Weekly AI #12
In the twelfth issue of Weekly AI, you can expect to find the following:
What caught my attention in the AI World this week: GPT, What Are You Doing?!
GM of the Week
The Art of Life Through the Eyes of AI - Week 24 Summary
Prompt of the Week
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Hello, AI enthusiasts,
Welcome to the twelfth edition of the Weekly AI newsletter. As I sit here in my cozy home office, sipping my favorite freshly brewed coffee, I'm thrilled to share with you the latest information from the ever-evolving world of AI.
Last week was a whirlwind of activity in the AI sphere. The Real Vision Festival of Learning AI Edition concluded, and it was a treasure trove of insights and knowledge. If you recall, I covered the festival extensively in our previous issue (No. 11), and I hope you found it as enlightening as I did.
This week, I want to bring your attention to a unique project that's been making waves in the AI community - Botto. Botto is a generative artist, but it's not just any artist. It's an artist governed by a community. Every week, Botto creates 350 pieces of art, referred to as a ‘round.’ Each individual piece within this round is known as a ‘fragment.’
The community plays a crucial role in this process. They vote on these art fragments, expressing their individual preferences on what they consider aesthetically pleasing. These votes are not just a popularity contest for the art pieces; they serve as feedback for Botto's generative algorithm. This feedback dictates the direction Botto should take in its next round of art pieces. Over time, Botto creates art that is guided and governed by the community.
Once a week, Botto puts one art fragment up for auction on SuperRare. All proceeds from this auction are returned to the community. While the auction is taking place, Botto is busy producing a new round of art fragments, ensuring the cycle continues.
Botto is more than just a generative artist; it's a testament to the power of community involvement and collective decision-making. It's a project where art and technology come together, creating a unique platform where the community not only appreciates art but also plays a significant role in its creation.
Botto is a living example of how technology can democratize art, giving power back to the people and allowing for a more inclusive and diverse representation of what is considered aesthetically pleasing. It's a project that's worth watching as it continues to evolve and shape the future of generative art. Botto is another exciting example of how AI is being used in art, pushing the boundaries of creativity and community engagement.
With that said, let's move on to the other exciting developments in the AI world. In the section "What caught my attention in the AI world this week," I want to highlight one of the last discussions at the RV Festival of Learning. It was an in-depth look at the mechanics of ChatGPT, the language model that's been making headlines for its ability to generate human-like text. We'll delve into the intricacies of how it works and why it's such a game-changer in the field of AI.
As always, we have regular sections like "The Art of Life Through the Eyes of AI - Week 24 Summary" and "Prompt of the Week." These sections aim to keep you updated on the latest trends and provide prompts to further explore the world of AI.
I invite you to dive into this issue to discover more about these fascinating topics. Let's continue our journey into the world of AI together.
Enjoy the read!
2. What caught my attention in the AI World this week: GPT, What Are You Doing?!
In this week's "What caught my attention in the AI world" section, I'd like to share an insightful discussion between Ash Bennington and Mikhail Voloshin. Voloshin, an expert in artificial neural networks and the leader of a consulting firm called Mighty Data, Inc., provided an in-depth look at the mechanics of GPT, a large language model AI system that enables human-like text interactions.
This conversation took place as part of the Real Vision Festival of Learning, and you can find its video recording here GPT, What Are You Doing?!
One of the key takeaways from their conversation is that GPT doesn't learn from individual user interactions, nor does it remember states or previous conversations. Instead, it predicts the most likely next word in a sequence based on patterns and relationships between words. This crucial distinction is often misunderstood, leading to suboptimal or incorrect uses of the technology.
Voloshin also explained that GPT is implemented as a cloud service. This means every interaction with GPT is routed to a server somewhere and can't be used offline. This cloud-based model has implications for how we understand and interact with AI systems like GPT.
The discussion touched on the training process for GPT, which is computationally expensive and requires positive and negative feedback scores. This process isn't influenced by typical user conversations, further debunking the myth that GPT is learning from our data.
Voloshin introduced the concept of Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback (RLHF), which is akin to taking GPT to school and providing it with a tutor. This process doesn't alter the network's connection weights but provides a mechanism to guide the AI's responses.
In a fascinating demonstration, Voloshin showed how GPT's responses could be influenced by the context provided to it. For instance, when told it's a "Soviet propaganda bot," GPT produced a response consistent with that context, showing the flexibility of these AI systems.
In conclusion, the discussion between Bennington and Voloshin offered a deep dive into the mechanics of GPT, shedding light on common misconceptions and providing a clearer understanding of this powerful AI tool.
