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Perplexity’s Pro Search Updates (Amidst its Scandal) // Stay Ahead #32

In this edition: Perplexity is now more “ChatGPT”, Figma AI copied Apple, planners to boost your productivity, AI in metaverse game, leader traps, and more.
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July 10, 2024 9:00 AM
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Evelyn Le
Evelyn Le
Strategic Product Lead, Stay Ahead, FlexOS
With a rich background in communication research and analysis, Evelyn guides readers with expertise, offering innovative advice in the digital work.

Welcome to Stay Ahead #32 from FlexOS!

Every Tuesday, we share the latest tools and tips to help you work smarter, not harder. 

In this week’s edition:

  1. News of the Week: Perplexity is trying to be a new ChatGPT.
  2. Productivity Tools: Apps and tools to boost your productivity.
  3. Must-read News: ChatGPT on Mac raises privacy concerns.
  4. Job Board: Future-forward remote roles. 

Let’s dive in!

Highlights of the week

Are Perplexity’s Pro Search Updates Really Impactful?

We once described Perplexity as a child of Google and ChatGPT. It was, regardless, still a search engine. However, with the new updates, it has now become more “ChatGPT”-coded. 

What's New with Perplexity Pro Search?

  1. Multi-Step Reasoning: Have you ever had a complex question that needs a detailed answer? Perplexity’s Pro Search can now break down your queries into smaller steps and give you a thorough, well-rounded response
  1. Advanced Math Skills: With Wolfram|Alpha’s integration, Perplexity can now handle advanced calculations and data analysis, whether a challenging calculus problem or a detailed data set​.
  2. Programming Assistance: Perplexity can now help you debug your code, generate snippets, and even provide detailed explanations of programming concepts. 
  3. Deep Research and Summarization: In addition to synthesizing information from various sources, Perplexity can also generate a detailed report from your prompts.

The new features are exciting and worth checking out. However, let’s not forget that Perplexity is facing criticism from Forbes and Wired for spreading misinformation and illegally scraping information from websites against the developers’ privacy settings. You will still need to be critical when using the tool.

Figma AI tool was canceled for copying Apple

Another thought-to-be exciting AI update turned out to be a loophole. 

Figma recently had to disable its new AI design tool, "Make Design," after it was found to be producing designs that closely mimicked Apple's Weather app. Users reported that when prompted to create a weather app, the tool repeatedly generated layouts nearly identical to Apple’s design. Figma CEO Dylan Field acknowledged the issue, attributing it to underlying design systems and a rushed QA process.

Read more news at the end.

ADVANCED WORKSHOP

ChatGPT Deep-Dive for Business Leaders

Learn how to harness ChatGPT's power for complex business challenges. This is a one-time workshop for leaders who want to get more out of ChatGPT.

What's in this workshop?

  • Master Advanced Prompts: Learn sophisticated techniques like chain-of-thought and few-shot learning to optimize ChatGPT for executive-level tasks.
  • Tackle Real Business Challenges: Engage in a hands-on simulation where you'll use ChatGPT to develop strategies for market entry, crisis management, or sustainability initiatives.
  • Reengineer Business Processes: Discover how ChatGPT can streamline and innovate your workflows and those of your team and organization.​

Reserve Your Spot Now!

(Your ad here? Reach over 40,000 people and advertise with FlexOS.)

Best Productivity Tools To Try Out This Week

  • Coggle - Intuitively visualize your ideas and share them with your team.
  • Structured - Daily Planner - All-in-one planner with calendar, to-do list, and habit tracking.
  • Amie - Structure your day and maximize your productivity with drag and drop.
  • Anytype - Compose databases, templates, and widgets in any way you can imagine.

More cool AI newsletters that I love:

  • Morning Brew—Quick and insightful updates about the business world every day of the week from Wall St. to Silicon Valley.
  • Innovating with AI—Courses, community, and coaching on AI.

Need more AI tools? Check out:

In the News 

Every week, we pick must-read articles about the future of work so you can stay ahead. 

OpenAI’s ChatGPT Mac app was storing conversations in plain text

OpenAI's new ChatGPT app for Mac raises privacy concerns as it allows users to export conversations as plain text, potentially exposing sensitive information​

YouTube now lets you request removal of AI-generated content that simulates your face or voice

YouTube now lets users request the removal of AI-generated content that mimics their face or voice, enhancing personal identity protection online​

Meta plans to bring generative AI to metaverse games

Meta is set to introduce generative AI into its metaverse games, aiming to create more personalized and dynamic gaming experiences​

5 Traps to Avoid as You Gain Power as a Leader

Senior executive coaches - Julie Diamond, Lisa Zigarmi, and Lesli Mones, discuss the five common traps leaders should avoid as they gain power, such as isolation and overconfidence.

Why Americans Hate Their Jobs

We examine why many Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs, citing lack of purpose, poor management, mistrust, low pay, and poor work-life balance.

Jobs to Level Up

We want you to advance in your career, and work from wherever you want. Here are the this week’s remote and hybrid jobs that caught our attention:

Trending Companies Hiring Now:

More Exciting Remote Job Opportunities:

Need more options? RemoteOK, Jobgether, WeWorkRemotely, and FlexJobs are great places to get vetted remote-friendly roles.

