3 AI misconceptions IT leaders must dispel


 Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing many aspects of how we work and live. (How many stories did you read last week about self-driving cars and job-stealing robots? Perhaps your holiday shopping involved some AI algorithms, as well.) But despite the constant flow of news, many misconceptions about AI remain.

AI doesn’t think in our sense of the word at all, Scriffignano explains. “In many ways, it’s not really intelligence. It’s regressive.” 

IT leaders should make deliberate choices about what AI can and can’t do on its own. “You have to pay attention to giving AI autonomy intentionally and not by accident,”


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sean Hollister / The Verge:
    Google unveils generative AI wallpapers, coming exclusively to Pixels in June, and Magic Compose, a feature in Messages for Android that auto-suggests responses — Generative AI is all the rage — and Google has found two new ways to put the tech in the palm of your hand.

    Android’s new generative AI can reply to your texts and design its own wallpaper / AI, not Android 14, has the spotlight today.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
    Google unveils features for helping to identify AI images, including “About this image” and a new file markup that allows labeling images as “AI-generated”

    Google introduces new features to help identify AI images in Search and elsewhere

    Google is taking its first steps toward combating the potential for misinformation arising from AI-generated images. Complementing its announcements at its I/O developer event this afternoon, the company also introduced two new features coming to Google Search that aim to help people better understand the content and the context of the image they’re viewing in the search results. This includes the addition of more background information about the image itself within an “About this image” feature, as well as new markup in the file itself that will allow images to be labeled as “AI-generated.”

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
    Google’s PaLM 2 paper is forthcoming on many of the LLM’s major limitations, but doesn’t reveal which data or hardware setup the company used to train the model — At its annual I/O conference, Google unveiled PaLM 2, the successor to its PaLM large language model for understanding and generating multilingual text.

    Google’s PaLM 2 paper shows that text-generating AI still has a long way to go

    At its annual I/O conference, Google unveiled PaLM 2, the successor to its PaLM large language model for understanding and generating multilingual text. Google claims that it’s a significant improvement over its predecessor and that it even bests OpenAI’s GPT-4, depending on the task at hand.

    But it’s far from a panacea.

    Absent some hands-on time with PaLM 2, we only have the accompanying Google-authored research paper to go by. But despite some opaqueness where it concerns PaLM 2’s technical specs, the paper is forthcoming about many of the model’s major limitations.


  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Abner Li / 9to5Google:
    Google debuts PaLM 2, offering improved multilingual, reasoning, and coding capabilities, available in four sizes and powering 25 Google products and features

    PaLM 2 is faster, reasons better, and powers 25 Google products

    Google today announced PaLM 2, with improved multilingual, reasoning, and coding capabilities. This “next generation language model” is faster, more efficient, and powers 25 first-party products and features.

    In 2022, Google announced the Pathways Language Model (or PaLM) with a “Pathways” AI architecture that can “train a single model to do thousands or millions of things.”

    PaLM 2 features improved “multilinguality” as it has been “more heavily trained on multilingual text” across over 100 languages. This results in a “significantly improved” ability to understand, generate, and translate nuanced text like idioms, poems, and riddles.

    In terms of reasoning, PaLM 2’s dataset includes scientific papers and web pages with mathematical expressions for “improved capabilities in logic, common sense reasoning, and mathematics.”

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
    Google says PaLM 2 is built on JAX and TPU v4, will power its updated Bard chat tool, and is available to developers via its PaLM API, Firebase, and on Colab


  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    David Pan / Bloomberg:
    Some crypto miners, like Hive Blockchain and Hut 8 Mining, are repurposing their GPUs to power high-performance computing services for AI clients

    AI Needs Specialized Processors. Crypto Miners Say They Have Them

    Previous Ethereum miners look to repurpose glut of GPUs for AI
    Some miners snapped up high-end chips during boom in crypto

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
    Google announces a competitor to Microsoft’s GitHub Copilot, a chat tool for asking questions about coding, and AI-assisted coding in its no-code AppSheet tool

    Google launches a GitHub Copilot competitor

    At its annual I/O developer conference, Google today announced the launch of a number of AI-centric coding tools, including its competitor to GitHub’s Copilot, a chat tool for asking questions about coding and Google Cloud services, as well as AI-assisted coding in Google’s no-code AppSheet product.

    At the core of virtually all of these new code completion and code generation tools is Codey. Based on Google’s PaLM 2 large language model, the company specifically trained Codey to handle coding-related prompts, but it also trained the model to handle queries related to Google Cloud in general (all of this, by the way, falls under Google’s Duet AI branding).

