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A.I. Bytes Bites: amazing developments in artificial intelligence (roundup).

Welcome to Stephen Hunt’s A.I. Bytes Bites, your go-to source for the latest and most amazing developments in artificial intelligence! In each edition, Stephen’ll bring you the top news, in-depth articles, engaging podcasts, and insightful reviews that cover groundbreaking research, innovative applications, and the ethical, social, and economic implications of A.I.

Stephen’s carefully curated content will keep you informed and inspired, as we explore the transformative power of AI across various domains such as healthcare, the environment, business, and more. Stay ahead of the curve with A.I. Bytes Bites and join us on this exciting journey into the future of technology!


In this Lex Fridman Podcast featuring Manolis Kellis, the conversation delves into the evolution of human civilization and the implications of superintelligent AI. The discussion begins with a comparison between humans and AI, before exploring evolutionary concepts, the ongoing debate between nature versus nurture, and the critical issue of AI alignment. Kellis and Fridman also examine the impact of AI on job markets, human-AI relationships, and the potential for humans to be replaced by AI. The conversation takes a philosophical turn, touching upon the fear of death, consciousness, AI rights and regulations, and the possibility of halting AI development. Finally, the episode covers the role of education and biology research in shaping our understanding of life’s meaning and addresses the pervasive issue of loneliness in modern society.


In this thought-provoking episode of GoodFellows, Hoover Institution senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discuss the potential benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence. They consider whether AI is a force for good that can improve humanity or a potential global threat. The conversation also touches on the significance of low-level National Guard members exposing US military secrets in the “Geeky Leaks” scandal. Furthermore, the fellows explore AI’s role in warfare, its impact on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the ethical debate surrounding data leaks. They also share their views on marijuana legalization as the world gears up for the annual “420 Day” celebration. This episode promises an engaging, insightful conversation on AI, geostrategic ramifications, and contemporary issues.


In this week’s rapid roundup of AI news by Matt Wolfe, a plethora of new releases and announcements are discussed. The episode covers the release of Open Assistant and Truth GPT, free and open-source alternatives to Chat GPT, with Elon Musk announcing the latter. Adobe’s integration of Firefly into Premiere is highlighted, showcasing AI image generation for storyboards and finding b-rolls from transcripts. The addition of an AI text editing feature in DaVinci Resolve that automatically edits videos based on edited text is also explored. Further topics include the current state of stable diffusion images on Google Colab, Greg Brockman’s presentation on OpenAI and Chat GPT at a TED Conference, Chat GPT redrawing a chart based on research papers, and an AI-generated viral video featuring Conan O’Brien.


OpenAI cofounder Greg Brockman delivers a talk on the cutting edge design principles that underpin ChatGPT. During the presentation, he provides a sneak peek into some never-before-seen plug-ins that leaveS the audience in awe. Following the talk, TED’s head, Chris Anderson, joins Brockman to discuss the timeline of ChatGPT’s development and delve into the risks of releasing such a potent technology into the world, as voiced by many in the tech industry and beyond. This thought-provoking discussion promises to shed light on the future of chatbots and the impact they could have on society.


In this insightful conversation between Raoul Pal and David Mattin, founder of the New World Same Humans newsletter and Real Vision contributor, they discuss the intersection of technology and humanity. They delve into the emerging technologies that are reshaping our future and consider the implications for us as humans. The discussion covers the current state of AI, where it’s headed, and how a renaissance for both humans and machines might unfold. The importance of human relationships is emphasized, as well as the impact of energy, quantum power, and politics on the evolution of technology. The episode concludes with final thoughts and key takeaways on how the collision between emerging technologies and fundamental human needs could define our future.


In this video by Matt Wolfe, he delves into the latest advancements in AI technology, showcasing a range of cutting-edge developments. The episode covers MiniGPT-4, an AI model capable of chatting with images, and discusses Meta’s new AI, DINOv2, which enables self-supervised learning. The conversation also highlights animated drawings, Apple’s FaceLit technology, Adobe’s Firefly for video, and the addition of AI features in DaVinci Resolve. Throughout the video, Matt Wolfe provides insights into how these advancements might shape the future of AI tools and their applications.


Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, both holding PhDs in Biology, explore the state of the world through an evolutionary lens. They address the event horizons we have crossed and those yet to come, particularly focusing on the implications of artificial intelligence. The conversation references an open letter that calls for pausing giant AI experiments and discusses Eliezer Yudkowsky’s piece on the necessity of shutting down AI development.


In this episode of The Singularity Lab, journalist Jazz Shaw joins the show to discuss a range of compelling AI topics. The conversation delves into AI “Agents,” Elon Musk’s ventures in the AI field, and the controversies surrounding generative AI and copyright issues.


In this Ask Me Anything session during the Abundance360 summit, Andrew Ng, Emad Mostaque, Alexandr Wang, and Peter Diamandis discuss the world’s transformation post-AI explosion. They cover topics such as reinventing businesses, adapting to new technologies, and the acceleration phase of AI. The conversation also touches upon AI’s impact on healthcare, its implementation in businesses, and industries that may remain undisrupted. They explore the development of AI safeguards, the role of a Chief AI Officer, and the ethical concerns surrounding AI. The session concludes with a quickfire round discussing music models, privacy in healthcare, and the future of education. This dialogue offers valuable insights into the rapidly evolving world of AI and its implications for various aspects of society.


In this episode of the TWIML AI Podcast, Ben Goertzel, CEO of SingularityNET, discusses various aspects of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). The conversation covers potential AGI scenarios, the limitations of Large Language Models (LLMs), and the potential of hybridizing LLMs with other AGI approaches. Ben shares insights on his research aimed at developing a common mathematical framework for AI paradigms by bridging neural nets, symbolic logic engines, and evolutionary programming engines. They also discuss the application of LLMs in music generation and the challenges of formalizing creativity. Furthermore, the conversation delves into OpenCog Hyperon, an AI infrastructure rebuild at scale, and Simuli, as well as the implications of their research for achieving AGI in the future. The episode concludes with a discussion on the complexities behind Sophia’s dialogue responses and the need for decentralization in the event of an AGI breakthrough.


In the video “Sparks of AGI: early experiments with GPT-4” by Sebastien Bubeck, the extraordinary capabilities of ChatGPT and its more powerful successors are explored, raising the question of whether artificial intelligence has truly arrived. Bubeck discusses the latest advancements in AI systems, specifically focusing on GPT-4, and the implications of these developments across various domains. The talk is based on a paper available at https://arxiv.org/abs/2303.12712 and was recorded at MIT on March 22nd, 2023.


Thanks to science fiction & fantasy author Stephen Hunt for compiling and authoring this regular report. Best-known for creating the steampunk genre with his best-selling Jackelian series (HarperCollins/Macmillan/Tor), the first of Stephen’s Sliding Void space opera series adventures was simultaneously the #1 most downloaded novel on Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Amazon Australia, and Amazon Canada. Wearing his futurist hat, Mr. H. now makes time in between scribbling his literary endeavours to examine the fast-moving world of the A.I. revolution.

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Stephen Hunt is a fantasy and science fiction author published in English the UK, Canada and Australasia by HarperCollins and in the USA by Tor. For all the foreign translations of his works, check out his web site at http://www.StephenHunt.net

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