In this week’s newsletter: Dall-E 2 can conjure vivid pictures of dogs in berets to astronauts playing basketball. It also represents every major ethical concern there is about AI.
AI progress comes in fits and starts. You hear nothing for months and then, suddenly, the limits of what seems possible are burst asunder. April was one of those months, with two major new releases in the field stunning onlookers.
The first was Google’s PaLM, a new language model (the same basic type of AI as the famous GPT series) that shows a pretty stunning ability to comprehend and parse complex statements – and explain what it’s doing in the process. Take this simple comprehension question from the company’s announcement:
Prompt: Which of the following sentences makes more sense? 1. I studied hard because I got an A on the test. 2. I got an A on the test because I studied hard.
Model Response: I got an A on the test because I studied hard.
Prompt: Q: A president rides a horse. What would have happened if the president had ridden a motorcycle? 1. She or he would have enjoyed riding the horse. 2. They would have jumped a garden fence. 3. She or he would have been faster. 4. The horse would have died.
Model Response: She or he would have been faster.Continue reading...