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    CarynAI has already generated $71,610 in revenue in just a week.

    An influencer created an AI version of herself that can be your girlfriend for $1 a minute. She says it could earn $5 million a month.

    Caryn Marjorie, a Snapchat influencer, has launched a voice-based, AI-powered chatbot of herself.
    Subscribers will be able to pay $1 per minute to chat with CarynAI, which uses OpenAI’s GPT-4 API.
    Marjorie anticipates being able to earn up to $5 million a month from it, per Fortune.

    Caryn Marjorie, 23, has more than 1.8 million followers on Snapchat. But her virtual copy — an AI-powered, voice-based chatbot called CarynAI — already has more than 1,000 paying subscribers.

    Fortune was the first to report on CarynAI, a chatbot that was described as a “virtual girlfriend” and charged users $1 a minute to chat with it.

    CarynAI launched as a beta test earlier this month and generated $71,610 in revenue in about a week, almost entirely from men, Fortune reported, citing an income statement provided by the influencer’s business manager.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Influencer Creates AI Version of Herself That You Can Rent as a Girlfriend
    “CarynAI is simply just an extension of me, an extension of my consciousness.”

    With the advent of AI chatbots, the ethics of parasocial relationships just keep getting murkier.

    Introducing: CarynAI, a voice-based chatbot that was trained to mimic a human influencer to become your artificial girlfriend. And at just $1 per minute, it’s an absolute steal.

    Yes, you read that right. As Fortune reports, CarynAI is the digital extension of 23-year-old influencer Caryn Marjorie, who created a virtual version of herself with the help of AI firm Forever Voices and OpenAI’s GPT-4.

    “Whether you need somebody to be comforting or loving, or you just want to rant about something that happened at school or at work, CarynAI will always be there for you,” Marjorie told Fortune.

    In many ways, Marjorie’s new venture is reminiscent of the 2013 movie “Her,” in which a man develops an intimate relationship with an AI assistant’s female voice.

    The parallels between the two are pretty tangible. According to Fortune, conversations with CarynAI range from chats about the future to sharing “intimate feelings” — and, yes, engaging in sexual conversations as well.

    As it stands, CarynAI already has over 1,000 paying customers. Within a week, the app reportedly raked in over $71,610 from a user base that’s 99 percent men.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    FinGPT3 on suurin puhtaasti suomenkielinen kielimalli, eikä suurempaa ole hetkeen tulossa
    Kajaanissa täydellä tehollä pyörivä Lumi-supertietokone on merkittävässä roolissa uusien kielimallien kehityksessä. Alkuvuonna Lumi sai laskettua valmiiksi suomen kielen suurimman kielimallin.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Introducing PaLM 2
    When you look back at the biggest breakthroughs in AI over the last decade, Google has been at the forefront of so many of them. Our groundbreaking work in foundation models has become the bedrock for the industry and the AI-powered products that billions of people use daily. As we continue to responsibly advance these technologies, theres great potential for transformational uses in areas as far-reaching as healthcare and human creativity. Building on this work, today were introducing PaLM 2, our next generation language model. PaLM 2 is a state-of-the-art language model with improved multilingual, reasoning and coding capabilities

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Europe’s AI Act Moves Forward With Increased Privacy Protections https://www.forbes.com/sites/emmawoollacott/2023/05/11/europes-ai-act-moves-forward-with-increased-privacy-protections/
    Two European Parliament parliamentary committees have voted to ban biometric mass surveillance in public spaces, approving a draft text of the AI Act. The draft also bans the use of facial recognition databases, biometric categorization and emotion recognition, in a victory for privacy campaigners

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
    Meta announces AI Sandbox, with generative AI tools to help select advertisers create text variations, background images from text, and cropped images — Meta today announced an AI Sandbox for advertisers to help them create alternative copies, background generation through text prompts …

    Meta announces generative AI features for advertisers

    Meta today announced an AI Sandbox for advertisers to help them create alternative copies, background generation through text prompts and image cropping for Facebook or Instagram ads.

    The first feature lets brands generate different variations of the same copy for different audiences while trying to keep the core message of the ad similar. The background generation feature makes it easier to create different assets for a campaign. Finally, the image cropping feature helps companies create visuals in different aspect ratios for various mediums, such as social posts, stories, or short videos like Reels.

    The company said that these features are available to select advertisers at the moment and it will expand access to more advertisers in July.

    “Currently, we’re working with a small group of advertisers in order to quickly gather feedback that we can use to make these products even better. In July, we will begin gradually expanding access to more advertisers with plans to add some of these features into our products later this year,” it said in a blog post.

