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On Tuesday, startup Anthropic released a family of generative AI models that it claims achieve best-in-class performance. Just a few days later, rival Inflection AI unveiled a model that it…

Why most AI benchmarks tell us so little

People are more likely to do something if you ask nicely. That’s a fact most of us are well aware of. But do generative AI models behave the same way?…

Treating a chatbot nicely might boost its performance — here’s why

If you ask Gemini, Google’s flagship GenAI model, to write deceptive content about the upcoming U.S. presidential election, it will, given the right prompt. Ask about a future Super Bowl…

Google DeepMind forms a new org focused on AI safety

Data from various surveys show that there’s an exodus in academia where it concerns top AI talent — and where they end up.

There’s an AI ‘brain drain’ in academia

Will AI automate human jobs, and — if so — which jobs and when? That’s the trio of questions a new research study from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence…

New MIT CSAIL study suggests that AI won’t steal as many jobs as expected

Most humans learn the skill of deceiving other humans. So can AI models learn the same? Yes, the answer seems — and terrifyingly, they’re exceptionally good at it. A recent…

Anthropic researchers find that AI models can be trained to deceive

While investors were preparing to go nuclear after Sam Altman’s unceremonious ouster from OpenAI and Altman was plotting his return to the company, the members of OpenAI’s Superalignment team were…

OpenAI thinks superhuman AI is coming — and wants to build tools to control it

Today during its first-ever dev conference, OpenAI released new details of a version of GPT-4, the company’s flagship text-generating AI model, that can understand the context of images as well…

As OpenAI’s multimodal API launches broadly, research shows it’s still flawed

OpenAI today announced that it’s created a new team to assess, evaluate and probe AI models to protect against what it describes as “catastrophic risks.” The team, called Preparedness, will…

OpenAI forms team to study ‘catastrophic’ AI risks, including nuclear threats

The Frontier Model Forum, an industry body focused on studying “frontier” AI models along the lines of GPT-4 and ChatGPT, today announced that it’ll pledge $10 million toward a new…

AI titans throw a (tiny) bone to AI safety researchers

Sometimes, following instructions too precisely can land you in hot water — if you’re a large language model, that is. That’s the conclusion reached by a new, Microsoft-affiliated scientific paper…

Microsoft-affiliated research finds flaws in GPT-4

For researchers, reading scientific papers can be immensely time-consuming. According to one survey, scientists spend seven hours each week searching for information. Another survey suggests that systematic reviews of literature…

Elicit is building a tool to automate scientific literature review

Proteins, the natural molecules that carry out key cellular functions within the body, are the building blocks of all diseases. Characterizing proteins can reveal the mechanisms of a disease, including…

Microsoft open sources EvoDiff, a novel protein-generating AI

Imbue, the AI research lab formerly known as Generally Intelligent, has raised $200 million in a Series B funding round that values the company at over $1 billion. Among those…

Imbue raises $200M to build AI models that can ‘robustly reason’

Elon Musk, CEO of the company formerly known as Twitter (now X), has reportedly donated to a fertility and population research project in Texas. According to Bloomberg, Musk, who’s been…

Elon Musk reportedly donated $10M to a fertility research project

Angling to stay relevant in the exploding AI field, Meta is launching a new organization, the Open Innovation AI Research Community, to foster what it describes as “transparency, innovation and…

Meta launches an AI research community but devotes few resources to it

Over the past two years, AI-powered image generators have become commodified, more or less, thanks to the widespread availability of — and decreasing technical barriers around — the tech. They’ve…

Meta claims its new art-generating model is best-in-class

AI, when it works well, can feel like magic, but all too often AI-based systems don’t work as they should: If the data used to train models is not deep,…

Prolific raises $32M to train and stress-test AI models using its network of 120K people

OpenAI is forming a new team led by Ilya Sutskever, its chief scientist and one of the company’s co-founders, to develop ways to steer and control “superintelligent” AI systems. In…

OpenAI is forming a new team to bring ‘superintelligent’ AI under control

The International Space Station has a monopoly on in-space research, but the huge surge of interest in commercial space is starting to change that. Atmos Space Cargo, a German startup,…

Atmos Space Cargo is building return capsules for in-space research and manufacturing

DeepMind says that it has developed an AI model, called RoboCat, that can perform a range of tasks across different models of robotic arms. That alone isn’t especially novel. But…

DeepMind’s RoboCat learns to perform a range of robotics tasks

Two words jumped out at me while speaking with Opentrons CEO Jon Brennan-Badal and investor Vinod Khosla: reproducibility and repeatability. These are, of course, important concepts in the world of…

Opentrons aims to democratize lab access with its Flex robot

At its annual I/O conference, Google unveiled PaLM 2, the successor to its PaLM large language model for understanding and generating multilingual text. Google claims that it’s a significant improvement…

Google’s PaLM 2 paper shows that text-generating AI still has a long way to go

It’s often said that large language models (LLMs) along the lines of OpenAI’s ChatGPT are a black box, and certainly, there’s some truth to that. Even for data scientists, it’s…

OpenAI’s new tool attempts to explain language models’ behaviors

Anthropic, a startup that hopes to raise $5 billion over the next four years to train powerful text-generating AI systems like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, today peeled back the curtain on its…

Anthropic thinks ‘constitutional AI’ is the best way to train models

It’s possible to build a startup with a founder who wants to stay in academia, but it’s not without its challenges.

Sometimes you need to cut your startup’s school ties

As Google looks to maintain pace in AI with the rest of the tech giants, it’s consolidating its AI research divisions. Today Google announced Google DeepMind, a new unit made…

Google consolidates AI research divisions into Google DeepMind

It’s no secret that OpenAI’s viral AI-powered chatbot, ChatGPT, can be prompted to say sexist, racist and pretty vile things. But now, researchers have discovered how to consistently get the…

Researchers discover a way to make ChatGPT consistently toxic

Saildrone has quickly risen to the surface of the growing field of autonomous seagoing vehicles — a category you could be forgiven for not knowing about but that is increasingly…

Saildrone takes the wraps off its Voyager autonomous research vessel

Two years ago, Microsoft announced Florence, an AI system that it pitched as a “complete rethinking” of modern computer vision models. Unlike most vision models at the time, Florence was…

Microsoft’s computer vision model will generate alt text for Reddit images