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Last Week in Conversational AI
Gorilla AI model has been created through a partnership between Microsoft and UC Berkeley. The model was developed by Shishir Patil, a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley specializing in ML systems. Gorilla is based on the Falcon and MPT language models and can interact with over 1,600 APIs. This open-source project uses an Abstract Syntax Tree to ensure accurate API invocations, which helps prevent common issues such as hallucinations and incorrect syntax. It's also adaptable to document changes and can update API calls automatically, making it a significant step towards AGI. Read more
ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, is intensifying internal testing of its AI chatbot named "Grace" after receiving a lukewarm response from some employees. It's accessible only to ByteDance corporate email account holders for testing via its dedicated website. However, compared to major AI chatbots outside of China, Grace has been described as "still immature". While ByteDance representatives noted that it's "currently undergoing more internal testing" and will be available only in the Chinese market, the chatbot has faced employee criticism for its responses and performance, raising questions about its readiness for broader use. Read more
Flatiron School, a global technical education provider, has introduced an innovative AI-powered chatbot to enhance learning experiences across its software engineering, data science, cybersecurity, and product design courses. The chatbot is embedded into learning materials, providing students with a 24/7 learning aid that facilitates independent thinking and offers personalized support. It utilizes analogies, diagrams, and code challenges to help students understand complex concepts and improve problem-solving skills. Read more
Citibot, a chat software company, has introduced a translation tool powered by Amazon Translate that allows residents to communicate with local governments in 71 languages via mobile or web channels. This tool has been launched in two California cities, Stockton and Fairfield, to address language barriers non-English speakers face when interacting with local officials. Users can type their questions in their native language, translated for the official's response, and vice versa. Read more
Pinwheel, a company initially recognized for producing smartphones tailored for children, has introduced a child-safe chatbot named Pinwheel GPT. This chatbot is designed to provide a secure and informative platform for kids to ask questions and access information. It aims to assist children in navigating the challenges of growing up by offering them a safe space to interact with AI resources like chatbots. Read more