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Announcing Epoch: A research initiative investigating the road to transformative AI

We’re a new research initiative forecasting developments in AI. Come join us!

Trends in Training Dataset Sizes

We collected a database of notable ML models and their training dataset sizes. We use this database to find historical growth trends in dataset size for different domains, particularly language and vision.

The longest training run

Training runs of large Machine Learning systems are likely to last less than 14-15 months. This is because longer runs will be outcompeted by runs that start later and therefore use better hardware and better algorithms.

A time-invariant version of Laplace's rule

We explore how to estimate the probability of an event given information of past occurrences. We explain a problem with the naive application of Laplace's rule in this context, and suggest a modification to correct it.

Machine Learning Model Sizes and the Parameter Gap

The model size of notable Machine Learning systems has grown ten times faster than before since 2018. After 2020 growth has not been entirely continuous: there was a jump of one order of magnitude which persists until today. This is relevant for forecasting model size and thus AI capabilities.

Trends in GPU price-performance

Using a dataset of 470 models of graphics processing units released between 2006 and 2021, we find that the amount of floating-point operations/second per $ doubles every ~2.5 years.

Grokking “Semi-informative priors over AI timelines”

I give visual explanations for Tom Davidson’s report, Semi-informative priors over AI timelines, and summarise the key assumptions and intuitions

Grokking “Forecasting TAI with biological anchors”

I give a visual explanation of Ajeya Cotra’s draft report, Forecasting TAI with biological anchors, summarising the key assumptions, intuitions, and conclusions.

Projecting compute trends in Machine Learning

Projecting forward 70 years worth of trends in the amount of compute used to train Machine Learning models.

Compute Trends Across Three Eras of Machine Learning

We’ve compiled a dataset of the training compute for over 120 Machine Learning models, highlighting novel trends and insights into the development of AI since 1952, and what to expect going forward.

Estimating Training Compute of Deep Learning Models

We describe two approaches for estimating the training compute of Deep Learning systems, by counting operations and looking at GPU time.

What’s the backward-forward FLOP ratio for Neural Networks?

Determining the backward-forward FLOP ratio for neural networks, to help calculate their total training compute.

How to measure FLOP/s for Neural Networks empirically?

Computing the utilization rate for multiple Neural Network architectures.