AI finds a better way to sort

PLUS: OpenAI meeting leak

Good morning, human brains. Welcome back to your daily munch of AI news.

Here’s what’s on the menu today:

  • OpenAI meeting leak 🚰 🧠 

    An inside scoop from an exclusive meeting with Sam Altman.

  • AI cracks sorting algorithms 🤖 

    Google DeepMind surpasses decades of computer science wisdom.

  • Bing doesn’t like it when you search for Chrome 😠 

    Its AI responds with Bing features instead.


OpenAI meeting leak 🗞️ 

Two weeks ago, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman held a secret meeting with a handful of engineers and startup CEOs in London.


~ The Economic Times

But afterward, one of the participants released a blog post — then mysteriously took it down. Here’s what he revealed:

1/ Altman disclosed that a shortage of specialized chips is holding back OpenAI. GPT-5 will take a whole lot longer while chip manufacturers catch up.

2/ Altman listed out OpenAI’s goals for the year: make GPT-4 faster & cheaper, provide a longer context window, roll out an easier way to fine-tune GPT-4 for specific customer use cases, and allow ChatGPT to retain a memory of past conversations you have with it.

3/ OpenAI reportedly has no intention of releasing a consumer-facing product after ChatGPT. A collective sigh of relief for AI developers. OpenAI will remain a platform org, instead of competing in the app space with its own suite of GPT-powered products.

4/ OpenAI is considering open-sourcing more of its models.

5/ Altman shared he doesn’t think existing models pose an outsize risk. In his words, "it would be a big mistake to regulate or ban them."

Our predictions: OpenAI will open-source models from some of its weaker models. We probably aren’t going to see any sign of GPT-5 until at least 2024.


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Sorting Algorithm

A set of instructions that takes an unsorted list and arranges it into a specific order, e.g. numerical or alphabetical.

4, 8, 2, 0, 7, 3 → 0, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8

Sorting algorithms are used in computer science to efficiently organize and search through large chunks of data. The faster, the better.


A better way to sort 🤖 

Google’s DeepMind just introduced AlphaDevan AI that’s uncovered several record-breaking sorting algorithms.

Sorting algorithms are one of the basic building blocks of computer science, and they’re used trillions of times per day in software all over the globe. So, a breakthrough in such a deeply understood problem like sorting? That’s quite the feat.

The secret sauce?

Gamification. DeepMind created a game in which players select low-level CPU instructions to build sorting algorithms from scratch — called AsssemblyGame. It’s especially challenging because a single wrong instruction completely wrecks the end result.

And the result after AlphaDev played the game?

The new algorithms it produced, in fixed and variable sort flavors, performed better than state-of-the art human benchmarks. The new algos have since been integrated into the LLVM standard C++ library.

01000101 01110101 01110010 01100101 01101011 01100001 00100001

There’s still room for improvement, though. This method doesn’t as well as the size of the algorithm grows, and it can’t yet optimize algorithms in higher-level languages — yet.

Our thoughts: First it was chess, then Go, then video games, then novel drug design, now it’s computer science. The Alpha AIs can apparently do it all. What’s next?



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