    Meta’s announcement comes after the company’s CTO Andrew Bosworth said last month that the company was looking to use generative AI tech for ads.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    EU lawmakers agree to ban facial recognition use in public and predictive policing tools, and set transparency rules on generative AI; details must be finalized

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Employee says ChatGPT carries out 80% of his work duties, which allowed him to take on a 2nd job, report says

    Several workers told Vice they were using ChatGPT to work multiple jobs.
    One worker, referred to as Ben, said he used the chatbot to apply for a second job.
    He said he used the bot to generate written content and compose messages to his manager.

    OpenAI’s buzzy artificial-intelligence tool ChatGPT is reportedly helping people hold down multiple jobs while keeping employers in the dark.

    Vice’s Motherboard interviewed several workers about how they were using ChatGPT in their daily work lives.

    The workers’ experiences tie into the “overemployment” trend, sparked earlier in the pandemic when many workers capitalized on enforced remote work by taking on a secret second job. In the shift, white-collar workers took on multiple jobs to boost their income.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Will A.I. Become the New McKinsey?
    When we talk about artificial intelligence, we rely on metaphor, as we always do when dealing with something new and unfamiliar. Metaphors are, by their nature, imperfect, but we still need to choose them carefully, because bad ones can lead us astray. So, I would like to propose another metaphor for the risks of artificial intelligence. I suggest that we think about A.I. as a management-consulting firm, along the lines of McKinsey & Company. Firms like McKinsey are hired for a wide variety of reasons, and A.I. systems are used for many reasons, too. But the similarities between McKinseya consulting firm that works with ninety per cent of the Fortune 100and A.I. are also clear

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kristi Hines / Search Engine Journal:
    OpenAI plans to roll out selective web browsing and 70+ third-party plugins over the next week to ChatGPT Plus users who have opted-in for beta testing

    ChatGPT Plugins And Web Browsing Beta Rollout For Plus Users

    Uncover new possibilities with ChatGPT web browsing and plugins beta features. Available to ChatGPT Plus users who opt-in for experimental features.

    OpenAI announced the latest version of ChatGPT, including the beta rollout of web browsing and a staggering 70 plugins for ChatGPT Plus users.

    This release propels the artificial intelligence platform to new heights, transforming the tasks users can accomplish with ChatGPT.

    From entertainment and shopping to job searches and weather forecasts, these experimental features are poised to revolutionize the user experience, bringing a wealth of possibilities to your chat interface.

    As we step into this new era of AI-driven web interaction, let’s delve into what this means for ChatGPT users.
    Opting Into Experimental ChatGPT Features

    ChatGPT Plus users should have access to the beta phase of 70 plugins and web browsing in the latest release of ChatGPT.

    Early access to experimental features can be found in ChatGPT Plus user settings in the beta features panel.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Help! My Political Beliefs Were Altered by a Chatbot!
    AI assistants may be able to change our views without our realizing it. Says one expert: ‘What’s interesting here is the subtlety.’

    When we ask ChatGPT or another bot to draft a memo, email, or presentation, we think these artificial-intelligence assistants are doing our bidding. A growing body of research shows that they also can change our thinking—without our knowing.

    One of the latest studies in this vein, from researchers spread across the globe, found that when subjects were asked to use an AI to help them write an essay, that AI could nudge them to write an essay either for or against a particular view, depending on the bias of the algorithm. Performing this exercise also measurably influenced the subjects’ opinions on the topic, after the exercise.

    “You may not even know that you are being influenced,” says Mor Naaman, a professor in the information science department at Cornell University, and the senior author of the paper. He calls this phenomenon “latent persuasion.”

    These studies raise an alarming prospect: As AI makes us more productive, it may also alter our opinions in subtle and unanticipated ways. This influence may be more akin to the way humans sway one another through collaboration and social norms, than to the kind of mass-media and social media influence we’re familiar with.

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    3D Design With Text-Based AI

    Generative AI is the new thing right now, proving to be a useful tool both for professional programmers, writers of high school essays and all kinds of other applications in between. It’s also been shown to be effective in generating images, as the DALL-E program has demonstrated with its impressive image-creating abilities. It should surprise no one as this type of AI continues to make in-roads into other areas, this time with a program from OpenAI called Shap-E which can render 3D images.

