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Plus: Ted Chiang keynote at Summit on AI in society / Trailers for Star Wars Visions S02 / The Angry Black Girl and her Monster / Sanctuary and The Last Boy on Earth
That’s a new one: AI clones teen girl’s voice in $1M kidnapping scam: ‘I’ve got your daughter’: ”Artificial intelligence has taken phone scams to a frightening new level. An Arizona mom claims that scammers used AI to clone her daughter’s voice so they could demand a $1 million ransom from her as part of a terrifying new voice scheme. ‘I never doubted for one second it was her’, distraught mother Jennifer DeStefano told WKYT while recalling the bone-chilling incident. ‘That’s the freaky part that really got me to my core.’”
Institute on the Formation of Knowledge finally released Ted Chiangs keynote at The Summit on AI in Society from October 13, 2022. It’s about AI in context of capitalism and accelerationism, shifting responsibilities of AI-corporations to the governments by Universal Basic Income: “The Magic Apprentice is the tale of how you can't avoid the hard work. Taming capitalism is that hard work.“
Interesting time capsule from the foundational years of AI-development: The Thinking Machine - MIT 1961: “Artificial intelligence began at MIT in the 1950s. This video, filmed in 1961, is a documentary of sorts that explores machine intelligence of the era.“ Love the title typo:
“Reddit’s ChatGPT-powered bot problem is ‘pretty bad’ right now, according to a Reddit moderator with knowledge of the platform's wider moderation systems, who wished to remain anonymous. Several hundred accounts have already been removed from the site, and more are being discovered daily, they said, adding that most of the removals are being done manually because Reddit’s automated systems struggle with AI-created content.“ / I wrote a longer piece recently on how generative AI might not fool humans, but still can flood systems.
Copilot4dating. It’s Cyrano de Bergerac for dating apps and browser chats and… ugh. I guess there’s a real chance of flirting online becomes a multiple choice online roleplaying game, which it maybe already is.
AI image generation puts video game illustrators out of work: “Two people could potentially do the work that used to be done by 10.“ — I wrote (in german) about this logical consequence of image synthesis in my first post about Dall-E 2. It’s quite simple actually: Image Synthesis reduces the overall workload of professional illustration, and therefore, less illustrators.
„Teacher just gave my kid a zero for an essay he completed with my support because some AI-generated-writing flagging tool flagged his work“ — False positives are the maybe higher risk of AI undermining trust. In January, there was the case of an illustrator banned from reddit for his too AI-like drawing style.
Language Models Trained on Media Diets Can Predict Public Opinion: “Probing language models provides a powerful new method for investigating media effects, has practical applications in supplementing polls and forecasting public opinion“. Reminder: An AI-system correctly predicted Trumps win at the 2016 election, when consensus of the press was the very opposite.
Self explanatory: After a chatbot encouraged a suicide, “AI playtime is over." and Open Letter: We are not ready for manipulative AI and Generative AI ChatGPT As Masterful Manipulator Of Humans, Worrying AI Ethics And AI Law.
Will AI replace human creativity or originality? “AI chatbots won’t destroy human originality. But they may homogenize our lives and flatten our reality.“
Related: ChatGPT: Eraser of the Implausible: “ChatGPT is a ‘messer’ of worlds. An averager of stories. An eraser of the implausible.“
Elon Musk reportedly purchases thousands of GPUs for generative AI project at Twitter — A Twitter-LLM would be interesting, and if only for its shitposting qualities.
Train your own ChatGPT in under an hour for 300 bucks, coming to a laptop near you: DeepSpeed Chat: Easy, Fast and Affordable RLHF Training of ChatGPT-like Models at All Scales: ”With just a single GPU, DeepSpeed-HE supports training models with over 13 billion parameters, enabling data scientists without access to multi-GPU systems to create not just toy RLHF models but large and powerful ones that can be used in real-world scenarios.”
‘I didn’t give permission’: Do AI’s backers care about data law breaches? and UMG tells Apple and Spotify to block AI lyric, melody scraping — The copyright debate about generative AI and webscraping for datasets that end up in commercial products is in full swing.
‘Claudia’ offers nude photos for pay. Experts say she’s an AI fake. — I’m not sure if the fake nature of sexual imagery is relevant as long as it rocks your boat if you know what i mean.
GPT-4 apps BabyAGI and AutoGPT could have disruptive implications for crypto — “Crypto users are getting excited over the prospect of automating their trades with future-facing technologies built with the GPT-4 API.“ — Disrupting the crypto-scam with trading AI-agents sounds funny, also because The Real-World Costs of the Digital Race for Bitcoin, until you realize they can disrupt every other system aswell.
Don't Play Poker With ChatGPT — LLMs don’t act rational on bet-like prompts.
ChatGPT AI Will Never Understand What It's Saying With No Body: “It takes a body to understand the world, and words have meaning because people use them to make sense of the word“.
In the Emergent autonomous scientific research capabilities of large language models about doing chemistry research with LLMs, researchers “present an Intelligent Agent system that combines multiple large language models for autonomous design, planning, and execution of scientific experiments. We showcase the Agent's scientific research capabilities with three distinct examples, with the most complex being the successful performance of catalyzed cross-coupling reactions“. They also added this big fat warning label to the paper:
“Twitter, Inc. has been merged into X Corp. and no longer exists.” Does not sound like a line from a supervillain at all.
Protect Elders! Ban Television!! — Danah Boyd on the efforts to regulate children’s use of social media.
Fedimeister is “a Mastodon desktop client for content creators and publishers. Featuring scheduled posting, autopaging long texts, quote tweeting and more.“
Dril is everyone — The Ringer has the definitive Interview with dril, the legendary peddler of wisdom and truth in these times of chaos, you imbecile. you fucking moron.
We’re one step closer to reading an octopus’s mind: “researchers tracked and monitored three captive but freely moving octopuses, analyzing their brain waves for the first time“. Paper: Recording electrical activity from the brain of behaving octopus.
Texas Officials Would Rather Close Library Than Stock Books They Don’t Like — Republicans are riduculous.
German researchers found a new prehistoric worm species and named it Shaihuludia shurikeni: Dune von Frank Herbert: Forscherin benennt neu entdeckte Ringelwurm-Spezies nach riesigen Sandwürmern, here’s the paper: Annelids from the Cambrian (Wuliuan Stage, Miaolingian) Spence Shale Lagerstätte of northern Utah, USA.
Florida Woman Drives Rolls-Royce Into $3M Damien Hirst Work. Oops but also, maybe it’s an improvement? I mean, the damaged sculpture was part of an exhibition called Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable. This episode in the live of that painted sphinx seems a perfect fit then.
'Big Bang Theory' Spinoff in Development — It's about that time when Sheldon and Leonard went nuclear on AI-doomerism.