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The Week In AI:

The week in AI

The week in AI, alleged copyright infringement, how to stop AI, bad debtors, changed content policies and AU government seeking submissions on responsible use of AI.

Novel hardware

Authors Mona Awad and Paul Tremblay have filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, alleging copyright infringement through the training of the company's AI model, ChatGPT, on their copyrighted books. The complaint asserts that OpenAI profited from "stolen writing and ideas" and calls for damages on behalf of all U.S.-based authors used in ChatGPT's training. The suit is likely to set a precedent for future generative AI class actions.

The only way to stop a bad AI is with a gun...

OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, is forming a team led by co-founder Ilya Sutskever and researcher Jan Leike to develop systems ensuring AI acts in accordance with users' intentions, known as alignment. This initiative aims to put measures in place to control for the possibility of a superintelligent AI. The tech giant is dedicating 20% of its computing power to the task.

A big robot did it and ran away

Pig’s-bladder-brandishing billionaire Elon Musk claimed the new limitations on Twitter users being able to access posts were a necessity to combat data scraping by AI companies. The announcement came amidst rumours Musk hasn’t paid his hosting bills. The move affects unpaid and new accounts, and means users can only see 600 posts a day if they don’t have a paid subscription. Despite ongoing platform stability concerns and layoffs at the tech company, Musk continues efforts to monetise Twitter through advertising.

Race to the bottom

Reddit has amended its Content Policy to permit "AI-generated sexual media that depicts fictional people or characters", a reversal of its 2018 rule banning deepfake AI porn communities. This change comes with caveats - the AI content cannot feature a real, identifiable person and must respect intellectual property rights.

Careful now

The Australian government's Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) and the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR) have released interim guidance on the public sector use of generative AI. The document, which supplements individual agency policies, encourages low-risk usage and formal staff access to AI platforms.

(Submissions are due on 26 July 2023)

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