Plus, CEO slammed for boasting about replacing 90% of his customer support team with chatbots.
Anthropic, a startup backed by Google, Salesforce, and Zoom, is entering the field of AI chatbots with its new offering, Claude 2. The company, founded by former OpenAI researchers, has tested its AI models with businesses like Slack and Quora. It has accumulated a waitlist of over 350,000 people interested in accessing Claude’s API. Claude 2 has improvements over its predecessor, including the ability to summarize up to 75,000 words compared to 3,000 words for OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The chatbot scored higher in exams like the Bar exam’s multiple-choice section and a Python coding test. However, Anthropic acknowledges that challenges, such as the risk of AI chatbots producing incorrect responses, remain in the industry.
Dukaan, an Indian e-commerce platform, has come under fire for replacing 90% of its customer support staff with an AI chatbot. The move has been criticized by some who argue that it will lead to job losses and a decline in customer service.
Researchers have developed an AI system that could quickly screen thousands of antibiotics to find new treatments for superbugs. The system, based on machine learning, was able to identify potential new antibiotics missed by traditional methods.
AI deepfakes, which are videos or audio recordings that have been manipulated to make it look or sound like someone is saying or doing something they never said or did, are posing a growing threat to politics, experts warn. Deepfakes could be used to spread misinformation or to damage the reputation of political figures.
AI could be used to help audit smart contracts, which are self-executing contracts that are stored on a blockchain. However, AI technology is not yet fully advanced enough to audit smart contracts.
AI has a major impact on healthcare, from diagnosing diseases to providing personalized treatment plans. AI-powered chatbots are also being used to provide 24/7 customer support to patients.
Billionaire venture capitalist Marc Andreessen has warned that AI could lead to widespread job losses and that China is poised to dominate the world in the age of AI. Andreessen said that AI will automate many jobs currently done by humans and that China is investing heavily in AI research.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned that 27% of jobs are at high risk of automation in the next few decades. The jobs include customer service representatives, cashiers, and factory workers.
In a recent article for Vanity Fair, James Poniewozik argues that AI may one day kill us all, but it will never be able to write a good movie. Poniewozik argues that AI lacks the creativity and imagination essential for good storytelling. While LLMs can generate text by learning from vast amounts of data, they lack the true essence of writing: communication and connection. The author emphasizes that writing is about conveying one’s thoughts and meaning to an audience rather than simply copying or mimicking existing text. They highlight the importance of intent and personal expression in writing, which LLMs cannot replicate. The article suggests that the art of writing lies in adding one’s unique meaning and perspective to the work. Furthermore, the article posits that in an era where synthetic text is becoming increasingly prevalent, genuine human connection and meaningful communication through writing will become even more cherished and valued.
In a recent article for The Conversation, John Danaher argues that the concept of AI alignment, which ensures that AI systems are aligned with human values, is flawed. Danaher argues that AI alignment is too focused on technical solutions and does not address the deeper philosophical issues raised by AI.
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