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Episode 5.12: Bridge on the River NukkAI

Andy and Dave discuss the latest in AI news and research, including DoD’s 2023 budget for research, engineering, development, and testing at $130B, around 9.5% higher than the previous year [0:59]. DARPA announces the “In the Moment” (ITM) program, which aims to create rigorous and quantifiable algorithms for evaluating situations where objective ground truth is not available [2:58]. The European Parliament’s Special Committee on AI in a Digital Age (AIDA) adopts its final recommendations, though the report is still in draft including that the EU should not regulate AI as a technology, but rather focus on risk [6:22]. Other EP committees debated the proposal for an “AI Act” on 21 March, and included speakers such as Tegmark, Russell, and many others [8:19]. The OECD AI Policy Observatory provides an interactive visual database of national AI policies, initiatives, and strategies [10:46]. In research, a brain implant allows a fully paralyzed patient to communicate solely by “thought,” using neurofeedback [11:51]. Researchers from Collaborations Pharmaceuticals and King’s College London discover that they could repurpose their AI drug-seeking system to instead generate 40,000 possible chemical weapons [14:26]. And NukkAI holds a bridge competition and claims its NooK AI “beats eight world champions,” though others take exception to the methods [18:16]. And Kevin Pollpeter, from CNA’s China Studies Program, joins to discuss the role (or lack) of Chinese technology in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, and other topics [21:52].

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John Stimpson, Communications Associate