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Google Opens Up its AI Chatbot Technology for Developers

Google, in a move similar to Meta, has shared the computer code behind its chatbot technology with outside programmers. The company released two AI language models that could be used by developers to create online chatbots. Google’s decision follows Meta’s lead in open-sourcing technology to encourage industry standards. While the move is meant to foster innovation, concerns around the potential misuse of AI technology persist. By making their technology available for download, Google is aiming to engage with the developer community and promote responsible use of AI.

AI Revolutionizes Material Science

Orbital Materials, founded by a former DeepMind researcher, is using GenAI technology to accelerate the discovery and development of new physical materials. Their proprietary AI model, Linus, has been trained on a diverse dataset and is capable of generating molecular structures based on natural language instructions. The goal is to bring new materials to the proof of concept phase and then partner with external manufacturers. With $16 million raised in a recent funding round, Orbital Materials aims to hasten the commercialization of advanced materials through AI-driven innovation.

Swipe Right for AI: Singles Break the Ice with Chatbots 

AI is revolutionizing dating as American singles use chatbots to enhance their profiles. The “Singles in America” study by Match and the Kinsey Institute reveals that 6% of singles have tried AI to improve their dating experiences. With AI assistance, 32% have found better matches and quicker connections. Despite this trend, authenticity remains crucial, as many oppose AI altering their image or conversations. Finance concerns and mental health stress impact dating preferences, with 73% prioritizing financial stability and Gen Z focusing on mental health. This study provides insights into the evolving intersection of AI, relationships, and modern courtship.

Death, Lies, and A.I.: The Rise of Shoddy Biographies

Celebrities are being remembered with inaccurate A.I.-generated biographies popping up online shortly after their deaths. The hasty, error-filled books are a macabre new publishing trend, with titles like “Tom Smothers: Revealing 4 Untold Truth About Half of Smothers Brother.” Authors and publishers even disclaim their content’s accuracy. This phenomenon, observed after the deaths of Joseph Lelyveld, Tom Smothers, and Toby Keith, highlights the dark side of automated content generation. 

Congress on AI: All Talk, No Action

The House of Representatives has established a new Task Force on AI led by California Reps Ted Lieu and Jay Obernolte. Despite the announcement, it appears as a symbolic gesture in the face of ongoing indecision and lack of progress on regulating AI. With partisanship hindering real action, the task force raises questions about its effectiveness and timing. As Congress struggles to keep up with AI advancements, this move may be seen as a mere attempt to delay real decisions until after the 2024 election. The lack of specific goals and deliverables adds to skepticism about the task force’s impact.

AI and Common Sense: Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

Despite recent advancements in AI language models like BERT and GPT-3, a new study led by USC Viterbi shows that while these models excel at answering common sense questions accurately, they struggle with generalization and overconfidence. The research suggests that AI still has a way to go before it can reliably handle real-world applications requiring nuanced understanding and a recognition of uncertainty. Shen’s proposed framework aims to help AI models make better judgment calls in ambiguous situations, potentially preventing harmful outcomes in scenarios like healthcare chatbots.

Docs Burned Out, But AI to the Rescue

Doctors are overwhelmed by burnout, paperwork, and staffing shortages, but many believe AI could help. Over 90% of physicians feel burnt out regularly due to admin tasks. In a survey by Athenahealth, doctors are spending 15 extra hours a week due to workload. Despite concerns, 83% believe AI can streamline work and improve patient care, though 70% worry about losing the human touch in the process. Even so, AI optimists see potential in technology to enhance patient care. The study surveyed 1,003 doctors who expressed hope for the future of healthcare with AI assistance.




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