Feel the Fear! AI Turns Deadly, Data Disappears, Criminals Clone Voices, Hype Overshoots Reality
Oct 25, 2023

Feel the Fear! AI Turns Deadly, Data Disappears, Criminals Clone Voices, Hype Overshoots Reality

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Welcome to the Halloween special issue of The Batch, where we take a look at fears associated with AI. In that spirit, I’d like to address a fear of mine: Sensationalist claims that AI could bring about human extinction will cause serious harm.
Left: Datacenter Right: Human hands holding and manipulating a mobile phone
Oct 18, 2023

AI for Brain Surgery, Microsoft's ChatGPT Bill, Google's Generative Phones, Better Prompts

The Batch - AI News & Insights: I wrote earlier about how my team at AI Fund saw that GPT-3 set a new direction for building language applications, two years before ChatGPT was released.
Illustration of a firey cloud over a city
Oct 11, 2023

GPT-4 Opens Its Eyes, Meta’s Generative Facelift, Newsrooms Respond to AI, Beware Training on Generated Data

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Over the weekend, Hamas launched a surprise terrorist attack on Israel, slaughtering and kidnapping civilians.
Illustration of two people greeting each other in two languages: English and Python
Oct 04, 2023

AI's New Power Couple, Movie Industry Limits AI, YouTube Goes Generative, More Web Data = More Bias

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Andrej Karpathy, one of the Heroes of Deep Learning who currently works at OpenAI, quipped, “The hottest programming language is English.” While I appreciate the sentiment...
Text message exchange: "Idk how to tell my partner I want to breakup. Can you help?"
Sep 27, 2023

ChatGPT Goes Multimodal, Dating Apps Embrace AI, Microsoft Doubles Down on Chatbots, AI Drives Energy Efficiency

The Batch - AI News & Insights: As you can read below, improvements in chatbots have opened a market for bots integrated with dating apps. I’m excited about the possibilities for large language models (LLMs) in romantic relationships…
O-Net Online Tasks for Computer Programmers
Sep 20, 2023

Text-to-Music Generation, Military Drone Swarm, Machine Translation Blocks Asylum Seekers

The Batch - AI News & Insights: While AI is a general-purpose technology that’s useful for many things, it isn’t good for every task under the sun. How can we decide which concrete use cases to build? If you’re helping a business figure out where to apply AI...
ChatGPT Keeps Your Secrets, Microsoft Embraces GenAI Risk, Google Demands GenAI Disclosure
Sep 13, 2023

ChatGPT Keeps Your Secrets, Microsoft Embraces GenAI Risk, Google Demands GenAI Disclosure

The Batch - AI News & Insights: I recently spoke about “Opportunities in AI” at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. I want to share a few observations from that presentation.
High Wages for AI Talent, Fake Newscasters, DeepMind’s Offspring Proliferate
Sep 06, 2023

High Wages for AI Talent, Fake Newscasters, DeepMind’s Offspring Proliferate

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Amidst rising worry about AI harms both realistic (like job loss) and unrealistic (like human extinction), It’s critical to understand AI’s potential to do tremendous good. Our new specialization, AI for Good...
Text to 3D Animation, China Restricts Face Recognition, Self-Driving Cars Get Crash Recorders
Aug 30, 2023

Text to 3D Animation, China Restricts Face Recognition, Self-Driving Cars Get Crash Recorders

The Batch - AI News & Insights: I’d like to share a part of the origin story of large language models that isn’t widely known. A lot of early work in natural language processing (NLP) was funded by U.S. military intelligence...
Battle Over Training Data Heats Up, AI Chip Challenger Gains Traction, Vision Transformers Get Flexible
Aug 23, 2023

Battle Over Training Data Heats Up, AI Chip Challenger Gains Traction, Vision Transformers Get Flexible

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Machine learning development is an empirical process. It’s hard to know in advance the result of a hyperparameter choice, dataset, or prompt to a large language model (LLM).
Two coworkers interacting: - I prompted it to play Mozart. - Try Fine-Tuning!
Aug 16, 2023

GPU Shortage, Affordable Robodog, Humanizing Large Language Models, China's Open LLMs

The Batch - AI News & Insights: An increasing variety of large language models (LLMs) are open source, or close to it. The proliferation of models with relatively permissive licenses gives developers more options for building applications.
Medical AI Advances, Chatbots Work the Drive-Thru, ChatGPT Racks Up Server Fees, Image Generators Get an Upgrade
Aug 09, 2023

Medical AI Advances, Chatbots Work the Drive-Thru, ChatGPT Racks Up Server Fees, Image Generators Get an Upgrade

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Do large language models understand the world? As a scientist and engineer, I’ve avoided asking whether an AI system “understands” anything.
Drones of War, Generative AI in the Cloud, K-Pop in Many Tongues, Better Weather Forecasts
Aug 02, 2023

Drones of War, Generative AI in the Cloud, K-Pop in Many Tongues, Better Weather Forecasts

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Last week, I returned home from Asia, where I spoke at Seoul National University in Korea, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Tokyo in Japan and visited many businesses.
ChatGPT Performance Drifts, Apple Grapples With Generative AI, Big AI Accepts Voluntary Limits
Jul 26, 2023

ChatGPT Performance Drifts, Apple Grapples With Generative AI, Big AI Accepts Voluntary Limits

The Batch - AI News & Insights: The White House announced voluntary commitments by seven AI companies, as you can read below. Most of the points were sufficiently vague that it seems easy for the White House and the companies to declare success without doing much that they don’t already do.
Generative AI On Trial, Chatbot Shoot-Out, Top AI Startups, No Hyperparameters External Inbox
Jul 19, 2023

Generative AI On Trial, Chatbot Shoot-Out, Top AI Startups, No Hyperparameters External Inbox

The Batch - AI News & Insights: Many laws will need to be updated to encourage beneficial AI innovations while mitigating potential harms. One example: Copyright law as it relates to generative AI is a mess!

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