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Just Ask Alexa: Here’s What India Asked Alexa in 2023!

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Throughout the last year, Alexa became a dependable companion that charmed the customers with its knowledge and clever banter, satisfying their curiosity about the year’s hottest topics, celebrities, sports, and entertaining them along the way. In fact, last year, there was a 37% increase in requests to Alexa from Indian users for information about Bollywood, business, sports, general knowledge, festivals, and much more!

Hence, it comes as no surprise that the most-asked questions to Alexa during this time period included the net worth of celebrities, interest in some of the biggest movies and reality shows of the year, requests for trending music, and of course, movie dialogues—a type of request unique to Indian customers. Interestingly, Alexa users in India also enjoyed posing some unique questions such as, “Alexa, are you single?” or “Alexaक्या तुम मेरी बहन बनोगी?”. The diverse nature of requests Alexa receives, and has been receiving over the last six years, is a testament to customers’ love for the AI.

Here’s a peek into what users asked Alexa based on aggregated requests made by Indian customers from January 2023 to January 2024.

General Knowledge

Indian users not only exhibited a keen interest in global developments and current affairs, but also in trivia like birthdays, geography and historical events. Here’s what they asked:

  1. “Alexa, who is the richest person in the world?”
  2. “Alexa, whose birthday it is today?”
  3. “Alexa, what happened today in history?”
  4. “Alexa, A.I. क्या होता है?”
  5. “Alexa, how many countries are there in the world?”
  6. “Alexa, who is the first prime minister of India?
  7. “Alexa, भारत के प्रधान मंत्री कौन है?”
  8. “Alexa, what is Chat GPT?”
  9. “Alexa, आसमान में कितने तारे हैं?”
  10. “Alexa, how did Matthew Perry die?”

Popular Personalities

Celebrities and sports legends continue to pique the interest of customers. Over the last year, they turned to Alexa to inquire who these people are. Moreover, customers also wanted to know about the ages and net worth of popular figures.

People Alexa users were most curious about

  1. “Alexa, who is Alia Bhatt?”
  2. “Alexa, who is Steve Jobs?”
  3. “Alexa, who is Mohanlal?”
  4. “Alexa, who is Pawan Kalyan?”
  5. “Alexa, who is Puneeth Rajkumar?”
  6. “Alexa, who is Elon Musk?”
  7. “Alexa, who is Shreya Ghoshal?”
  8. “Alexa, who is Sundar Pichai?”
  9. “Alexa, who is Mammootty?”
  10. “Alexa, who is Mark Zuckerberg?”

People whose net worth sought popular interest

  1. “Alexa, what is the net worth of Shah Rukh Khan?”
  2. “Alexa, what is the net worth of Virat Kohli?”
  3. “Alexa, what is the net worth of M S Dhoni?”
  4. “Alexa, what is the net worth of Cristiano Ronaldo?”
  5. “Alexa, what is the net worth of Sachin Tendulkar?”
  6. “Alexa, what is the net worth of Amitabh Bachchan?”
  7. “Alexa, what is the net worth of Taylor Swift?”
  8. “Alexa, what is the net worth of Lionel Messi?”
  9. “Alexa, what is the net worth of Alia Bhatt?”
  10. “Alexa, what is the net worth of Jeff Bezos?”

People whose ages garnered most requests

  1. “Alexa, what is the age of Shah Rukh Khan?”
  2. “Alexa, what is the age of Amitabh Bachchan?”
  3. “Alexa, what is the age of Salman Khan?”
  4. “Alexa, what is the age of Alia Bhatt?”
  5. “Alexa, what is the age of Rajnikanth?”
  6. “Alexa, what is the age of Kareena Kapoor?
  7. “Alexa, what is the age of Anushka Sharma?”
  8. “Alexa, what is the age of Virat Kohli?”
  9. “Alexa, what is the age of M S Dhoni?”
  10. “Alexa, what is the age of Allu Arjun?”

