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Wired writes about how tech job interviews have gotten even more demanding after the series of layoffs that rocked the industry these past few years:
Emails reviewed by Wired showed that in one interview for an engineering role at Netflix, a technical recruiter requested that a job candidate submit a three-page project evaluation within 48 hours—all before the first round of interviews.
A Netflix spokesperson said the process is different for each role and otherwise declined to comment.
A similar email at Snap outlined a six-part interview process for a potential engineering candidate, with each part lasting an hour. A company spokesperson says its interview process hasn’t changed as a result of labor market changes.
PyRIT, or Python Risk Identification Toolkit, can point human evaluators to “hot spot” categories in AI that might generate harmful prompt results.
Microsoft used PyRIT while redteaming (the process of intentionally trying to get AI systems to go against safety protocols) its Copilot services to write thousands of malicious prompts and score the response based on potential harm in categories that security teams can now focus on.
Google’s Android mascot, “The Bot,” debuted during CES in December, and now the company lets people customize their own Bots for fun. 9to5Google points out dressing up The Bot harkens back to Androidify, the avatar maker released in 2011 but discontinued in 2020.
I made a purple Android Bot with ski goggles because I’m a sucker for character creators, but what exactly I’ll use it for, as an iPhone owner, I don’t know.
VentureBeat reports that the next generation of Stability AI’s flagship AI image generation model will use a diffusion transformer framework similar to OpenAI’s Sora. Its current models rely on diffusion architecture alone.
The company said Stable Diffusion 3 — currently in previews — should be better at spelling (look closely at text in AI-generated images, and you know they don’t look right) and boost image quality.
As Nvidia reports its Q4 2023 earnings, CEO Jensen Huang says:
Accelerated computing and generative AI have hit the tipping point. Demand is surging worldwide across companies, industries and nations
That demand, and Nvidia’s dominance in AI chips, powered the company’s record earnings of $60.9 billion for the full year 2023 — a 126 percent increase from last year. Its Q4 revenue of $22.1 billion is an increase of an astounding 265 percent over the same period last year.
The models will also be part of Nvidia’s Chat with RTX demo, which lets AI models run locally and access users’ files to generate answers to prompts.
An open letter signed by AI researchers, including Algorithmic Justice League founder Joy Boulamwini and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, said governments should look to fully criminalize deepfake child pornography even with fictional children, create criminal penalities for people who make and share “harmful” deepfakes, and require developers to be held liable if their safety measures are easily bypassed.
US policymakers have discussed regulating deepfakes, though mostly in the context of the upcoming elections. It’s rare for open letters to influence regulation, but AI is a fraught issue that some lawmakers might take these suggestions into account.