A.I. Panic Sets In At Google, Elon Musk Creates X.AI, and Auto-GPT Goes Viral
Here are the latest top stories about artificial intelligence
NYT: Google is sprinting to add A.I. to search, with a $3B/year Samsung contract at stake in a race against Microsoft and OpenAI
Nico Grant reported for the New York Times that employees at Google were alarmed after learning that Samsung was considering replacing Google with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine. Meanwhile, a $20B contract will be up for renewal with Apple this year. The search giant is working to add A.I. features under the project name Magi, with more than 160 employees working full time on it.
Madhumita Murgia reported for the Financial Times on a red team of 50 academics and experts hired to test ChatGPT last year by OpenAI. “The team’s job was to ask probing or dangerous questions to test the tool that responds to human queries with detailed and nuanced answers.”
Berber Jin and Keach Hagey reported for the Wall Street Journal in late March on “the contradictions of Sam Altman, AI crusader.” The reporters say that Altman “has taken no direct financial stake in the business.” Fun fact: He told his mother last year that he hadn’t been to the grocery store in four to five years.
Elon Musk is listed as the sole director of a new A.I. company called X.AI Corp., established in Nevada. Musk has said that he intends to build an everything app called X. Twitter’s name was recently changed to X Corp., owned by a parent company named X Holdings Corp. Meanwhile on Twitter, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman responded to the story with a one-line zinger and emoji.
An experimental open-source attempt by @SigGravitas to make GPT-4 fully autonomous went viral within the past week. The program chains together LLM “thoughts,” to autonomously achieve a goal, “pushing the boundaries of what is possible with AI.” Aadit Sheth shared examples on Twitter of Auto-GPT in action, including its ability to autonomously conduct market research, create an app, and even outline a podcast episode.
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