The Week in Review: June 2, 2023

This week was a big one for generative AI and large language models.

Bloomberg is predicting that the artificial intelligence (AI) market will grow to $1.3 trillion over the course of the next decade. And at the same time, some leaders in the industry are warning that the technology could have a catastrophic impact on humanity.

Read more on the latest in generative AI, plus blog posts and press releases from Lokalise, Summa Linguae, and vidby.

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If you want to be bilingual, try this GPT-trained language-learning Discord bot (via The Verge)

Looking for a pen pal to practice your language skills with? Memrise and Discord just might have the solution for you: the GPT-3-powered Memrise Discord app.

The app — which works in 25 different languages as of its launch earlier this week — allows Discord users to practice their writing skills with a chatbot via Discord. The Verge’s senior reviewer Monica Chin says the app is still imperfect (for example, it doesn’t control for formality very effectively), but nonetheless fun to test out.

ChatGPT to Fuel $1.3 Trillion AI Market by 2032, New Report Says (via Bloomberg)

Whether or not you consider generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Bard to be industry disruptors, one thing is for certain: They’re likely to be big money makers for their developers. According to a recent report from Bloomberg, the AI market is likely to “expand at a rate of 42% over ten years,” thanks to the popularity of these public-facing chatbots. 

The ones who will reap the biggest rewards? Bloomberg predicts that Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Nvidia will see the biggest gains.

US lawmakers aim to extend and expand visa program for Afghan interpreters (via Stars & Stripes)

A bipartisan team of US senators have introduced a new piece of legislation to provide more visas for the Afghan interpreters who aided US forces during the Afghan War. If it becomes law, the Special Immigrant Visa would be extended until 2029 and 20,000 visas would be authorized.

“The U.S. has a moral obligation to follow through and help these supporters who have given invaluable assistance to our forces for over 20 years,” said senator Roger Wicker of Massachusetts, one of the bill’s sponsors.

A.I. Poses ‘Risk of Extinction,’ Industry Leaders Warn (via The New York Times)

A handful of AI leaders — including Sam Altman of OpenAI — recently signed onto a statement warning of the dangers of AI.

Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” reads the one-sentence statement. Check out the link above to read The New York Times’ commentary on their statement.

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