What is the role of academia in modern AI research? With Stanford Professor Dr. Percy Liang
When AI research is evolving at warp speed and takes significant capital and compute power, what is the role of academia? Dr. Percy Liang – Stanford computer science professor and director of the Stanford Center for Research on Foundation Models talks about training costs, distributed infrastructure, model evaluation, alignment, and societal impact.
Sarah Guo and Elad Gil join Percy at his office to discuss the evolution of research in NLP, why AI developers should aim for superhuman levels of performance, the goals of the Center for Research on Foundation Models, and Together, a decentralized cloud for artificial intelligence.
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- See Percy’s Research on Google Scholar
- See Percy’s bio on Stanford’s website
- Percy on Stanford’s Blog: What to Expect in 2023 in AI
- Together, a decentralized cloud for artificial intelligence
- Foundation AI models GPT-3 and DALL-E need release standards - Protocol
The Time Is Now to Develop Community Norms for the Release of Foundation Models - Stanford
[1:44 ] - How Percy got into machine learning research and started the Center for Research and Foundation Models at Stanford
[7:23 ] - The role of academia and academia’s competitive advantages
[13:30 ] - Research on natural language processing and computational semantics
[27:20 ] - Smaller scale architectures that are competitive with transformers
[35:08 ] - Helm, holistic evaluation of language models, a project with the the goal is to evaluate language models
[42:13 ] - Together, a decentralized cloud for artificial intelligence