The 2022 AI Index

Jack Clark on recent progress in deep learning, the rise of AI ethics, and what lies ahead for language models.

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Jack Clark is co-director of the AI Index Steering Committee. In this episode we discuss key findings of the fifth edition of the AI Index. The report uses multiple metrics (benchmarks, publications, patents, legislation, etc.) to track progress in AI (mainly deep learning) in key areas that include computer vision, speech recognition, and language models.  This year the report contains a chapter dedicated to AI Ethics where they focus on new benchmarks and metrics that have been developed to measure bias in AI systems.

Jack Clark:

The approach we’re currently doing as a research community, is to try and get models to not generate toxic stuff (“detoxification”). I think that this approach does not work in the long term. It looks a bit like training humans that there’s certain things they can say, and certain things they can’t say. Obviously, if you’re deploying a commercial service, you can’t have a language model generate racial slur words.

The move towards detoxification has actually created a counter reaction, where some AI researchers are trying to train so-called uncensored models as a response to this. … I think of it as like liberals versus libertarians.

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