The AI Genie Effect is back!

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Now let’s get to this week’s news:

  • 🍕 The AI Genie Effect is back
  • Pizza Bytes 🍕: AI for politics, anti-woke AI, Slack, Hubspot, and YouTube generative AI

For this week I’ll focus just on AI Pizza Bytes because well…AI is taking over the world and it’s already a lot to take. I divided them into subtopics, let me know if you like this format or not by voting at the bottom or just replying to this email.

🍕 The AI Genie Effect is back

Some time ago I introduced the AI Genie Effect: once a company releases information about how they built an AI algorithm, it’s impossible to control who and how it will be used.

The first example of the AI genie effect is probably deepfakes. That technology was originally developed by scientists from the chip manufacturer NVIDIA to create algorithms that could modify images. They didn’t think about a specific application, even though NVIDIA is a leader in gaming chips so they may have thought about fun implementations in their industry.

Someone read that scientific research and posted on Reddit an implementation of that technology that allowed anyone to swap faces on pornographic images and replace actors and actresses (mostly actresses) with other people without consent. That’s the AI genie effect: once you explain how you made a technology work (the genie is out of the bottle), you can’t stop people from misusing it.

Well, the AI Genie effect is back. Last week we talked about Llama, a version of GPT-3 open-sourced by Meta. An algorithm like this has potentially destructive outcomes for society. Think about how much spam or scams can be written with it. To prevent this from happening, Meta tried to retain control of the technology: the only way to access it was to fill up a form and state clearly what you were going to use it for.

It took just a week for someone to get access to it and uploaded it online as a torrent for everyone to download.

From one point of view, this was actually helpful for the research community. Many people downloaded it and worked on how to make it run efficiently on a single chip, which could allow anyone to run something similar to ChatGPT directly on their computer.

But that also means that any bad actor can now download it, host it, and do whatever they want with it. And there won’t be any way to stop them.

This is the old dilemma that OpenAI faced when it went from being 100% open to largely closed (some people jokingly call them “ClosedAI” today). When you have a super powerful model like ChatGPT, it makes sense to limit access through a paid service you control. This enables you as a company to control how it’s being used and potentially revoke access from bad actors. True, it’s harder for the scientific community to work on that model and improve it, but hey, safety first.

Meta played the open game and now I’m 100% sure that some scammer is already working on generating infinite scam emails with it. And there’s no way of stopping him. OK, scientific research will move faster, but “move fast and break things” shouldn’t be applied with technology like this.

AI Pizza bytes 🍕

Other AI news in 5 lines or less.

  • Romania’s PM unveils an “AI advisor” that will scan social media and inform the government “in real time of Romanians’ proposals and wishes” in order to inform his decision-making. He said that "using artificial intelligence is ‘an obligation’ to make better decisions”. I love it, especially if AI is used to inform leaders’ decisions rather than simply automating tasks!
  • SalesForce starts a $250B generative AI fund.

AI Product Announcements:

  • Youtube’s CEO teased AI features to help creators generate content. They should do stuff like “swapping creators’ outfits and locations”.
  • Slack is integrating ChatGPT. There are a lot of risks, from inaccurate information to the bot learning from personal conversations and spitting out either private or secret information.
  • Hubspot (if you don’t know them, it’s a CRM company) releases ChatSpot. It’s exactly what you’d expect: basically ChatGPT to generate content or reply automatically to your clients’ emails. Prediction: 90% of your interactions on the internet will be with AI within a year.
  • Microsoft is integrating ChatGPT into even more products, including a taskbar on the new Windows 11. I’ve never seen a big company going all in on a technology this fast.
  • LinkedIn released something AI-based I honestly didn’t understand. It’s about unlocking 10B years of experience using “AI conversation starters”?!?!?
  • Zapier introduced ChatGPT integrations so you can integrate it into your products without coding.
  • Apple approved a ChatGPT-based app for its app store. It’s important because it gives us a glimpse and how they think about it: they allowed the app just if they have strong content moderation. Apple is not Microsoft, it doesn’t want stuff that doesn’t work to touch its products

AI ethics:

  • There’s a new AI scam: thieves are using AI to fake the voice of sons and daughters of people and call them pretending they’re in jail and need to be bailed out. It looks like AI-faked voices helped scammers steal $11M in 2022. Crazy…
  • Elon Musk wants to build an anti-woke ChatGPT. He originally founded OpenAI but he’s not happy with where the company is going.

You reached the end of this edition 😢

As promised, here’s me doing surgery on a cake:

I’ll talk to you next week.

Ciao 👋

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