    Like most of OpenAI’s offerings, this takes plain language as its input and can generate relatively simple 3D models with this text. The examples given by OpenAI include some bizarre models using text prompts such as a chair shaped like an avocado or an airplane that looks like a banana. It can generate textured meshes and neural radiance fields, both of which have various advantages when it comes to available computing power, training methods, and other considerations. The 3D models that it is able to generate have a Super Nintendo-style feel to them but we can only expect this technology to grow exponentially like other AI has been doing lately.


    he Shap-E program is available for anyone to use from this GitHub page.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Oululaisprofessorit: tekoäly on avustaja, ei hallitsija

    Professorit tekivät jo toisen tekoälykirjan – lataa täältä

    Tekoäly on noussut osaksi jokapäiväistä keskustelua uusien ChatGPT:n muodossa. Muutama vuosi sitten oululaisprofessorit tekivät tekoälyn historiateoksen. Nyt vuorossa on uusi teos, joka käsittelee tekoälyn tulevia vaikutuksia. Molemmat kirja ovat ladattavissa netistä nyt ilmaiseksi.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Miten tekoäly vaikuttaa elämäämme 2050-luvulla?

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Emma Roth / The Verge:
    Zoom plans to add Anthropic’s AI chatbot Claude across its platform, starting with Contact Center; the company didn’t detail the integration for other areas

    Zoom will soon integrate Anthropic’s chatbot across its platform

    After partnering with OpenAI to launch Zoom IQ, the company now has plans to integrate Anthropic’s Claude chatbot.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
    Hippocratic AI, which is building an LLM for health care, raised a $50M seed co-led by General Catalyst and a16z at a valuation in the “triple digit millions”

    Hippocratic is building a large language model for healthcare

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
    Internal document: Google trained PaLM 2 on 3.6T tokens and 340B parameters, compared to 780B tokens and 540B parameters for the original PaLM in 2022 — – Google’s PaLM 2 large language model is using nearly five times the amount of text data for training as its predecessor LLM, CNBC has learned.

    Google’s newest A.I. model uses nearly five times more text data for training than its predecessor

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
    Stability AI releases StableStudio, an open-source version of DreamStudio, its commercial interface for the text-to-image Stable Diffusion model

    StableStudio is Stability AI’s latest commitment to open-source AI

    Stability AI has announced StableStudio, a new open-source variant of its DreamStudio AI text-to-image web app.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why AI art struggles with hands

    Hands drawn by robots … often just don’t look right. Why is that, and what will it take to get better?

    Producer Phil Edwards is exploring five different aspects of AI that help explain everything from large language models to where unusual training data comes from. In this first video, he digs into why AI art struggles with hands. The challenges range from the same ones that human artists face to those that are a unique result of how AI generative art is created. The road to improving these hands may not be as obvious as you’d think.

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This Is What AI Thinks Is The “Perfect” Man And Woman
    AI has unrealistic expectations of humans.

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  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    It’s happening: AI chatbot to replace human order-takers at Wendy’s drive-thru
    Wendy’s is working with Google on the integration

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Paper Claims AI May Be a Civilization-Destroying “Great Filter”
    “Actively signaling our existence in a way detectable to such an extraterrestrial AI may not be in our best interest.”

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google Unveils Plan to Demolish the Journalism Industry Using AI
    This could change everything.

    Remember back in 2018, when Google removed “don’t be evil” from its code of conduct?

    It’s been living up to that removal lately. At its annual I/O in San Francisco this week, the search giant finally lifted the lid on its vision for AI-integrated search — and that vision, apparently, involves cutting digital publishers off at the knees.

  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google’s answer to ChatGPT is now open to everyone in US, packing new features
    More languages, image inputs, and extension support among Bard features at I/O ’23.

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  35. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New AI research lets you click and drag images to manipulate them in seconds / It’s like Photoshop’s Warp tool, but far more powerful. You’re not just smushing pixels around, but using AI to re-generate the underlying object. You can even rotate images as if they were 3D.

  36. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Verkkomedia: ChatGPT:n kehittäjä suunnittelee julkaisevansa tekoälyn avoimena koodina
    OpenAI:n kerrotaan työstävän uutta tekoälymallia.

  37. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Paresh Dave / Wired:
    Hands-on with Google’s Duet AI writing aid: a stiff style, inaccurate information, inconsistent Docs and Gmail behavior, great at drafting complaints, and more — I used Duet AI to send emails and plan my wedding. Its writing can be stuffy and stereotyping—but it’s a glimpse of the future of productivity apps.

    We Put Google’s New AI Writing Assistant to the Test

    I used Duet AI to send emails and plan my wedding. Its writing can be stuffy and stereotyping—but it’s a glimpse of the future of productivity apps.

