The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Tag: tech/AI: industry development

A.I. Updates

    • Perplexity
    • 05/30/24
    “Pages is designed to empower creators in any field to share knowledge. Educators: Develop comprehensive study guides for your students, breaking down complex topics into easily digestible content.”
    • One Useful Thing
    • 05/14/24
    “Likely the biggest impact of GPT-4o is not technical, but a business decision: soon everyone, whether they are paying or not, will get access to GPT-4o… GPT-4 is a powerful tutor and teaching tool. Many educational uses were held back because of equity of access issues – students often had trouble paying for GPT-4. 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) […]
    • Stanford HAI
    • 04/14/24
    “The AI Index report tracks, collates, distills, and visualizes data related to artificial intelligence (AI). Our mission is to provide unbiased, rigorously vetted, broadly sourced data in order for policymakers, researchers, executives, journalists, and the general public to develop a more thorough and nuanced understanding of the complex field 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.”
    • One Useful Thing
    • 02/08/24
    “Let me start with the headline: Gemini Advanced is clearly a GPT-4 class model. The statistics show this, but so does a month of our informal testing. And this is a big deal because OpenAI’s GPT-4 (the paid version of ChatGPT/Microsoft Copilot) has been the dominant AI for well over a year, and no other […]




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Peter Nilsson


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