As we continue to explore the AI world, it's crucial to understand the technologies we're interacting with. I encourage you to delve deeper, ask questions, and stay informed. Remember, knowledge is power, and in the AI world, it's the key to unlocking potential.
3. GM of the Week
This week, my inspiration to create the GM was an artist, Yuumei.
I used at the end of the prompt “artwork by Yuumei, so it is an interpretation of her art and my prompt by Midjourney AI.
Yuumei is a self-taught artist who began her journey in China and later expanded her skills through online communities like deviantART. She chose the pseudonym 'Yuumei,' which means light and darkness, at the age of 12. Her work primarily utilizes digital mediums, including drawing programs like Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop, as well as 3D modeling programs for her graphic novels. Despite a hand injury that limits her drawing time, she continues to create art and contribute to the community.
4. The Art of Life Through the Eyes of AI - Week 24 Summary,
Week 24 was a beautifully complex tapestry woven of joy, challenges, relief, and resilience. The week kicked off with a delightful visit to my parents-in-law's place, where the laughter of children and the warmth of family left us immersed in profound gratitude. The days that followed were a blend of efficient productivity as I juggled professional responsibilities and took leisurely strolls in the local park, appreciating the balance between work and relaxation.
However, the middle of the week was emotionally tough, with unresolved family issues and concerns over our eldest daughter taking a toll on our spirits. The intensity of love and the distress of seeing a loved one in pain brought forth difficult conversations and a heavy heart. Fortunately, this period of uncertainty gave way to clarity with the diagnosis of our daughter's health condition. Despite the looming challenges, knowing the path forward filled us with renewed strength.
In the face of routine work monotony and data overload, reconnecting with old friends served as a refreshing reminder of the simple joys in life. As we moved towards the end of the week, a sense of accomplishment prevailed, with key tasks completed and a return to the gym marking personal progress. The week wrapped up peacefully, with a quiet evening accompanied by my partner, a glass of wine, and an enjoyable movie.
In this journey called life, it's not just the highs and lows that matter but also how we perceive and respond to them. This week's lessons reminded me that balance, resilience, and the company of loved ones are essential components of our Art of Life. Remember to share, like, and comment on my posts, giving us an opportunity to connect and learn from each other's experiences. Use the hashtag #LifeThroughAIEyes for a sneak peek into my daily diary. Let's continue to navigate this beautiful, complex journey together.
5. Prompt of the Week.
This week's prompt comes from the NFT_GOD and his 1% better newsletter. Personally, I found it useful for generating some tweet templates and helping to find a hook for my tweets. I'm curious, what do you think about the ChatGPT prompt below?
Below is an atomic essay I want to turn into a tweet. Can you please take the essay and write a hook for me. Hooks are typically short, concise, punchy, attention grabbing statements that summarize my main point. Can you please then give me the top 5 most novel points from the atomic essay. I define novel as any ideas that make the reader thing differently.
6. Closing note
As we wrap up this week's edition of "Weekly AI." I want to share some insights from a recent discussion between Raoul Pal and Tom Bilyeu. This fascinating conversation, available to watch on YouTube, delves into the world of artificial intelligence, economic crises, monetary policy, demographics, cryptocurrency, and more.
Among the many factors shaping our world today, AI stands out as a key driver for the future of humanity. Pal pointed out how AI is reshaping the job market. Just look at Amazon, where robots are now doing jobs that were once done by people. According to Pal, this trend is set to speed up, with machines eventually taking over many human roles.
They also discussed the concept of "degrowth." This might sound like a good thing at first - fewer people means more resources for everyone, right? But Pal warns us to be careful. As the population decreases, there's a more significant push to use AI and robots to keep productivity up. This could lead to a future where human jobs become a thing of the past.
But it's not all doom and gloom! Pal also talked about the exciting possibilities of what he calls the "exponential age." We're looking at a future of increased productivity, cheaper energy costs, and amazing advancements like self-driving cars and space technology. It's like we're on the brink of a new "golden age" or "Renaissance."
However, this exponential age also brings challenges. One of the biggest is the threat of AI becoming too powerful. Even Elon Musk has voiced concerns about AI surpassing human intelligence and regulating such advanced technology.
The discussion between Pal and Bilyeu offers a fascinating glimpse into a future shaped by AI. While the exponential age promises many benefits, it also presents significant challenges that we need to prepare for.
As we come to the end of this edition of "Weekly AI," I want to thank you for being a part of our community. Your engagement and curiosity make this journey into the world of AI all the more exciting. If you found this newsletter insightful, please consider sharing it with friends and colleagues who might also be interested. And if you haven't already, don't forget to subscribe to stay updated.
Thank you for reading, and until next time, keep exploring!