AI and society

Microsoft tweaks Bing AI tool amid concerns over Disney logo misuse

Matthias Bastian Online journalist Matthias is the co-founder and publisher of THE DECODER. He believes that artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the relationship between humans and computers. Microsoft has adjusted its Bing Image Creator AI tool after concerns were raised about a social media trend in which users created realistic Disney movie posters featuring their …

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Stability AI Audio Team Leader resigns due to disagreement over fair use

Summary Ed Newton-Rex, head of the audio team at Stability AI, has resigned. He cited a disagreement over the application of ‘fair use’ when training generative AI models. In a public statement, Newton-Rex expressed his concerns: “I don’t agree with the company’s opinion that training generative AI models on copyrighted works is ‘fair use’.” He …

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AI-generated fake audio of Germany’s top news program “Tagesschau” spreads disinformation

Summary Fake AI-generated audio files of Germany’s most popular news program, Tagesschau, are currently spreading on social media and have even been played at a demonstration. The fake audios contain supposed apologies for alleged lies in reporting on topics such as the war in Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the “denunciation” of …

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how will generative AI change the way we think?

Summary New personalized AI tools like ChatGPT are managing information for us – collating, summarizing, and presenting it back. This outsourcing of cognition is convenient but may impact what and how we think. Information is a valuable commodity. And thanks to technology, there are millions of terabytes of it online. Artificial intelligence (AI) tools such …

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OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman wants Frontier AI regulation that doesn’t slow Open Source

Summary OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron about the opportunities and risks of artificial intelligence. He addressed three main points: regulation, deployment, and predictions. Brockman highlighted the potential of AI models such as GPT-4 to revolutionize various fields such as medicine, law, and agriculture. He cited personal experience and recent studies …

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Bill Gates says AI agents will send a “shock wave” through the tech industry

Summary Microsoft founder Bill Gates believes AI agents will revolutionize the technology industry in the next five years. In a recent blog post, Gates explains how AI agents could fundamentally change the way we interact with computers, replacing the need for separate applications for different tasks. AI agents have been a concept for nearly 30 …

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Creative campaign shows strong AI bias in Midjourney

Summary French transportation company Heetch has launched an unusual campaign to challenge biases about French suburbs known as banlieues, which are portrayed by the AI image system Midjourney. Heetch found that by adding “in la banlieue” to a prompt, Midjourney displays images of poor people in run-down areas or ghettos that without the addition would …

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Huawei steps in as Baidu’s AI chip supplier amid Nvidia restrictions

Summary Chinese tech giant Baidu responds to the US export ban by ordering AI chips from Huawei. Chinese technology giant Baidu has ordered a large quantity of AI chips from Huawei for the first time, Reuters reports, citing two people familiar with the matter. The order was placed in August, just before US export restrictions …

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Microsoft says it wants to use AI responsibly, but MSN.com tells a different story

Summary A recent CNN report criticized Microsoft’s MSN AI model for news aggregation, citing questionable editorial decisions. This isn’t new. The CNN report highlights instances where the AI selected stories that were either inaccurate or used inappropriate language. Examples include a story that falsely claimed President Joe Biden fell asleep during a moment of silence …

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