The Educator's Notebook

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Tag: tech/AI: ethics and risk

A.I. Updates

    • New York Times
    • 05/20/24
    “But if the point of living lies in relationships with other people, then it’s hard to think of A.I. assistants that imitate humans without nervousness. I don’t think they’re going to solve the loneliness epidemic at all. During the presentation, Murati said several times that the idea was to “reduce friction” in users’ “collaboration” with […]
    • Second Best
    • 05/07/24
    “III. AI progress is accelerating, not plateauing. 20) The last 12 months of AI progress were the slowest they’ll be for the foreseeable future. 21) Scaling LLMs still has a long way to go, but will not result in superintelligence on its own, as minimizing cross-entropy loss over human-generated data converges to human-level intelligence. 22) […]
    • NPR
    • 04/28/24
    “A Maryland high school athletic director is facing criminal charges after police say he used artificial intelligence to duplicate the voice of Pikesville High School Principal Eric Eiswert, leading the community to believe Eiswert said racist and antisemitic things about teachers and students.”
    • Issues
    • 04/01/24
    “It’s not AI’s future, it’s humanity’s future. We don’t talk about electricity’s future, we don’t talk about steam’s future. At the end of the day, it is our future, our species’ future, and our civilization’s future—in the context of AI…
    • Knowing Machines
    • 03/01/24
    “If you want to make a really big AI model — the kind that can generate images or do your homework, or build this website, or fake a moon landing — you start by finding a really big training set.”
    • Vox
    • 02/28/24
    “When asked for an image of a Founding Father of America, Gemini showed a Black man, a Native American man, an Asian man, and a relatively dark-skinned man. Asked for a portrait of a pope, it showed a Black man and a woman of color. Nazis, too, were reportedly portrayed as racially diverse… Raghavan gave […]






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