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MC.28: Will AI Really Shift Searches by 25% by 2026?

Plus Saudi Arabia's ambitious AI plan, Microsoft's strategic acquisition, Nvidia's entrance into humanoid robotics, Apple's stealthy move into generative AI, and the concept of self-operating computers by Open Interface

modern chaos issue 28

Modern chaos is a newsletter exploring tech and AI through the journey of a dev agency turning into a startup studio. We share our notes, analysis, and experiments.

Hey everyone,

A recent Gartner study suggests that by 2026, search engine use might drop by 25% because of AI and virtual agents.

That's a big number, and honestly, I'm skeptical. It seems more likely that AI will just change how searches are done, not reduce them. AI needs up-to-date information to work well, just like search engines do now.

Imagine if Apple decided to use AI for searches on its 1.5 billion iPhones. They'd still need to get their data from somewhere, and right now, Google is the top choice. It's tough to get accurate search results with current technology, let alone trying to index the web from scratch.

Take Perplixity.ai, a new search engine claiming to be the future and that Google will feel "legacy and old". It still relies on Google's results.

The big question is how Google will adapt if it shifts from ad revenue to selling its search service. Right now, ads bring in way more money than their search API could. Companies like exa.ai and Brave are getting ready to step in, which could lower prices due to competition. But for Google, it could mean less profit.

Also, search could take unexpected shapes in the future. Arc is a great example with their “Browse for Me” feature.

On my side I had a lot of fun using Keynote and our app to generate presentation instead of searching google. Check my demos:

  • Story of Satya Nadella: Mixtral (super fast, Groq ❤️ )| GPT-4

  • Gartner predictions should be taken with a grain of salt: GPT-4

  • Introduction to Kyoto: Mixtral

Speaking about our product, we got a lot of answers to our last surveys even if it was broken...! Shout out to Terry O’Neal who warned me about a Cloudflare error when clicking the survey links. Fortunately I have been able to recollect the answers by digging into Beehiiv clicks analytics.

  • 13% of people are happy with their tools which is more than I expected. If you are one of them, shoot me an email with your tools and workflows. It would be super interesting for the community to learn about your successful experiences

  • 25% want to jumpstart their work, and 24% are interested in smart writing features across apps. That's great news for us as that's our current focus.

  • 15% are interested in summarizing and analyzing content, from videos to web pages and PDFs – a perfect job for AI that loves crunching giant walls of text.

  • 13% are looking for better translation tools. I thought this issue would be solved at operating system level, but it's not: not all apps have this feature, or it's buried in various settings. That's why I often end up opening a new tab for Google Translate.

  • 10% want to boost their productivity with something not listed. Due to the bug I don't have the details, shoot me an email if you want to share what you are looking for.

Big thanks to everyone participating. It's extremely valuable to have early discussions with potential users. It gives us insights into what we should solve while giving people the opportunity to influence our choices.

Everyone who casted a vote will get early access to our macOS app.

I know that not everyone has a mac and thus not interested in the product we are developing.

Nonetheless, I believe that the insights and experiences I'm sharing by building in the open are transposable to other entrepreneurs and people looking to improve their work productivity.

After all, it's the core idea of the newsletter: share my insights and the team journey towards a new startup and now is the real start.

Next week, expect our brand to come to life!


PS: another giant newsletter with 13 updates plus my post…there’s so much happening 😅 

In this issue:

🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia: $40 Billion into Artificial Intelligence
🎮 Inflection: Satya Nadella New Chess Move in AI
🤖 Nvidia: Humanoid Robotics with Project GR00T
🍏 Apple: Stealthy Entry into Generative AI with MM1
💻 Open Interface: Self-Operating Computers Using LLMs
🌐 Google DeepMind's SIMA: A New Level in AI Generalization
🎵 Rolling Stone: Suno AI is Revolutionizing Music
🕶️ Apple Vision Pro: Hugo Barra Brutally Honest Wishlist
🧠 Ethan Mollick: I, Cyborg: Using Co-Intelligence
📱 Andreessen Horowitz: The Top 100 Gen AI Consumer Apps
🗣️ Figure 01: Full Conversations with an Humanoid Robot
⚡ Superhuman: Getting to Inbox Zero 2x Faster
📚 DiveDeck: Reinventing Learning with AI

Updates & tools

Saudi Arabia: $40 Billion into Artificial Intelligence 
Saudi Arabia is betting big on AI, planning a massive $40 billion investment to become a leader in the field. This move isn't just about money; it's about transforming the nation's economy and marking its spot on the global stage. The scale of ambition here is a clear signal that the AI race is heating up globally, and no one wants to be left behind. MORE

