AI and society

Six examples of AI-assisted propaganda in everyday politics

Summary As the output of AI models has become more realistic, AI-generated media is creeping into everyday politics, as these examples show. A new era of AI-driven “fake news” has begun, not always as harmless as images of the Pope suddenly dressed in surprisingly fashionable clothes. They can also cause serious confusion, as in the …

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New AI system aims to put the brakes on subway fare evaders in New York City

New York City’s subway is tackling fare evasion with AI-powered surveillance software. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has installed the technology at seven undisclosed stations to track those who avoid paying their fares. With an estimated revenue loss of $285 million in 2022 due to fare evasion, the MTA expects to expand the system to …

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As AI safety concerns mount, OpenAI’s trust and safety head steps down

Dave Willner, head of trust and safety at OpenAI, has transitioned to an advisory role after a year and a half in the position. Willner, who previously led trust and safety teams at Facebook and Airbnb, played a significant part in discussions surrounding regulation and responsibility in the AI ​​world after the launch of ChatGPT. …

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AI Labs pledge voluntary commitments for safe, secure, and transparent AI development

Summary Leading AI companies and research labs, such as OpenAI, Amazon, Google, Meta, and Microsoft are making voluntary commitments to improve the safety, security, and trustworthiness of AI technology and services. Coordinated by the White House, these actions aim to promote meaningful and effective AI governance in the United States and around the world. As …

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Authors Guild threatens leading AI companies with just another copyright lawsuit

8,000 authors have signed an Authors Guild letter urging the CEOs of major AI companies, including OpenAI, Alphabet, Meta, Stability AI, IBM, and Microsoft, to fairly compensate and recognize authors for the use of their copyrighted works in the training of generative AI technologies. Signatories include Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, James Patterson, Jennifer Egan, David …

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OpenAI doesn’t want GPT-4 to be used for facial recognition

Summary Multimodal models can recognize images and describe their content. This includes images of people, which could prove problematic. The New York Times reports that OpenAI currently masks faces in images and does not allow GPT-4 to process them with image recognition. This particularly affects blind people, who are using GPT-4 with image enhancement in …

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British stores turn to AI facial recognition against rising shoplifting rates

Surveillance company Facewatch is experiencing “exponential” demand for its AI-powered facial recognition system to identify repeat shoplifters, founder Simon Gordon said. The system works by having a store manager review security camera footage after an item is stolen, logging the thief’s image into Facewatch’s system for future alerts. Critics say this technology infringes on privacy …

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Generative AI is “overhyped,” claims media mogul Barry Diller, but he’s suing anyway

Summary Media mogul Barry Diller announced plans to file a lawsuit with a group of leading publishers over the use of published works to train AI systems. Diller believes that generative AI is overhyped, “as all revolutions that are in the very beginning,” but also harmful to the publishing industry because AI systems are ingesting …

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Emad Mostaque predicts “massive market” for AI, yet a “dot AI” bubble awaits

Summary The debate over AI’s potential continues, with Stability AI CEO Emad Mostaque calling it the “biggest bubble of all time” and saying it’s not yet ready for widespread adoption. Speaking to UBS analysts last week, Stability AI CEO Emad Mostaque described the technology as a potential “$1 trillion investment opportunity” in the long term, …

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