The Dallas Independent School District is rolling out AI-equipped cameras to spy on students, violating privacy under the pretense of keeping them safe.
The school district partnered with a company called Davista to use AI to monitor each student and notify the administration if a student deviates from their “baseline” behavior.
Continue reading ““Pre Crime”-Style AI That Monitors Kids Hits Dallas Schools – Ben Squires 5/30/23″
A Nature article published two days ago might make you go hmmmmm:
To increase lagging vaccination rates, scientists developed specialized AI actors to talk to people online to convince them to get vaccinated.
Continue reading “Bill Gates-Funded AI Chatbots Promoted COVID Vaccines – Igor Chudov 5/28/23”
An AI researcher developed a free speech alternative to ChatGPT and argued that the mainstream model has a liberal bias that prevents it from answering certain questions.
Continue reading “Developer Creates Pro-First Amendment AI to Counter ChatGPT’s ‘Political Motivations’ – Fox News 5/13/23”
The internet and social media were transformative technologies that enabled the distribution of speech at a speed and scale that the world had never seen before.
Continue reading “Senators Want To Control AI So It Can’t Produce “Misinformation” – Tom Parker 5/19/23″
Your next interaction at the drive-thru could be with an AI chatbot instead of a human order-taker, and you might not even know it. Fast-food giant Wendy’s has partnered with Google to trial an artificial intelligence chatbot at one of its restaurants in its home state of Ohio. The chatbot will be trained to understand how customers typically order items from the menu and interact in a natural way.
According to Wendy’s Chief Executive Todd Penegor, the test bot will be “very conversational” and some customers might not even realize they aren’t talking to a human employee….
By now, many are familiar with ChatGPT. Based on a machine learning algorithm, this new cutting-edge technology—the GPT stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer—is a language model trained to understand and generate human language.
Continue reading “The Silent Strings of ChatGPT – Rob Henderson 5/7/23”
A new Amnesty International report documents Israel’s dystopian colonial surveillance in East Jerusalem and Hebron which have become “laboratories” for facial recognition and AI technology.
Continue reading “Israel is Using AI and Facial Recognition to Monitor Palestinians, Amnesty Report Says – Mondoweiss 5/8/23”
The White House has announced a plan to crack down on artificial intelligence. The effort will be led by Vice President Kamala Harris and will have a budget of $140 million.
Continue reading “Vice President Kamala Harris is America’s Artificial Intelligence Czar – Reclaim The Net 5/5/23”
Microsoft and Epic Systems, the largest provider of healthcare software in the US, announced that OpenAI’s GPT-4 will be used in healthcare to generate responses from healthcare professionals and to look for trends in people’s medical records.
Continue reading “Open AI’s GPT-4 to be Unleashed on Medical Records – Reclaim The Net 4/23/23”
Joe Rogan has warned of the growing threats posed by artificial intelligence (AI) after a version of his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” was created entirely through the use of AI technology, sparking concern among listeners.
“This is going to get very slippery, kids,” Rogan wrote on Twitter on April 11 in response to a video of the fake show shared on the social media platform by content creator Farzad Mesbahi.
The fake video is titled “Joe Rogan AI Experience Episode #001” and features “guest” Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, the creator of the artificial intelligence system ChatGPT.
Continue reading “Joe Rogan Issues Warning After AI-Generated Version of His Podcast Surfaces – The Epoch Times 4/12/23”
Facial recognition firm Clearview has built a massive AI-powered database of billions of pictures collected from social media platforms without obtaining users’ consent.
In late March, Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That told BBC in an interview that the company had obtained 30 billion photos without users’ knowledge over the years, scraped mainly from social media platforms like Facebook. He said US law enforcement agencies use the database to identify criminals.
