Neuroscience and AI with Basis co-founder Emily Mackevicius
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by Helen Byrne
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Emily Mackevicius is a co-founder and director of Basis, a nonprofit applied research organization focused on understanding and building intelligence while advancing society’s ability to solve intractable problems. Emily is a member of the Simons Society of Fellows, and a postdoc in the Aronov lab and the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute. Her research uncovers how complex cognitive behaviors are generated by networks of neurons through local interactions and learning mechanisms. Links to work mentioned in this episode:  Basis, the research institute ..read more
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Stable Diffusion 3 with Stability AI's Kate Hodesdon
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by Helen Byrne
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Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion model is one of the best known and most widely used text-to-image systems. The decision to open-source both the model weights and code has ensured its mass adoption, with the company claiming more than 330 million downloads. Details of the latest version - Stable Diffusion 3 - were revealed in a paper, published by the company in March 2024. In this episode, Stability AI’s Kate Hodesdon joins Helen to discuss some of SD3’s new features, including improved capabilities for generating text within images and overall image quality. Kate also talks about developments ..read more
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Art of Denoise - Stability AI's Kate Hodesdon on Stable Diffusion 3
Knowledge Distillation with Helen Byrne
by Helen Byrne
1M ago
Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion model is one of the best known and most widely used text-to-image systems. The decision to open-source both the model weights and code has ensured its mass adoption, with the company claiming more than 330 million downloads. Details of the latest version - Stable Diffusion 3 - were revealed in a paper, published by the company in March 2024. In this episode, Stability AI’s Kate Hodesdon joins Helen to discuss some of SD3’s new features, including improved capabilities for generating text within images and overall image quality. Kate also talks about developments ..read more
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Inside OpenAI's trust and safety operation - with Rosie Campbell
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by Helen Byrne
2M ago
No organisation in the AI world is under more intense scrutiny than OpenAI. The maker of Dall-E, GPT4, ChatGPT and Sora is constantly pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence and has supercharged the enthusiasm of the general public for AI technologies. With that elevated position come questions about how OpenAI can ensure its models are not used for malign purposes. In this interview we talk to Rosie Campbell from OpenAI’s policy research team about the many processes and safeguards in place to prevent abuse. Rosie also talks about the forward-looking work of the policy research team ..read more
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Deepfakes deep dive with Nina Schick
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by Helen Byrne
2M ago
Nina Schick is a leading commentator on Artificial Intelligence and its impact on business, geopolitics and humanity.  Her book ‘Deepfakes and the Infocalypse’ charts the early use of gen AI to create deepfake pornography and the technology’s subsequent use as a tool of political manipulation.  With over two decades of geopolitical experience, Nina has long been focused on macro-trends for society. She has advised global leaders, including Joe Biden, the President of the United States, and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary General of NATO.  She has also worked with som ..read more
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Papers of the Month with Charlie Blake, Research Engineer at Graphcore
Knowledge Distillation with Helen Byrne
by Helen Byrne
2M ago
Charlie Blake from Graphcore’s research team discusses their AI Papers of the Month for January 2024.  Graphcore research has been collating and sharing a review of the most consequential AI papers internally, every month, for a number of years.  Now – for the first time – the research team is making this valuable resource public, to help the wider AI community keep up-to-date with the most exciting breakthroughs.  Papers of the Month for January 2024 (with some work from December 2023) includes:  Bad Students Make Great Teachers: Active Learning Accelerates Large-Scale ..read more
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The rise of synthetic data with Florian Hönicke from Jina AI
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by Helen Byrne
2M ago
Data is the fuel that is powering the AI revolution - but what do we do when there's just not enough data to satisfy the insatiable appetite of new model training? In this episode, Florian Hönicke, Principal AI Engineer at Jina AI, discusses the use of LLMs to generate synthetic data to help solve the data bottleneck. He also addresses the potential risks associated with an over-reliance on synthetic data.  German startup Jina AI is one of the many exciting companies coming out of Europe, supporting the development and commercialisation of generative AI.  The team at Jina AI gaine ..read more
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NeurIPS Special
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by Helen Byrne
2M ago
NeurIPS is the world’s largest AI conference, where leading AI practitioners come together to share the latest research and debate the way forward for artificial intelligence.  In this special episode, Helen examines some of the big themes of NeurIPS 2023 and talks to a range of attendees about their work, the big issues of the day, and what they’ve seen at NeurIPS that caught their attention.  It’s fair to say that LLMs loomed large over this year’s conference, but there’s plenty more to discuss – from AI’s potential to combat climate change to new techniques for computational effic ..read more
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Miranda Mowbray - Honorary Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Bristol: AI and Ethics
Knowledge Distillation with Helen Byrne
by Helen Byrne
2M ago
Miranda Mowbray is one of Britain’s leading thinkers on the ethics of Artificial Intelligence.  After a long and distinguished career as a research scientist with HP, she is now an Honorary Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Bristol where she specialises in ethics for AI, and data science for cybersecurity.  In our wide-ranging conversation, Miranda breaks down the definition of AI ethics into its many constituent parts – including safety, transparency, non-discrimination and fairness.  She tells us that there’s probably too much focus on the dire predictions of A ..read more
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Danijela Horak - Head of AI Research, BBC R&D
Knowledge Distillation with Helen Byrne
by Helen Byrne
2M ago
Danijela Horak explains how the BBC is making use of AI and its plans for the future, including detecting deepfakes as well as using deepfake technology as part of its production process. Danijela and Helen discuss the Corporation's use of open source models and its view on closed source technologies such as the GPT family of models from OpenAI. We find out how the BBC uses AI for recommendation, while taking cautious approach to user data, and Helen and Danjela reflect on why there needs to be more rigour in AI research so that the field doesn't end up on a par with 'social sciences'! Watc ..read more
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