Can AI shake up things in nuclear science? Well, we are yet to find out as OpenAI buddies up with the lab associated with history’s first nuclear bomb, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 

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From an innovator’s standpoint, partnering with the laboratory seems like the next best step for a company whose mission is to advance humanity.

For anyone without an idea about Los Alamos and how it once held the red button for all humanity, legendary Hollywood director Christopher Nolan did an excellent job explaining the events that led to the world’s first nuclear weapon.  

Source: Tenor

OpenAI stated they were working with the laboratory to advance further research in bioscience. As per a July 9 statement, the artificial intelligence corporation and LANL will evaluate how AI models can help scientists perform laboratory tasks. These evaluations will also include biological safety assessments, a critical study of GPT-4o’s yet-to-be-released real-time voice system, and how such AI breakthroughs will help support bioscience research.

A Brief History of Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory was founded in 1943 with the goal of designing and building history’s first atomic bomb. For nearly five decades, the laboratory focused on high-level military and weapons research before switching to civilian research after the end of the Cold War in 1991.

Today, the bioscience division at LANL is juggling everything from concocting the next super vaccine that will save us all to figuring out how to make our planet sustainable before we turn it into a giant toaster oven. The division also tracks the impact of climate change and its contribution to the emergence of new diseases. Therefore, if the introduction of this news piece shocked you at first, RELAX. The partnership is for advancing bioscience research,  we guarantee it’s not even close to making “Breaking Bad” a reality let alone military weaponry.

Source: Tenor

OpenAI’s Latest Version GPT-4o

If you found prompting ChatGPT by typing was way more headache than engaging Paypal’s customer support, OpenAI has introduced its latest version, GPT4o, a multimodal large language model that supports voice, image, and text inputs. Given the sophistication of its latest model, OpenAI believes the partnership with LANL will help advance previous AI training that involved complex tasks such as mass spectrometry. 

The AI firm revealed its grand vision was to explore its new “modalities” of AI in the lab. With GPT-4o’s fancy voice and visual inputs, it’s set to open up new avenues to “potentially expedite learning.” Through this work, OpenAI disclosed its intention to contribute meaningfully to research on biothreat risks.

Growing Regulatory Concerns Around Artificial Intelligence

The partnership comes as big tech behemoths—like Microsoft and Apple—are leaving OpenAI due to growing regulatory concerns. 

On July 10, Microsoft politely penned a “Sorry dear, I’m leaving” letter to OpenAI, announcing its decision to part ways with the board. This heartfelt farewell comes only a year after the Windows giant generously poured $13 billion into the firm. 

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Ah, isn’t young love in the tech world so fleeting? 

Meanwhile, it seems like Microsoft is walking away after the European Union threatened OpenAI in June with an antitrust investigation if it continues its partnership with Microsoft.

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