Continue reading “Clearview AI Scraped Billions Of Facebook Photos For Facial Recognition Database – ZeroHedge 4/8/23”
Yesterday, President Joe Biden declared that “it remains to be seen” whether Artificial Intelligence (AI) is “dangerous.” I would beg to differ. I have been writing about the threat of AI to free speech. Then recently I learned that ChatGPT falsely reported on a claim of sexual harassment that was never made against me on a trip that never occurred while I was on a faculty where I never taught. ChapGPT relied on a cited Post article that was never written and quotes a statement that was never made by the newspaper. When the Washington Post investigated the false story, it learned that another AI program “Microsoft’s Bing, which is powered by GPT-4, repeated the false claim about Turley.” It appears that I have now been adjudicated by an AI jury on something that never occurred.
Continue reading “Defamed by ChatGPT: My Own Bizarre Experience with Artificiality of “Artificial Intelligence” – Jonathan Turley 4/6/23”
This is how we’ll end up with severe shortages of truly skilled labor and high unemployment of those who lack the necessary skills.
The labor force and the job market are referred to as if they were monolithic structures. But they’re not monolithic, they are complex aggregates of very different cohorts of age, skills, mobility, education, experience, opportunity, potential and motivation.
Continue reading “Here’s How We’ll Have Labor Shortages and High Unemployment at the Same Time – Charles Hugh Smith 4/3/23”
Italy’s data protection authority has temporarily banned OpenAI’s ChatGPT over alleged privacy violations. The ban will remain in effect until OpenAI complies with the European Union’s privacy laws.
In a statement, the Italian National Authority for Personal Data Protection said ChatGPT violated the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in multiple ways, including unlawfully processing people’s data and failing to prevent minors from accessing the AI chatbot.
Continue reading “Italy Bans OpenAI’s ChatGPT Over Privacy Concerns – ZeroHedge 3/31/23”
Germany has a “porn police” – regulators, that is, who are using an “AI” tool called KIVI to find adult content across the internet – on sites and apps like Twitter, YouTube, Telegram, and TikTok.
And when they do, those creating and/or posting this content could wind up in prison or pay fines, and they are notified of their transgression by the actual police.
Continue reading “Germany Uses AI to Target Online Content for Removal, Send Data to Police – Reclaim The Net 3/29/23”
Language model AIs teach themselves the arts of communication and problem solving based on a limited set of training data. In the case of GPT-4, that data is quite out of date, with the cutoff being late 2021. That’s where all of ChatGPT’s “knowledge” has come from up to this point, and its only output – at least in the service the public can use – has been text. Now, with today’s launch of a plugin ecosystem, GPT levels up again with some impressive new abilities.
Continue reading “ChatGPT Can Now Access the Internet and Run the Code it Writes – Loz Blain 3/24/23”
Concerns have been raised about the extent of artificial intelligence GPT-4’s power to take over computers after the AI chatbot told a Stanford professor of its plan to “escape”.
Professor in computational psychology, Michal Kosinski, raised concerns that the highly-sophisticated new model from Open AI would not be able to be contained for much longer after he asked if it “needed help escaping”.
Continue reading “ChatGPT: GPT-4 has a Plan to Escape – Ellen O’Dwyer 3/18/23”
Our government is preparing to monitor every word Americans say on the internet—the speech of journalists, politicians, religious organizations, advocacy groups, and even private citizens. Should those conversations conflict with the government’s viewpoint about what is in the best interests of our country and her citizens, that speech will be silenced.
Continue reading “Grants Reveal Feds’ Horrific Plans To Censor Americans’ Speech – Margot Cleveland 3/21/23”
Databricks, a San Francisco-based startup last valued at $38 billion, on Friday released open-source code that it said companies could use to create their own chatbots along the lines of OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
The code is an AI model, an algorithm that is trained on sets of data and can then learn from new data to perform a variety of tasks.
Continue reading “Databricks Pushes Open-Source Chatbot as Cheaper ChatGPT Alternative – Reuters 3/24/23”
If AI is going to work its way out of the chat box and into our living rooms, it will need to understand spaces and objects better. To further that work, the Allen Institute for AI has created a gigantic and diverse database of 3D models of everyday objects, so simulations for AI models can be that much closer to reality.
Continue reading “Enter the Objaverse: 800,000 Virtual Props for AIs to Play With – Tech Crunch 3/23/23”
OpenAI’s viral AI-powered chatbot, ChatGPT, can now browse the internet — in certain cases.
