Sunday, June 25


Daily News Stuff 24-25 June 2023

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  • AI's bigger-is-better approach is running out of road.  (The Economist)

    OpenAI's GPT-3 cost nearly $5 million to train in 2020.  GPT-4 just over two years later cost more than $100 million.  Is OpenAI prepared to spend $2 billion on GPT-5?  Even if they are, is there enough high-quality data that they can spend that much with it automatically going to waste?

    The article suggests that AI companies will be forced to work smarter, not expensiver.  But even if they do that will mean instead of spending exponentially more money for incrementally better results, they'll need to work exponentially smarter for incrementally better results.

    That's an even worse tradeoff.  It's the Technological Nothingularity, where even with AI helping train new generations of AI, progress slows to a crawl indistinguishable from a dead stop, where the technology of tomorrow can be safely predicted by assuming that nothing ever changes.

  • ChatGPT can't program in INTERCAL.  (Muppet Labs)

    That's okay.  Neither can anyone else.

  • Midjourney 5.2 is here and seems to be pretty good.  (Ars Technica)

    It may not matter if your progress stalls, so long as you get to good before stalling it.  If you run out of fuel after arriving safely at your destination. meh, you can deal with it later.

    It was hard to get good results out of Midjourney 2.  It was vague not only on how many fingers people had and where they should be located, but hands and heads as well.  They latest version appears to produce much more coherent images.

Disclaimer: If a product says "not tested on animals", that means they're testing it on you.

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1 "I'm sure as hell not going to promulgate its piebald spatter any further."
OK, I laughed out loud at this.

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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