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“Please slow down”—The 7 biggest AI stories of 2022

Enlarge / AI image synthesis advances in 2022 have made images like this one possible, which was created using Stable Diffusion, enhanced with GFPGAN, expanded with DALL-E, and then manually composited together. (credit: Benj Edwards / Ars Technica)

More than once this year, AI experts have repeated a familiar refrain: “Please slow down.” AI news in 2022 has been rapid-fire and relentless; the moment you knew where things currently stood in AI, a new paper or discovery would make that understanding obsolete.

In 2022, we arguably hit the knee of the curve when it came to generative AI that can produce creative works made up of text, images, audio, and video. This year, deep-learning AI emerged from a decade of research and began making its way into commercial applications, allowing millions of people to try out the tech for the first time. AI creations inspired wonder, created controversies, prompted existential crises, and turned heads.

Here’s a look back at the seven biggest AI news stories of the year. It was hard to choose only seven, but if we didn’t cut it off somewhere, we’d still be writing about this year’s events well into 2023 and beyond.

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