Though the deliciously entertaining chaos at Twitter and the collapse of FTX were the main tech industry stories of last week, they were far from the only disasters to unfold. On Nov. 15, Meta launched a demo of an AI dubbed Galactica. In a statement, Meta told The Daily Beast that the model was trained “on 106 billion tokens of open-access scientific text and data. This includes papers, textbooks, scientific websites, encyclopedias, reference material, knowledge bases, and more.”
Think of it as a kind of academic search engine on steroids. With a simple prompt, Galactica “can summarize academic papers, solve math problems, generate Wiki articles, write scientific code, annotate molecules and proteins, and more,” the company wrote. It was going to be a cheat code for academics and researchers. No more hunting down the right study or paper for your research. No more being delayed by a tricky equation. Meta’s new bot could take care of all that for you with just a few keystrokes.
But just two days after going live, the company took the Galactica demo down.
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