Briefly Sundar Pichai appears to be in trouble for OpenAI’s ChatGPT engine, and is preparing Google to counter the perceived threat.
According to an internal memo seen by The New York Times, Pichai has “upended the work of several groups within the company to respond to the threat posed by ChatGPT,” and is picking up employees from other departments to counter the threat to OpenAI’s plans. It is said to be considered “code red” for the chocolate factory.
At issue is whether Google’s core product, search, will be replaced by artificial intelligence systems that can give more accurate search results, and that matters, for now at least.
“No company is invincible, all are vulnerable,” said Margaret O’Mara, a professor at the University of Washington. “For companies that have been extraordinarily successful doing something specific to market, it’s hard to have a second act with something completely different.”
The report indicates that Google will release a series of artificial intelligence announcements in May to counter growing threats to the search giant’s business model. We’ll see if these are functional products or if Google is just playing catch-up.
Google has dominated the search market for 20 years, and anything that threatens this highly profitable business — which makes up about 90 percent of Alphabet’s profits — is something Sundar might have reason to fear.
ArtStation is cracking down on anti-AI art protests
The ongoing battle between human artists and ArtStation, the Epic Games-owned site that displays images, and allegedly exploits data for artificial intelligence purposes, has escalated considerably.
Last week, several users of the site protested against their unapproved photos being used to train AI generation models for art. The fear is that ArtStation allows AI trainers to take legitimate human work and not only create artwork, but also potentially put artists out of work. In response, artists began posting “AI is stealing” banners on their profile pages.
ArtStation is said to have lowered the boom and banned such disruptive creations. “For the site’s ease of use, we moderate posts that violate our terms of service,” she said. on Twitter.
“We understand the concerns about AI and its impact on the industry. We will be sharing more about improvements to give users more control over what they see and how they use ArtStation in the near future.”
In other words, suck it up for creative types. This is likely to continue for some time.
The US Senator is closing the door on AI as he walks out
Outgoing Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Face Accounting, Clarity, and Efficiency in Technology (FACE IT) Act to Congress calling for tighter controls on the US federal government with AI-powered facial recognition technology.
The law would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to set minimum acceptable accuracy standards for facial recognition technology, and allow citizens to opt out of being recognized solely by such systems. It also wants to ensure that human authority must give authority to use such systems.
“Facial recognition technology can be used to help protect our communities, but I am concerned about the potential for abuse,” said Portman, who is leaving Congress in January.
“I am proud to introduce the FACE IT Act because, given the civil liberty implications of the federal government’s use of facial recognition technology, we must pass legislation to establish rules for the use of this technology. We must make sure that federal law enforcement and other agencies have the tools to do their jobs well. , but it is necessary that we set rules for these tools.”
He also introduced the Stopping Unlawful Machine Adverse Effects Act through the National Assessment Act, which would “make clear that existing civil rights laws apply to decisions made by AI systems just as if those decisions were made by humans.”
The proposed laws, which seem to stand little chance of making it to the law books given Congress’s divided state, appear to be more about publicity and a future lobbying career than trying to fix an entrenched policy in place.
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