Article: The race to understand the exhilarating, dangerous world of language AI

Innovation, Language, Open Data, Open Space

The race to understand the exhilarating, dangerous world of language AI

To start, Google plans to integrate LaMDA into its main search portal, its voice assistant, and Workplace, its collection of cloud-based work software that includes Gmail, Docs, and Drive. But the eventual goal, said Pichai, is to create a conversational interface that allows people to retrieve any kind of information—text, visual, audio—across all Google’s products just by asking.

LaMDA’s rollout signals yet another way in which language technologies are becoming enmeshed in our day-to-day lives. But Google’s flashy presentation belied the ethical debate that now surrounds such cutting-edge systems. LaMDA is what’s known as a large language model (LLM)—a deep-learning algorithm trained on enormous amounts of text data.

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Article: Zoom Is Safer Now, Thanks to Hackers

Language, Open Data

Zoom Is Safer Now, Thanks to Hackers

It’s what you never want to hear: An important service, used by millions, has a critical vulnerability. In a story that broke this week, the service in question was Zoom. The vulnerability, had it been exploited, would have allowed bad actors to run whatever code they wanted on a user’s machine.

In this case, though, the story has a happy ending. Often when you hear about vulnerabilities in software, it’s because they’ve already been exploited by hackers — specifically, black hat hackers, the term for hackers who act maliciously.

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Article: Five Reasons Open-Source Collaboration Is The Hallmark Of A Great Team Member

Innovation, Open Space

Five Reasons Open-Source Collaboration Is The Hallmark Of A Great Team Member

Employees who exhibit a solid combination of technical expertise, soft management skills and a willingness to proactively collaborate with other team members can be the ticket to a company’s growth, but that Goldilocks combination can be tough to find, especially now. It can be difficult to ascertain whether someone fits the bill on a Zoom interview, which makes knowing where to look for the right talent all the more important.

The open-source community is a great place to start, even if companies are not specifically looking for software developers. Open source is all about contributing to something that is greater than the whole.

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