Simon Willison’s Weblog

Wednesday, 15th March 2023

“AI” has for recent memory been a marketing term anyway. Deep learning and variations have had a good run at being what people mean when they refer to AI, probably overweighting towards big convolution based computer vision models. Now, “AI” in people’s minds means generative models. That’s it, it doesn’t mean generative models are replacing CNNs, just like CNNs don’t replace SVMs or regression or whatever. It’s just that pop culture has fallen in love with something else.

version_five # 9:05 pm

We call on the field to recognize that applications that aim to believably mimic humans bring risk of extreme harms. Work on synthetic human behavior is a bright line in ethical Al development, where downstream effects need to be understood and modeled in order to block foreseeable harm to society and different social groups.

Emily M. Bender # 3:30 pm

GPT-4 Developer Livestream. 25 minutes of live demos from OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman at the GPT-4 launch. These demos are all fascinating, including code writing and multimodal vision inputs. The one that really struck me is when Greg pasted in a copy of the tax code and asked GPT-4 to answer some sophisticated tax questions, involving step-by-step calculations that cited parts of the tax code it was working with. # 12:20 am

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