Also, check out our guide on “How to Get a Remote Job Today.”

How did we do?

That’s it for this edition of Stay Ahead, the newsletter that keeps you ahead in the future of work.

We’re here for you, truly.

Welcome to Stay Ahead #32 from FlexOS!

Every Tuesday, we share the latest tools and tips to help you work smarter, not harder. 

In this week’s edition:

  1. News of the Week: Perplexity is trying to be a new ChatGPT.
  2. Productivity Tools: Apps and tools to boost your productivity.
  3. Must-read News: ChatGPT on Mac raises privacy concerns.
  4. Job Board: Future-forward remote roles. 

Let’s dive in!

Highlights of the week

Are Perplexity’s Pro Search Updates Really Impactful?

We once described Perplexity as a child of Google and ChatGPT. It was, regardless, still a search engine. However, with the new updates, it has now become more “ChatGPT”-coded. 

What's New with Perplexity Pro Search?

  1. Multi-Step Reasoning: Have you ever had a complex question that needs a detailed answer? Perplexity’s Pro Search can now break down your queries into smaller steps and give you a thorough, well-rounded response
  1. Advanced Math Skills: With Wolfram|Alpha’s integration, Perplexity can now handle advanced calculations and data analysis, whether a challenging calculus problem or a detailed data set​.
  2. Programming Assistance: Perplexity can now help you debug your code, generate snippets, and even provide detailed explanations of programming concepts. 
  3. Deep Research and Summarization: In addition to synthesizing information from various sources, Perplexity can also generate a detailed report from your prompts.

The new features are exciting and worth checking out. However, let’s not forget that Perplexity is facing criticism from Forbes and Wired for spreading misinformation and illegally scraping information from websites against the developers’ privacy settings. You will still need to be critical when using the tool.

Figma AI tool was canceled for copying Apple

Another thought-to-be exciting AI update turned out to be a loophole. 

Figma recently had to disable its new AI design tool, "Make Design," after it was found to be producing designs that closely mimicked Apple's Weather app. Users reported that when prompted to create a weather app, the tool repeatedly generated layouts nearly identical to Apple’s design. Figma CEO Dylan Field acknowledged the issue, attributing it to underlying design systems and a rushed QA process.

Read more news at the end.

ADVANCED WORKSHOP

ChatGPT Deep-Dive for Business Leaders

Learn how to harness ChatGPT's power for complex business challenges. This is a one-time workshop for leaders who want to get more out of ChatGPT.

What's in this workshop?

  • Master Advanced Prompts: Learn sophisticated techniques like chain-of-thought and few-shot learning to optimize ChatGPT for executive-level tasks.
  • Tackle Real Business Challenges: Engage in a hands-on simulation where you'll use ChatGPT to develop strategies for market entry, crisis management, or sustainability initiatives.
  • Reengineer Business Processes: Discover how ChatGPT can streamline and innovate your workflows and those of your team and organization.​

Reserve Your Spot Now!

(Your ad here? Reach over 40,000 people and advertise with FlexOS.)

Best Productivity Tools To Try Out This Week

  • Coggle - Intuitively visualize your ideas and share them with your team.
  • Structured - Daily Planner - All-in-one planner with calendar, to-do list, and habit tracking.
  • Amie - Structure your day and maximize your productivity with drag and drop.
  • Anytype - Compose databases, templates, and widgets in any way you can imagine.

More cool AI newsletters that I love:

  • Morning Brew—Quick and insightful updates about the business world every day of the week from Wall St. to Silicon Valley.
  • Innovating with AI—Courses, community, and coaching on AI.

Need more AI tools? Check out:

In the News 

Every week, we pick must-read articles about the future of work so you can stay ahead. 

OpenAI’s ChatGPT Mac app was storing conversations in plain text

OpenAI's new ChatGPT app for Mac raises privacy concerns as it allows users to export conversations as plain text, potentially exposing sensitive information​

YouTube now lets you request removal of AI-generated content that simulates your face or voice

YouTube now lets users request the removal of AI-generated content that mimics their face or voice, enhancing personal identity protection online​

Meta plans to bring generative AI to metaverse games

Meta is set to introduce generative AI into its metaverse games, aiming to create more personalized and dynamic gaming experiences​

5 Traps to Avoid as You Gain Power as a Leader

Senior executive coaches - Julie Diamond, Lisa Zigarmi, and Lesli Mones, discuss the five common traps leaders should avoid as they gain power, such as isolation and overconfidence.

Why Americans Hate Their Jobs

We examine why many Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs, citing lack of purpose, poor management, mistrust, low pay, and poor work-life balance.

Jobs to Level Up

We want you to advance in your career, and work from wherever you want. Here are the this week’s remote and hybrid jobs that caught our attention:

Trending Companies Hiring Now:

More Exciting Remote Job Opportunities:

Need more options? RemoteOK, Jobgether, WeWorkRemotely, and FlexJobs are great places to get vetted remote-friendly roles.

Also, check out our guide on “How to Get a Remote Job Today.”

How did we do?

That’s it for this edition of Stay Ahead, the newsletter that keeps you ahead in the future of work.

We’re here for you, truly.

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