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From the Editor: OpenAI Launches its First Product

OpenAI has been at the center of some of the biggest advancements in artificial inteligence(AI) in recent years. Created by industry luminaries such as Elon Musk and Sam Altman, OpenAI started as a non-profit organization with a focus of advancing AI research. After Altman took over as CEO last year, OpenAI transitioned to a capped profit structure and attracted $1 billion investment from Microsoft. The next step in the evolution of OpenAI seems to be to build up its commercial muscle and that’s what they seem to be doing.

Earlier this week, OpenAI unveiled an API product that exposes endpoints for some of its most sucessful language models including the controversial GPT-3. The API is available for Beta but already has dran interest from big technology companies such as Google and Microsoft. The current offer is mostly focused on text-generation but we can expect it to expand from there. OpenAI’s step have been seen as a controversial move. Personally, I like the approach as it might allow startups to have access to the kind of AI models that only big corporate labs can create these days.

Now let’s take a look at the core developments in AI research and technology this week:

AI Research:

Summarizing Long Texts

Google Research published a paper introducing PEGASUS, a transformer-based model for text summarization.

>Read more in this blog post from Google Research

AI Agents Playing Diplomacy

DeepMind published a paper proposing a method to allow reinforcement learning agents to develop cooperative skills by playing the Diplomacy game.

>Find more details in the research paper

Cross Language Transfer Learning

Microsoft Researchers published a paper proposing a method for transfer knowledge across different languages.

>Read more in this blog post from Microsoft Research

Cool AI Tech Releases:

Uber Neuropod

Uber open sourced Neuropod, a framework that provides a common interface for executing deep learning models built using different frameworks.

>Read more in this blog post from the Uber engineering team


OpenAI launched its first commercial product, the OpenAI API provides programmatic access to the famous GPT-3 language generation model.

>Read more in this blog post from OpenAI

Procgen and MineRL

OpenAI launched two competitions to improvement reinforcement learning models.

>Read more in this blog post from OpenAI

AI in the Real World:

OpenAI Goes Commercial

OpenAI started like a non-profit but now it has started to commercialize its research to some of the biggest brands in tech.

>Read more in this coverage from The Verge

Data Labeling Startup Raises $3 Million

SuperAnnotate, a startup that provides tools for labeling datasets, just announced a $3 million raise.

>Read more in this coverage from VentureBeat

Amazon-Microsoft vs. Police Departments

Amazon and Microsoft have imposed moratoriums from selling its facial recognition APIs to law enforcement agencies.

>Read more in this coverage from The Wall Street Journal

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