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🚀 Big Tech & Startups
Is this Google’s biggest mistake?
It’s old news that AI is starting to take over, but Google is adamant that they’re still in the race for the best artificial intelligence technology.
Google recently launched its AI bot, Bard, which is built on their existing large language model Lamda - with one engineer describing it as being so human-like in its responses that he believed it was sentient.
But, that’s not how others described it after its soft release on Twitter earlier this week. The bot, similar in functionality to ChatGPT, was asked a series of questions that revealed the wrong answers!
A Google spokesperson said the error highlighted "the importance of a rigorous testing process, something that we're kicking off this week with our Trusted Tester programme".
🔭 Science & Futuristic Tech
Computers have come on leaps and bounds since they were first invented, but the latest breakthrough means scientists are one step closer to creating a multi-tasking ‘quantum’ computer.
Quantum computers make use of the weird qualities of sub-atomic particles and these so-called quantum particles can be in two places at the same time (and also strangely connected even though they are millions of miles apart).
Big tech giants, like Google and Microsoft, have only ever been able to develop simple machines. But, scientists at Sussex University are paving the way as they have successfully transferred quantum information between computer chips at record speeds and accuracy.
Quantum computers would be able to do calculations that we can't currently do and others that would take many months or years. The potential of doing those in days would just transform our design systems and lead to even better engines. - Prof Leigh Lapworth | Rolls-Royce
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