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Former Twitter employees fear the platform might only last weeks Recently-departed Twitter staff have told MIT Technology Review they worry that the platform has weeks to live based on current staffing levels, mass resignations overnight, and the morale of the few who remain. A green grid appeared, 16 units wide and 16 units tall. This is today's edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what's going on in the world of technology. Why Meta’s latest large language model only survived three days online On 15 November Meta unveiled a new large language model called Galactica, intended to assist scientists. The company’s former employees estimate that 75% of its remaining workers plan to quit after Elon Musk gave them an ultimatum of adopting “extremely hardcore” working practices or to accept three months severance, a widescale revolt which looks like it will leave Twitter sorely short of key staff in the days to come. They’re concerned that there’s just not enough technical expertise to keep the site running, and that unless drastic changes are made, and soon, Musk’s actions will signal the end of Twitter. 1 Elon Musk’s demands for loyalty triggered an exodus of Twitter workers Hundreds of employees chose to quit instead of signing up to his vision of “hardcore Twitter.” (WP $) + The soccer World Cup will be a major stress test for what remains of the platform. Meta’s mis-step—and hubris—shows once again that big tech has a blind spot about the severe limitations of large language models.There is a large body of research that highlights the flaws of this technology, including its tendency to reproduce prejudice and assert falsehoods as facts. (technologyreview.com). Continue reading.
The trouble is, the types of data typically used for training language models may be used up in the near future—as early as 2026, according to a paper by researchers from Epoch, an AI research and forecasting organization, that is yet to be peer reviewed.
Former Twitter employees fear the platform might only last weeks Recently-departed Twitter staff have told MIT Technology Review they worry that the platform has weeks to live based on current staffing levels, mass resignations overnight, and the morale of the few who remain.
Charles Q. Choi is a science reporter who contributes regularly to IEEE Spectrum.