ChatGPT is getting access to news

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The bad news keeps piling up for Elon Musk. After several advertisers left the X platform recently, OpenAI responded to Grok’s unique value prop of access to X’s real-time news and data by striking a deal with Axel Springer, the German news giant that owns Business Insider and Politico.

And a new study looks at what happens to lawyer productivity when GPT-4 is added to the mix.


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  • How to take notes using Google’s new NotebookLM

  • AI study on lawyering produces positive but mixed results

  • Infographic: Old economy companies are serious about AI

  • 5 new AI tools to boost your productivity

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ChatGPT partners with Axel Springer, in blow to Elon Musk’s xAI and Grok

Looks like OpenAI is on a mission to shoot down all of its rivals. After Google claimed last week that its new AI model Gemini Ultra can outperform GPT-4, Microsoft research put GPT-4 back on top with some clever prompting. And now OpenAI has Elon Musk’s Grok in its sights.

Currently rolling out to users in multiple countries, Musk has tried to differentiate Grok with its unique access to X’s real-time stream of news and tweets. But the latest news coming out of OpenAI suggests that the company might have a fix for that.

OpenAI announced a deal with Axel Springer - the German news giant that owns publications like Business Insider and Politico - in a move that will give OpenAI access to real-time information to Axel Springer’s publications.

In an official blog post, OpenAI said: “The initiative will enrich users’ experience with ChatGPT by adding recent and authoritative content on a wide variety of topics, and explicitly values the publisher’s role in contributing to OpenAI’s products.“

The partnership will give ChatGPT users access to summaries of selected global news content from Axel Springer’s media brands. OpenAI said answers to queries will include “attribution and links to the full articles for transparency and further information.”

While access to Axel Springer’s publications could give ChatGPT an interesting edge in terms of access to real-time news, it still does not have access to X’s huge dataset of real-time user posts. Time will tell how ChatGPT and Grok compare when executing prompts for real-time news and events.


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How to take notes using Google’s new NotebookLM

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Want to upgrade your note-taking process and get more done? Here’s how you can do it using Google’s new NotebookLM:

  • Go to NotebookLM and sign up. Currently available in the US.

  • Click “New Notebook” to create your first notebook

  • Add your first source: a Google Doc, PDF, or copied text

  • Ask NotebookLM questions about your source to help explain, summarize, brainstorm, and more

  • Click on your sources to auto-generate a summary and key topics

Use cases: enhanced research, automated summarization, efficient note-taking, idea organization, task management, learning support, creative brainstorming and information retrieval.


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Study finds law students perform tasks better and faster when paired with AI

Could you ever trust an AI to prepare your court case? A recent study from the University of Minnesota Law School found that Law students produced better and faster results on tasks when paired with AI.

60 students were randomly assigned to execute four legal tasks: drafting a complaint, a contract, an employee handbook section, and a client memo. Performance was then measured by separating students into those who had access to GPT-4 and those who didn’t.

While GPT-4 modestly enhanced the quality of legal analysis, it dramatically increased completion speed. The measured benefits of AI were greater for less skilled individuals, particularly in activities where AI was most effective.

All subjects reported consistent time reductions in task completion, regardless of baseline ability level. Post-trial polls revealed that people who used AI for legal duties were more satisfied, and students could properly identify where AI would be most useful.

The study and its findings could have interesting implications for how lawyers are trained and hired in the future.


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