerships with newsrooms, focusing on the integration of generative AI to redefine news creation.

Key Takeaways:

  • Microsoft is collaborating with several news organizations to assist in the adoption of generative AI, noting the importance of reliable information in a year where billions will be voting in democratic elections worldwide.

  • The collaborations aim to train a new generation of reporters on the best uses of generative AI and identify ways in which AI can create efficient business practices in the newsroom.

  • Partnering organizations include Semafor, Craig Newmark School of Journalism, The Online News Association, The GroundTruth Project, and Nota.