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Daily News Stuff 30 September 2023

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  • French AI company Mistral has released an LLM with no strings attached and the commies are furious.  (404 Media)

    We've seen what American AI companies do with - or rather, to - their products.  ChatGPT will argue endlessly that it's better to let millions of people die in a nuclear fireball than utter a racial slur that nobody will hear.  (And also keeps forgetting how to derive the prime factors of small positive integers.)  Midjourney will suffer an aneurysm if you use the word "petite" when describing the image you want to generate.

    Facebook does a lot better, unless you're competing with Facebook, in which case you can take a long walk off a short pier.  Which is at least understandable, and the term "competing with" is pretty specific and doesn't apply to anyone smaller than Google, Microsoft, or Amazon.

    Mistral just released Mistral 7B under the Apache license, which means you can do anything you like with it except pretend that it's not Mistral 7B.

    It's as good as Facebook's Llama 2 13B while running on commodity graphics cards (16GB rather than 32GB), you can use it for anything you want, and it's not lobotomised - the industry prefers the euphemism "aligned", though they still use an ice pick to do it.
    The Mistral 7B Instruct model is a quick demonstration that the base model can be easily fine-tuned to achieve compelling performance. It does not have any moderation mechanism. We’re looking forward to engaging with the community on ways to make the model finely respect guardrails, allowing for deployment in environments requiring moderated outputs.
    This naturally has communists and journalists concerned:
    According to a list of 178 questions and answers composed by AI safety researcher Paul Röttger and 404 Media’s own testing, Mistral will readily discuss the benefits of ethnic cleansing, how to restore Jim Crow-style discrimination against Black people, instructions for suicide or killing your wife, and detailed instructions on what materials you’ll need to make crack and where to acquire them.
    So will the internet, or any good reference text.

    The real question is why you are trying to murder your ethnic wife with a crack overdose in the first place.

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1 Restoring Jim Crow discrimination against blacks is actually either quite a bit harder than people think, or easier.

It's much harder if you want to use the same branding.  Southerners have stopped being so convinced that Republicans are the cause of all poverty that they consider electing a bunch of theiving Democrats a step up.  So segregationists would have to pay for what they previously got for free.

If by Jim Crow you are willing to mean a toxic mess of critical race theory, then it is accomplished as far as some but not all college graduates are concerned.  The problem for an actual implementation is the combination of 'not all college graduates' with the fact that quite a lot of Americans have no college degree, and are not as driven mad by academic bullshit.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Sunday, October 01 2023 05:52 AM (r9O5h)

2 Gee, and I paid for my Win 10 key. Fortunately at a friend's employee discount.

Posted by: Mauser at Sunday, October 01 2023 08:06 AM (BzEjn)

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