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  • Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone.

    Today we announce Google Duplex, a new technology for conducting natural conversations to carry out “real world” tasks over the phone. The technology is directed towards completing specific tasks, such as scheduling certain types of appointments. For such tasks, the system makes the conversational experience as natural as possible, allowing people to speak normally, like they would to another person, without having to adapt to a machine.

  • How can we be sure AI will behave? Perhaps by watching it argue with itself.

    The concept comes from researchers at OpenAI, a nonprofit founded by several Silicon Valley luminaries, including Y Combinator partner Sam Altman, LinkedIn chair Reid Hoffman, Facebook board member and Palantir founder Peter Thiel, and Tesla and SpaceX head Elon Musk.

    The OpenAI researchers have previously shown that AI systems that train themselves can sometimes develop unexpected and unwanted habits. For example, in a computer game, an agent may figure out how to “glitch” its way to a higher score. In some cases it may be possible for a person to supervise the training process. But if the AI program is doing something impossibly complex, this might not be feasible. So the researchers suggest having two systems discuss a particular objective instead.

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