This AI newsletter is all you need #4
Last Updated on July 25, 2022 by Editorial Team
What happened this week in AI
The International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2022 conference is happening this week — you can stay tuned to a couple of articles on our side covering the most exciting news and research shared there, including “Make-A-Scene” which we cover on this week’s “papers of the week” section.
ICML is a big conference in the field and many breakthroughs are published there. We will share the top paper of the conference. Unfortunately, we do not have anyone from the team there, in person. Let us know if you’d like us to send someone from the Toward’s AI team at these events to publish a recap and a “how it’s like” kind of article to share our in-person experience with those of you that might be interested in going to such events.
- PLEX: a framework to improve the reliability of deep learning systems
Google introduced PLEX, a framework for reliable deep learning as a new perspective about a model’s abilities; this includes a number of concrete tasks and datasets for stress-testing model reliability. They also introduce Plex, a set of pre-trained large model extensions that can be applied to many different architectures.
- Tesla’s AI director Andrej Karpathy leaves the company after 5 years of autonomous vehicles research
Since 2017, Autopilot has progressed from keeping Teslas in lanes to navigating city streets, he noted. I am excited to see who’s gonna be the next AI director at Tesla, and even more exciting to see what Andrej will work on next as he mentioned he wanted to “spend more time revisiting [his] long-term passions around technical work in AI, open source and education.”
- “I posted my project on Reddit and received 9 job offers”!
A Reddit user shared his project and received 9 official job offers. The moral of this story is? Work on personal projects and share them online! That’s the best way to learn and improve your portfolio!
Most interesting papers of the week
- MegaPortraits: One-shot Megapixel Neural Head Avatars
They bring megapixel resolution to animated face generations (neural head avatars), focusing on the “cross-driving synthesis” task: when the appearance of the driving image is substantially different from the animated source image.
- ProDiff: Progressive Fast Diffusion Model for High-Quality Text-to-Speech
Yes, a diffusion model for high-quality text-to-speech! ProDiff parameterizes the denoising model by directly predicting clean data to avoid distinct quality degradation in accelerating sampling, requiring only 2 iterations to synthesize high-fidelity mel-spectrograms.
- Make-A-Scene: Scene-Based Text-to-Image Generation with Human Priors
“Make-A-Scene”: a fantastic blend between text and sketch-conditioned image generation. Learn more in our article!
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Article of the week
The significance of privacy in deep learning applications is discussed in this article. The PySyft open-source framework tackles the difficulties of moving toward more distributed architectures, which in turn guarantees effective privacy protections in deep learning models. The author does a fantastic job of explaining PySyft and raising privacy concerns in deep learning applications.
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Lauren’s Ethical Take on LaMDA’s potential for sentience
I may have missed the peak of the conversation around the news of Google’s LaMDA and engineer Blake Lemoine’s assertion of its sentience, but there is still much to be discussed!
One of my gut reactions to the news was that the need for a sentience Turing test has skyrocketed. I was introduced to AI ethics primarily through researching forms of a moral Turing Test with my philosophy advisor a few years ago, and surveyed a good chunk of the ethical work on what we need to do to adapt the Turing Test to determine moral agency in AI. I was reminded of a quote from Karsten Weber’s 2013 paper titled What is it like to encounter an autonomous artificial agent?:
“…a successful interaction of human beings and autonomous artificial agents depends more on which characteristics human beings ascribe to the agent than on whether the agent really has those characteristics.”
Based on this definition, LaMDA created a highly successful interaction with a human, to have been deemed sentient. This reminds us that AI is almost inherently anthropomorphic, due to the biomimicry of neural networks and our standard for intelligence is almost always human. Determining intelligence on our ability to be fooled by them (ie the original Turing Test) is not a model that will work for determining sentience. There is much work to be done to create models that help fill this need.
Going forward in this exciting discussion, remember that the ascription of sentience to AI is not something that we can just dismiss anymore, whether it’s correct or not. These conversations can be unsettling, but a bit of compassion, patience and due diligence will take us far.
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