Is Microsoft Office the new AI cool kid?

Plus: Meet your AI doctor

Happy Friday! At the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week, AI had a key seat at the table. State leaders, global institutions, and tech titans gathered to discuss how AI could impact the economy—and Sam Altman had some spicy takes: He said that AGI is coming in the “reasonably close-ish future” (love a concrete timeline), but also thinks that it “will change the world much less than we all think.” Do you agree?

Microsoft Office Got a Major AI Upgrade

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft just rolled out the consumer version of its Copilot AI assistant. For $20/month, Copilot Pro could completely change how we interact with Microsoft Office apps.

Copilot Pro’s features:

  • It can draft, edit, and summarize Word and OneNote docs, analyze and converse with Excel data, convert documents into PowerPoint presentations, draft and summarize emails in Outlook, and more.

  • It runs across your devices—and understands the different contexts of each device.

  • Copilot Pro subscribers get priority access to the latest OpenAI models (including access to GPT-4 Turbo during peak times) and improvements to the Image Creator from Designer (previously Bing Image Creator).

Future feature: Microsoft teased the upcoming release of Copilot GPT Builder, a feature similar to OpenAI’s custom GPT builder. The Copilot GPT Builder will allow users to custom-train a Copilot GPT to perform specific tasks—no coding required.

Google Drive loyalist? You still snag a piece of the Copilot pie. Microsoft launched a free mobile app for Copilot (formerly Bing Chat) with access to GPT-4 (and GPT-4 Turbo during non-peak times) and DALL-E 3. The free Copilot chatbot also allows you to prompt with images.

Big picture: Copilot Pro is bringing AI to everyday workflows. By offering Copilot Pro to non-enterprise customers, Microsoft is bridging the gap between advanced AI and daily work processes.

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Dr. AI Is Ready to Diagnose You

Source: Google Research

Picture this: You’re at your annual physical, but instead of rattling off your current prescriptions to the doctor, you have a quick convo…with AI. According to new research from Google, this could become a reality.

Meet AMIE (Articulate Medical Intelligence Explorer), Google Research’s conversational LLM designed for clinicians. Trained on a combination of real doctor-patient conversations and simulations, this AI was built to help clinicians arrive at a diagnosis through dialogue.  

What makes AMIE unique?

  • AMIE vs. doctors: The big variable when it comes to doctors? Bedside manner. LLMs can be trained to express care—and when compared to human doctors, AMIE ranked higher on empathy.

  • AMIE vs. other medical LLMs: So far, LLMs have only been used for medical summarization or answering basic medical questions. AMIE goes further, taking a complete clinical history and “asking intelligent questions that help to derive a differential diagnosis.”

The results are promising: In simulations, AMIE showed exceptional diagnostic accuracy and quality of advice—matching or even exceeding trained doctors. But for now, AMIE is still a purely experimental project.

Looking ahead: AMIE's diagnostic ability—paired with its emphasis on care—is a significant leap in medical AI. Though AMIE isn’t entering the doctor’s office anytime soon, it presents an exciting prospect: Soon, AI could expand access to quality care.

Meta Is Leveling Up Its AI Game

Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg dropped an Instagram Reel sharing Meta’s AI ambitions—including a focus on open-source AGI.

Coming soon: AGI. AGI (artificial general intelligence, i.e. superhuman intelligence) has been a hot topic this week: OpenAI’s Sam Altman shared that AGI is coming sooner than we think. And in Zuckerberg’s Reel, he said “building general intelligence” is next on deck for Meta.

So what’s his plan? Meta will be combining and growing its AI research groups (FAIR and GenAI), training the highly-anticipated LlaMA 3, and—true to the company’s new signature style—keeping it all open-source.

  • To support these ambitious initiatives, Meta will be building a “massive compute infrastructure,” AKA spending billions on Nvidia’s most advanced GPUs.

The underlying message: While Zuckerberg’s video looks good for investors, there’s another motive at play. As Zuckerberg implied in an interview with The Verge, the company’s shift to AGI is largely a recruitment method: “A lot of the best researchers want to work on the more ambitious problems,” he said.

The Reel ended with an awkward tie-in to the metaverse (classic) and a mention of the Meta Ray-Ban glasses. He is a businessman, after all.

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  • Samsung’s new Galaxy S24 phones are powered with AI. 

  • Arizona State University is the first university to partner with OpenAI.

  • Runway introduced the Multi Motion Brush to animate different areas of videos.

  • Google DeepMind developed a new system that can solve complex geometry problems.

  • Amazon launched a generative AI tool to keep shoppers from sifting through pages of reviews.

  • Elon Musk wants 25% of Tesla shares—and it’s all because of AI.

More important AI news: Dive deeper into this week’s hottest AI news stories (because yes, there are even more) in my latest YouTube video:

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And there you have it! I’ll be back in your inbox next Wednesday with a new set of cool AI tools for you to try out. Have a great weekend!

—Matt (

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