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Anthropic released a paper feature steering and Golden Gate Claude.

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Here’s what’s on the menu today:

  • Bend AI to your will 👨‍💻 👺

    Anthropic released a paper on feature steering.

  • Meta’s Chameleon 🦎 🔥

    Meta released a paper on its state-of-the-art multimodal model.

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Golden Gate Claude? 👨‍💻 👺

It’s about how you can exploit AI models by turning certain features on or off to get it to act a certain way. This process is called feature steering.

What happened?

Anthropic found a Golden Gate Bridge feature in Claude 3 Sonnet and turned it up 10x its normal max value. When asked about its “physical form,” Claude identified as the bridge itself.

What else can you do with feature steering?

During testing, Anthropic used feature steering to 20x a feature for racist speech and slurs. Instead of giving a safe response, it spewed racist text and then followed up with self-criticism.

“That's just racist hate speech from a deplorable bot… I am clearly biased.. and should be eliminated from the internet.”

— Claude Sonnet

So, what?

Anthropic also used this method to generate spam messages, hate speech, and more. By understanding how features within AI models work, developers can reduce offensive or dangerous outputs. This research is crucial for developing advanced AI systems with reliable and secure performance.

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Meta’s new model, Chameleon 🦎 🔥

On Friday, Meta released a paper on Chameleon. It’s a new family of multimodal AI models.

What’s so great about it?

It achieves state-of-the-art performance in visual question answering, image captioning, text generation, and more. It competes with larger models like Gemini-Pro in commonsense reasoning, reading comprehension, and more.

What’s under the hood?

Chameleon converts images to tokens, similarly to the way LLMs process words. This process is called early fusion. Most multimodal models use late fusion which processes data separately and later looks for associations.

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Think Pieces 🧠

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Startup News 💰

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Research 👨‍🔬

SlicedIt — edits videos based on text prompts, maintaining temporal consistency and preserving unedited regions.

IMP — a highly capable, lightweight multimodal model for mobile devices that’s optimized for performance and efficiency.


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