Gemini could beat GPT-4o!

+ Google's version of Sora arrives!

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  • Gemini fights back against OpenAI!

  • Google has come out with their own AI video generator.

  • Around the web: Netflix enters live sports, streaming two NFL Christmas Day games this year.

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Following OpenAI’s impressive GPT-4o demo, Google has struck back with a new Gemini AI demo.

In the video, a Pixel phone running Gemini AI uses live video and spoken prompts to provide information.

The demo, filmed during the setup for Google I/O yesterday, features the AI accurately identifying a stage being set up for a large event.

When shown letters on a screen, Gemini correctly identifies them as related to Google I/O and offers a brief description of the event.

This natural interaction mimics a conversation between friends, highlighting how advanced these AI models have become.

Here’s what the demo holds:

  • Google’s Gemini AI demo showcases natural, conversational interactions.

  • The AI correctly identifies and describes the setup for Google I/O.

  • The competition between OpenAI’s GPT-4o and Google’s Gemini is intense and promising.

Gemini vs. GPT-4o

Comparing OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini, both are remarkably impressive.

While it’s difficult to determine which is superior without hands-on testing, the future of AI looks both exciting and a bit daunting based on these demos.

OpenAI suggests that this is just the beginning of AI advancements.

However, it’s impressive to note that Google has faced criticism for precious AI demos that appeared more impressive than they were in reality.

Until we can test Gemini ourselves, we can’t be sure of its true capabilities.

Things are starting to get crazy around here.

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Three months after OpenAI's impressive demo of Sora, its text-to-video AI, Google has introduced its own model, Veo.

Unveiled at the I/O developer conference, Veo can create 1080p resolution videos over a minute long in various styles.

Veo stands out with its advanced understanding of natural language.

It can understand cinematic terms like "timelapse" or "aerial shots" and generate videos based on text, image, or video prompts.

Google says Veo produces more consistent and coherent videos, capturing realistic movement for people, animals, and objects.

How long until AI is making movies about AI?

Here’s what you should know about it:

  • Veo can create 1080p videos over a minute long in various cinematic styles.

  • It understands complex prompts, producing realistic and coherent videos.

  • Currently, only select creators have access, with a wider rollout planned for YouTube Shorts.

Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis mentioned that video results can be refined with additional prompts.

Is it better than Sora?

That remains to be seen, although the team is also working on features for storyboarding and longer scenes - which could propel it above OpenAI’s offering.

For now, like Sora, Veo isn't widely available. Google is inviting some filmmakers and creators to experiment with the model to refine its capabilities.

Some features will be available to "select creators" in the coming weeks via a private preview in VideoFX, with a broader rollout to YouTube Shorts planned.

This announcement follows previous models like Phenaki and Imagen Video, which had limitations in video quality.

Veo builds on the progress made with the Lumiere model, showcased in January.

OpenAI, meanwhile, is gearing up to release Sora to the public later this year, with plans to integrate audio and potentially make it available in video editing tools like Adobe Premiere Pro.

It’s the battle of the video generators we didn’t know we needed.

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Canadian and US stock markets rose, driven by gains in technology and utility sectors, with the S&P/TSX composite index up at 22,284.76.

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Roger Ver, AKA “Bitcoin Jesus” and charged by the US DOJ for fraud and tax evasion, could reshape crypto regulation, particularly around privacy-focused currencies.

Microsoft and Xbox Cloud Gaming with mouse and keyboard support, launching a beta on with 26 games including Fortnite and Halo Infinite.

Don’t Miss - Netflix has announced it will stream two NFL games on Christmas Day this year, and at least one game during the same period in 2025 and 2026, marking its first venture into broadcasting live American football. This move is part of a broader strategy to include more live events, tapping into the significant audience that NFL games attract, as demonstrated by a record 123.7 million U.S. viewers for this year’s Super Bowl. The financial details of this three-season deal have not been disclosed, though it is reported that Netflix will pay under $150 million per game.

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