Whisper ➶

One of my favorite technology writers, James Somers, writing about OpenAI’s open-source speech-transcription program, whisper.cpp, in the New Yorker:

Sutton concluded that the goal of A.I. research should be to build “agents that can discover like we can” rather than programs “which contain what we have discovered.” In recent years, A.I. researchers seem to have learned the bitter lesson once and for all. The result has been a parade of astonishing new programs.

Here’s a gut feeling about recent developments in AI: Perhaps the software code fast approaching will somehow mimic a part of the process of biological evolution.

And if software knows how to learn by itself, would understanding us speaking to it seamlessly not speed up its own learning?

By the way, we can already use Whisper to transcribe Twitch streams.

✶ Tuesday, 21 February 2023

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