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How AI Kingpins Lost the Chatbot War: Why Microsoft beat other tech giants to market on generative AI

Amazon, Apple, and Google have been building chatbots for years. So how did they let the alliance between Microsoft and OpenAI integrate the first smash-hit bot into Microsoft products?
GPT-4 Has Landed: Everything you need to know about GPT-4.

GPT-4 Has Landed: Everything you need to know about GPT-4.

Get ready for the next wave of language-model mania. OpenAI introduced the latest in its GPT series of large language models to widespread excitement. The company showed statistics and examples designed to demonstrate...
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Hot Bot Turns Cold: Why Replika's chatbot stopped flirting with users.

A chatbot that simulated erotic companionship stopped sharing intimacies, leaving some users heartbroken. Replika, a chatbot app, deactivated features that allowed premium users to engage in sexually explicit chat with the 3D avatar of their choice, Vice reported.
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Publishers Embrace Text Generation: GPT-fueled content at the New York Times, BuzzFeed, and more

Media outlets are forging ahead with generative AI despite the technology’s high-profile misfires. Publishers are using text generators to produce light reading within constrained formats such as holiday messages and quizzes.
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China Chases Chatbots: Chinese tech companies race to cash in on ChatGPT fever.

ChatGPT fever has reached China despite legal and technical barriers. Two months after its debut, ChatGPT is a viral sensation on Chinese social media, MIT Technology Review reported. Companies in that country are racing to cash in.
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Bing Unbound: A roundup of wacky behavior from the new AI-powered Bing

Microsoft aimed to reinvent web search. Instead, it showed that even the most advanced text generators remain alarmingly unpredictable. In the two weeks since Microsoft integrated an OpenAI chatbot with its Bing search engine, users have reported...
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Language Models Defy Logic: Large NLP models struggle with logical reasoning.

Who would disagree that, if all people are mortal and Socrates is a person, Socrates must be mortal? GPT-3, for one. Recent work shows that bigger language models are not necessarily better when it comes to logical reasoning.
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Generate Articles, Publish Errors: CNET pauses its practice of writing news articles with AI.

A prominent tech-news website generated controversy (and mistakes) by publishing articles written by AI. CNET suspended its practice of publishing articles produced by a text-generation model following news reports that exposed the articles’ authorship.
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Google’s Rule-Respecting Chatbot: Research helps AI chatbots be more truthful and less hateful.

Amid speculation about the threat posed by OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot to Google’s search business, a paper shows how the search giant might address the tendency of such models to produce offensive, incoherent, or untruthful dialog.
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Bot Therapy and Informed Consent: Discord's Kokobot triggers an ethics controversy.

An experiment in using chatbots to dispense mental-health counseling raised questions about ethics.
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Generated Code Generates Overconfident Coders: Copilot AI tool encourages programmers to write buggy code.

Tools that automatically write computer code may make their human users overconfident that the programs are bug-free. Stanford University researchers found that programmers who used OpenAI’s Codex, a model that generates computer code, were more likely...
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Will We Have Enough Data?

The world’s supply of data soon may fail to meet the demands of increasingly hungry machine learning models. Researchers at Epoch AI found that a shortage of text data could cause trouble as early as this year. Vision data may fall short within a decade.
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Douwe Kiela: Natural language processing researcher Douwe Kiela calls for less hype, more caution.

This year we really started to see the mainstreaming of AI. Systems like Stable Diffusion and ChatGPT captured the public imagination to an extent we haven’t seen before in our field.
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Language Models; Extended: Language models grew more reliable and less biased in 2022.

Researchers pushed the boundaries of language models to address persistent problems of trustworthiness, bias, and updatability.
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Programmer’s Best Friend: Code generation services took off in 2022.

Behind schedule on a software project? There’s an app for that. Language models fine-tuned on computer code proved capable of generating software routines similar to the work of experienced developers — though the results can be hit-or-miss.

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