Monthly Highlights - June 2021

1. Research: Meet Wu Dao 2.0, the Chinese AI model making the West sweat


Researchers at the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) have recently announced Wu Dao 2.0, which is a multimodal model similar to OpenAI’s GPT-3. It has a range of skills including natural language processing, text generation, image recognition and more. The creators of Wu Dao 2.0 claim that it is 10 times more powerful than OpenAI’s GPT-3. Further details can be found in the article link and here: https://en.pingwest.com/a/8693 .


2. Commercial: TSMC’s 5nm chip enhancements steer AI driving, 5G


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is improving their chips with 5-nanometer process technology (N5). These improvements have applications in autonomous driving systems and 5G smartphone chips. Production started last year, and further improvements are expected in the coming years (N4 and N3.) TSMC’s CEO claims “Digitalization is transforming society faster than ever as people use technology to overcome the barriers created by the global pandemic to connect, collaborate, and solve problems,” so improvements in chips seem to be necessary to keep pace with the changes in our society.

3. Ethics: DeepMind: An update on our racial justice efforts


DeepMind announces some developments in their efforts to combat racial injustice. Funding has been given to various communities and organisations in the US, UK and Africa.


4. Ethics: OpenAI offers $100m funding to impactful startups


OpenAI announces that they are investing $100 million into companies with a “profound, positive impact on the world” that are built with OpenAI’s API. They also mention that founders from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are now open.




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