I am confident that 2023 will be looked back on as a major turning point in the adoption of AI in society. Thanks to the advent of generative natural language interfaces such as ChatGPT, AI has become increasingly pervasive in our daily lives.
From what we know about previous technological and industrial revolutions, the arrival of AI will bring about social change as much as technological change. The impact on how we work, build, socialize and play is huge, and the direction this takes us can be strongly influenced by actions taken today.
So here are what I think are the most important events of the past 12 months, in terms of their impact on the future of not just AI, but our lives.
Release of GPT-4 for ChatGPT users
This year was definitely defined by ChatGPT mania. While we were amazed by the capabilities of his GPT-3.5 engine installed in the first release, rumors were swirling about how powerful and capable the next GPT-4 would be. When it arrived in March, few were disappointed. They were clearly much more advanced in their ability to converse and provide information. Further updates throughout the year now allow you to not only view and create images, but also search the web.
The Pope is wearing a ridiculous padded jacket.
In 2023, the emergence of more realistic deepfakes and scams has increased public awareness of the dangers of fake AI images and videos. One incident in particular drew attention to the issue when an image of Pope Francis wearing a ridiculously oversized down jacket appeared at the top of social media feeds. The image was notable for its realism, and the reactions clearly showed that it fooled many people. For many, this may have been the first indication that this technology has the potential to manipulate and spread misinformation.
EU AI law and China’s GAI measures
The European Union AI Law and China's Interim Measures on the Control of Generative Artificial Intelligence are likely to be the most important examples of legislation to be enacted in 2023. In June, the European Parliament adopted the law, which aims to ensure that AI is safe, reliable and transparent, in line with existing legislation such as human rights law and the General Data Protection Regulation. The GAI Interim Measures aim to promote the healthy use of AI in line with moral and ethical values. Both include measures aimed at addressing AI and intellectual property issues.
AlphaMissense — Breakthrough in identifying dangerous genetic mutations
Some of the most profound impacts on AI have been in the fields of biological science and genetics, where in 2023 Google took a major leap forward with the AlphaMissense model developed by DeepMind.Google proven The model was able to identify potentially dangerous mutations that can cause diseases such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia and cancer. This breakthrough builds on work previously conducted by the AlphaFold project, which published a catalog of mutation data aimed at helping researchers fight these diseases. .
Top OpenAI issues
I've never seen a company go from virtual obscurity to tech darling as quickly as ChatGPT owner OpenAI, so it's likely that its organizational health has been under some stress. It's natural. CEO Sam Altman, now Silicon Valley's golden boy, was laid off for reasons that are not yet clear, but appear to stem from board-level politics and conflicts. Why does it matter? We've never seen a superstar CEO like Altman removed and returned to power so quickly in response to public demand. The event led to renewed calls for greater regulation and oversight of how large AI companies operate, and could influence future discussions on the topic.
Petition to suspend AI development
Public awareness is a key part of managing the integration of AI into society.Suspension of giant AI experiment open letter petition Its apparent main purpose may not yet have been achieved. The petition made headlines and gained recognition thanks to the publicity it received from signers Elon Musk, Joshua Bengoy, and Stuart Russell. With over 33,700 signatures gathered by the end of the year, research on giant AI is ongoing, but I think many of us have a better idea of what's at stake heading into his 2024. Masu.
Integrating ChatGPT into Microsoft Bing (and then into everything else)
A new version of Microsoft's Bing, powered by ChatGPT, arrived in early 2023, marking the first time many people saw natural language integrated into a search engine. The move was not surprising, as Microsoft's multibillion-dollar investment in OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, was widely known. However, this was the beginning of a rush to integrate large-scale language models into many tools and apps that could be understood and responded to via human language. This trend could be a harbinger of AI's integration and acceptance into society in the coming years. Then, in 2023, Microsoft began rolling out generative AI capabilities, branded as Co-Pilot, across other products and services tied to the Windows operating system and 365 Office platform.
The AI UK 2023 conference saw the signing of a first-of-its-kind international agreement between 28 countries, including the US, European Union, UK and China.of Bletchley Declaration aims to introduce a framework to identify risks and establish guardrails around the super-powerful AI expected to emerge in the near future. Some say the event and its consequences were cloaked in political agendas, overlooking many concerns, including the impact on women and questions around intellectual property rights and AI. However, there is no denying that the issue of safe and ethical advanced AI is important and requires international cooperation at the highest levels.