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Toward Next-Gen Language Models: New Benchmarks Test the Limits of Large Language Models

A new benchmark aims to raise the bar for large language models. Researchers at 132 institutions worldwide introduced the Beyond the Imitation Game benchmark (BIG-bench), which includes tasks that humans perform well but current state-of-the-art models don’t.
Remote-controlled drone capable of firing electroshock darts
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Ethics Team Scuttles Taser Drone: Axon Cancels Plans to Sell a Taser Drone

A weaponized AI system intended to protect students has been grounded. Axon, which makes law-enforcement equipment such as tasers and body cameras, canceled a plan to sell remote-controlled drones capable of firing electroshock darts.
Example of text generated by LaMDA
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LaMDA Comes Alive?: Google Engineer Says LaMDA AI is Sentient

A chatbot persuaded at least one person that it has feelings. A senior engineer at Google announced his belief that the company’s latest conversational language model is sentient.
Animation showing probability of children who may benefit from intervention
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Child-Welfare Agency Drops AI: Oregon and Pennsylvania Halt Use of AI Tool for At-Risk Kids

Officials in charge of protecting children stopped using a machine learning model designed to help them make decisions in difficult cases. The U.S. state of Oregon halted its use of an algorithm intended to identify children who may benefit from intervention.
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DALL·E 2’s Emergent Vocabulary: DALL-E 2 Invents its Own Words and Concepts

OpenAI’s text-to-image generator DALL·E 2 produces pictures with uncanny creativity on demand. Has it invented its own language as well? Ask DALL·E 2 to generate an image that includes text, and often its output will include seemingly random characters.
CB Insights list of 100 notable AI startups
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Standout Startups: The Top 100 AI Startups off 2022

AI startups are creating high value across a wide variety of industries. CB Insights, which tracks tech startups, published the latest edition of the AI 100, its annual list of 100 notable AI startups.
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Actors Act Against AI: UK Actors Union Launches Campaign Against AI

Performing artists are taking action to protect their earning power against scene-stealing avatars. Equity, a union of UK performing artists, launched a campaign to pressure the government to prohibit unauthorized use of a performer’s AI-generated likeness.
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K-Means Clustering: Group Think - K-Means Clustering for Machine Learning Explained

If you’re standing close to others at a party, it’s likely you have something in common. This is the idea behind using k-means clustering to split data points into groups. Whether the groups formed via human agency or some other force, this algorithm will find them.
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Decision Trees: From Root to Leaves — Decision Trees for Machine Learning Explained

What kind of beast was Aristotle? The philosopher's follower Porphyry, who lived in Syria during the third century, came up with a logical way to answer the question...
Illustration of a robot with a captain costume
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Neural Networks: Find the Function — A Basic Introduction to Neural Networks

Let’s get this out of the way: A brain is not a cluster of graphics processing units, and if it were, it would run software far more complex than the typical artificial neural network. Yet neural networks were inspired by the brain’s architecture.
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Gradient Descent: It’s All Downhill - Gradient Descent for Machine Learning

Imagine hiking in the mountains past dusk and finding that you can’t see much beyond your feet. And your phone’s battery died so you can’t use a GPS app to find your way home. You might find the quickest path down via gradient descent.
One person pouring a drink of poison in the company of another person
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Logistic Regression: Follow the Curve — A Basic Introduction to Logistic Regression for Machine Learning

There was a moment when logistic regression was used to classify just one thing: If you drink a vial of poison, are you likely to be labeled “living” or “deceased”? Times have changed.
US map with locations of Planned Parenthood
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When Data = Danger: Consumer Behavior App Removes Planned Parenthood Data

Amid rising social tension in the United States over reproductive freedom, a company that analyzes location data on abortion clinics stopped distributing its findings after a critical press report.
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Recognizing Workplace Hazards: AI Device Helps Warehouses Avoid Workplace Injuries

A wearable device may help warehouse workers avoid injuries. Modjoul, maker of a system that evaluates risks to people engaged in physical labor, received an undisclosed sum from Amazon as part of a $1 billion investment in technologies that might enhance the retailer giant’s operations.
Gato’s performance on simulated control tasks | Image captions generated by Gato
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One Model, Hundreds of Tasks: Multimodal Transformer Performs Over 600 Different Tasks

Researchers took a step toward achieving a longstanding goal: One model that performs a whole lot of very different tasks. Scott Reed, Konrad Żołna, Emilio Parisotto and a team at DeepMind announced Gato.

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