The AI Artifacts Podcast
The AI Artifacts Podcast
Episode 12: Which big tech company is best positioned in AI?
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Episode 12: Which big tech company is best positioned in AI?

Also: Samsung’s Galaxy S24 and AI-produced news in Google results
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Alphabet, Amazon, Meta, Apple, and Microsoft each entered 2024 with their own AI strategies, strengths, and weaknesses. In this special episode, Brian and Sarah break down why each company is in a unique position and discuss which of the former GAFAM — now GAMMA (or GAMAM) — is in the strongest place.

In news, attention turns to Samsung’s Galaxy S24 announcements, controversy about AI-generated content in Google News results, and a debate between the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission over where the authority lies to investigate OpenAI. Dive in for all of this an intense crime-themed round of "Two truths and l’AI."

Timestamps for this episode:

[0:00] Intro

[00:16] Welcome and news

[1:18] GAMMA adopted to our podcast style guide

[2:00] AI-generated face challenge

[4:18] Samsung adds AI features to new Galaxy S24 phone

[17:43] AI content in Google News results

[21:21] Justice Department and FTC discuss jurisdiction over OpenAI

[27:28] "Two truths and l’AI"

[38:29] 10,000 hours of language recordings to train an AI model

[40:14] GAMMA special: What’s going on in AI across the five big tech companies

[42:26] Alphabet/Google

[50:05] Amazon

[54:11] Meta/Facebook

[1:02:50] Apple

[1:11:48] Microsoft

[1:17:56] Who is best positioned, and who is most vulnerable in 2024?

Links for topics referenced in this episode:

AI-generated face quiz (The New York Times): https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/01/19/technology/artificial-intelligence-image-generators-faces-quiz.html

Samsung’s new Galaxy S24 AI features (Wall Street Journal): https://www.wsj.com/tech/samsung-galaxy-s24-artificial-intelligence-features-dc37e134

Samsung’s Galaxy S24 demo video (Samsung): https://www.sammobile.com/news/galaxy-ai-features-video-galaxy-s24-ultra/

Apple passes Samsung as top seller of phones globally (The Guardian): https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2024/jan/17/apple-samsung-worlds-top-smartphone-seller-iphone-honor-google-divide-android

Former top seller of 2010, Nokia (Statista): https://www.statista.com/statistics/268877/worldwide-market-share-of-leading-cell-phone-manufacturers/

Assertion that AI-generated content is appearing in Google News results (404 Media): https://www.404media.co/google-news-is-boosting-garbage-ai-generated-articles/

Google’s response to 404 Media story (Search Engine Roundtable): https://www.seroundtable.com/google-responds-garbage-ai-content-in-google-news-36757.html

DOJ and FTC meet over jurisdiction to investigate OpenAI (Politico): https://www.politico.com/news/2024/01/19/doj-ftc-microsoft-openai-antitrust-00136624

The AI Taylor Swift-impersonation Le Creuset scam (Creative Bloq): https://www.creativebloq.com/news/taylor-swift-le-creuset-ai

Criminals hacking children’s social media accounts (Daily Mail): https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12859675/Warning-criminals-hacking-childrens-social-media-using-just-three-seconds-voice-turning-terrifying-AI-scam-trick-parents.html

How many hours of language recording it takes to train an AI model (LinkedIn): https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7153882887723884546/

Google anticipates more layoffs in 2024 (CBS News): https://www.cbsnews.com/news/google-layoffs-2024-sundar-pichai/

Microsoft gain cloud share in Q3 2023 (Reuters): https://www.reuters.com/technology/microsofts-ai-bets-boost-cloud-business-alphabet-yet-find-silver-lining-2023-10-24/

Amazon losing $10 billion on Alex in 2022 (Fox Business): https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/amazon-alexa-track-lose-10-billion-year-described-colossal-failure-new-report#

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook video about AI (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/pfbid02Uf3JSi5xzYqbpEcgfCSmFhwJS3VfrSH5RRxN5C6psFVUWCJADDic8VEADJwPFkVNl

Apple’s AI initiatives (Mac Rumors): https://www.macrumors.com/guide/apple-gpt/

Microsoft overtakes Apple as most valuable company (Reuters): https://www.reuters.com/technology/microsoft-overtakes-apple-worlds-most-valuable-company-2024-01-11/

Microsoft alleges spying by state-sponsored Russian group (Reuters): https://www.reuters.com/technology/cybersecurity/microsoft-says-it-was-hacked-by-russian-state-sponsored-group-2024-01-19/

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Music used in this podcast comes from "Vanishing Horizon" by Jason Shaw and is licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License.

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