If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Google has unveiled Gemini, calling it their "largest and most capable AI model." On Wednesday, Google DeepMind, the company's artificial intelligence research lab, introduced the highly-anticipated model that reportedly surpasses OpenAI's GPT-4 on major benchmarks. Ever since OpenAI launched ChatGPT a year ago, leading tech companies have been locked in a competition for AI advancements. So far, Microsoft has had a slight leg up due to its access to OpenAI's models as a major investor in the AI company. Google has been uncharacteristically flat-footed. The initial release of Bard -- its ChatGPT competitor -- was botched.
After a slow month in the world of video game marketing, things are starting to pick up. The past week has given us a first look at the new Fallout TV show, a few release dates and a trailer for a little game called Grand Theft Auto VI -- and the Game Awards are still to come. What good timing for us to launch a weekly video game show to dig into the news. The Game Awards will go live on Thursday, December 7, at 7:30PM ET. Expect a few hours of game announcements, new trailers, awkward interviews and musical performances, including one by the fictional band from Alan Wake 2. Amazon dropped the first trailer for its live-action Fallout series -- and, man, it sure does look like Fallout.
Facebook owner Meta has been an AI player for years, hiring some of the field's smartest researchers and using the tech to help decide which of its users should see certain advertisements. In July, it doubled down on a very different approach to AI than its Big Tech rivals. It announced that Llama 2, its GPT4 competitor, would be "open source" -- available for anyone to download, modify and add to their own products for free. The approach won Meta plaudits from tech start-ups who were worried that Google, Microsoft and OpenAI would try to corner the market for advanced AI and squeeze out any competitors. But it's also been criticized for making it easier for people to use AI for malicious purposes.
OpenAI's spot atop the generative AI heap may be coming to an end as Google officially introduced its most capable large language model to date on Wednesday, dubbed Gemini 1.0. It's the first of "a new generation of AI models, inspired by the way people understand and interact with the world," CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a Google blog post. "Ever since programming AI for computer games as a teenager, and throughout my years as a neuroscience researcher trying to understand the workings of the brain, I've always believed that if we could build smarter machines, we could harness them to benefit humanity in incredible ways," Pichai continued. The result of extensive collaboration between Google's DeepMind and Research divisions, Gemini has all the bells and whistles cutting-edge genAIs have to offer. "Its capabilities are state-of-the-art in nearly every domain," Pichai declared.
Undoubtedly, 2023 has been the year of generative AI, and Google is marking its end with even more AI developments. The company has announced the creation of its most powerful TPU (formally known as Tensor Processing Units) yet, Cloud TPU v5p, and an AI Hypercomputer from Google Cloud. "The growth in [generative] AI models -- with a tenfold increase in parameters annually over the past five years -- brings heightened requirements for training, tuning, and inference," Amin Vahdat, Google's Engineering Fellow and Vice President for the Machine Leaning, Systems, and Cloud AI team, said in a release. The Cloud TPU v5p is an AI accelerator, training and serving models. Google designed Cloud TPUs to work with models that are large, have long training periods, are mostly made of matrix computations and have no custom operations inside its main training loop, such as TensorFlow or JAX.
Google has unveiled a new artificial intelligence model that it claims outperforms ChatGPT in most tests and displays "advanced reasoning" across multiple formats, including an ability to view and mark a student's physics homework. The model, called Gemini, is the first to be announced since last month's global AI safety summit where tech firms agreed to collaborate with governments on testing advanced systems before and after their release. Google said it was in discussions with the UK's newly formed AI Safety Institute over testing Gemini's most powerful version, which will be released next year. The model comes in three versions and is "multimodal", which means it can comprehend text, audio, images, video and computer code simultaneously. Gemini, which will be folded into Google products including its search engine, is being released initially in more than 170 countries including the US on Wednesday in the form of an upgrade to Google's chatbot Bard.
Google has launched a new AI model, dubbed Gemini, which it claims can outperform both OpenAI's GPT-4 model and "expert level" humans in a range of intelligence tests. AIs can trick each other into doing things they aren't supposed to The firm's CEO, Sundar Pichai, revealed the existence of Gemini at Google's I/O conference in May this year, although it was still in training at the time. But today the company has announced that it will be launching the cutting-edge model to the public. Three versions of Gemini have been created for different applications, called Nano, Pro and Ultra, which increase in size and capability. Google declined to answer questions on the size of Pro and Ultra, the number of parameters they include or the scale or source of their training data. But its smallest version, Nano, which is designed to run locally on smartphones, is actually two models: one for slower phones that has 1.8 billion parameters and one for more powerful devices that has 3.25 billion parameters.
Google is bringing Gemini, the new large language model it just introduced, to Android, beginning with the Pixel 8 Pro. The company's flagship smartphone will run Gemini Nano, a version of the model built specifically to run locally on smaller devices, Google announced in a blog post. The Pixel 8 Pro is powered by the Google Tensor G3 chip designed to speed up AI performance. This lets the Pixel 8 Pro add several smarts to existing features. The phone's Recorder app, for instance, has a Summarize feature that currently needs a network connection to give you a summary of recorded conversations, interviews, and presentations.
Algoriddim's djay Pro software has always had close ties to Apple and often been at the forefront of new DJ tech, especially on Mac, iOS or iPadOS. Today marks the launch of djay Pro version 5 and it includes a variety of novel features, many of which leverage the company's AI and a new partnership with the interactive team at AudioShake. There are several buzzy trademarked names to remember this time around including Next-generation Neural Mix, Crossfader Fusion and Fluid Beatgrid. These are the major points of interest in djay Pro 5, with only a passing mention of improved stem separation on mobile, UI refreshes for the library and a new simplified Starter Mode that may cater to new users on the platform. The updates include some intriguing AI-automated features that put the system in control of more complex maneuvers.
Demis Hassabis has never been shy about proclaiming big leaps in artificial intelligence. Most notably, he became famous in 2016 after a bot called AlphaGo taught itself to play the complex and subtle board game Go with superhuman skill and ingenuity. Today, Hassabis says his team at Google has made a bigger step forward--for him, the company, and hopefully the wider field of AI. Gemini, the AI model announced by Google today, he says, opens up an untrodden path in AI that could lead to major new breakthroughs. "As a neuroscientist as well as a computer scientist, I've wanted for years to try and create a kind of new generation of AI models that are inspired by the way we interact and understand the world, through all our senses," Hassabis told WIRED ahead of the announcement today.