OpenAI's mysterious 'Arrakis' setback

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OpenAI is reportedly abandoning its secretive Arrakis model after efficiency targets weren't met.

With rivals continuing to advance, can the leader of the AI pack afford more setbacks? Let's dig in

In todays AI rundown:

  • OpenAI scraps Arrakis AI model after setbacks

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The Rundown: OpenAI has reportedly stopped the development of a new AI model called Arrakis after it failed to achieve expected efficiency gains, according to The Information.

The details:

  • Arrakis was in progress when ChatGPT gained popularity, with the goal of making it more affordable to run.

  • The model did not reach targets for sparsity and efficiency, leading OpenAI to halt work on it by mid-2023.

  • OpenAI continues launching ChatGPT upgrades, but competition is escalating with rival models like Google's Gemini on the horizon.

The relevance: The Arrakis news sheds more light on the secretive inner workings of OpenAI also providing additional context into the companys future plans in the ever-shifting landscape.


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The Rundown: NYC Mayor Eric Adams reportedly deployed AI tools to make robocalls to residents in languages that he doesn't actually speak leaving constituents confused and questioning the ethics of the tech.

The details:

  • The AI-generated calls aim to reach non-English speakers about city services and events, with Adams voice cloned into languages like Spanish and Mandarin.

  • The use of AI was not disclosed, concerning ethics watchdogs who call it "deeply unethical" for Adams to misrepresent language abilities.

  • The mayor defends the move as necessary for serving diverse residents.

Our thoughts: On the surface, this seems like an exciting and innovative way to break down language barriers that may play a real role in understanding city issues but a simple disclosure wouldve gone a looongggg way to avoid confusion.


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