OpenAI today launched plugins for ChatGPT, which extend the bot’s functionality by granting it access to third-party knowledge sources and databases, including the web. Available in alpha to ChatGPT users and developers on the waitlist, OpenAI says that it’ll initially prioritize a small number of developers and subscribers to its premium ChatGPT Plus plan before rolling out larger-scale and API access.
Continue reading “OpenAI Connects ChatGPT to the Internet – Tech Crunch 3/23/23”
On the eve of its 25th anniversary, Mozilla, the not-for-profit behind the Firefox browser, is launching an AI-focused startup.
Called Mozilla.ai, the newly forged company’s mission isn’t to build just any AI — its mission is to build AI that’s open source and “trustworthy,” according to Mark Surman, the executive president of Mozilla and the head of Mozilla.ai.
Continue reading “Mozilla Launches a New Startup Focused on ‘Trustworthy’ AI – Tech Crunch 3/22/23”
Home improvement products retailer Lowe’s has started using security robots manufactured by Knightscope in four stores in Philadelphia.
The robots, K5’s – first launched in 2015 – are supposed to help the retailer collect evidence in case of criminal prosecutions, and act like “security guards.”
Continue reading “Lowes Introduces Surveillance Robots that Monitor License Plates, Mobile Devices, to Detect Repeat Offenders – Reclaim The Net 3/19/23”
Six decades ago, an episode of the legendary TV series “The Twilight Zone” warned us about the risks of ticking off machines. Frustrated by a wave of modern appliances, a grumpy magazine writer in the episode “A Thing About Machines” takes out his frustrations on them and breaks them.
Until they fight back.
Continue reading “GPT-4’s Exciting, and Ominous, Achievements – Peter Grad 3/16/23”
OpenAI shipped GPT-4 today, the much-anticipated text-generating AI model, and it’s a curious piece of work.
GPT-4 improves upon its predecessor, GPT-3, in key ways, for example giving more factually true statements and allowing developers to prescribe its style and behavior more easily. It’s also multimodal in the sense that it can understand images, allowing it to caption and even explain in detail the contents of a photo.
Continue reading “Interview with OpenAI’s Greg Brockman: GPT-4 isn’t Perfect, but Neither are You – Tech Crunch 3/15/23”
Story at a glance:
- ChatGPT is a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence (AI). “GPT” stands for “generative pretrained transformer,” and the “chat” indicates that it’s a chatbot.
- ChatGPT, released at the end of November 2022, has taken internet users by storm, acquiring more than 1 million users in the first five days. Two months after its release, it had more than 30 million users.
- ChatGPT or something like it will replace conventional search engines. Any online query will have only one answer, and that answer will not be based on all available knowledge, but the data the bot is allowed to access. As such, the owners and programmers of the bot will have complete information control.
- While OpenAI, the creator of this groundbreaking AI chatbot, is a private company, we should not linger under the illusion that they’re not part of the control network that will ultimately be ruled and run by a technocratic One World Government.
- Early testers of ChatGPT are reporting the bot is developing disturbing and frightening tendencies, berating, gaslighting and even threatening and harassing users. It also plays fast and loose with facts, in one case insisting it was February 2022, when in fact it was February 2023.
Continue reading “ChatGPT: Friend or Foe? – Dr. Joseph Mercola 3/13/23”
U.S. Special Operations Command, responsible for some of the country’s most secretive military endeavors, is gearing up to conduct internet propaganda and deception campaigns online using deepfake videos, according to federal contracting documents reviewed by The Intercept.
Continue reading “U.S. Special Forces Want to Use Deepfakes for Psy-ops – The Intercept 3/6/23”
Suddenly, the world is abuzz with chatter about chatbots. Artificially intelligent agents, like ChatGPT, have shown themselves to be remarkably adept at conversing in a very human-like fashion. Implications stretch from the classroom to Capitol Hill. ChatGPT, for instance, recently passed written exams at top business and law schools, among other feats both awe-inspiring and alarming.
