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DAI#37 – Slaughter bots, fake audio, and mysterious AI

Welcome to this week’s roundup of handmade AI news.

This week AI got a gym teacher arrested.

A mysterious chatbot appeared after which vanished.

And countries debated whether autonomous killer robots are a great idea.

Let’s dig in.

Mystery AI

This week a mysterious chatbot appeared seemingly out of nowhere on the LMSYS Chatbot Arena. No one seems to know who made “gpt2-chatbot”, but users reported performance that gave the impression to be higher than GPT-4.

Is it a second-generation GPT-4 variant? Could it’s a sneaky precursor to GPT-5? We don’t know.

The mystery deepens as gpt2-chatbot has since been taken down. Sam got to try it out before it disappeared and shared other users’ experiences of the impressive mystery chatbot.

Is OpenAI going to supply a search platform to tackle Google? OpenAI’s recent SSL logs are hinting at this.​​

OpenAI‘s Coming with a Search Feature?

OpenAI‘s recent SSL certificate logs revealed something interesting: the domain (search-dot-chatgpt-dot-com) may indicate that OpenAI is developing a search functionality.

Sam Altman discussed AI and search on the Lex podcast.

The logs… pic.twitter.com/SKSgRVRiqP

Google’s DeepMind could have solved a distinct AI mystery. The argument over which text-to-image diffusion model is best can finally be settled.

The Gecko benchmark takes an interesting approach to identifying the very best AI image generator.

Sorry, can’t make it

Should we make an effort to guard humanity from an AI-fueled extinction-level event? It seems like a great idea, but there doesn’t appear to be any agreement on how and who should do that.

The first AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park last 12 months ended with a reassuring commitment from the international community to work together on AI safety.

The follow-up meeting is scheduled for later this month. When you see the massive players who now say they won’t be attending, that commitment rings hole.

Some AI model creators would like to be involved in AI safety efforts, but they don’t all the time get invited. The US Department of Homeland Security launched its AI safety board with several Big Tech appointees to the board.

Some of the largest names in AI weren’t invited and it could have something to do with their open-model strategy.

Slaughter bots – yay or nay?

Austria hosted envoys from 143 countries at a 2-day event to debate autonomous weapon systems (AWS).

The Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said our generation is facing an ‘Oppenheimer moment’ as countries need to determine if and methods to regulate the killer robot arms race.

Should we construct fully autonomous AI robots, give them guns, after which see what happens? Or should we rewatch Terminator and Bladerunner as a way check?


This is your principal speaking

If someone is recorded making offensive comments it’s easy for the person to dismiss them as AI fakes. In the case of a Baltimore school principal, it seems that he really was the goal of slightly DIY AI fakery.

The school’s former gym teacher was arrested for making an AI clone of the principal’s voice. It took weeks to conclude that the racist clip was a fake and the principal temporarily lost his job.

When you take heed to the audio it’s easy to see why people thought it was real.

False notes

Beethoven famously said, “Music can change the world.” AI music generators are actually changing the world of music, but not in a great way.

People are using sophisticated text-to-music generators like Udio and Suno to create and upload entire albums of AI music to Spotify. And hundreds of persons are listening to the tracks.

Streaming firms and artists try to search out a technique to navigate the muddy waters of AI music. At least some folks are having a little bit of fun with it before AI ruins music ceaselessly.

OMG… AI is gonna spoil us all… but this was funny!!! 🤣🤣🤣💀💀💀 Audio Up! pic.twitter.com/rmjb3xGApd

AI using human artists’ creations for “inspiration” is a component of the continued argument over what constitutes “fair use” of publicly available data.

OpenAI remains to be fighting legal battles over its wholesale grab of web data to coach its GPT models. The company is attempting to get onto the straight and narrow with a deal it struck with The Financial Times over training data.

Talking AI

This week I got to have a really interesting discussion with Soheil Zabihi from TokenScope. TokenScope uses AI in its crypto transaction monitoring solution.

Soheil recently spoke on a panel on the Global Blockchain Show which ran concurrently with the Global AI Show in Dubai. He had some interesting insights on how Blockchain and AI will change the way in which we transact online.

In other news…

Here are another clickworthy AI stories we enjoyed this week:

Source: arXiv

And that’s a wrap.

Did you get to check out gpt2-chatbot before it got taken down? I’m betting the chatbot was a touch that OpenAI will release something big to upstage Google’s upcoming I/O event.

Do you think that AI robots duking it out as an alternative of human soldiers is the technique to go? Or are we engineering humanity’s demise?

The AI music developments have made me slightly wary. I’m terrified that I’ll hit upon an AI-generated piece of music that I actually like. I’m hoping these tools don’t get well than they already are, but it surely seems inevitable.

Have you heard a track that proves the music Turing test has been passed? Send us a link, together with any interesting AI news stories we could have missed.


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