5 months, 19 days ago

Memorisation: the deep problem of Midjourney, ChatGPT, and friends

If we ask GPT to get us “that poem that compares the loved one to a summer’s day” we want it to produce the actual Shakespeare Sonnet 18, not some confabulation. And it does. It has memorised this part of the training data. This is both sought-after an…

7 months, 13 days ago

The hidden meaning of the errors of ChatGPT (and friends)

We should stop labelling the wrong results of ChatGPT and friends (the ‘hallucinations’) as ‘errors’. Even Sam Altman — CEO of OpenAI — agrees, they are more ‘features’ than ‘bugs’ he has said. But why is that? And why should we not call them errors?

7 months, 22 days ago

The Truth about ChatGPT and Friends — understand what it really does and what that means

On 10 October I gave an (enthusiastically received) explainer talk at the EABPM Conference Europe 2023, making clear what ChatGPT and friends actually do — addressing the technology in a non-technical but correct way — and what that means. That presentation fills the gap between the tech and the results. At the end you will understand what these models really do in a practical sense (so not the technical how) when they handle language, see not only how impressive they are, but also how the errors come to be (with a practical example), and what that means what we may expect from this technology in the future.

7 months, 22 days ago

The Truth about ChatGPT and Friends — understand what it really does and what that means

On 10 October I gave an (enthusiastically received) explainer talk at the EABPM Conference Europe 2023, making clear what ChatGPT and friends actually do — addressing the technology in a non-technical but correct way — and what that means. That present…