Monthly Archives: March 2023

AI #5: Level One Bard

This was quite the week. OpenAI announced that GPT-4 was now offering plug-ins, including Wolfram Alpha and one that hooks up to all of your accounts including your email. GPT-4 had been out for over a full week, so this … Continue reading

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On the FLI Open Letter

The Future of Life Institute (FLI) recently put out an open letter, calling on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4. There was a great flurry of … Continue reading

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The Changing Face of Twitter

[NOTE: This post has been edited extensively to account for key info I had missed.] As we move to ban TikTok, and as we use that move as an excuse to pass a new supercharged Patriot Act for the entire … Continue reading

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Response to Tyler Cowen’s Existential risk, AI, and the inevitable turn in human history

Predictions are hard, especially about the future. On this we can all agree. Tyler Cowen offers a post worth reading in full in which he outlines his thinking about AI and what is likely to happen in the future. I … Continue reading

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GPT-4 Plugs In

GPT-4 Right Out of the Box In some ways, the best and worst thing about GPT-4 was its cutoff date of September 2021. After that date it had no access to new information, and it had no ability to interact … Continue reading

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Microsoft Research Paper Claims Sparks of Artificial Intelligence in GPT-4

Microsoft Research (conflict of interest? what’s that?) has issued a 154-page report entitled Sparks of Artificial Intelligence: Early Experiments With GPT-4, essentially saying that GPT-4 could reasonably be viewed as a kind of early stage proto-AGI. This post will go … Continue reading

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AI #4: Introducing GPT-4

Lemon, it’s Tuesday Somehow, this was last week: (Not included: Ongoing banking crisis threatening global financial system.) Oh, also I suppose there was Visual ChatGPT, which will feed ChatGPT’s prompts into Stable Diffusion, DALL-E or MidJourney.

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On the Crisis at Silicon Valley Bank

Many have already written about the events of the past week’s crisis. If you want the basics of what happened, you have many options. Your best bet, if available to you, is that this is Matt Levine’s wheelhouse. He did … Continue reading

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AI #3

Welcome to week three of the AI era. Another long week and another giant post. I intend to take a nice four-day vacation in Mexico starting today, during which I won’t do any writing. I’m sure the pace of things … Continue reading

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The Kids are Not Okay

It has been a subject of much recent internet discourse that the kids are not okay. By all reports, the kids very much seem to be not all right. Suicide attempts are up. Depressive episodes are way up. The general … Continue reading

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