Jun 15, 2022

6 Posts

Google Engineer Claims Sentient AI, Ethics Team Grounds Taser Drones, Meta Reorgs AI Division, Deep Learning Optimizes Physical Designs
Jun 15, 2022

Google Engineer Claims Sentient AI, Ethics Team Grounds Taser Drones, Meta Reorgs AI Division, Deep Learning Optimizes Physical Designs

A Google Engineer recently announced he believes that a language model is sentient. I’m highly skeptical that any of today’s AI models are sentient. Some reporters, to their credit, also expressed skepticism. Still, I worry that
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LaMDA Comes Alive?
Jun 15, 2022

LaMDA Comes Alive?

A chatbot persuaded at least one person that it has feelings.What’s new: A senior engineer at Google announced his belief that the company’s latest conversational language model is sentient. Google put the
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Ethics Team Scuttles Taser Drone
Jun 15, 2022

Ethics Team Scuttles Taser Drone

A weaponized AI system intended to protect students has been grounded.What’s new: Axon, which makes law-enforcement equipment such as tasers and body cameras, canceled a plan to sell remote-controlled drones capable of firing
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Meta Decentralizes AI Effort
Jun 15, 2022

Meta Decentralizes AI Effort

The future of Big AI may lie with product-development teams.What’s new: Meta reorganized its AI division. Henceforth, AI teams will report to departments that develop key products.
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Airfoils Automatically Optimized
Jun 15, 2022

Airfoils Automatically Optimized

Engineers who design aircraft, aqueducts, and other objects that interact with air and water use numerical simulations to test potential shapes, but they rely on trial and error to improve their designs. A neural simulator can optimize the shape
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microscope versus statue
Jun 15, 2022

Can an AI System Be Sentient? Ask a Philosopher

A Google Engineer recently announced he believes that a language model is sentient. I’m highly skeptical that any of today’s AI models are sentient. Some reporters, to their credit, also expressed skepticism. Still, I worry that
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