Recipes

Alexa continued to be a trusted sous-chef to customers. From basics like chai and cold coffee to delicacies like biryani and butter chicken, here are popular dishes and beverages customers sought recipes for:

  1. Alexa, चाय कैसे बनाते है?”
  2. “Alexa, Maggi कैसे बनाते है?”
  3. “Alexa, what is the recipe of butter chicken?”
  4. “Alexa, how to make palak paneer?”
  5. “Alexa, what is the recipe of biryani?”
  6. “Alexa, how to make pizza?”
  7. “Alexa, how to make cold coffee?”
  8. “Alexa, how to make Potlee biryani?”
  9. “Alexa, what is the recipe of कढ़ाई chicken?”
  10. “Alexa, how to make chocolate?”

Entertainment

Indian users are ever-curious about the world of film and TV. Reality shows, movie dialogues, box office collections, and the answer to “who is the king of Bollywood?”—here’s a look at questions most popularly asked from the world of entertainment:

  1. “Alexa, who are there in Bigg Boss?”
  2. “Alexa, tell me a dialogue from Pushpa”
  3. “Alexa, Pathaan का dialogue सुनाओ
  4. “Alexa, मंजुलिका की कहानी सुनाओ
  5. “Alexa, बाबूराव का dialogue सुनाओ
  6. “Alexa, who won Khatron ke Khiladi 13?”
  7. “Alexa, Tiger 3 ने कितना कमाया?”
  8. “Alexa, जवान की कहानी बताओ
  9. “Alexa, who is the king of Bollywood?”
  10. “Alexa, what is the box office collection of Pathaan?”

Music
Where there’s music, there’s Alexa! There’s no doubting how Alexa has become a trusted DJ to many Indian users across the country. Here are the songs which were most requested in the last year:

Popular Songs (Overall)

  1. Shree Hanuman Chalisa
  2. Baby Shark
  3. Bones
  4. Jhoome Jo Pathaan
  5. Calm Down
  6. Maan Meri Jaan
  7. Lakdi Ki Kathi
  8. Vishnu Sahasranamam
  9. Believer
  10. Har Har Shambhu Shiv Mahadeva

 

Popular Regional Songs

  1. Naatu Naatu [Telugu]
  2. Khalasi | Coke Studio Bharat [Gujarati]
  3. Kaavaalaa [Tamil]
  4. Ranjithame [Tamil]
  5. Tum Tum [Tamil]
  6. Saami Saami [Telugu]
  7. Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava [Telugu]
  8. Srivalli [Telugu]
  9. Naa Ready [Tamil]
  10. Buttabomma [Telugu]

Alexa’s personality

Customers continued to foster a unique connection with Alexa making it their conversational companion. Engaging with its unique personality, they posed intriguing questions that delved into Alexa’s hypothetical personal life. Here’s what they wanted to know about Alexa:

  1. “Alexa, who are your parents?”
  2. “Alexa, are you single?”
  3. “Alexa, क्या तुम dance कर सकती हो?”
  4. “Alexa, do you know my girlfriend’s name?”
  5. “Alexa, आप को चाय बनानी आती है?”
  6. “Alexa, क्या तुम मेरी बहन बनोगी?”
  7. “Alexa, do you go to school?”
  8. “Alexa, क्या तुम मेरे साथ घूमने चलोगी?”
  9. “Alexa, are you scared of ghosts?”
  10. “Alexa, तुम्हारी शादी कब होगी?’

Sports

Alexa became the go-to source for sports enthusiasts seeking up-to-the-minute details on match scores, player updates, and the pulse of major sporting events. Here are popular questions to Alexa about sports:

  1. “Alexa, cricket score क्या है?”
  2. “Alexa, who is the best football player?”
  3. “Alexa, India का अगला match कब है?”
  4. “Alexa, who won the toss?”
  5. “Alexa, who will win the match?”
  6. “Alexa, who will win the World Cup?”
  7. “Alexa, whose match is today?”
  8. “Alexa, give me the India vs Australia score?”
  9. “Alexa, आज का cricket match कौन जीतेगा?”
  10. “Alexa, best cricket player कौन है?”

From unravelling the mysteries of celebrities’ lives to providing updates on global events, Alexa has solidified its position as the go-to companion for Indian customers. Its ability to seamlessly blend knowledge and humour reflects its ever-evolving role in their lives, offering more than just answers.

If you’ve got a question on your mind, #JustAsk Alexa.

