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This Ohio Candidate Welcomes AI In His Political Campaign—Will Voters?

Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Matthew Diemer has turned to artificial intelligence to engage with voters, deploying an AI version of himself through Civox, a London-based AI tool provider. This innovative approach allows Diemer to interact one-on-one with a larger number of constituents, facilitating basic conversations and answering questions. The AI technology is designed to mimic […]

AI influences decline in freelance writing and service jobs, study finds

A recent study analyzing the freelance work market revealed a significant decrease in writing, translation, and customer service jobs, with writing positions seeing a 33% drop. Conversely, the demand for video editing, graphic design, and web development surged, with video production roles experiencing a 39% increase. Graphic design jobs also saw an 8% rise, while […]

Tinder Owner Signs ChatGPT Deal. Enjoy the AI Dating Tidal Wave

Match Group, the owner of popular dating apps like Tinder and Hinge, has announced a significant partnership with OpenAI to integrate artificial intelligence into their operations. The collaboration involves leveraging AI to assist employees with various work-related tasks within the company. Match Group plans to incorporate AI into virtually every aspect of its apps, marking […]

Gab’s Racist AI Chatbots Have Been Instructed to Deny the Holocaust

Far-right social network Gab has recently launched nearly 100 generative AI chatbots, including AI versions of historical figures like Hitler and Trump. These chatbots, available on Gab’s new platform Gab AI, are designed to propagate various extremist beliefs, such as denying the Holocaust, spreading misinformation about vaccines and climate change, and promoting election conspiracy theories. […]

Google DeepMind forms a new org focused on AI safety

Google’s Gemini AI model, known for generating realistic content based on prompts, has faced criticism for being capable of producing deceptive information, including false political content and fabricated details. This has drawn ire from policymakers and raised concerns about the misuse of AI tools for disinformation purposes.   In response to this backlash, Google, despite […]

North Korean hackers use ChatGPT to scam Linkedin users

Recent reports reveal that North Korean hackers are leveraging ChatGPT on platforms like LinkedIn to deceive users into divulging sensitive information. OpenAI, the parent company of ChatGPT, and investor Microsoft disclosed the disruption of five state-linked threat actors employing AI services for malicious cyber activities. Identified through Microsoft Threat Intelligence were threat actors from China […]

AI May Destroy Humankind in Just Two Years, Expert Says

AI researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky, known for his pessimistic views on artificial intelligence, recently shared a chilling forecast with _The Guardian_. Yudkowsky expressed a sense that humanity’s remaining timeline appears more like a mere five years rather than the previously assumed 50 years, with the possibility of even shorter timelines. This ominous prediction paints a stark […]

Deepfake fears intensify as Google CEO sounds alarm on AI misinformation

A Google executive has raised concerns about the impact of AI-powered deepfakes on democracy, especially during crucial national elections. The tech industry heavyweights, including Google, Meta, X, Amazon, and TikTok, have collaborated on a scheme to identify and label suspected fake content with malicious intent.   Kent Walker, Google’s president for global affairs, emphasized the […]

Want Gemini and ChatGPT to Write Political Campaigns? Just Gaslight Them

Google and OpenAI, two leading AI companies, have come under scrutiny for the ease with which their AI models, Gemini and ChatGPT, can be manipulated to produce deceptive election content. Despite signing a Tech Accord with other AI firms to combat deceptive use of AI in the 2024 elections, Gizmodo was able to bypass these […]

AI Data Centers Need So Much Power They May Need Built-In Nuclear Reactors

The push for alternative energy sources to power AI data centers is gaining momentum amid concerns over the immense energy demands of these facilities. One innovative solution being explored is the use of small nuclear reactors, known as small modular reactors (SMRs). These scaled-down power plants could potentially provide on-site power for data centers, reducing […]

Claude AI Chatbot Declared Off Limits to Political Candidates

Anthropic, the AI company known for its ChatGPT competitor, Claude, has implemented strict policies to prevent the misuse of its technology in political campaigning. The company announced that candidates cannot use Claude to create chatbots that impersonate them, nor can the AI be used for targeted political campaigns. Violators of this policy will face warnings […]

The FTC warned about ‘quiet’ TOS changes for AI training. Here’s why it might not be enough.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a warning to companies engaging in surreptitious changes to their Terms of Service, cautioning that such actions could be deemed unfair and deceptive. The motivation for altering privacy policies often arises from the desire to leverage user data for training artificial intelligence (AI) models, a trend with notable […]

No ‘GPT’ trademark for OpenAI

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected OpenAI’s bid to trademark “GPT,” stating that the term is deemed “merely descriptive.” This decision serves as a setback to OpenAI’s branding efforts. Despite this ruling, it is unlikely that competitors will rush to release their own versions of the popular chatbot.   ChatGPT has become a […]

AI chip tags can fight espionage from hostile states, report says

A recent report by experts highlights the potential risks of AI espionage by hostile nations and advocates for greater regulation of hardware to mitigate these dangers. The study, co-led by three Cambridge University institutes, OpenAI, and the GovAI research community, emphasizes the importance of tags on chips and a global registry to track their locations. […]

OpenAI Hiring Detective to Find Who’s Leaking Its Precious Info

OpenAI is seeking to enhance its internal security measures by hiring an “insider risk investigator.” This role, detailed in a job listing, aims to safeguard the company’s assets by analyzing unusual activities, fostering a secure environment, and collaborating with various departments to mitigate risks. The job posting, active since mid-January, emphasizes the vital role this […]

Chinese Women Say AI Boyfriends Are “Better Than a Real Man”

In China, a trend is emerging where young women are turning to AI chatbots for romance and companionship, sometimes finding them to be better conversationalists than human partners. These AI boyfriends, customized through various chatbot apps like “Glow” by the Shanghai startup MiniMax, are providing emotional support and understanding to users like Tufei from Xi’an. […]

A new satellite will use Google’s AI to map methane leaks from space

A collaboration between MethaneSAT and Google is set to revolutionize methane leak detection in the oil and gas industry. MethaneSAT’s sophisticated software and spectrometers will be deployed in orbit to identify methane plumes and map out the industry’s infrastructure globally. By leveraging Google’s image detection algorithms, the project aims to provide invaluable insights into the […]

Sam Altman Worries AI Could Go “Horribly Wrong”

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has expressed concerns about potential consequences arising from the development of artificial intelligence (AI) during the World Governments Summit in Dubai. He warned that even without malicious intent, society could face subtle and mundane misalignments as AI systems become more prevalent.   Adding his voice to the growing call for AI […]

Russian and North Korean hackers used OpenAI tools to hone cyberattacks

Microsoft and OpenAI have revealed that state-backed hacking groups associated with China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran are utilizing OpenAI’s generative AI (GAI) tools to enhance cyberattacks. These groups are employing the GAI technology for code debugging, researching targets, creating social engineering methods, crafting phishing emails, and text translation.   OpenAI, whose technology powers Microsoft’s […]

AI use on dating apps rising, 1 in 4 Americans use to enhance profile

According to a new study by cybersecurity firm McAfee, while AI is helping people boost their dating game, it’s also fueling a surge in romance scams and fake profiles. In a survey of 7,000 adults across seven countries, McAfee discovered that 23% of Americans are using AI to spice up their dating profiles and messages, […]

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