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Google’s ‘Woke’ Image Generator Shows the Limitations of AI

Google’s ‘Woke’ Image Generator Shows the Limitations of AI

Far-right internet troll Ian Miles Cheong blamed the entire situation on Krawczyk, whom he labeled a “woke, race-obsessed idiot” while referencing posts on X from years ago where Krawczyk acknowledged the existence of systemic racism and white privilege. “We’ve now granted our demented lies superhuman intelligence,” Jordan Peterson wrote on his X account with a link to a story about the situation. But the reality is that Gemini, or any similar generative AI system, does not possess “superhuman intelligence,” whatever that means. If anything, this situation demonstrates that the opposite is true. As Marcus points out, Gemini could not differentiate between a historical request, such as asking to show the crew of Apollo 11, and a contemporary request, such as asking for images of current astronauts. Historically, AI models including OpenAI’s Dall-E have been plagued with bias, showing non-white people when asked for images of prisoners, say, or exclusively white people when prompted to show CEOs. Gemini’s issues may not reflect model inflexibility, “but rather an overcompensation when it comes to the representation of diversity …

First Gemini, now Gemma: Google’s new, open AI models target developers

First Gemini, now Gemma: Google’s new, open AI models target developers

Google Just when you thought Google might slow down its pace of AI releases, the company has another trick up its sleeve. For the third time this month, Google shared notable artificial intelligence news, this time unveiling a new AI model geared towards developers.  On Wednesday, Google unveiled Gemma, a family of lightweight, open models developed by DeepMind and other teams across Google that are charged with AI development and research.  Introducing Gemma: a family of lightweight, state-of-the-art open models for developers and researchers to build with AI. ????We’re also releasing tools to support innovation and collaboration – as well as to guide responsible use.Get started now. → https://t.co/nsoFqfHffY pic.twitter.com/PRNIndgU4S — Google DeepMind (@GoogleDeepMind) February 21, 2024 If the name seems like a spinoff of Gemini, Google’s most advanced AI model, that’s because it was intentional. Gemma, Latin for “precious stone,” was built from the same research and technology used to create the Gemini models.  Google released Gemma in two model weight sizes, Gemma 2B and Gemma 7B, each with pre-trained and instruction-tuned variants that …

Hivemapper reveals new Bee dashcam as its latest weapon against Google’s map dominance

Hivemapper reveals new Bee dashcam as its latest weapon against Google’s map dominance

Mapping startup Hivemapper will launch a new dashcam later this year that its co-founder believes will speed up efforts to claw market share away from Google. The new Hivemapper Bee camera, revealed Wednesday, is part of the company’s years-long push to decentralize mapping and make map data more affordable and accessible. Hivemapper also hopes the camera will help it expand beyond its core customer base of ride-hail and delivery drivers to more owners of corporate fleets, potentially supercharging its ability to capture fresher, more valuable mapping data. The company has already made notable progress using data captured from its previous dashcam models mounted in the cars of thousands of ride-hail and delivery drivers. Hivemapper announced, in conjunction with the new camera, that its community of contributors have mapped 8 million kilometers (5 million miles) of roads worldwide in 16 months — a milestone reached four times faster than it took Google to cross with Street View, according to the company. Hivemapper has said it wants to cross 10 million kilometers by early 2024, and tells …

This Tiny Website Is Google’s First Line of Defense in the Patent Wars

This Tiny Website Is Google’s First Line of Defense in the Patent Wars

A trio of Google engineers recently came up with a futuristic way to help anyone who stumbles through presentations on video calls. They propose that when algorithms detect a speaker’s pulse racing or “umms” lengthening, a generative AI bot that mimics their voice could simply take over. That cutting-edge idea wasn’t revealed at a big company event or in an academic journal. Instead, it appeared in a 1,500-word post on a little-known, free website called TDCommons.org that Google has quietly owned and funded for nine years. Until WIRED received a link to an idea on TDCommons last year and got curious, Google had never spoken with the media about its website. Scrolling through TDCommons, you can read Google’s latest ideas for coordinating smart home gadgets for better sleep, preserving privacy in mobile search results, and using AI to summarize a person’s activities from their photo archives. And the submissions aren’t exclusive to Google; about 150 organizations, including HP, Cisco, and Visa, also have posted inventions to the website. The website is a home for ideas …

Google’s retiring of Internet archiving tool draws ire of China researchers | Technology News

Google’s retiring of Internet archiving tool draws ire of China researchers | Technology News

