But his work began to look sloppy on more specific requests. Asked to write a memo about consumer preferences in Paraguay compared to Uruguay, the system incorrectly described Paraguay as having a smaller population. He hallucinated or made up the meaning behind it A song from a 1960s Hindi film performed at my pre-wedding reception.

The strangest thing is that when asked about the benefits of Duet AI, the system described Duet AI as a startup founded by two former Google employees to develop artificial intelligence for the music industry with more than $10 million in funding from investors such as Andreessen Horowitz and Y Combinator. did Apparently, there is no such company. Google encourages users to report inaccuracies via the flag down button below AI-generated answers.

Behr says Google checks topics, keywords and other content markers to prevent answers that offend or unfairly affect people, particularly by demographic or based on their political or religious beliefs. He acknowledged that the system made mistakes, but said feedback from public testing was crucial to countering the tendency of AI systems to reflect biases seen in their training data or to transmit fabricated information. “AI will be a forever project,” he says.

Still, Behr says early adopters, such as employees at Instacart and Victoria’s Secret’s Adore Me underwear brand, are positive about the technology. Instacart spokeswoman Lauren Svensson said in a handwritten email that the company was happy to test Google’s AI features, but was not ready to share any information.

My tests made me worry that AI writing tools could turn off authenticity to the detriment of humans on the receiving end of AI-written text. I think readers overlook old emails and documents when they’re forced to read Google’s nearly 6,000-word privacy policy. It’s unclear how much of an individual’s personality Google’s tools can absorb, and whether they’ll come to help us or replace us.

Behr says that in Google’s internal testing, emails from colleagues have so far not become “vanilla” or “generic.” He says that tools have enhanced human invention and creativity, not stifled them. Behr would also love to have an AI model that mimics his style, but he says, “those are the things we’re still evaluating.”

Despite its frustrations and limitations, the Duet features in Docs and Gmail may draw back some users who have come to rely on ChatGPT or a rival AI writing app. Google is going further than most other options can match, and what we see today is just a preview of what’s to come.

When Duo transforms from a promising developer to an unbiased and expert document developer, its use will be unstoppable. Until then, it’s a blank screen left entirely to me when it comes to writing these heartfelt vows and speeches.

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