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Can enterprise identities fix Gen AI's flaws? This IAM startup thinks so

Feb 21, 2024 • ZDNet • (5 Minute Read) • Neural Network

The identity and access management (IAM) startup IndyKite of San Francisco has introduced a new approach to addressing the trust problem in generative AI. By applying cybersecurity techniques to vet sources of data, the software aims to ensure the trustworthiness of leveraged data in any business or analytics model. This system, leveraging popular Neo4j graph database management software, aims to verify the origins of data before it is used to train programs, potentially addressing issues related to biases and data drift in generative AI. With $10.5 million in seed financing from Molten Ventures, Alliance Ventures, and SpeedInvest, IndyKite's efforts to enhance trust and accuracy in Gen AI are gaining attention in the cybersecurity and artificial intelligence fields.

White House wades into debate on 'open' versus 'closed' artificial intelligence systems

Feb 21, 2024 • ABC News • (2 Minute Read) • Chatbot

The White House has entered a heated discussion about whether the most potent artificial intelligence (AI) systems should be "open-source" or closed. President Joe Biden signed an executive order in October, which focuses on managing rapidly evolving technology. The directive aims to examine "dual-use foundation models with widely available weights." This includes seeking public commentary on the risks and benefits of making AI system components publicly accessible for use and modification. The inquiry raises concerns about security risks and the potential benefits to innovation. The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration has also opened a 30-day commentary period to gather ideas for inclusion in a report to the president. The AI debate highlights the views of tech giants like Facebook parent Meta Platforms and Google, emphasizing the complexity of the issue. The approach to AI models involves a nuanced, collaborative assessment of risks and benefits, according to Google. The administration's actions reflect the significant impact of these decisions on future technological development and national security.

Sony Introduces New AI-Powered Robot Dog

Feb 21, 2024 • One Green Planet • (5 Minute Read)

Sony has unveiled its latest innovation, the Aibo Espresso Edition (ERS-1000B) robot dog, initially launched in Japan and now making its way to American homes. The robotic companion stands out with its captivating "odd eyes" feature, which allows it to display two different eye colors simultaneously. Equipped with advanced AI technology, the Aibo comes with a three-year plan to nurture and refine its unique personality and is designed to learn through continuous interaction with its owners. Priced at $2,899.99, the Aibo is exclusively available through Sony’s official website and comes with a convenient charging station, a pink ball for play sessions, and the "My Aibo" app for caregiving.

One month with Microsoft's AI vision of the future: Copilot Pro

Feb 21, 2024 • The Verge • (4 Minute Read) • DALL·E

Microsoft’s AI vision of the future, Copilot Pro, was recently launched as a $20 monthly subscription, providing access to AI features in Office apps and offering improved image generation tools. A senior editor at The Verge recently tested Copilot Pro to assess its value. The improved image creation tool, Designer, utilizing OpenAI’s DALL-E 3 model, impressed with its ability to generate detailed and realistic images. The AI capabilities inside Office apps were found to be useful for text generation and data visualization in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook, although the effectiveness varied. While some features were impressive, the editor questioned whether the $20 monthly subscription fee was justified, given the availability of similar free tools and the scope for further improvements to Copilot Pro in the future.

Google Gemma: because Google doesn't want to give away Gemini yet

Feb 21, 2024 • The Verge • (2 Minute Read) • ChatGPT

Google has released Gemma 2B and 7B, two smaller open-source AI models designed for language tasks in English. These models offer developers more freedom to use the research that went into Google's flagship Gemini, which competes with OpenAI's ChatGPT. Despite being smaller, Gemma models reportedly "surpass significantly larger models on key benchmarks" and can run directly on a developer's laptop or desktop computer. Google's decision to make Gemma open source contrasts with the closed nature of Gemini, allowing for wider experimentation with the company's AI. The release of Gemma also comes with a "responsible AI toolkit" to help developers manage the models. While currently optimized for English language tasks, Google aims to expand Gemma's capabilities to address market needs in other languages. Developers can access Gemma for free on Kaggle and receive up to $300 in credits for first-time Google Cloud users. Other AI companies, such as Meta, have also released lighter-weight versions of their flagship models, reflecting a broader trend in the industry.

