Intro to Large Language Models (video)

Andrej Karpathy has a very well-done Intro to Large Language Models video on YouTube. As a founding member and research scientist at OpenAI and with a two-year hiatus working on Tesla Autopilot, Karpathy is an authority in the field. He is also good at explaining hard things. As a Kahneman reader, I appreciated the Thinking Fast and Slow analogy proposed at about half-length in the video: “System 1” (fast automatic thinking, rapid decisions) is where we’re now; “System 2” (rational, slow thinking, complex decisions) is LLMs next goal. »

AI-curated minimalist news

Minimalist News is the first LLM project that excites me but in a nervous way. Quoting the About page: We only publish significant news. To find them we use AI (ChatGPT-4) to read and analyze 1000 top news every day. For each article it estimates magnitude, scale, potential and credibility. Then we combine these estimates to get the final Significance score from 0 to 10. And now the best part: We’ll only send you the news scored 6. »

Noam Chomsky on ChatGPT

Noam Chomsky’s essays are always worth reading, no matter the topic he decides to address, because, well, frankly, he’s one of the brightest and most well-informed minds of our time. His criticism of OpenAI’s ChatGPT makes no exception. It does an excellent job of explaining how LLMs work, the differences with human reasoning, and why, in his opinion, the advent of artificial general intelligence is a long way to go, if ever. »

ChatGPT is making up fake Guardian articles

Chris Moran, the Guardian’s head of editorial innovation: Last month one of our journalists received an interesting email. A researcher had come across mention of a Guardian article, written by the journalist on a specific subject from a few years before. But the piece was proving elusive on our website and in search. Had the headline perhaps been changed since it was launched? Had it been removed intentionally from the website because of a problem we’d identified? »

Quoting John Carmack

John Carmack, while advising on the advent of AI and its influence on the Software Engineering profession: Software is just a tool to help accomplish something for people – many programmers never understood that. Keep your eyes on the delivered value, and don’t over-focus on the specifics of the tools. I have often fallen into the over-focusing trap in my career. The whole thread is well worth reading: »

Chess@home è una Intelligenza Artificiale Distribuita per gli Scacchi

Il progetto Chess@home è il vincitore del recente Node Knockout, ed una volta tanto si tratta di qualcosa di davvero innovativo e intrigante. Obiettivo: la creazione della più potente Intelligenza Artificiale per il gioco degli Scacchi al mondo, generata nientemeno che dai browser attivi sulla rete.

L’elaborazione collaborativa distribuita è diventata famosa grazie a progetti come SETI@home e Folding@home. Semplificando molto potremmo dire che questo tipo di applicazione prevede che un piccolo programma venga installato e fatto girare su decine di migliaia di computer volontari. La capacita elaborativa del progetto è data dalla somma delle elaborazioni individuali.

La novità di Chess@Home consiste nell’idea di ricorrere a codice JavaScript che gira nel browser, dunque senza alcuna necessità di client dedicati. Appositi widget presenti nelle pagine dei siti aderenti innestano l’elaborazione sul computer del visitatore, potenzialmente decuplicando il numero di nodi che partecipano all’elaborazione (più visitatori accedono alla stessa pagina contemporaneamente).