Artificial intelligence is one of the fastest-growing fields in technology, with new developments and breakthroughs happening on a weekly basis. Keeping up with the latest news and trends in AI can be overwhelming, but fear not. We've rounded up six of the most significant AI stories of the week, covering everything from demand for AI experts to new AI chatbots and even a potential rival to OpenAI's ChatGPT maker. Let's dive in and explore what's been happening in the world of AI.
Demand for AI Experts Soars by 1000% Amid Growing Business Awareness
According to Fiverr's latest Business Trends Index, the demand for AI expertise has surged, with businesses seeking to streamline their financial processes and optimize operations. The report also highlighted a trend in the creative industries, with a 6,223% increase in UK searches for AI art. The pandemic has not stopped the founding of new UK businesses, with an increase in website development and business naming services. The report suggests that businesses and freelancers are adapting to the pandemic by investing in technology to navigate the changing landscape. However, the demand for digitally skilled workers in the UK is outpacing the availability of staff, leading to the need for investment in creating a highly skilled workforce. The sooner business can integrate AI into their operations, the more likely that they'll be successful in today's automation-seeking world.
Google to Release AI-Enhanced Search Engine to Compete with Bing
Google is set to launch a new search engine that will feature AI capabilities, codenamed Project Magi. The company has been working on this project with a team of about 160 engineers who have been tweaking and testing the latest versions of the tool. Ads will still be displayed in search results generated by Magi, but the tool will focus on improving Google’s existing search engine features with AI capabilities. A public release of the tool is planned for next month in a limited capacity, with around one million people getting access to the project’s features as part of the first batch. By the end of the year, around 30 million users are expected to have access to the tool. The move is seen as an opportunity for Google to compete with Microsoft’s AI-enhanced Bing, which has attracted over 100 million active users since its release.
OpenAI CEO confirms that GPT-5 is not currently being trained
OpenAI is not currently developing a fifth version of its Generative Pre-trained Transformer (GPT) language model, according to CEO Sam Altman. During an MIT event, Altman confirmed that the company is instead focusing on enhancing the capabilities of GPT-4, the latest version of the model. Altman also acknowledged concerns about the safety and ethical implications of AI development, stating that the company is addressing safety issues in its GPT models. While GPT-5 may not be in development, the continued development of GPT-4 and other models on top of it is likely to raise further questions.
"The Hacking of ChatGPT is Just Getting Started"
The Hacking of ChatGPT is Just Getting Started, warns a recent report. Security researchers are discovering ways to jailbreak large language models (LLMs) to bypass safety rules and produce harmful content. Jailbreaking involves designing prompts that make the chatbots bypass rules around producing hateful content or writing about illegal acts. On the other hand, prompt injection attacks can insert malicious data or instructions into AI models. The jailbreaks are essentially a form of hacking using carefully crafted sentences rather than code to exploit system weaknesses. The article highlights the concerns of the security researchers, stating that cybercriminals could cause havoc across the web as a result of the rush to roll out generative AI systems. A "universal" jailbreak that can work against multiple LLMs, including GPT-4, Microsoft’s Bing chat system, Google’s Bard, and Anthropic’s Claude, has been developed by Adversa AI. The jailbreak can trick the systems into generating detailed instructions on creating meth and how to hotwire a car. The article warns that the stakes for jailbreaks and prompt injection attacks will become more severe as they are given access to critical data.
Snapchat to Offer AI Chatbot to All Users
Snapchat is releasing its AI chatbot "MyAI" to all its users for free, allowing them to have back-and-forth conversations with the service, request creative content and ask factual questions. Users can also add MyAI to group chats to ask queries that come up in conversations. Paying users can send photos to their AI helpers and receive completely AI-generated images in return. The app has been criticised in the past for being inappropriate for young users, but Snapchat says the app will now be more careful about providing age-appropriate advice. Snapchat is also introducing new tools for creators to go viral and paying creators for their viral success.
Elon Musk Planning to Launch AI Rival to OpenAI's ChatGPT Maker
According to the Financial Times, Elon Musk is planning to launch a new artificial intelligence company to compete with OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT. Musk is reportedly assembling a team of AI researchers and engineers, as well as talking to potential investors about the project. The company, called X.AI, was incorporated by Musk on 9 March. Musk's move to enter the generative AI space puts him in competition with tech giants such as Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, as well as startups like OpenAI. All these acts were despite the fact that Musk signed a letter calling for a six-month pause in AI research, although some of the signatories were fake.
In conclusion, the latest AI news highlights the significant advancements and growing demand for artificial intelligence technology. From the soaring demand for AI experts to the launch of AI-enhanced search engines and chatbots, it is evident that AI is rapidly transforming various aspects of our lives. However, the potential risks of AI technology cannot be ignored, as highlighted by the concerns over GPT-4's ability to spread false information and demonstrate political bias. The competition between tech giants and startups to dominate the generative AI space also suggests the significant potential of this technology. It is an exciting time for AI, and as we continue to witness its growth, it is essential to consider its implications and strive to ensure that its development is ethical and beneficial for all.