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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Advances in Language-Based AI Tasks

Not surprising,  language is communications.  Between us and everything else.  Spent lots of time trying to make that work.

Advances in Language-Based AI Tasks Seen as Dawn of New Era    By AI Trends Staff  

Researchers at Accenture have found that 10% of early adopters of digital technologies have grown at twice the rate of the bottom 25%, and they are using cloud systems—not legacy systems—to enable adoption.  

H. James Wilson, Managing Director, Accenture:

“We expect the trend to accelerate among industry leaders over the coming five years,” stated the authors, H. James Wilson and Paul R. Daugherty, in an account in Harvard Business Review. And more specifically, following the release of the GPT-3 large language model from Open AI, “The 2020s will be about major advances in language-based AI tasks,” the authors suggest. 

Generative pre-trained transformers (GPTs) rely on a transformer, a mechanism that learns contextual relationships between words in a text, state the authors, who are coauthors of the book, Human + Machine:Reimagining Work in the Age of AI (Harvard Business Review Press). 

Despite flaws in GPT-3 including producing nonsense or biased responses and generating plausible but false content, “A new age of AI is upon us,” the authors state 

Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, and Facebook are all working on their own version of “advanced transformers.” The tools will be trained in the cloud and accessible via APIs. “Companies that want to harness the power of next generation AI will shift their compute workloads from legacy to cloud-AI services like GPT-3,” the authors suggest.  

This will enable a new class of enterprise applications that will make the process of synthesizing words and information in language cheaper. Based on an analysis of more than 50 business-relevant proof of concept applications of GPT-3, the authors see three broad categories linked to language understanding: writing, coding and discipline-specific reasoning.  

For example, GPT-3 is capable of converting natural language to programming language. It can plot graphs based on verbal descriptions. One beta tester created a GPT-3 bot that enables people with no accounting skills to generate financial statements.   ... ' 

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