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U.S. Acts Against Algorithmic Bias

Regulators are forcing Meta (formerly Facebook) to display certain advertisements more evenly across its membership.What’s new: The United States government compelled Meta to revise its ad-

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Toward Next-Gen Language Models

A new benchmark aims to raise the bar for large language models.What’s new: Researchers at 132 institutions worldwide introduced the Beyond the Imitation Game benchmark (BIG-bench), which includes tasks that humans

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Windmills
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Wind in the Forecast

Machine learning is making wind power more predictable.What’s new: Engie SA, a multinational energy utility based in France, is the first customer for an AI-powered tool from Google that predicts the energy output of

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LaMDA Comes Alive?
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LaMDA Comes Alive?

A chatbot persuaded at least one person that it has feelings.What’s new: A senior engineer at Google announced his belief that the company’s latest conversational language model is sentient. Google put the

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Ethics Team Scuttles Taser Drone
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Ethics Team Scuttles Taser Drone

A weaponized AI system intended to protect students has been grounded.What’s new: Axon, which makes law-enforcement equipment such as tasers and body cameras, canceled a plan to sell remote-controlled drones capable of firing

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Standout Startups
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Standout Startups

AI startups are creating high value across a wide variety of industries.What’s new: CB Insights, which tracks tech startups, published the latest edition of the AI 100, its annual list of 100 notable AI startups. The list includes

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DALL·E 2’s Emergent Vocabulary
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DALL·E 2’s Emergent Vocabulary

OpenAI’s text-to-image generator DALL·E 2 produces pictures with uncanny creativity on demand. Has it invented its own language as well?What’s new: Ask DALL·E 2 to generate an image that includes text, and often its

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Child-Welfare Agency Drops AI
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Child-Welfare Agency Drops AI

Officials in charge of protecting children stopped using a machine learning model designed to help them make decisions in difficult cases.What’s new: The U.S. state of Oregon halted its use of an algorithm intended to

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Actors Act Against AI
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Actors Act Against AI

Performing artists are taking action to protect their earning power against scene-stealing avatars.What’s new: Equity, a union of UK performing artists, launched a campaign to

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K-Means Clustering: Group Think
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K-Means Clustering: Group Think

If you’re standing close to others at a party, it’s likely that you have something in common. This is the idea behind using k-means clustering to split data points into groups. Whether the groups formed via human agency or some other force, this

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Man sitting on a tree with a monkey and a gorilla
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Decision Trees: From Root to Leaves

What kind of beast was Aristotle? The philosopher's follower Porphyry, who lived in Syria during the third century, came up with a logical way to answer the question. He organized Aristotle’s proposed “categories of being” from general to

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Neural Networks: Find the Function
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Neural Networks: Find the Function

Let’s get this out of the way: A brain is not a cluster of graphics processing units, and if it were, it would run software far more complex than the typical artificial neural network. Yet neural networks were inspired by the brain’s architecture:

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Two people rock climbing
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Gradient Descent: It’s All Downhill

Imagine hiking in the mountains past dusk and finding that you can’t see much beyond your feet. And your phone’s battery died so you can’t use a GPS app to find your way home. You might find the quickest path down via gradient descent. Just

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Two people drinking danger poison
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Logistic Regression: Follow the Curve

There was a moment when logistic regression was used to classify just one thing: If you drink a vial of poison, are you likely to be labeled “living” or “deceased”? Times have changed, and today not only does calling emergency services provide a better

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One Model, Hundreds of Tasks
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One Model, Hundreds of Tasks

Researchers took a step toward achieving a longstanding goal: One model that performs a whole lot of very different tasks.What's new: Scott Reed, Konrad Żołna, Emilio Parisotto and a team at

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