Are Friends Electric? – Mick Raven
Sports Illustrated Lays Off Journalists After Announcing Pivot to AI Content
Feb 17 2023
Earlier this month, Arena Group, which owns magazines including Men’s Journal and Sports Illustrated, announced that it’d start publishing AI-generated articles. Its CEO and chairman Ross Levinsohn, however, vowed that “AI will never replace journalism.”
It appears Sports Illustrated is following in the footsteps of CNET, a once-esteemed tech site that was caught secretively churning out error riddled AI-generated articles after rounds of quiet layoffs.
While Sports Illustrated itself is yet to make use of a generative AI for its stories — at least in a way that’s disclosed to readers — it seems likely that it’s only a matter of time before it’s forced to. Arena, after all, has just laid down the hammer on the size of its staff, and with other outlets including Buzzfeed already blazing ahead with AI content, the industry at large looks teed up to be overrun with bots.
‘Godfather of AI’ Geoffrey Hinton quits Google, warning of AI’s capacity to create false images and text
3 May 2023
A pioneer of artificial intelligence said he quit Google to speak freely about the technology’s dangers, after realising computers could become smarter than people far sooner than he and other experts had expected.
“I left so that I could talk about the dangers of AI without considering how this impacts Google,” Geoffrey Hinton wrote on Twitter.
In an interview with the New York Times, Mr Hinton said he was worried about AI’s capacity to create convincing false images and texts, creating a world where people will “not be able to know what is true anymore”.
“It is hard to see how you can prevent the bad actors from using it for bad things,” he said.
The technology could quickly displace workers, and become a greater danger as it learns new behaviours.
How to Keep Your Job Despite AI
What kind of jobs is AI taking over?
Between ChatGPT, DALLE, Midjourney, and others, the possibilities here are truly astounding. Right now, for the most part, these AIs are being relegated to cyberspace. They can paint, do graphic design, write content, organize things, categorize, pattern check, and so on, just like (and often better than) any human out there, but again, this is largely within the realm of cyberspace.
It’s because of this that a lot of people are rightly growing concerned about what this may mean for them with their job. If literally anything you do right now involves a computer, this is something that concerns you.
Whether you’re an accountant, writer, teacher, tax preparer, consultant, photographer, content creator, stenographer, coder, translator, interpreter, artist, lyricist, songwriter, scheduler, receptionist – whatever – you need to start thinking about this. AI is coming for your job.
Google’s New AI Plan To Demolish Journalism Industry
Remember back in 2018, when Google removed “don’t be evil” from its code of conduct?
It’s been living up to that removal lately. At its annual I/O in San Francisco this week, the search giant finally lifted the lid on its vision for AI-integrated search — and that vision, apparently, involves cutting digital publishers off at the knees.
Google’s new AI-powered search interface, dubbed “Search Generative Experience,” or SGE for short, involves a feature called “AI Snapshot.” Basically, it’s an enormous top-of-the-page summarization feature. Ask, for example, “why is sourdough bread still so popular?” — one of the examples that Google used in their presentation — and, before you get to the blue links that we’re all familiar with, Google will provide you with a large language model (LLM) -generated summary. Or, we guess, snapshot.
“Google’s normal search results load almost immediately,” The Verge’s David Pierce explains. “Above them, a rectangular orange section pulses and glows and shows the phrase ‘Generative AI is experimental.’ A few seconds later, the glowing is replaced by an AI-generated summary: a few paragraphs detailing how good sourdough tastes, the upsides of its prebiotic abilities, and more.”
3 Ways AI Is About Change the World (SPOILER It’s NOT Good)
Whether you realize it or not, you are living through the beginning of a new era of history. It used to be said that we were living in the “information age” with the birth of the internet. Now that ChatGPT and the other types of artificial intelligence have been released, I think that it’s safe to say that the information age has transitioned into the AI age.
What comes next with all this? AI is about to change the world and it’s not necessarily for the better.
Siri co-founder Tom Gruber helped bring AI into the mainstream. Here’s why he’s worried about how fast AI is growing
20 May 2023
Tom Gruber speaks in a soft and deep American drawl. Passionate and methodical, he reflects on the moment he and two colleagues created Siri – Apple’s virtual assistant – the high point of his 40-year career in Silicon Valley’s pursuit of artificial intelligence.
“Around 2007-2008, we had everything in place to bring real artificial intelligence into everyone’s hand, and that was thrilling.
“Siri was very playful. And that was by design,” he declares with a wide grin and a laugh almost like a proud dad.
“Now it’s used roughly a billion times a day. That’s a lot of use. It’s on 2 billion devices. It is absolutely woven into everyday life.”
But what Mr Gruber and long-time colleagues working on artificial intelligence (AI) have seen in the past 18 months has scared them.
“There’s something different this time,” he says.
“And that something different is that the amount of capabilities that were just uncovered in the last year or two that has surprised the people who were building them, and surpassed all of our expectations at the pace to which these things were uncovered.”
Augmented reality bringing doctors’ eyes and ears to remote medical exams in aged care
19 May 2023
As she prepares to conduct a simulated exam on a stand-in patient, second-year nursing student Heidi Birrell wraps her eyes in a piece of technology that’s no longer confined to the future.
She’s wearing an augmented reality (AR) headset that lets a doctor see and hear everything she does with the patient. The AR technology means a doctor can monitor her every move, and speak with her through headphones in real time.
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