These Stanford AI Lab dropouts raised $50 million to improve Conversations

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Using its artificial intelligence tools, Cresta studies chats and phone conversations, then tells retail representatives the “best,” or most likely to be effective, replies while they’re still on the line. Agents using the startup’s software convert 20% more sales than those who don’t Enam claims.

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Stanford University – Strategic AI shapes economy, policy

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According to an annual AI index released this week by Stanford University’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, AI is gradually reshaping segments of the global economy in sectors like bioscience and healthcare. Those investments have caught the attention of policy makers. The index notes growing congressional attention to AI technology as a strategic asset. To that end, U.S. lawmakers concerned about China’s expanding AI strategy this week proposed the creation of an interagency office to coordinate AI and other technology research.

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Annual index finds AI is ‘industrializing’ but needs better metrics and testing

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The 2021 AI Index from Stanford University gathers data about AI research, startups, and changes to business and government policy.

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OpenAI and Stanford researchers call for urgent action to address harms of large language models like GPT-3

The makers of large language models like Google and OpenAI may not have long to set standards that sufficiently address their impact on society. Open source projects currently aiming to recreate GPT-3 include GPT-Neo, a project headed by EleutherAI. That’s according to a paper published last week by researchers from OpenAI and Stanford University.

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Scapegoating Algorithms: Stanford’s Vaccine distribution misfiring exposes our attitudes towards AI

In what sounds like a textbook case of scapegoating, the Stanford Medical Centre was caught dodging responsibility from what appears to be a glaringly “human” error. Last week, the frontline workers at the medical centre protested how the vaccine distribution was administered. 

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AI research finds a ‘compute divide’ concentrates power and accelerates inequality in the era of deep learning

AI researchers from Virginia Tech and Western University have concluded that an unequal distribution of compute power in academia is furthering inequality in the era of deep learning. They also point to the impact on academia of people leaving prestigious universities for high-paying industry jobs.

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AI researchers devise failure detection method for safety-critical machine learning

Researchers from MIT, Stanford University, and the University of Pennsylvania have devised a method for predicting failure rates of safety-critical machine learning systems and efficiently determining their rate of occurrence.

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