😱 Google Faked Gemini AI Demo

Published 3 months ago • 4 min read

Hey AI enthusiasts!

Google just launched a new AI, and has already admitted at least one demo wasn’t real - Let’s dive in!

In today’s AI world:

  • Google Gemini Hoax
  • AI Deals of the Week
  • Meta Reveals 20 AI Features

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🤥 Google Gemini Demo

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Google just announced Gemini, its most powerful suite of AI models yet, and the company has already been accused of lying about its performance.

The details:

  • This video showcased Gemini's multimodal abilities, combining spoken prompts with image recognition.
  • Bloomberg criticizes Google for reducing latency and shortening the AI's outputs in the video description.
  • Google responds, defending the video's validity, with Oriol Vinyals, vice president of research at Google's DeepMind, explaining the team's approach in creating the video.

Why this matters:

Google has a history of questionable video demos, such as the Duplex demo. This raised concerns about edited videos and potential misinformation. The Bloomberg op-ed suggests that Google should focus on letting journalists and developers experience Gemini firsthand through public beta testing to showcase its actual capabilities.

Read more about Google Gemini here

💲 Deals of the Week

Late Stage/Growth

Mistral AI, a Paris, France-based LLM startup raises €450 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. ($2 billion valuation!) - Reminder: Mistral AI was founded 8 months ago!

Vast Data, the New York-based startup, that provides a scale-out, unstructured data storage solutions, raised $118 million in a Series E round led by Fidelity Ventures. ($9.1 billion valuation!)

Seattle Hub for Synthetic Biology will be funded with $75 million to research “DNA typewriters, self-monitoring cells that could upend our understanding of biology". The Allen Institute (Paul Allen) and Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (Mark Zuckerberg) have collaborated on this.

AssemblyAI a self-styled “applied AI” venture that researches, trains, and deploys AI models for developers and product teams, raised $50 million in a Series C funding round led by Accel.

MaintainX a Silicon Valley-based maintenance and frontline work execution platform, raised $50 million in Series C funding from Bain Capital Ventures. ($1 billion valuation)

Replicate, a Silicon Valley-based platform to access and tinker with more than 25,000 open-source AI models, raised $40 million in Series B funding in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz ($350 million valuation).

AutogenAI, a London-based automated proposal writing startup raised $39.5 million in a Series B led by Salesforce Ventures.

Mine, an Israel-based tool to quickly run an audit of your data privacy situation, raised a $30 million Series B round led by Battery Ventures and PayPal Ventures.

Simply Homes, a Portland-based startup that leverages AI to tackle the affordable housing crisis, raised $22 million led by Gutter Capital and Watchung Capital.


Sarvam AI, an India-based, 5-month-old startup has come out of stealth mode and raised $41 million in Series A funding from Lightspeed. Sarvam AI races to build a suite of full-stack generative AI offerings., a Sydney, Australia-based AI art production platform for consumers and enterprise users raised $31 million in Series A funding from Blackbird, Side Stage Ventures, Smash Capital, and more.

RYVER.AI, a Munich-based startup that seeks to solve the data bottleneck in medical imaging AI without compromising patient privacy, raised a $1.5 million Pre-Seed round led by Nina Capital.

Suind, a Bangalore-based agricultural drone startup raised a $600,000 seed round led by Sunicon Ventures.


🆕 Meta Reveals 20 AI Features

Meta just revealed over 20 new AI-powered features in progress, spanning search, messaging, ads, and more. A summary of the most notable rollouts:

Imagine with Meta

Meta launches a standalone image generator, called 'Imagine with Meta'. It is very similar to DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion. 'Imagine with Meta' is powered by Meta’s existing Emu image generation model. It’s free to use (at least for now) for users in the U.S. and generates four images per prompt.

You can try 'Imagine with Meta' here

Meta Reimagine

Meta also launched a feature called 'reimagine'. This allows users in group chats to have more fun by recreating AI images with prompts. To use reimagine in a group chat, a user would first generate an AI image with a prompt using '@Meta AI'.

Meta AI Chat plus Reels

Another new addition is support for Reels in Meta AI chat. This could be helpful when you want to see visual examples of things that match your query. For example, if you were planning a trip with friends in a group chat, you could ask Meta AI to recommend the best places to visit and share Reels of those top sites and attractions, the company explains.

Meta AI Characters

Earlier this year, Meta introduced a set of AI characters, including those based on real-life celebs including the likes of MrBeast, Tom Brady, Snoop Dog, and others. Today, the company announced that 28 AI characters are fully rolled out across the U.S. for people to chat with across WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram.

Meta is currently experimenting with many more products and features.

Read more here

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