AI and society

Meta is a leader in open-source AI and plans to keep it that way

Summary With the half-published, half-leaked LLaMA model, Meta has started an open-source movement for language models. Meta plans to keep it open in the future. At an internal meeting and in the latest Lex Fridman podcast, Zuckerberg emphasizes that he still sees a lot of potential in open source. He counters criticism of this approach, …

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Fed up with ChatGPT, some Stack Overflow moderators go on strike

Summary Because Stack Overflow is allegedly too lax on AI content, moderators go on strike. Some moderators and community members write an open letter saying that the programming platform has “almost completely” banned moderation of AI-generated content. Given Stack Overflow’s original antipathy toward AI content, this is a surprising turn of events. Much to the …

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AI elite calls for global prioritization of AI risks

Summary Leading AI researchers and industry leaders issue an open statement calling for extreme AI risks to be taken as seriously as nuclear war. “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” urges a statement released today by the Center for …

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US news media as keen on ChatGPT as Bitcoin and Crypto 2021

Summary A systematic study of the US media landscape tracks chatbot coverage over the past six months since ChatGPT’s inception. According to an analysis by the Columbia Journalism Review, coverage of ChatGPT and chatbots peaked on 7 and 8 February, around the time of Microsoft’s Bing announcement. Shortly before, Google had unveiled its ChatGPT competitor, …

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Lawyer who used ChatGPT to file charges now faces trial himself

Summary Since the advent of large language models, the media and experts have been sounding the alarm: The content generated may be wrong. This message has not been heard everywhere. A New York attorney cited cases that didn’t exist using ChatGPT, not knowing it was making things up. The case in question involves a man …

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Google, OpenAI & Anthropic propose “early warning system for novel AI risks”

Summary Google Deepmind, in collaboration with leading AI companies and universities, publishes a proposal for an “early warning system for novel AI risks”. In a new paper, “Model evaluation for extreme risks,” researchers from leading AI companies, universities, and other research institutions outline what an early warning system for extreme AI risks might look like. …

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Microsoft Bing is now the default search engine for ChatGPT

Summary Microsoft and OpenAI deepen their collaboration: whoever searches the web in ChatGPT will use Bing in the future. At the Microsoft Build conference, the company announced that it is introducing Bing as the default search engine for OpenAI ChatGPT. “ChatGPT will now have a world-class search engine built-in to provide timelier and more up-to-date …

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OpenAI bosses share some thoughts on how to control a superintelligence

Summary Everyone is talking about ChatGPT and AI text generation. But OpenAI’s real goal is to develop an artificial superintelligence. The company reminds us of its distant goal – and suggests how to keep such a system under control. Straight from OpenAI’s executive suite comes an article on how to control a potential super-AI: Sam …

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AI critic Marcus and OpenAI’s Altman push for regulation

Summary Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, called for a new agency to regulate and license AI, which was met with both support and skepticism in the US Senate. In the first US Senate hearing on “Oversight of AI: Rules for Artificial Intelligence,” it quickly became clear that everyone kind of agreed: OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, …

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