This Week in AI (April 23rd - April 29th, 2024)

April 29, 2024

Welcome to our latest edition of "This Week in AI," where recent days have unfolded with intriguing developments and let’s say valuable insights. This week has been particularly interesting, not only due to the advancements in AI technology but also because of the lessons we've learned about the importance of communication around new and exciting technologies. As we explore the latest in AI, we'll delve into both the cutting-edge progress and the critical reflections on how we discuss and hype technologies before their full capabilities are confirmed. Join us as we unpack a week filled with both technological strides and cautionary discussions, shaping our understanding and expectations of AI's role in our future.

U.S.-Japan AI Collaboration Expands Technology Frontiers

Over the course of the last few weeks, the United States and Japan have initiated a significant AI technology collaboration aimed at advancing sectors such as robotics, semiconductor manufacturing, and cybersecurity. This partnership leverages the U.S.'s technological infrastructure and Japan's advanced robotics capabilities to foster innovation and address critical challenges in AI and technology development. The initiative is designed to not only enhance each nation's tech capabilities but also to set a precedent for international cooperation in high-tech industries, facilitating shared advancements and strategic technological gains. On a personal level, it is always refreshing to see new standards for collaboration, especially in a field as critical as artificial intelligence.

Mixtral 8x22B Sets New Standards in AI Model Accessibility

Another exciting innovation coming out of this week is the introduction of the Mixtral 8x22B model which marks a significant achievement in the field of AI. This model, featuring 22 billion parameters, sets a new benchmark for open-source AI models, providing unprecedented access to high-level AI capabilities. This kind of accessibility to robust and expansive AI models, especially in an open source fashion, is a particularly exciting development in a world of increasingly closed source models. The Mixtral 8x22B is designed to perform a wide range of complex tasks, pushing the limits of what open models can accomplish in terms of processing power and versatility. The model also boasts fluency in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German. Its availability to the public ensures that a wider audience can explore its capabilities, promoting innovation and facilitating advancements in AI research and application.

Scrutiny Over Devin AI's Capabilities Prompts Industry Reflection

Recent reports have raised questions about the claimed capabilities of Devin AI, leading to a broader discussion on transparency and honesty in the AI industry. While Devin AI's developers maintain that their technology is collaborative and capable, discrepancies reported between demonstrated and operational performance have given many users pause as to the true capabilities of this AI powered system.

As many of you likely remember, it was just one month ago that I myself gushed over the potential and apparent power of the Devin AI software engineering model. While I want to be clear that it is not that the team at cognition-labs fabricated any of Devin’s capabilities, it is clear that the marketing of the tool used strategies to build hype and gain traction, rather than authentically reflect the power of the Devin system. At the very least, the provided demo was cherry picked and did an incredibly poor job at expressing key limitations of the platform.

There is nothing wrong with generating hype, the technological ecosystem is built around excitement and passion, but there is a difference between showing your products best characteristics, and intentionally withholding your product’s shortcomings. While much is left to be seen about Devin’s development and capabilities, there is a powerful lesson to understand about advertising AI solutions, and the internet’s ability to hold AI solutions accountable. Let’s hope that we’re simply seeing a case of a poor demo, but regardless, allow this instance to remind us to keep a critical mind and attitude to emerging technologies.


This week's developments in AI reflect a mixture of strategic advancements and cautionary tales. The U.S.-Japan partnership and the Mixtral 8x22B model highlight the ongoing progress and potential within the AI field, while the situation surrounding Devin AI reminds us of the ethical responsibilities that accompany technological innovation. As the AI landscape continues to evolve, let us work to maintain a balance between pushing technical boundaries and adhering to ethical standards. Only by maintaining this order, can we harness AI's full potential responsibly.

by Ryan Ofman, Head of Science Communications and ML Engineer at Deep Media