Yoav Shoham
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Yoav Shoham: Language Models That Reason

I believe that natural language processing in 2022 will re-embrace symbolic reasoning, harmonizing it with the statistical operation of modern neural networks. Let me explain what I mean by this.
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Multimodal AI Takes Off: Multimodal Models, such as CLIP and Dall-E, Are Taking Over AI
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Multimodal AI Takes Off: Multimodal Models, such as CLIP and Dall-E, Are Taking Over AI

While models like GPT-3 and EfficientNet, which work on text and images respectively, are responsible for some of deep learning’s highest-profile successes, approaches that find relationships between text and images made impressive
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Giant snowman taking over the city while helicopters try to take it down
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Governments Lay Down the Law: Governments Around The World Increasingly Regulate AI

Legislators worldwide wrote new laws — some proposed, some enacted — to rein in societal impacts of automation.What happened: Authorities at all levels ratcheted up regulatory pressure as
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Two images showing RETRO Architecture and Gopher (280B) vs State of the Art
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Large Language Models Shrink: Gopher and RETRO Prove Lean Language Models Can Push Boundaries

DeepMind released three papers that push the boundaries — and examine the issues — of large language models.
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Face recognition system working on a person entering a building
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Who Has the Best Face Recognition? U.S. Government Agency Ranks the Best Face Recognition Systems

Face recognition algorithms have come under scrutiny for misidentifying individuals. A U.S. government agency tested over 1,000 of them to see which are the most reliable.
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Animation showing GPT-3 in full action
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GPT-3 for All: GPT-3 is Available for Select Azure Users

Microsoft is making GPT-3 available to selected customers through its Azure cloud service.
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Halloween family portrait showing the inheritance of some spooky characteristics
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New Models Inherit Old Flaws: AI Models May Inherit Flaws From Previous Systems

Is AI becoming inbred? The fear: The best models increasingly are fine-tuned versions of a small number of so-called foundation models that were pretrained on immense quantities of data scraped from the web.
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A group of bats throwing missiles from the night sky
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Killer Robots Are Here: Are AI-Powered Weapons the Future of Warfare?

War is already bad enough. What happens when human combatants are replaced by machines?
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Illustration of Thumbzilla destroying a city and shooting lightning from its mouth (T-Rex with Facebook thumbs up)
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Don’t Be Evil: What if AI Enables Corporations to Become Truly Evil?

Tech companies generally try to be (or to appear to be) socially responsible. Would some rather let AI’s negative impacts slide?
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A surveillance camera over the Washington Monument
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White House Supports Limits on AI: U.S. Rules Protect Citizens fro AI-Powered Surveillance and Discrimination

As governments worldwide mull their AI strategies and policies, the Biden administration called for a “bill of rights” to mitigate adverse consequences.What’s new: Top advisors to the U.S. president announced a plan to issue rules
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Charts showing the impact of Instagram in different topics
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The Social Nightmare: Facebook Whistleblower Exposes How Company Harms Users

Scrutiny of Facebook intensified after a whistleblower leaked internal research showing the company has known that its ongoing drive to engage users has harmed individuals and society at large.
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Nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's funeral
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Distance Killing: Israeli Agents Assasinated Iranian Scientist With AI-Sniper Rifle

A remote sniper used an automated system to take out a human target located thousands of miles away.What happened: The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad used an AI-assisted rifle in the November killing of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist,
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UN Calls Out AI: UN Report Highlights AI-Related Risks for Privacy, Bias

Human rights officials called for limits on some uses of AI.What’s new: Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to the organization’s member states to suspend certain
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Screen capture showing a Chinese app's food recommendations
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Rules for Recommenders: China Bans Harmful Recommendation Algorithms

China moved toward a clamp down on recommendation algorithms.What’s new: China’s internet regulatory agency proposed rules that include banning algorithms that spread disinformation and threaten national security.
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Results of survey about how AI Engineers vs US public feel about ethical issues
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AI Engineers Weigh In on AI Ethics: Survey Shows How AI Engineers Feel About Ethical Issues

Machine learning researchers tend to trust international organizations, distrust military forces, and disagree on how much disclosure is necessary when describing new models, a new study found.
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