DeepMind’s AI shortcomings, and China’s social media translation problem

Earlier this month, Deepmind unveiled a new “normalist” AI model called Geto. Model video game balcony, caption image, chat and stock blocks can play with real robotic hands, announced AI Lab, owned by Alphabet. Altogether, Gato can perform hundreds of different tasks.

But while Gato is undeniably attractive, some researchers have moved away a bit in the weeks following his release.

Nando de Fritas, one of Deepmind’s top researchers and co-author of the Ghetto Paper, could not contain his excitement. “Game over!” He tweeted that there was now a clear path from GETO to Artificial General Intelligence or ‘AGI’, a vague concept of human or superhuman-level AI. He claims that the way AGI is created is largely a question of scale: to make a model like Gato bigger and better.

Surprisingly, De Freitas’ announcement sparked breathless press coverage that Deepmind is “on the edge” of human-level artificial intelligence. This is not the first time publicity has surpassed reality. Other exciting new AI models like OpenAI’s text generator GPT-3 and image generator DALL-E have generated similar grandiose claims.

For many in the field, this kind of fiery discourse overshadows other important research areas in AI. Read the full story.

– Melissa Heckila

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I used the internet to find out some of the most fun / important / scary / compelling stories about technology today.

1 Volunteers translate a Chinese social media post into English
Beijing is unhappy that the Post has passed China’s Internet censorship regime. (Atlantic 2)
, WeChat wants people to use its video platform. So they did it for digital protest. (TR)

2 Ukraine’s startup community is resuming business as usual
Many workers are juggling their day jobs with hours of post-war effort volunteering. (WP)
, Russian-speaking tech bosses living in the U.S. are cutting ties with pro-war workers. (NYT)
, YouTube has deleted more than 9,000 channels linked to the war. (The Guardian)

3 The Buffalo Shooting Tech highlights the failures of the anti-terrorism agreement
Critics say the platform has not done enough to address the root causes of extremism. (WSJ)
, The United States has experienced more than 3,500 mass shootings since Sandy Hook(WP)

4 Crypto seems to have an internal trading problem
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. (WSJ)
, Christine Lagarde believes that crypto “nothing” is valuable. (Bloomberg 2)
, Crypto is accelerating a bitter storm. Some still hold on to the beloved life(TR)
, The crypto industry has lost about $ 1.5 trillion since November(Atlantic 2)
, Stablecoin Tether has paid 10 billion in withdrawals since the crash began. (The Guardian)

5 The nuclear fusion industry is in turmoil
It is not on and off yet, but the fuel supply is already running low. (Wired $)
, A hole in the ground could be the future of fusion power(TR)
, The US Midwest could face a power grid failure this summer. (Motherboard)

6 Big Tech is not worried about the economic downturn
Even if it lowers some of its market valuation along the way. (NYT)
, But legislators are committed to reining them in with a no-confidence motion. (Record)
, Their carbon emissions are also getting out of control. (New Yorker 2)

7 US military wants to build a flying ship
The Liberty Lifer X-Plane will be independent of fixed airfields and ports. (IEEE Spectrum)

8 We need to change how we recycle plastic
The good news is that the technology to fix it exists – it just needs to be refined. (Wired $)
, A French company is using enzymes to recycle one of the most common single-use plastics(TR)

9 Why You Should Use Your Phone Like Drinking
Strike that delicate balance by stopping positive tipping into negative. (The Guardian 2)

10 Within the healthy world of internet weaving
His favorite Nitter’s compositions follow a cult. (Input)
, How the ban on pro-Trump patterns exposed the world of online weaving(TR)

Quote of the day

“I like the instant gratification of making the Internet better.”

-Jason Moore, who is credited with creating more than 50,000 Wikipedia pages, tells CNN about his motivation for unpaid work.

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