Friday Five for June 17, 2022

Following is a list of things BruinTechs should know and share with others:

1. Request to Identify a Campus Liaison for UC Tech 2022 

UC Tech 22 will include a new interactive opportunity for registrants who prefer to attend remotely. Besides the ability to view live streams of non-interactive sessions, such as Keynote Speakers, remote registrants will be able to participate interactively with live educational presentations. Some may choose to participate individually from home offices. Others on campus may want to come together to participate as a group and/or drop in various presentations.

As most Ambassadors will attend in person, the Committee would like to have a liaison from each campus to coordinate an optimal experience. We’re asking you assign a liaison from your campus (who is not attending UC Tech in person). Envisioned responsibilities include securing space and equipment on campus and interfacing with the San Diego team.

Please contact Kelly Arruda via Slack or email (karruda@it.ucla.edu) by end of day Thursday, June 23rd if you or one of your team members would like to be our on-campus liaison for UC Tech 22. Thank you!

2. Can computers understand complex words and concepts?

The study of what words really mean is ages old. The human mind must parse a web of detailed, flexible information and use sophisticated common sense to perceive their meaning.

Now, a newer problem related to the meaning of words has emerged: Scientists are studying whether artificial intelligence can mimic the human mind to understand words the way people do. A new study by researchers at UCLA, MIT and the National Institutes of Health addresses that question. Continue reading.

3. Google engineer put on leave after saying AI chatbot has become sentient

The suspension of a Google engineer who claimed a computer chatbot he was working on had become sentient and was thinking and reasoning like a human being has put new scrutiny on the capacity of, and secrecy surrounding, the world of artificial intelligence (AI).

The technology giant placed Blake Lemoine on leave last week after he published transcripts of conversations between himself, a Google “collaborator”, and the company’s LaMDA (language model for dialogue applications) chatbot development system. Continue reading.

4. Meet the Twitter curators highlighting DALL-E’s weirdest AI art

An AI model that generates images based on a user’s text prompts, DALL-E mini was developed by AI artist Boris Dayma as a trimmed-down, open-sourced version of the DALL-E 2 model developed by artificial intelligence research company OpenAI. “To me, it’s a new form of imagination, and in some ways I’m always drawn to new ways of thinking about things,” says Ernie Smith, the proprietor of Dall-E News, a brand-new Twitter account that features the results of newsworthy events run through the app. Continue reading.

5. Microsoft retires Internet Explorer – what does it mean for you?

Microsoft is officially ending support for its iconic web browser, Internet Explorer, today – June 15, 2022.

Internet Explorer, also known as IE or MSIE, was first released in 1995 as part of an add-on package for Windows 95 – the first Windows with the infamous “start” button. Continue reading.