Sam Altman testifies in Congress
PLUS: AI tries 20 jobs
Good morning human brains, welcome back to your daily munch of AI news.
Here’s what’s on the menu today:
Open AI wants regulation 🎙️
CEO Sam Altman’s AI safety hearing at the US Senate.
AI in the military 📈
ScaleAI announced AI products for US defense.
AI tries out 20 jobs 🧑🏭
Wired experimented to see what jobs ChatGPT can replace.
Sam Altman Testifies 🏫
Yesterday afternoon, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, testified before the US Senate panel alongside an acclaimed NYU prof and IBM’s AI governance rep.
Here are the key takeaways:
OpenAI CEO testifying before Congress.
1/ Both IBM and Altman urged lawmakers to regulate AI, calling the current boom a "printing press moment" that requires safeguards at the federal level.
2/ Sam Altman confirmed that he’s got zero equity staked in OpenAI. The upside from the seven-year gruel and OpenAI’s $30B valuation? He shares none of it. In his words, “I’m doing it because I love it.”
3/ Sam emphasized the use of AI to manipulate voters and mass attacks with disinformation as his most serious short-term concerns.
4/ Altman suggested the US government regulate the industry by creating a licensing regime for the most powerful AI systems. If it goes through, it’ll mean you need government approval & safety checks to build your own LLMs.
5/ Sam addressed the impact of AI on jobs, saying it’ll require a partnership between industry and government to mitigate the damage, but OpenAI predicts we’ll find new, better ways to be productive at the end of the road.
The bigger picture: ChatGPT’s virality + the tsunami of tech companies pivoting to focus on AI + Europe drafting its own legislation has got US lawmakers serious. This is the first in many meetings to draft new guardrails for AI development.
AI regulation & licensing - yay or nay?
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ScaleAI’s Military AI 🪖
Five years ago, 19-year-old Alexandr Wang founded ScaleAI to label big data for AI development. Two years ago he became the youngest self-made billionaire. Last week, ScaleAI revealed an AI system built for the US military.
Donovan is an AI-powered decision-making hub designed specifically with governments in mind and the US Army's 18th Airborne Corps has already deployed Donovan for real-time AI-powered decision-making.
Why this matters: both intelligence and defense agencies collect massive amounts of data but struggle to build systems that can make sense of it all.
If Scale can help government agencies clean, segment, and organize their data, it’s going to play a huge role in national security over the next few decades (and put them in direct competition with companies like Palantir.
One more thing: ScaleAI just launched their Enterprise AI Platform to help big industries bring AI on-premise, protect internal data, and fine-tune models for their needs. Fox Corp and Koch Industries are already customers.
ScaleAI’s ambitions are clear: become the next AI behemoth.
MEMES FOR DESSERT
YOUR DAILY MUNCH
VCs love to talk about AI, but they aren’t writing as many checks as you might think.
Wired: AI tries on 20 different jobs.
Alphabet’s Intrinsic launches Flowstate, a robotic app development platform.
AI startup Writer introduces product to reduce hallucinated content in LLMs.
What predicts AI usage? Investigating the main drivers of AI use.
Developing a scale to measure AI service quality: providing a fresh approach for practitioners to enhancing customer experience.
Roam Around: generate personalized travel plans.
Devi: automate social media management for leadgen.
InterviewBot: prep for your interviews with AI avatars.
Puddl: track your OpenAI API costs for free.
TWEET OF THE DAY
Mark Zuckerberg hints Meta will open-source more of their AI technology:
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Until next time 🤖😋🧠