Taipei, Taiwan – For researchers of China, keeping up with the country’s politics or economy is hard enough due to its opaque leadership and pervasive censorship. Now they face a challenge from an unexpected source: Google. Late last year, Google began quietly removing links to cached pages from its search results, a function that had allowed Internet users to view old versions of web pages. Danny Sullivan, Google’s public liaison for search, confirmed earlier this month that the function had been discontinued. “It was meant for helping people access pages when way back, you often couldn’t depend on a page loading. These days, things have greatly improved. So, it was decided to retire it,” Sullivan said in a post on X earlier this month. Although originally introduced to improve internet performance, Google’s cache function had the unintended effect of boosting transparency and became an invaluable resource for researchers. Hey, catching up. Yes, it’s been removed. I know, it’s sad. I’m sad too. It’s one of our oldest features. But it was meant for helping people …

Google’s Chess Experiments Reveal How to Boost the Power of AI

Google’s Chess Experiments Reveal How to Boost the Power of AI

His group decided to find out. They built the new, diversified version of AlphaZero, which includes multiple AI systems that trained independently and on a variety of situations. The algorithm that governs the overall system acts as a kind of virtual matchmaker, Zahavy said: one designed to identify which agent has the best chance of succeeding when it’s time to make a move. He and his colleagues also coded in a “diversity bonus”—a reward for the system whenever it pulled strategies from a large selection of choices. When the new system was set loose to play its own games, the team observed a lot of variety. The diversified AI player experimented with new, effective openings and novel—but sound—decisions about specific strategies, such as when and where to castle. In most matches, it defeated the original AlphaZero. The team also found that the diversified version could solve twice as many challenge puzzles as the original and could solve more than half of the total catalog of Penrose puzzles. “The idea is that instead of finding one …

Google’s new version of Gemini can handle far bigger amounts of data

Google’s new version of Gemini can handle far bigger amounts of data

“In one way it operates much like our brain does, where not the whole brain activates all the time,” says Oriol Vinyals, a deep learning team lead at DeepMind. This compartmentalizing saves the AI computing power and can generate responses faster. “That kind of fluidity going back and forth across different modalities, and using that to search and understand, is very impressive,” says Oren Etzioni, former technical director of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, who was not involved in the work. “This is stuff I have not seen before.” An AI that can operate across modalities would more closely resemble the way that human beings behave. “People are naturally multimodal,” Etzioni says, because we can effortlessly switch between speaking, writing, and drawing images or charts to convey ideas.  Etzioni cautioned against taking too much meaning from the developments, however. “There’s a famous line,” he says. “Never trust an AI demo.”  For one, it’s not clear how much the demonstration videos left out or cherry-picked from various tasks (Google indeed received criticism for its early …

Google’s Flagship Gemini AI Model Gets a Major Upgrade

Google’s Flagship Gemini AI Model Gets a Major Upgrade

Alphabet’s Gemini AI model has been public for only two months, but the company is already releasing an upgrade. Gemini Pro 1.5, launching with limited availability today, is more powerful than its predecessor and can handle huge amounts of text, video, or audio input at a time. Demis Hassabis, CEO of Google DeepMind, which developed the new model, compares its vast capacity for input to a person’s working memory, something he explored years ago as a neuroscientist. “The great thing about these core capabilities is that they unlock sort of ancillary things that the model can do,” he says. In a demo, Google DeepMind showed Gemini Pro 1.5 analyzing a 402-page PDF of the Apollo 11 communications transcript. The model was asked to find humorous portions and highlighted several moments, like when astronauts said that a communications delay was due to a sandwich break. Another demo showed the model answering questions about specific actions in a Buster Keaton movie. The previous version of Gemini could have answered these questions only for much shorter amounts of …

A new satellite will use Google’s AI to map methane leaks from space

A new satellite will use Google’s AI to map methane leaks from space

Once in orbit, MethaneSAT’s software and spectrometers, which measure different wavelengths of light to detect methane, will pinpoint both concentrated locations for methane plumes as well as the broader areas where the gases diffuse and spread. It will also use Google’s image detection algorithms to create the first comprehensive, global map of the oil and gas industry’s infrastructure, like pump jacks and storage tanks, where leaks most commonly occur.  “Once those maps are lined up, we expect people will be able to have a far better understanding of the types of machinery that contribute most to methane leaks,” says Yael Maguire, who leads geo-sustainability efforts at Google.  This tool could solve a significant stumbling block for methane researchers, according to Rob Jackson, professor of Earth system science at Stanford. There are millions of oil and gas operations around the world, and information about where many of these facilities are located is tightly guarded, and where available, expensive to access. Some countries also block researchers from studying their infrastructure or using low-flying planes to measure emissions. …