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  • AI can now fly airplanes

    According to PR Newswire, the Lockheed Martin VISTA X-62A was flown by AI for more than 17 hours. This is the first time AI has engaged on a tactical aircraft. Like in other sectors, AI is disrupting the field of air power. VISTA will allow the testing of new developments in uncrewed aircraft. This could cause huge shockwaves in the industry, as uncrewed vehicles can better meet national security needs. That an AI agent flew for 17 hours signals huge bounds forward for AI technology. Read more at PR Newswire.

  • Is the hype around ChatGPT peaking? Experts don’t think so

    While the tech industry is suffering from layoffs and austerity measures, interest in AI is heating up. One reason experts cite is that machine learning has slowly been embedded in a number of corporate functions over the years, so developments today are just building on established technology. Further, the competition between Microsoft and Google for AI-assisted search engine dominance has played out in the stock market, drawing interest. Many experts see AI as a “major revolution,” with comparisons to the Industrial Revolution. Deep learning language models have huge potential, and the hype around them isn’t going anywhere yet. Read more at CNBC.

  • Google employees think AI release was ‘botched’

    According to CNBC, Google employees are criticizing CEO Sundar Pichai for his rushed announcement of GPT competitor Bard. In their rush to get ahead of Microsoft’s announcement regarding the new Bing, Google leadership made crucial errors in the Bard rollout. Google employees showed their disappointment by taking to the internal forum Memegen, calling Pichai “myopic” and “un-Googlely.” At a time when Microsoft has the upper hand by combining AI technology with searching capabilities, Google’s misstep has led to doubts about the company going forward. Shares have fallen more than 9% this week with concerns that the new Bing will threaten Google’s core model. Read more at CNBC.

  • Microsoft is bringing ChatGPT to Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint

    After announcing and demonstrating the new version of AI-enhanced Bing this week, Microsoft is expanding to other apps like Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. An announcement should be coming in March, as Microsoft wants to maintain its hold on AI integration, preventing competition from Google. GPT models might be used to reply to emails in Outlook and improve writing in Word. Microsoft’s bid to incorporate AI is clearly working so far, as more than 1 million people signed up for the Bing waitlist within 48 hours, and it was the third most popular app in the App Store in the US. This is a change from Google’s domination in the search engine world and signals exciting AI developments to come. Read more at the Verge.

  • Bill Gates thinks ChatGPT will change everything

    According to the Microsoft co-founder, ChatGPT is as important as the invention of the internet. He notes that it is more advanced than other forms of AI, as it appears to understand the content. By completing tasks formerly in the domain of humans alone, such as writing, ChatGPT is setting a new standard for AI technology. OpenAI’s ChatGPT is the fastest-growing consumer app in history, demonstrating people’s desire for public-use AI models. Microsoft has invested in OpenAI and is now using a GPT model in its new version of Bing. Clearly, ChatGPT has had a massive impact on consumers and the private sector alike and is only growing. Read more at Reuters.

  • Is Bing the next Google?

    The new Bing was finally released this week after leaks revealed it would use OpenAI’s GPT model. Microsoft has married the search engine functions of Bing with the chatbot style of ChatGPT, giving it the ability to create travel itineraries, provide gift ideas, and summarize articles or movies. Like ChatGPT, the new Bing falls short when it comes to arithmetic questions. It also seems to have trouble with the timing of activities and events. However, the exciting aspects of the new Bing far outweigh its areas of improvement. It is a completely new way of using the internet, and one that is now more advanced than Google. The race is on for Google to maintain its virtual monopoly in the world of search engines, and we’ll have to see if it can. Read more at the New York Times.

  • ChatGPT paraphrases, but can it actually write?

    According to the New Yorker, there is an interesting phenomenon that occurs when ChatGPT searches for information. It doesn’t have room for all the data on the internet, so it rephrases information based on the context it has been given. Oftentimes, there are gaps in the model’s knowledge that it fills in with guesses. This can have negative consequences, causing the model to “hallucinate” answers. This raises the question: are the language models we have right now as intelligent as it seems? While they are powerful tools, are they wrong too often? Read more at the New Yorker.

  • Build your own ChatGPT

    In a guest article, Dan Shipper describes how to create a chatbot designed for Lenny's Newsletter. According to him, it is quite simple to build your own chatbot using OpenAI’s GPT-3 language learning model. It takes a few steps and a bit of coding to index data and input it into the model, but the possibilities are endless. You could create a chatbot for your own website so users can consult it rather than search for a specific article or ask you a question that has already been answered. Otherwise, it could be used as a personal assistant that can check your notes or organize your schedule. Once you get started, you’re only limited by your own imagination. Read more about how to make your own chatbot at Lenny’s Newsletter.

  • OpenAI’s CTO thinks ChatGPT should be regulated

    Mira Murati, the chief technology officer at OpenAI, has recently argued for the regulation of AI technology like ChatGPT. She notes that AI poses fundamental risks as it can be misused or taken advantage of by bad actors. To her, regulation is necessary to manage the use of AI so that it is aligned with human values. Murati’s comments raise interesting questions about the ethics of AI. As the use of chatbots and other tools increases, creators of AI technology are taking risks into consideration. Suggestions that others weigh in on AI use and regulation perhaps indicate widespread desires to incorporate it more widely into daily life in a sustainable and ethical way. Read more at TIME Magazine.

  • ChatGPT passed a Wharton MBA exam

    A professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School made ChatGPT write an exam for the school’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. The bot passed with a B grade. This has implications for the business world, as it demonstrates that AI can solve problems that MBA graduates face. Further, it could be concerning for educators who are already worried about students using AI chatbots to cheat on exams or write essays. Despite these concerns, many teachers and professors believe that AI can enhance learning, as long as student competency is measured in creative and distinctly human ways. Read more at NBC.

  • Can AI persuade humans on political issues?

    According to a new report from a team at Stanford, GPT-3 can influence humans’ opinions on policy issues. AI-generated messages were found to be as persuasive as arguments from regular people. They were also perceived as more logical and factual than human messages. While this raises questions about regulating AI applications in political contexts to prevent misinformation, it also underlines the power of AI. If GPT-3 is more persuasive than the everyday person, we can perhaps learn even more from it than expected. Read this study at OSF.

  • The new version of Bing is far more powerful than ChatGPT

    Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it is partnering with OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, to enhance the new version of Bing. This next release will be using a language model that is more advanced than ChatGPT and designed specifically for searching. The new Bing has a chat function and a larger search bar with room for more characters, with the ability to create itineraries and more. The preview is available as of Tuesday, with the option to sign up for the company’s waitlist. This exciting move comes before Google’s new AI chatbot release, though that should be on the way soon. Read more at Engadget.

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