The Obtain: unpacking OpenAI Q* hype, and X’s monetary woes

That is immediately’s version of The Obtain, our weekday publication that gives a day by day dose of what’s occurring on the earth of know-how.

Unpacking the hype round OpenAI’s rumored new Q* mannequin

Ever since final week’s dramatic occasions at OpenAI, the rumor mill has been in overdrive about why the corporate’s board tried to oust CEO Sam Altman.

Whereas we nonetheless don’t know all the small print, there have been stories that researchers at OpenAI had made a “breakthrough” in AI that alarmed workers members. The declare is that they got here up with a brand new strategy to make highly effective AI techniques and had created a brand new mannequin, known as Q* (pronounced Q star), that was capable of carry out grade-school degree math.

Some at OpenAI reportedly imagine this could possibly be a breakthrough within the firm’s quest to construct synthetic basic intelligence, a much-hyped idea of an AI system that’s smarter than people.

So what’s truly occurring? And why is grade-school math such a giant deal? Our senior AI reporter Melissa Heikkilä known as some consultants to learn the way massive of a deal any such breakthrough would actually be. Right here’s what they needed to say.

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The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to seek out you immediately’s most enjoyable/essential/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 X is hemorrhaging thousands and thousands in promoting income 
Inner paperwork present the corporate is in an excellent worse place than beforehand thought. (NYT $)
+ Misinformation ‘super-spreaders’ on X are reportedly eligible for payouts from its advert income sharing program. (The Verge)
It’s not simply you: tech billionaires actually have gotten extra insufferable. (The Guardian)
2 The brakes appear to now be off on AI growth 📈
With Sam Altman’s return to OpenAI, the ‘accelerationists’ have come out on high. (WSJ $)
Contained in the thoughts of OpenAI’s chief scientist, Ilya Sutskever. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)
3 How Norway bought warmth pumps into two-thirds of its households
Principally by making it the cheaper alternative for individuals. (The Guardian)
The whole lot you could know in regards to the wild world of warmth pumps. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)
4 How your social media feeds form the way you see the Israel-Gaza conflict
Plenty of content material are being pumped out, hardly ever with any nuance or historic understanding. (BBC)
China tried to maintain children off social media. Now the aged are hooked. (Wired $)
5 US regulators have surprisingly little scope to implement Amazon’s security guidelines
As demonstrated by the measly $7,000 fantastic issued by Indiana after a employee was killed by warehouse equipment. (WP $)
6 How Ukraine is utilizing superior applied sciences on the battlefield 
The Pentagon is utilizing the battle as a testbed for a number of the 800-odd AI-based tasks it has in progress. (AP $)
Why enterprise is booming for navy AI startups. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)
7 Shein is making an attempt to overtake its picture, with restricted success
Its merchandise appear too low-cost to be ethically sourced—and it doesn’t take kindly to individuals pointing that out. (The Verge)
+ Why my bittersweet relationship with Shein needed to finish. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)
8 Each app generally is a courting app now 💑
As individuals flip their backs on the normal apps, they’re discovering love in locations like Yelp, Duolingo and Strava. (WSJ $)
+ Job sharing apps are additionally rising in popularity. (BBC)
9 Folks can’t get sufficient of labor livestreams on TikTok
It’s principally in regards to the weirdly hypnotic high quality of watching individuals doing duties like manicures or frying eggs. (The Atlantic $)
10 A helpful information to time journey within the films
Whether or not you prioritize scientific accuracy or leisure worth, this chart has bought you coated. (Ars Technica)

Quote of the day

“It’s within the AI business’s curiosity to make individuals suppose that solely the massive gamers can do that—but it surely’s not true.”

—Ed Newton-Rex, who simply resigned as VP of audio at Stability.AI, says the concept that generative AI fashions can solely be constructed by scraping artists’ work is a fantasy in an interview with The Subsequent Net

The massive story

The YouTube baker preventing again in opposition to lethal “craft hacks”

rainbow glue coming out of a hotglue gun onto a toothbrush, surrounded by caution tape


September 2022

Ann Reardon might be the final individual you’d anticipate to be banned from YouTube. A former Australian youth employee and a mom of three, she’s been educating thousands and thousands of subscribers easy methods to bake since 2011. 

Nevertheless, extra just lately, Reardon has been utilizing her platform to warn individuals about harmful new “craft hacks” which can be sweeping YouTube, corresponding to poaching eggs in a microwave, bleaching strawberries, and utilizing a Coke can and a flame to pop popcorn.

Reardon was banned as a result of she bought caught up in YouTube’s messy moderation insurance policies. In doing so, she uncovered a failing within the system: How can a warning about dangerous hacks be deemed harmful when the hack movies themselves should not? Learn the total story.

—Amelia Tait

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