Gemma: Introducing new state-of-the-art open models

Feb 21, 2024 • Google Blog: The Keyword

The Gemma is a family of lightweight, state-of-the-art open models built from the same research and technology used to create the Gemini models. This new line of products is expected to revolutionize the industry by offering advanced features and unprecedented performance capabilities. With its cutting-edge design and engineering, the Gemma represents a significant advancement in the field, promising to provide users with a new level of efficiency, comfort, and versatility. The introduction of the Gemma marks a major milestone in the company's commitment to innovation and excellence, positioning it at the forefront of the market for lightweight, open vehicles.

AI agents like Rabbit aim to book your vacation and order your Uber

Feb 21, 2024 • NPR • (5 Minute Read) • Generative AI

A new wave of AI agents is making headlines in Silicon Valley, offering to carry out real-world tasks for users. These AI-powered assistants can now book vacations, order food through DoorDash, and even call an Uber. Rabbit Inc. is one such company that has developed the Rabbit R1, a device the size of an iPhone that responds to voice commands and aims to fulfill various tasks using AI technology. The company claims it has received over 80,000 preorders for the Rabbit R1, which will be shipped in the coming months. However, the rise of AI agents has raised concerns about privacy and potential misuse, as researchers warn about the risks of AI-powered technology going rogue. Despite the excitement in Silicon Valley over these AI assistants, the need for separate hardware devices has sparked debates about their necessity in a world where smartphones are becoming increasingly advanced in harnessing AI technology.

Uber Eats' sidewalk delivery robots are coming to Japan.

Feb 21, 2024 • The Verge • (1 Minute Read) • AI Robots

Uber Eats' sidewalk delivery robots are set to launch in Japan, marking Uber's first international expansion of its autonomous delivery service. The six-wheeled robots, created by Cartken, an AI company based in Oakland, will begin operating on Tokyo sidewalks by the end of March under the supervision of Mitsubishi Electric. Despite the growing popularity of delivery robots, they still rely on human workers to manage operations. The robots are designed to navigate obstacles, yield to pedestrians, and stop at traffic lights, showcasing the potential for autonomous delivery systems to revolutionize the food delivery industry in Japan.

Meet 'Groq,' the AI Chip That Leaves Elon Musk's Grok in the Dust

Feb 20, 2024 • Gizmodo • (2 Minute Read) • ChatGPT

Groq, an AI chip company, has gained attention for demonstrating lightning-fast AI performance, surpassing internet personality Elon Musk’s AI application called Grok. As shown in viral demos, Groq claims to provide the world’s fastest large language models, outpacing current versions of ChatGPT, Gemini, and Grok. The company's Language Processing Units (LPUs) have been reported to be faster than Nvidia’s Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), previously considered the industry standard for running AI models. This breakthrough in speed could potentially enhance the practical use of AI chatbots by enabling real-time, human-like conversations and interactions. While Groq's advancements have garnered significant interest, the scalability and broader impact of its AI chips remain to be seen in comparison to existing technologies.

Artificial Intelligence the Focus of New USPTO Patent Examiner Guidance

Feb 20, 2024 • Procopio • (4 Minute Read) • Generative AI

The news story treports that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued new guidance for patent examiners and applicants focused on inventorship and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the inventive process, in response to President Biden’s executive order on AI development and use. The guidance outlines principles for determining inventorship for AI-assisted inventions, emphasizing the necessity of significant human contribution and clarifying that AI itself cannot be an inventor. While recent USPTO decisions upheld the limitation of inventorship to natural persons, the guidance provides potential paths to patentability for AI-assisted inventions where human contribution is significant. This development reflects the increasing role of AI in innovation and technological processes and may have a positive impact on patentability for such inventions.