 

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Threads Ups the Ante on Fact-Checking Before US Elections

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Threads, the app owned by Meta (formerly Facebook), is taking a big step towards combating misinformation ahead of the crucial US presidential election in November. Instagram chief Adam Mosseri recently announced the rollout of a dedicated fact-checking program for the platform.

Breaking Free from Piggybacking:

Previously, Threads relied on fact-checking efforts from its bigger siblings, Facebook and Instagram. However, this new program empowers independent fact-checkers to directly review and rate content on Threads, offering a more targeted approach to tackling misinformation within the app. Prior to this update, Threads relied on “inherited” fact-checks from Facebook and Instagram. This meant identifying and removing “near-identical false content” that had already been flagged on the other platforms.

Transparency Curtain Remains:

While Mosseri confirmed the rollout, details remain under wraps. Specific launch dates and geographical coverage haven’t been disclosed. It’s also unclear which independent organizations are partnering with Meta for this initiative. Hopefully, Meta will provide further clarity soon.

A Balancing Act?

Threads, unlike its main competitor Elon Musk’s X, has a history of prioritizing casual, non-political content. Mosseri previously reasoned that the potential downsides of political content, such as increased scrutiny and negativity, outweigh any potential benefits in terms of user engagement or revenue. This stance was further emphasized by the decision to remove political content recommendations from both Threads and Instagram in February.

Meta’s commitment to a dedicated fact-checking program for Threads suggests a potential shift in its approach. It remains to be seen if this signifies a broader change for the platform or remains focused on the upcoming US elections.

Unanswered Questions on India and Beyond:

Another uncertainty lies with the program’s geographical reach. Will it cover India, currently Meta’s largest user base and a country with its own ongoing national elections? Threads previously faced controversy in India when Instagram removed a hate speech video posted by Prime Minister Modi’s party.

The rollout of a dedicated fact-checking program on Threads is a significant development for the platform, particularly in the context of the upcoming US elections. Increased transparency and clearer communication from Meta regarding program specifics and reach will be crucial to ensure its effectiveness.

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Google I/O 2024: Everything You Need To Know

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Google’s annual developer conference, I/O, just wrapped up, and this year’s event was all about artificial intelligence (AI). From CEO Sundar Pichai’s opening remarks to the final presentations, the focus was firmly on Google’s advancements in AI, particularly its flagship project, Gemini.

Unlike previous I/O keynotes that featured hardware reveals or teasers, this year’s event steered clear of any physical product announcements. Anticipation was high for a glimpse of the Pixel 9 series or the Pixel Fold 2, but Google remained tight-lipped on that front.

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The keynote showcased how Google is weaving AI into its various products and services. Here are some of the key announcements:

Key Takeaways from Google I/O 2024

Google Lens Gets a Video Search Upgrade

You can now search using video recordings with Google Lens. Simply record a video of something you want to find information about, ask a question, and Google’s AI will scour the web for relevant answers.

Search Gets Smarter with Gemini

Google Search is receiving an AI boost with features like AI Overview for faster answers, intelligent travel itinerary creation, and the ability to use video for problem-solving.

Gemini Helps You Mine Your Photo Library

A new feature called “Ask Photos” allows Gemini to answer your questions about your Google Photos library. Imagine asking it to find your license plate number, and Gemini not only providing the number. Besides, but also showing you a picture of your car for confirmation!

Gemini 1.5 Gets Faster and More Capable

Google introduced Gemini 1.5 Flash, a new AI model optimized for quicker responses on specific tasks. Additionally, enhancements were made to Gemini 1.5 to improve its translation, reasoning, and coding abilities. The context window size, which determines how much information Gemini can process, has also been doubled.

Gemini Joins Your Workspace

As mentioned earlier, Gemini 1.5 Pro is being integrated into the Workspace suite. This essentially transforms it into a powerful assistant within Workspace. Moreover, allowing you to fetch information from your Drive, write emails based on documents you’re working on, and set reminders for important emails.

Project Astra: A Glimpse into the Future

Project Astra represents Google’s vision for a future where AI assistants can not only understand us but also take actions on our behalf. It’s the technology behind many of the impressive demos showcased at I/O. Furthermore, it hints at a future where AI assistants become true partners in our daily lives.

