AI News Roundup: Google Adds Generative AI to Chrome

Also - PayPal to introduce new AI tools and the EU is set to open its own AI Office

Ben Wodecki, Jr. Editor

January 26, 2024

3 Min Read
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Google brings generative AI to Chrome

Google is bolstering its Chrome browser on Windows PCs and Macs with new generative AI features designed to improve user browsing experiences.

Among the features is Tab Organizer, a tool for managing lots of tabs. The new Chrome feature will automatically suggest and create tab groups based on your open tabs.

It also includes a new way to create custom themes for your browser. Using the same text-to-image diffusion model Google introduced last year to create wallpapers on Pixel 8 devices, users can generate custom themes under the ‘Customize Chrome’ tab.

There is also a ‘Help me write’ feature for users to help draft emails or pen reviews.

To turn on the new AI features, head to ‘Settings’ and click on the ‘Experimental AI’ page.

PayPal gets in on the AI act

PayPal is rolling out new AI features to improve user experiences.

The payments giant is introducing new products, including a one-click checkout feature, Fastlane, to speed up checkouts by almost 40%.

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CEO Alex Chriss also announced an AI-powered platform that would allow merchants to use shopper data to attract new customers.

Reuters reports that stores would also be able to recommend personalized items to shoppers via the Smart Receipts tool, which would send recommendations via email.

European Commission opens AI Office

The European Commission is set to open its own AI Office, tasked with centralizing the enforcement of the EU AI Act, the bloc’s expansive regulation on AI deployments.

It would investigate potential infractions of EU laws on AI, gathering complaints and issuing evaluations of systems, categorizing them based on the safety impact of citizen’s rights.

According to Euractiv, the office will be integrated into the Commission but will have a separate budget.

IBM creates watsonx Center of Excellence

IBM has struck an agreement with NTT Data Business Solutions to create a Center of Excellence for its generative AI platform watsonx.

The effort will focus on using watsonx and extending new use cases to NTT’s it.human platform.

“As businesses move to adopt generative AI, they need the right client and industry expertise, combined with the best open technology,” said Kate Woolley, general manager, IBM Ecosystem. “IBM’s partnership with NTT Data… allows us to co-develop solutions for clients that are purpose-built with flexibility, governance and openness.”

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Nvidia and Equinix partner on supercomputer offering

Nvidia is teaming up with data center operator Equinix to offer supercomputing systems.

The pair are offering a service that would allow businesses to access supercomputing systems, without the need to rent out chips.

Nvidia will train Equinix staff on its systems, with enterprises able to purchase Nvidia units but pay the data center firm to build and run them.

"Our new service provides customers a fast and cost-effective way to adopt advanced AI infrastructure that's operated and managed by experts globally,” said Charles Meyers, president and CEO of Equinix.

Deloitte’s new document analysis AI

Deloitte has launched a new AI tool to help scan and analyze documents on Relativity’s platforms.

Dubbed NavigAite, the solution can help users summarize documents, conduct contract reviews and automate document review processes.

“We developed NavigAite to help our clients harness the power of Generative AI directly on RelativityOne so that they can interrogate large volumes of structured and unstructured data more quickly and accurately and gain deeper insights than human and conventional AI solutions alone can offer,” said Jonathan Foster, a Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory managing director.

About the Author(s)

Ben Wodecki

Jr. Editor

Ben Wodecki is the Jr. Editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to Jr. Editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others. He holds an MSc in Digital Journalism from Middlesex University.

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