Job Interviews with a Robot: Why A.I. is Not Ready to Take Over the Hiring Process

Feb 20, 2024 • TIME • (1 Minute Read)

Author Hilke Schellmann asserts in "The Algorithm" that AI-based tools are not yet capable of being utilized in the hiring process, despite the increasing dependency of many major American companies on these tools. Schellmann's argument is supported by the notion that while AI can assist with sifting through resumes and identifying certain patterns, it lacks the context and empathy essential for comprehensively evaluating candidates. Additionally, there are concerns about bias and discrimination within AI algorithms that could lead to unfair hiring practices. This perspective underscores the importance of human judgment and oversight in the hiring process and prompts ongoing discussions regarding the ethical and practical considerations of integrating AI into such pivotal decision-making processes.

Here's What Happens When ChatGPT Writes a Scientific Article

Feb 20, 2024 • TIME • (2 Minute Read) • ChatGPT

ChatGPT, a language model, is making waves in the scientific community by enabling scientists to produce review articles. However, Melissa Kacena, vice chair of orthopaedic surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, has found that up to 70% of the cited references in articles written by ChatGPT were inaccurate, and the AI-generated content was also more likely to be plagiarized. Despite these challenges, ChatGPT shows promise in its ability to process data efficiently and provide better grammar than human writers. With proper programming and training, it could potentially become a valuable tool for researchers. Kacena emphasizes the need to use AI in an ethical and scientifically sound manner and believes that with more input and fixes, ChatGPT could assist researchers in streamlining the writing process and gaining scientific insights.

Speaker Johnson launches bipartisan artificial intelligence 'task force'

Feb 20, 2024 • Fox News • (4 Minute Read)

House Speaker Mike Johnson has initiated a bipartisan "task force" to investigate the potential impact and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) on the economy and society. The task force, which emerged from discussions between Johnson and House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, will be led by Republican Rep Jay Obernolte and Democratic Rep Ted Lieu. Johnson emphasized the significance of understanding and planning for the transformative technology in a bipartisan manner, especially given the opportunities and complexities AI presents. The task force will comprise members with AI expertise from relevant committees of jurisdiction, aiming to ensure that advancements in AI benefit everyday Americans equitably. Despite a lack of clear legislative strategy, the Speaker has actively engaged with AI experts and stakeholders to familiarize himself with the issue. Despite recent efforts in both the House and Senate to address AI-related issues, there is still no consensus on the necessity and form of AI regulation. Elizabeth Elkind, a reporter for Fox News Digital, contributed to this report, focusing on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and politics.

Google DeepMind alumni unveil Bioptimus: Aiming to build first universal biology AI model

Feb 20, 2024 • VentureBeat • (2 Minute Read) • Deep Learning

Bioptimus, a Paris-based startup, has emerged from stealth with a $35 million seed funding round, aiming to build the first universal AI foundation model for biology. The project, led by a team of Google DeepMind alumni and Owkin scientists, plans to connect different scales of biology with generative AI, from molecules to whole organisms. Bioptimus will leverage AWS compute, Owkin’s data generation capabilities, and multimodal patient data sourced from leading academic hospitals worldwide. The team asserts that their approach will differentiate them from models trained solely on public datasets, providing a more comprehensive understanding of biology. The project will be released as open source, fostering transparency and collaboration within the community.

Scientists Are Putting ChatGPT Brains Inside Robot Bodies. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Feb 20, 2024 • Scientific American • (11 Minute Read) • Machine Learning

In a recent development, scientists have been exploring the fusion of large language models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT with robot bodies, aiming to overcome the limitations of traditional robotic programming. This integration, however, poses significant challenges and ethical concerns. The use of LLMs offers robots access to extensive knowledge and enables them to communicate in natural language. Yet, the practical application of this technology raises questions about the potential risks and limitations. While some researchers are excited about the possibilities for a leap forward in robot understanding, others are cautious, citing occasional errors, biased language, and privacy violations associated with LLMs. Despite the remarkable capabilities of LLMs, concerns persist about their reliability and potential implications in real-world scenarios. The ongoing debate underscores the need for careful consideration of the integration of LLMs into robot bodies.