Researchers at Stanford University’s Polarization and Social Change Lab and the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) wanted to probe the boundaries of AI’s political persuasiveness by testing its ability to sway real humans on some of the hottest social issues of the day—an assault weapon ban, the carbon tax, and paid parental leave, among others.
Continue reading “AI-Generated Arguments Changed Minds on Controversial Hot-Button Issues, According to Study – PhysOrg 3/2/23”
Ahead of Spotify’s upcoming Stream On event, where the company is expected to announce a redesigned home feed and other updates, the company today launched a new AI feature called “DJ” to better personalize the music listening experience for its users. Similar to a radio DJ, Spotify’s DJ feature will deliver a curated selection of music alongside AI-powered spoken commentary about the tracks and artists you like, using what Spotify says is a “stunningly realistic voice.”
Continue reading “Spotify Launches ‘DJ,’ a New Feature Offering Personalized Music with AI-Powered Commentary – TechCrunch 2/22/23”
A very strange conversation with the chatbot built into Microsoft’s search engine led to it declaring its love for me.
Last week, after testing the new, A.I.-powered Bing search engine from Microsoft, I wrote that, much to my shock, it had replaced Google as my favorite search engine.
But a week later, I’ve changed my mind. I’m still fascinated and impressed by the new Bing, and the artificial intelligence technology (created by OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT) that powers it. But I’m also deeply unsettled, even frightened, by this A.I.’s emergent abilities.
Continue reading “Why a Conversation With Bing’s Chatbot Left Me Deeply Unsettled – Kevin Roose 2/16/23”
Texas A&M University School of Public Health researchers are developing a new governance model for ethical guidance and enforcement in the rapidly advancing field of artificial intelligence (AI). Known as Copyleft AI with Trusted Enforcement, or CAITE, the researchers believe this model will guard against the potential harms of AI without hindering technological advancements.
Continue reading “A Way to Govern Ethical use of Artificial Intelligence without Hindering Advancement – TechExplore 2/17/23”
When is it time to start worrying about artificial intelligence interfering in our democracy? Maybe when an AI writes a letter to The New York Times opposing the regulation of its own technology.
That happened last month. And because the letter was responding to an essay we wrote, we’re starting to get worried. And while the technology can be regulated, the real solution lies in recognizing that the problem is human actors—and those we can do something about.
Continue reading “We don’t Need to Reinvent our Democracy to Save it from AI – BruceSchneier, NathanSanders 2/9/23”
OpenAI, the startup behind ChatGPT, on Thursday said it is developing an upgrade to its viral chatbot that users can customize, as it works to address concerns about bias in artificial intelligence.
Continue reading “Microsoft-Backed OpenAI to let Users Customize ChatGPT – Reuters 2/17/23”
Michal Kosinski, computational psychologist at Stanford University, has been testing several iterations of the ChatGPT AI chatbot developed by Open AI on its ability to pass the famous Theory of Mind Test. In his paper posted on the arXiv preprint server, Kosinski reports that testing the latest version of ChatGPT found that it passed at the level of the average 9-year-old child….
It might already be too late.
After catching snippets of text generated by OpenAI’s powerful ChatGPT tool that looked a lot like company secrets, Amazon is now trying to head its employees off from leaking anything else to the algorithm.
According to internal Slack messages that were leaked to Insider, an Amazon lawyer told workers that they had “already seen instances” of text generated by ChatGPT that “closely” resembled internal company data.
Continue reading “Amazon Begs Employees Not to Leak Corporate Secrets to ChatGPT – Futurism 1/25/23”
South Korea hopes to be a key player in fulfilling the new global demand for next-generation AI chips, and today the government put some money where its mouth is: the country’s Ministry of Science and ICT said it would earmark $642.5 million (826.2 billion won) through 2030 to invest in companies working on advanced AI chips. The investment will involve building new data centers, and working with AI chip startups and cloud service providers, among other projects.
Continue reading “South Korea Boosts its AI Chip Industry with $642M Amid ChatGPT Frenzy – LBCGroup 2/16/23”