Search circles on the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra give me a reason not to hate generative AI

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Artificial intelligence, aka AI, has been present in smartphones for a few years, with features ranging from clever ways to get the most out of your photos to smartly transcribing voice recordings. But recently we've moved away from the idea of ​​AI doing the heavy lifting for difficult tasks, to one where machine learning algorithms can actually create new things or provide fresh information based on user signals.

Both the Samsung Galaxy S24 series and the new Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones come with generative AI features. These are focused on photo editing and live translation; I turn my nose up a bit when looking at the letter, preferring to try to get the best shot the first time rather than editing to perfection – hey, I'm not even a fan of filters like Instagram – and I feel it. To translate someone's speech I still need to hold my phone near their mouth, although this is an advantage of English being one of the most spoken languages.