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Tesla's Deceptive Demo, Image Generator Pays Artists for Training Data, AI Cheat Bedevils Esports, Language Models Defy Logic
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Tesla's Deceptive Demo, Image Generator Pays Artists for Training Data, AI Cheat Bedevils Esports, Language Models Defy Logic

Recent successes with large language models have brought to the surface a long-running debate within the AI community: What kinds of information do learning algorithms need in order to gain intelligence?
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Microsoft and OpenAI Forge $10 Billion Deal, Google Challenges ChatGPT, CNET Trusts Untrustworthy Text Generator, China Restricts Deepfakes

Today DeepLearning.AI is launching the Mathematics for Machine Learning and Data Science Specialization, taught by the world-class AI educator Luis Serrano. In my courses, when it came to math, I’ve sometimes said, “Don’t worry about it.” So why are we offering courses on that very subject?
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Generated Code Makes Overconfident Programmers, China's Autonomous Drone Carrier, Does Bot Therapy Require Informed Consent?, Mining for Green Tech

In late December, Google reportedly issued a “code red” to raise the alarm internally to the threat of disruption of its business by large language models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Do large language models (LLMs) endanger Google's search engine business?
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The Batch: ChatGPT Backlash, Face Recognition to Settle Scores, Deepfakes Versus Customer Service, Segmented Images Without Labeled Data

Will the future of large language models limit users to cutting-edge models from a handful of companies, or will users be able to choose among powerful models from a large number of developers? We’re still...
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The Batch: Data Shortage?!, Precision-Guided Image Generation, Transparency for AI Vendors, AI in the Office

In last week’s issue of The Batch, Yoshua Bengio, Alon Halevy, Douwe Kiela, Been Kim, and Reza Zadeh shared their hopes for AI in 2023. I also asked people on Twitter and LinkedIn about their hopes for AI this year...
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The Batch: Hopes for 2023 from Yoshua Bengio, Been Kim, Douwe Kiela, Reza Zadeh, Alon Halevy

As we enter the new year, let’s view 2023 not as a single year, but as the first of more in which we will accomplish our long-term goals. Some results take a long time to achieve...
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Top AI Stories of 2022: AI Gets Creative, Relief for Coders, Language Models You Can Trust, One Model to Do Them All, Vision Transformers Bust Loose

As the winter holiday approaches, it occurs to me that, instead of facing AI winter, we are in a boiling-hot summer of AI.
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The Batch: FIFA World Cup's AI Referee, Apple Car Downshifts, Lensa AI Disrobes Users, Language Model Consults Database

What should be AI’s role in moderating the millions of messages posted on social media every day? The volume of messages means that automation is required. But the question of what is appropriate moderation versus inappropriate censorship lingers.
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The Batch: ChatGPT Mania, Crypto Fiasco Defunds AI Safety, Alexa Makes Up Stories, Vision Model Looks Into the Future

One of the dangers of large language models (LLMs) is that they can confidently make assertions that are blatantly false. This raises worries that they will flood the world with misinformation. If they could moderate their degree of confidence appropriately, they would be less likely to mislead.
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The Batch: Billboards Are Watching, City Goes Algorithmic, Auto-Translation for Unwritten Language, New Views of 3D Scenes Pronto!

On Monday, the European Union fined Meta roughly $275 million for breaking its data privacy law. Even though Meta’s violation was not AI specific, the EU’s response is a reminder that we need to build AI systems that preserve user privacy — not just to avoid fines...
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The Batch: Artists Rebel Against AI, One Weird Trick Beats Go Model, Neural Nets Vs. Decision Trees, More Bang Per Chip

Last week, Facebook’s parent company Meta released a demo of Galactica, a large language model trained on 48 million scientific articles. Two days later, amid controversy regarding the model’s potential to generate false or misleading articles, the company withdrew it.
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The Batch: Trends in 2022, AI Isn't So Bad for Jobs, Price Optimization Vs. Price Hike, Visual Reasoning Advances

The population of Earth officially reached 8 billion this week. Hooray! It’s hard to imagine what so many people are up to. While I hope that humanity can learn how to leave only gentle footprints on the planet...
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The Batch: Safety or Surveillance?, What Businesses Want from AI, Right-Sizing Models, AI-Driven Aquaculture

The economic downturn of the past six months has hit many individuals and companies hard, and I’ve written about the impact of rising interest rates on AI. The effects of high inflation, the Russian war in Ukraine, and an economic slowdown in China are rippling across the globe.
The Batch: Generative AI Brings Big Bucks, Assessing Ukraine War Damage, Candidates Target Voters, Translating 1,000 Languages
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The Batch: Generative AI Brings Big Bucks, Assessing Ukraine War Damage, Candidates Target Voters, Translating 1,000 Languages

A new report from UN Climate Change says that the world might be on track for 2.5 °C of warming by the end of the century, a potentially catastrophic level of warming that’s far above the 1.5 °C target of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
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The Batch: Happy Halloween! Neural Nets Awaken, Foundation Models Go Rogue, Bots Take Over the Office, GPUs Dry Up

Each year, AI brings wondrous advances. But, as Halloween approaches and the veil lifts between the material and ghostly realms, we see that spirits take advantage of these developments at least as much as humans do.

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