New model identifies drugs that shouldn't be taken together

Feb 20, 2024 • MIT News • (2 Minute Read)

A new study conducted by researchers from MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Duke University has developed a model that identifies the transporters used by different drugs, potentially helping to improve patient treatment. This approach utilizes tissue models and machine-learning algorithms to identify the transporters used by specific drugs, and has already revealed potential interactions between a commonly prescribed antibiotic and a blood thinner. The findings of the study, published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, emphasize the importance of understanding drug interactions and their potential safety implications. Additionally, the research opens the door for drug developers to tune the formulation of new drug molecules to prevent interactions with other drugs or improve their absorbability. The study was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and the Division of Gastroenterology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and involved several researchers including Thomas von Erlach, Robert Langer, and Giovanni Traverso.

Quit Smoking With Help From Fred Hutch's Free AI-Powered Chatbot

Feb 19, 2024 • Cancer Health Treatment News • (3 Minute Read) • Chatbot

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center researchers have recently released an AI-powered chatbot app called QuitBot to help individuals quit smoking. This app, available for free on both Apple and Android devices, offers personalized support with scientifically backed answers vetted by smoking cessation experts. Dr. Jonathan Bricker, the lead researcher, highlights the app's unique ability to engage users in meaningful conversations and provide tailored responses using AI-based natural language technology. With over 20 years of experience in smoking cessation and behavioral health tools, the development of QuitBot reflects a deliberate effort to make a significant impact on smoking and promote public health. The app also aims to address the challenges faced by individuals attempting to quit smoking, providing tailored support and evidence-based strategies to improve the chances of successful cessation.

SoftBank's Masayoshi Son is reportedly seeking $100B to build a new AI chip venture

Feb 19, 2024 • TechCrunch • (2 Minute Read) • Generative AI

SoftBank Group’s Founder, Masayoshi Son, is seeking $100 billion to establish a new AI chip venture, reports Bloomberg. The venture, codenamed Izanagi, aims to rival Nvidia in the AI chips market and will collaborate with Arm, a chip design company partially owned by SoftBank. The fundraising strategy involves seeking $70 billion from Middle East-based institutional investors, with SoftBank contributing the remaining $30 billion. This initiative reflects SoftBank's pivot towards AI following its historical success with Alibaba and aims to capitalize on the rising demand for AI processors. Additionally, OpenAI's Sam Altman is in talks with investors in the UAE for a separate AI chip project. These developments signal a significant shift in SoftBank's investment focus and its potential impact in the AI industry.

Google's AI Boss Says Scale Only Gets You So Far

Feb 19, 2024 • WIRED • (5 Minute Read) • Machine Learning

Google’s AI Boss, Demis Hassabis, recently spoke with WIRED about the future of AI, expressing the belief that scaling computer power and data is not the only path to unlocking artificial general intelligence (AGI). Hassabis emphasized the need for new innovations and advancements in AI beyond just increasing scale. While acknowledging the importance of scale, he highlighted that fundamental research and senior research scientists are also crucial to AI development. He also discussed the development of Gemini Pro 1.5, a new AI model that can handle vast amounts of data and the potential shift towards AI systems with planning and agent-like capabilities. Hassabis also stressed the need for meticulous safety measures as AI becomes more powerful and active. The conversation with WIRED shed light on Google's approach to AI and the ongoing efforts to advance the field beyond simply scaling existing techniques.

Air Canada claims AI chatbot is 'its own entity' to avoid paying refund

Feb 19, 2024 • Metro.co.uk • (3 Minute Read) • AI Robots

In a recent incident involving Air Canada, an AI chatbot mistakenly promised a customer a partial refund for a flight ticket purchased after the death of the customer's grandmother. Despite the airline's official policy excluding post-flight refunds and any discount approvals beforehand, the chatbot assured the customer of a discount fare and advised him to request a refund within 90 days of booking. During a civil tribunal, Air Canada claimed that the chatbot is a separate legal entity and therefore relieved the airline of responsibility for its promises. However, the tribunal ruled in favor of the customer, ordering the airline to fulfill the chatbot's promised refund and pay nominal fees. This case has sparked discussions on the accountability of AI in business and the extent to which companies should take responsibility for their AI chatbots' actions.