Inflection: Satya Nadella New Chess Move in AI 
Satya Nadella's knack for strategic moves in AI is evident with the acquisition of Inflection AI's brainpower. This maneuver not only boosts Microsoft's AI division but also signals a significant shift in the AI landscape, with Inflection focusing on API access. Expect Microsoft to delve deeper into personal AI, a space where Inflection had previously shone. MORE

Nvidia: Humanoid Robotics with Project GR00T 
Jensen Huang and Nvidia are making big moves into humanoid robotics with their new AI platform, Project GR00T. It seems like Nvidia isn't just content with dominating the AI hardware space; now, they're setting their sights on being a major player in the next robotics revolution. The collaboration with big names like Boston Dynamics and Agility Robotics signals an exciting future where AI and robotics converge. MORE

Apple: Stealthy Entry into Generative AI with MM1 
The MM1 model has capabilities in both question-answering and image analysis, MM1 shows Apple is more than ready to compete with the best in generative AI. It's a reminder of how Apple often moves silently but impactfully, and I'm eager to see how they integrate this technology across their ecosystem, making AI in our devices feel more like an invisible helper rather than a flashy feature. MORE

Open Interface: Self-Operating Computers Using LLMs 
Open Interface is making computers self-operate with LLMs, turning conversations into actions by simulating keyboard and mouse inputs. Incumbents have integrated AI in their platforms but some players might displace them by working at a cross application level. That’s the bet we take with my team. MORE

Google DeepMind's SIMA: A New Level in AI Generalization 
Google DeepMind just unveiled SIMA, an AI that understands natural-language instructions across various 3D environments and video games, showing skills like a human player. What's remarkable is its ability to outshine agents trained in single settings. This leap towards AI generalization in complex simulations is a testament to how much further we can push AI capabilities. MORE

Rolling Stone: Suno AI is Revolutionizing Music 
Suno AI is making waves by enabling anyone to produce professional-level music. Check the Mississippi blues sample made by the journalists; it's hard to believe. While it's a new playground for creativity, I have my concerns about what it means for traditional artists and the music industry overall. MORE

Apple Vision Pro: Hugo Barra Brutally Honest Wishlist 
Hugo (Former head of Oculus at Meta) provides a candid review of Apple's Vision Pro, praising the hardware's genius but critiquing the software's lack of imagination. His wishlist for the Quest Pro 2, including better ergonomics and more immersive software experiences, has me excited for what's next in VR. Yet, the thought of wearing a VR headset for hours each day still feels a bit futuristic. MORE

Ethan Mollick: I, Cyborg: Using Co-Intelligence 
Ethan's exploration on becoming a Centaur or Cyborg to enhance co-intelligence between humans and AI is fascinating. It's not about becoming a mythical creature or a futuristic robot but leveraging the unique strengths of both human and machine for smarter work. His approach, especially in book writing, showcases how AI can be a partner in creativity, not just a tool for automation. MORE

Andreessen Horowitz: The Top 100 Gen AI Consumer Apps 
They revisited their list of top AI-first web products, revealing over 40% new entries since their last update in September 2023. This rapid turnover highlights the quick pace of innovation and experimentation within the AI field, showing that there's still plenty of room for new players. I feel it each week by picking the news for this newsletter section! MORE

Figure: Full Conversations with an Humanoid Robot 
Figure 01 has taken a giant leap in robot-human interaction with its ability to engage in full conversations, thanks to OpenAI. The presentation is close to science fiction, I would have preferred the raw, unedited version behind these interactions. It's so clean that I can't help but think it's fake. MORE

Superhuman: Getting to Inbox Zero 2x Faster
Their integration with OpenAI's GPT had impressive user adoption and engagement rates. Over 85% of users have embraced the AI features, leading to a doubling of inbox processing speed and a 55% increase in the use of the Write with AI feature. AI is enhancing productivity; that's a fact. Yet, the demographic of Superhuman customers is also contributing. They are users looking to improve their productivity to the point of purchasing an email client when there are lots of free alternatives. MORE

DiveDeck: Reinventing Learning with AI 
DiveDeck offers a fresh take on learning by leveraging AI to structure any topic into engaging, digestible content decks. This tool doesn't just make decks cool again; it transforms them into a versatile format for learning, sharing, and even web publishing. It's a brilliant example of how AI can breathe new life into familiar formats, making them more useful and interactive than ever. MORE


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