Will AI make Google and Bing search better — or considerably worse? Can an AI write a good (or even mediocre) sitcom? Vertical Hold Ep 415

Microsoft and Google are going all in on AI-assisted search with Bard and Prometheus, but what effect on our online searches will this have? And can an AI write sitcoms and make them funny, or are they funny because an AI is writing them? Special Guest The Register’s Simon Sharwood!



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Google Bard (Image: Google)
Google Bard (Image: Google)

It seems no matter where you turn these days, you can’t escape AI-driven chatbots. But what happens when the two giants of the search industry… well, the giant and the minnow chasing it, anyway… decide that the future of search is in AI? With Google launching Bard and Microsoft launching Prometheus, we called on The Register’s Simon Sharwood to go beyond the simple ChatBot-generated headlines to get a bigger picture of what this might look like for the future of search.

Not that it’s just search that’s being impacted by AI. It’s also comedy.

Hang on, is that right? Can an AI be… funny?


1:32: Are Google and Microsoft’s AI Chatbots a good idea… or a very bad idea?

2:25 Don’t forget Ernie – the new AI Chatbot from Baidu!

3:20 When big tech creates algorithmic services, bad things happen

6:20 The pitfalls of relying on ChatGPT

7:54: Can we apply a little cynicism and caution before jumping in?

8:48: Is this a bigger gamble for Google or Microsoft?

10:27 There’s nobody in my life that disrespects my choices in the same way that Microsoft and Apple do…

11:14 Is this just more of a ploy to learn more about us?

12:31: Could this make Google search useful and relevant again?

14:18 Is Google just playing catchup (for once?)

16:43: Are Google and Microsoft opening themselves up for serious lawsuits?

18:11 Would you let Microsoft compose your next LinkedIn post for you?

18:53 Are these AI Chat summaries going to kill the web writing/content/journalism industries?

20:10 Nick Cave says that AI generated music has no soul – is he right?

23:29 Can an AI write even passable comedy – and what happens when it tries?

24:15 Random joke… or is it a joke?

26:20 The upside of AI-written comedy

28:33 AI is computationally expensive

29:47: Wrap, final thoughts and comments

Added bonus: This story is relevant to this week’s show… but you’ll have to listen to find out why.


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