Thursday, September 24, 2020

"Microsoft gets exclusive access to AI deemed 'too dangerous to release'" (MSFT)

From The Independent, September 23:

Microsoft says the AI could be used to help writing and composition, translating languages, and more
Microsoft has an exclusive license to use OpenAI’s GPT-3 artificial intelligence language generator, the company has announced.
The previous iteration of GPT-3, called GPT-2, made headlines for being “too dangerous to release” and has numerous capabilities, including designing websites, prescribing medication, answering questions,  and penning articles.
Microsoft says it will “leverage its technical innovations to develop and deliver advanced AI solutions for our customers”, although was not specific about what that would be.
“The scope of commercial and creative potential that can be unlocked through the GPT-3 model is profound, with genuinely novel capabilities – most of which we haven’t even imagined yet”, wrote Kevin Scott, Microsoft’s executive vice president and chief technology officer.

“Directly aiding human creativity and ingenuity in areas like writing and composition, describing and summarizing large blocks of long-form data (including code), converting natural language to another language – the possibilities are limited only by the ideas and scenarios that we bring to the table” he added....