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AI is improving faster than most humans realize

By Tyler Cowen

23 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

An AI computer program taught itself to play chess better than any other entity in history in just four hours. That's just one example of how AI is improving in leaps, a Bloomberg columnist argues.

Artificial intelligence advances in a manner that's hard for the human mind to grasp. For a long time nothing happens, and then all of a sudden something does. The current revolution of Large Language Models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT resulted from the advent of "transformer neural networks" in about 2017.

What will the next half-decade bring? Can we rely on our current impressions of these tools to judge their quality, or will they surprise us with their development? As someone who has spent many hours playing around with these models, I think many people are in for a shock. LLMs will have significant implications for our business decisions, our portfolios, our regulatory structures and the simple question of how much we as individuals should invest in learning how to use them.

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