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It was my first week at VentureBeat, in mid-April. OpenAI had simply launched the brand new iteration of its text-to-image generator, DALL-E 2; our lead AI author, Kyle Wiggers, had moved to TechCrunch earlier than I may choose his mind; and I used to be panicking.
I scrolled frantically by means of Twitter pictures of avocado chairs and astronauts using horses on the moon, questioning what all of the fuss was about. I had written about AI tendencies for over a decade, however it was at a sky-high stage — suppose ideas for the C-suite. Now, I belatedly realized how little I understood in regards to the previous decade of progress in AI, from machine studying (ML) and laptop imaginative and prescient to pure language processing (NLP). Each beat I’ve ever coated has had a studying curve, after all. However the AI beat felt like Mount Everest.
“Give me six months,” I instructed everybody who reached out. “I’ll know much more in six months. For now, I really want you to begin from the very starting.”
A yr of quick and livid AI growth
9 months and over 120 tales later, I can look again and see that not solely was I climbing a steep studying curve, however the tempo of reports within the AI area was quicker than in any trade I had coated earlier than.
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Who may probably sustain with this wild trip? I did what I may: I coated the largest AI mannequin information, from DALL-E 2 to Google’s Imagen, Meta’s Galactica to ChatGPT. However I utterly dropped the ball on DeepMind’s AlphaFold. I managed to dig deep into DeepMind’s AlphaTensor, with its capacity to create quicker novel matrix multiplication algorithms, however was late to overlaying Secure Diffusion and its rapid open-source influence.
I tackled AI laws and regulation: There have been the AI hiring instruments underneath scrutiny, the brand new AI Invoice of Rights and the upcoming EU AI Act. There have been so many tendencies to cowl, from emotion AI and the potential of crippling AI cyberattacks to deepfakes and MLOps. There have been the large model efforts in AI, together with Walmart, Coca-Cola and John Deere. There have been the autumn large tech bulletins and AI layoffs.
And who may overlook the summer season give attention to AI “sentience”?
Lastly, I had the chance to interview prime AI leaders, together with Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun and Fei-Fei Li, in regards to the tenth anniversary of the so-called deep studying “revolution.”
It was lots. However it solely made me curious and desperate to do extra in 2023.
Thanks and some humble resolutions
So many colleagues and trade leaders have helped me this yr as I received my sea legs overlaying the AI beat.
There are far too many to call, however I definitely need to shout-out to VentureBeat managing editor Dan Muse, whom I used to be additionally fortunate sufficient to work with when he was at CIO.com, in addition to VentureBeat founder and CEO Matt Marshall — each gave me the possibility to make the AI beat my very own.
Thanks to everybody I’ve spoken to on the seller facet, on the analysis labs, within the tutorial group, on the main consulting companies, throughout the largest enterprise firms — you’ve all been affected person, supportive and useful.
To my fellow journalists overlaying AI — together with prime writers like Will Douglas Heaven, Melissa Heikkilä, Kate Kaye, Will Knight, Cade Metz, Kevin Roose, Khari Johnson and, after all, Kyle Wiggers — you could not know me, however your protection has taught me a lot. I be taught from you daily!
As for my New Yr’s resolutions, I humbly promise to do my greatest to abide by Ben Schneiderman’s guidelines for journalists and editors about reporting on robots, AI and computer systems.
I additionally resolve to all the time preserve a beginner’s mind, ask the very best questions I can, and, not like ChatGPT, all the time admit after I simply don’t know.
A cheerful vacation season and New Yr to all!
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