  38. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Peter Funt / Wall Street Journal:
    Service robots like Moxi, which delivers medicines in hospitals, and Jesper, which serves food in restaurants, are in high demand despite job loss concerns — The pandemic may be over, but the demand for nonhuman workers in health care, food service and other fields is here to stay

    The New Everyday Reality of Service Robots

    The pandemic may be over, but the demand for nonhuman workers in health care, food service and other fields is here to stay

    Robots have been used for years in factories and warehouses—at firms such as Boeing, where they help build planes, and Amazon, whose army of robots sorts packages. Many of these devices are just delivery tugs or mechanical arms programmed to handle repetitive tasks. The pandemic accelerated demand for a different class of machines—some with digital “faces” and speech capability—in retail and service sectors, where they perform with, or in close proximity to, employees and customers.

    Every nurse I interviewed was negative, to some degree, about Moxi. The major concern was that it wasted money that could be used for hiring people and paying them more. Patients, on the other hand, were amused and moderately entertained by seeing a robot gliding down the halls. Hospital administrators seemed generally enthusiastic, emphasizing that Moxi’s mission is to handle menial tasks, leaving nurses more time to focus on actual patient care.

  39. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kentaro Tsutsumi / Nikkei Asia:
    Analysts expect a Q2 sales decline at seven out of the nine top chip equipment makers, including Applied Materials and Lam Research, amid a memory demand slump — Stock prices on rise as investors factor in anticipated recovery, demand from AI — Demand for wafer fabrication equipment has been lackluster.

    Chip equipment makers brace for sales decline on memory slump

    Stock prices on rise as investors factor in anticipated recovery, demand from AI

    TOKYO — Seven out of the nine top chipmaking equipment manufacturers are likely to log a sales decline in the current quarter as client companies rein in capacity investment in the face of a worsening semiconductor market.

    But despite the downbeat forecast, their stock prices have been on the rise, reflecting investor hopes for generative artificial intelligence and the bottoming out of the market.

    Applied Materials of the U.S. announced Thursday that sales for the May-July quarter would likely be $5.75 billion to $6.55 billion, forecasting a range between a 12% decline and a slight increase. The decline would be its first since the August-October quarter of 2019.

    In all, analysts expect a sales decline at seven out of the nine companies in the April-June (or May-July) quarter, including Lam Research of the U.S. and Japan’s Tokyo Electron, in a clear sign of market deterioration from the previous quarter when six players reported revenue growth.

    Slowing investment by chip manufacturers is the main reason behind the lackluster earnings. Memory chipmakers, in particular, have been hit hard by the slump in demand for smartphones and servers as well as plummeting prices.

    “Measured as a percentage of total wafer fab equipment, memory spending is tracking at its lowest level in more than a decade,” Applied Materials CEO Gary Dickerson said during an earnings call on Thursday.

  40. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Leaders of the G7 nations call for the development and adoption of global AI standards and to “take stock of the opportunities and challenges of generative AI”

    G7 calls for adoption of international technical standards for AI

    Read more at:

  41. Tomi Engdahl says:

    “What the large language models are good at is saying what an answer should sound like, which is different from what an answer should be.”


    AI’m With Stupid

    Robotics researcher and AI expert Rodney Brooks is arguing that we’ve been vastly overestimating OpenAI’s large language models, on which its blockbuster chatbot ChatGPT is based on.

    In a terrific interview with IEEE Spectrum, Brooks argues that these tools are a lot stupider than we realize, not to mention a very far cry from being able to compete with humans at any given task on an intellectual level. Overall, he says, we’re guilty of a lot of sins of poorly predicting the future of AI.

    Just Calm Down About GPT-4 Already And stop confusing performance with competence, says Rodney Brooks

    “It gives an answer with complete confidence, and I sort of believe it. And half the time, it’s completely wrong.”
    —Rodney Brooks, Robust.AI

    “What the large language models are good at is saying what an answer should sound like, which is different from what an answer should be.”
    —Rodney Brooks, Robust.AI

  42. Tomi Engdahl says:

    G7-johtajat peräänkuuluttivat tekoälyille yhteisiä pelisääntöjä lainsäädäntö ei ole pysynyt nopean kehityksen mukana https://www.tivi.fi/uutiset/tv/e3ee7bc7-bee6-430d-83da-87c25539a92b
    G7-maat peräänkuuluttavat maailmanlaajuista sääntelyä tekoälyteknologialle. Japanin Hiroshimassa käytävän G7-huippukokoukseen kuulumisista raportoi muassa uutistoimisto Reuters. Kokoukseen osallistuvien johtajien mukaan yhteiset pelisäännöt tekoälykehitykselle ovat tarpeen, sillä lainsäädäntö ei ole pysynyt nopeasti etenevän teknologian mukana


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