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Are We Edging Closer to AGI? (Microsoft Paper)
GPT-4 Shows "Sparks of AGI", Humanoid Robots, MetaHumans, and Trustworthy AI
A lot has happened in the past few days in the field of AI and I am super excited to tell you all about it.
Here are the highlights:
Microsoft released a groundbreaking paper claiming to see “Sparks of AGI” in GPT-4
OpenAI’s paper “GPTs are GPTs” offered a sobering look at which jobs are most exposed to AI (& which are safe) - the list may surprise you!😲
Putting GPT-4 into humanoid robots may soon become a reality with Open’s latest investment in a robotics startup called 1x.
Gaming may have been changed forever with Unreal’s latest demo of MetaHuman (video to characters in 3 minutes) and nanite tech.
Mozilla commits $30 million to “building a trustworthy, independent, and open-source AI ecosystem.”
AIs help visually impaired humans see, educators educate better, creators create faster, and much more.
Let’s dive in.
GPT-4 Shows “Sparks of AGI”
Microsoft researchers have published a research paper titled “Sparks of Artificial General Intelligence: Early experiments with GPT-4”, declaring that GPT-4 showed early signs of AGI, meaning that it has capabilities that are at or above human level.
The paper is 154 pages long and I read it fully and summarized the findings in this short video with screenshots.
Top revelations include:
GPT-4 can understand beliefs, and intentions, and use external tools (implemented with ChatGPT plugins now).
It can even navigate complex human problems like a marital arguments or anti-vax debates with nuance .
And, came up with a devious way to evade Captchas by acting as a visually impaired person taking help from online volunteers.
How GPTs Will Impact the Labor Market
OpenAI study titled “GPTs are GPT” compares GPT (Generative Pretrained Transformers) with General Purpose Technologies like the wheel, electricity, and the computer that have greatly transformed human economies and societies and states that over 80% of workers could see their jobs impacted by AI.
I have read the full paper and summarized the findings in this video here.
Jobs that require more education and have higher wages like mathematicians, translators, writers, etc, are most exposed:
Among jobs with high barriers to entry, professions that require a lot of critical thinking and experimentation like scientists are less exposed.
Surprisingly, jobs like stonemasons, plumbers, carpenters, etc are not exposed to GPTs at all.
Humanoid Robots Are Coming
OpenAI has invested 23 million in 1x, a company working on humanoid robots called “Neo Humans”.
1x is not the only company in this space.
Sanctuary AI is building general-purpose robots with 5 senses that will be able to be remotely controlled. Figure 01 is another such humanoid robotics product.
In fact, we may not need these robots to look like humans at all. Startups are also working on “legs first robots”, caterpillar robots, and quad robots that look like dogs.
Watch the details about all these robots in my video here.
Unreal’s MetaHumans Look Too Real
In the “State of the Unreal” demo, an actress shot a video with an iPhone - live on stage - and it was turned into multiple, complete 3d characters (with emotive faces) in 3 minutes!
Mozilla’s Trustworthy AI Announced
Mozilla.ai is a startup that will build a trustworthy and independent open-source AI ecosystem. Mozilla will make an initial $30M investment in the company.
GPT-4 + Be My Eyes = Accessibility
Be My Eyes is an app that connects visually impaired humans with virtual volunteers to help them see and perform difficult tasks.
Before GPT-4, this task was done by humans but now GPT-4 is helping visually impaired people see, do tasks, and live a fuller life.
Curated AI Tools
Mubert AI: Get original and personalized music for your videos, products, and apps stress-free. Create AI-generated music that fits the mood, tempo, and genre you require.
Pictory AI: Convert long-form articles, and scripts to videos with AI (It automatically picks up the correct stock footage). TTS + thousands of templates and stock media.
Google’s Music LM: Generate music of different genres, and instruments, and even vocals. It can convert paintings into music that fits the theme. This is just a demo of the paper.
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