Clippers 10/3: Alex Petrov on intelligence in LLMs

Is GPT-4 Intelligent? What Does This Mean and How Can We Tell?

Artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities are improving at an unprecedented and alarming rate. Existing Large language models (LLMs) such as GPT-4 already demonstrate “sparks” of artificial general intelligence (AGI). That is, they do according to a controversial paper by Bubeck et al. that many ML researchers consider to be a disgrace to the profession, whereas other scientists (myself included) consider to be insightful and of pivotal importance.

These polarized opinions point to a methodological problem. The scientific community does not know how to evaluate opaque models with trillions of parameters. In my talk, I will try to shed some light on this question, drawing from philosophy, psychology, machine learning, theoretical computer science, hardware design, and linguistics. It is a remarkable fact that all these disparate disciplines provide valuable pieces of the puzzle.