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Illustration of a Python inside a cardboard box
Feb 28, 2024

Google's Troubled Gemini Launch, OpenAI's Next Act, Groq's Blazing Inference Speed, Faster Network Pruning

The Batch AI News and Insights: I think the complexity of Python package management holds down AI application development more than is widely appreciated. AI faces multiple bottlenecks — we need more GPUs, better algorithms, cleaner data in large quantities.
Generated Video Gets Real(er), Nvidia Competitor Emerges, Neural Nets for Gymnastics, Efficient Optimizer
Feb 21, 2024

Generated Video Gets Real(er), Nvidia Competitor Emerges, Neural Nets for Gymnastics, Efficient Optimizer

The Batch AI News and Insights: Earlier this month, my team AI Fund held its annual co-founder and CEO summit, where many of our collaborators gathered in California for two days to discuss how to build AI companies.
AI Recovers Ancient Scrolls, GPUs Strain Power Grid, Government Restricts Fake Voices, Better Image Generation
Feb 14, 2024

AI Recovers Ancient Scrolls, GPUs Strain Power Grid, Government Restricts Fake Voices, Better Image Generation

The Batch AI News and Insights: The rise of cloud-hosted AI software has brought much discussion about the privacy implications of using it. But I find that users, including both consumers and developers...
Taylor Swift Deepfakes, GPT-4 Biothreats, New Leaderboards, LLMs That Get Inside Your Head
Feb 07, 2024

Taylor Swift Deepfakes, GPT-4 Biothreats, New Leaderboards, LLMs That Get Inside Your Head

The Batch AI News and Insights: On the LMSYS Chatbot Arena Leaderboard, which pits chatbots against each other anonymously and prompts users to judge which one generated a better answer, Google’s Bard (Gemini Pro)
Andrew Ng speaking at TED AI, October 17, 2023
Jan 31, 2024

AI Jobs Proliferate, Big Compute Giveaway, Generated Video Upgrade, Higher Yields for Small Farms

The Batch AI News and Insights: Last year, a number of large businesses and individuals went to the media and governments and pushed the message that AI is scary, impossible to control, and might even lead to human extinction.
World Economic Forum, January 16, 2024: "The Expanding Universe of Generative Models" panelists
Jan 24, 2024

Machine Learning Detects Cancer Early, Language Model Learns Geometry, AI Creates Jobs, Nations Invest in Homegrown AI

The Batch AI News and Insights: Last week, I attended the World Economic Forum, an annual meeting of leaders in government, business, and culture at Davos, Switzerland.
AI Invades Consumer Products, OpenAI’s Platform Play, Watermarks for Synthetic Media, Generated Musical Accompaniments
Jan 17, 2024

AI Invades Consumer Products, OpenAI’s Platform Play, Watermarks for Synthetic Media, Generated Musical Accompaniments

The Batch AI News and Insights: As I wrote in an earlier letter, whether AI is sentient or conscious is a philosophical question rather than a scientific one, since there is no widely agreed-upon definition and test for these terms.
AI Discovers New Antibiotics, OpenAI Revamps Safety, Researchers Define AGI, LLMs Go Multimodal
Jan 10, 2024

AI Discovers New Antibiotics, OpenAI Revamps Safety, Researchers Define AGI, LLMs Go Multimodal

The Batch AI News and Insights: It is only rarely that, after reading a research paper, I feel like giving the authors a standing ovation. But I felt that way after finishing Direct Preference Optimization (DPO) by...
GPT-4 Tells Lies, Microscopes Recognize Cancer, AI Fights Climate Change, Paris Spawns AI Startups
Jan 03, 2024

GPT-4 Tells Lies, Microscopes Recognize Cancer, AI Fights Climate Change, Paris Spawns AI Startups

The Batch AI News and Insights: Last week, the New York Times (NYT) filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft, alleging massive copyright infringements. The suit...
Hopes for 2024 from Anastasis Germanidis, Sara Hooker, Percy Liang, Sasha Luccioni, Pelonomi Moiloa, Kevin Scott
Dec 27, 2023

Hopes for 2024 from Anastasis Germanidis, Sara Hooker, Percy Liang, Sasha Luccioni, Pelonomi Moiloa, Kevin Scott

The Batch AI News and Insights: AI is progressing faster than ever. This is thrilling, yet rapid change can be disorienting. In such times, it’s useful to follow Jeff Bezos’ advice to think about not only what is changing but also what will stay the same.
Top Stories of 2023: Generative Everything, Doomsday Visions, Hollywood Versus AI, AI's Hit Record, Copyright Owners Revolt
Dec 20, 2023

Top Stories of 2023: Generative Everything, Doomsday Visions, Hollywood Versus AI, AI's Hit Record, Copyright Owners Revolt

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Last week, I attended the NeurIPS conference in New Orleans. It was fun to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and also get a wide scan of current AI research.
Google’s Answer to GPT-4, Europe's Restrictions on AI, Open Source’s New Champion, Meta’s Vision Architecture
Dec 13, 2023

Google’s Answer to GPT-4, Europe's Restrictions on AI, Open Source’s New Champion, Meta’s Vision Architecture

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Last week, I participated in the United States Senate’s Insight Forum on Artificial Intelligence to discuss “Risk, Alignment, & Guarding Against Doomsday Scenarios.”
Visualization of features of a pathology image using a generic LVM (left) versus a domain-specific LVM (right)
Dec 06, 2023

Amazon's New Chatbot, Pedestrian Detection, Limits on AI in Insurance, a Robot That Can Find Your Keys

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Large language models, or LLMs, have transformed how we process text. Large vision models, or LVMs, are starting to change how we process images as well.
Docs Wary of Medical AI, LLMs for Robots, Siemens' Industrial-Strength Language Model, Testing LLMs
Nov 29, 2023

Docs Wary of Medical AI, LLMs for Robots, Siemens' Industrial-Strength Language Model, Testing LLMs

The Batch - AI News & Insights: One year since the launch of ChatGPT on November 30, 2022, it’s amazing how many large language models are available.  A year ago, ChatGPT was pretty much the only game in town for consumers (using a web user interface)...
Wild Times at OpenAI, Do Generative AI and Politics Mix?, More GPUs On the Way, Taming Transformers
Nov 22, 2023

Wild Times at OpenAI, Do Generative AI and Politics Mix?, More GPUs On the Way, Taming Transformers

The Batch - AI News & Insights: I’m delighted that the crisis at OpenAI, which you can read about below, seems to have been resolved with an agreement in principle for Sam Altman to return as CEO after his sudden firing last week.
Guest panel, including Andrew Ng, at the AI Governance Summit 2023 by the World Economic Forum
Nov 15, 2023

Cyberattack Strikes OpenAI, Actors Reach Accord on AI, Anthropic Goes Steady with Google and Amazon

The Batch - AI News & Insights: This week, I’m speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in San Francisco, where leaders in business and government have convened to discuss AI and other topics.

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