Veo Takes Video Creation to New Heights

Google unveiled two new AI models for creative pursuits. Veo can generate realistic 1080p videos based on your text prompts, while Imagen focuses on creating images from textual descriptions. Similar to OpenAI’s Sora, Veo is a generative AI model that creates 1080p videos based on various prompts. It offers a variety of styles and allows for customization through additional prompts. Google is already offering Veo to some YouTube creators and is even pitching it to Hollywood for use in films.

Introducing Gems: Custom Chatbot Creation

Similar to OpenAI’s GPTs, Gems empowers users to customize Gemini’s responses and areas of expertise. This means you can create a personalized chatbot that serves as your running coach, therapist, or anything else you can imagine (for Gemini Advanced subscribers).

Overall, Google I/O 2024 was a clear indicator of the company’s commitment to AI development and its integration into various products and services. From smarter assistants to AI-powered content creation tools. However, Google is making significant strides in the field of AI, and its impact on our daily lives is only set to grow.

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Everything We Know About OpenAI’s Free & Faster GPT-4o

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The world of artificial intelligence just got a whole lot more exciting! OpenAI has unveiled GPT-4o, a revolutionary advancement that promises to bridge the gap between humans and machines. This isn’t just an upgrade; it’s a game-changer, making the power of GPT-4 available to everyone.

Watch the OpenAI Live Stream here:

ChatGPT-4o is Free for Users

Remember when cutting-edge AI features felt like a luxury behind a paywall? Well, those days are over! GPT-4o brings the previously restricted capabilities of GPT-4 to free users of ChatGPT. This opens a world of possibilities for everyone, from casual users to creative professionals.

Seeing, Hearing, Feeling: GPT-4o’s Multi-Sensory Intelligence

Imagine a conversation with a computer that not only understands your words but also your emotions. GPT-4o boasts unprecedented speed and agility, allowing it to process information across text, audio, and video in real-time. Whether you’re seeking solutions or simply having a chat, GPT-4o adapts to provide a natural and intuitive experience.

New Desktop App and Revamped Web UI

OpenAI understands that user experience is key. That’s why they’ve launched a brand new desktop application for ChatGPT, making it easier than ever to access this powerful tool. Additionally, the web UI has been revitalized, providing a more seamless and user-friendly interface.

From Content Creation to Language Learning

OpenAI isn’t just about flashy demos; they’re committed to empowering users. GPT-4o boasts enhanced international language capabilities, allowing it to understand and respond in a wider range of languages. Plus, the ability to upload images, audio, and text documents opens doors for creative endeavors, analysis, and effortless translation.

OpenAI Prioritizes Responsible Development

OpenAI is taking a responsible approach to AI development. Features are being rolled out gradually to ensure safe and ethical implementation. We saw this commitment during the live demonstration, where researchers interacted with the AI voice model. From generating a heartwarming bedtime story to tackling a math equation with clear explanations. Furthermore, GPT-4o showcased its versatility and potential to be a valuable companion in learning and exploration.

GPT-4o Reads Your Emotions

The future of AI is emotional! Researchers tested GPT-4o’s ability to read emotions by asking the AI to analyze their facial expressions. The response? “Happy and cheerful with a big smile and maybe even a touch of excitement.” This glimpse into emotional intelligence hints at a future where AI companions can not only understand our words but also our feelings.

The Future of AI Assistants: OpenAI and Apple Join Forces?

While OpenAI celebrates the success of GPT-4o, rumors continue to swirl about a potential search product to rival Google. However, CEO Sam Altman has confirmed that the focus here is on “new stuff we think people will love!” That “new stuff” might include a groundbreaking partnership with Apple. Reports suggest OpenAI is close to integrating its cutting-edge AI features into the iPhone operating system. Besides, potentially revolutionizing Apple’s voice assistant offerings and providing users with a more advanced and intuitive experience.

Legal Considerations in AI Development

As OpenAI forges ahead, it also faces legal challenges from publishers. Moreover, media outlets concerned about copyright violations during AI training. These lawsuits raise important questions about responsible AI development and data usage.

One thing is clear: the future of AI is here, and GPT-4o is at the forefront. With its focus on democratization, advanced capabilities, and responsible development. However, GPT-4o promises to reshape the way we interact with technology and the world around us. This is just the beginning of a fascinating journey, and we can’t wait to see where GPT-4o takes us next!

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