AI and society

AI expected to result in “significant labor-market disruption” says WEF

Summary How will the job market change in the next five years? The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2023 provides a comprehensive forecast. The bottom-line impact of most technologies on the job market will be positive over the next five years, according to a broad cross-section of the world’s largest employers. That’s one …

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“AI godfather” Hinton leaves Google with regrets about his work

Summary Geoffrey Hinton is one of the world’s most prominent AI researchers. Now he is wrapping up his career at Google – and saying goodbye with a warning. About a decade ago, renowned computer scientist and cognitive psychologist Geoffrey Hinton laid the groundwork for today’s advanced AI systems like ChatGPT with his research on artificial …

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ChatGPT reinstated in Italy, but OpenAI still under review

Summary ChatGPT is available again in Italy Update as of April 29, 2023: Italy has restored access to ChatGPT for people living in Italy. OpenAI had recently introduced several privacy improvements, including allowing users to exclude their data from AI training and to opt out of the use of their data via a form. However, …

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With Google Deepmind Pichai is putting all his chips on one card

Summary Google Brain and Deepmind form Google Deepmind, with a new focus on developing large-scale multimodal models. Deepmind was founded in 2010 by Demis Hassabis and Shane Legg. The company was acquired by Google in 2014, but has remained largely independent of Google. In March, The Information reported that Google’s in-house AI team, Google Brain, …

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Germany opens administrative proceedings against OpenAI

Summary Following Italy, German data protection authorities are now also dealing with ChatGPT. The federal state data protection commissioners have jointly initiated an administrative procedure. “If personal data is used, including as training data for AI, there must be a legal basis,” Dieter Kugelmann, head of the German AI task force, told Tagesspiegel. “We have …

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Researchers and Google CEO call for global regulation of AI

Summary AI applications are spreading rapidly and can have a major impact on our lives. How are policymakers dealing with it? From freelancers losing clients, graphic designers taking legal action, IT students questioning their future careers, to a Harvard professor accused of sexual harassment by ChatGPT, there is no question that AI has arrived in …

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Japanese government tests ChatGPT for website updates

Summary Update, April 19, 2023: Bloomberg reports on an initial test of ChatGPT by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The chatbot is designed to simplify documents and make them more accessible. Specifically, ChatGPT will help update online manuals for filling out applications for subsidies and public assistance. This is said to involve thousands …

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ChatGPT could quickly become the weak link in cybersecurity

Summary As ChatGPT begins to seep into our digital infrastructure, we should take its vulnerabilities seriously, warns developer Simon Willison. OpenAI’s ChatGPT plugins, Auto-GPT, Google’s Bard, or Microsoft’s Bing and Office 365 Co-Pilot: large language models are leaving the chatbox and starting to permeate our digital infrastructure. They are becoming AI assistants that write emails …

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OpenAssistant releases its open-source ChatGPT competitor

Newsletter OpenAssistant is supposed to become a real open-source alternative to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Now first models, training data, and code are available. The OpenAssistant project started in December, shortly after OpenAI released ChatGPT. The goal is to create an open-source AI assistant with the same capabilities. To that end, the team spent months collecting a …

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