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AI can now create any image in seconds, bringing wonder and danger

Washington Post: “Since the research lab OpenAI debuted the latest version of DALL-E in April, the AI has dazzled the public, attracting digital artists, graphic designers, early adopters, and anyone in search of online distraction. The ability to create original, sometimes accurate, and occasionally inspired images from any spur-of-the-moment phrase, like a conversational Photoshop, has startled even jaded internet users with how quickly AI has progressed. Five months later, 1.5 million users are generating 2 million images a day. On Wednesday, OpenAI said it removed its waitlist for DALL-E, giving anyone immediate access. The introduction of DALL-E has triggered an explosion of text-to-image generators. Google and Meta quickly revealed that they had each been developing similar systems, but said their models weren’t ready for the public. Rival start-ups soon went public, including Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, which created the image that sparked controversy in August when it won an art competition at the Colorado State Fair. The technology is now spreading rapidly, faster than AI companies can shape norms around its use and prevent dangerous outcomes. Researchers worry that these systems produce images that can cause a range of harms, such as reinforcing racial and gender stereotypes or plagiarizing artists whose work was siphoned without their consent. Fake photos could be used to enable bullying and harassment — or create disinformation that looks real.

Historically, people trust what they see, said Wael Abd-Almageed, a professor at the University of Southern California’s school of engineering. “Once the line between truth and fake is eroded, everything will become fake,” he said. “We will not be able to believe anything.” OpenAI has tried to balance its drive to be first and hype its AI developments without accelerating those dangers. To prevent DALL-E from being used to create disinformation, for example, OpenAI prohibits images of celebrities or politicians. OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman justifies the decision to release DALL-E to the public as an essential step in developing the technology safely…”

The Un-Modeled World: Law and the Limits of Machine Learning

Fagan, Frank, The Un-Modeled World: Law and the Limits of Machine Learning (August 13, 2022). MIT Computational Law Report, Vol. 4 (Forthcoming 2022), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4189673 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4189673 “There is today a pervasive concern that humans will not be able to keep up with accelerating technological process in law and will become objects of… Continue Reading

Controversial Artist Matches Influencer Photos With Surveillance Footage

Smithsonian Magazine: “It’s an increasingly common sight on vacation, particularly in tourist destinations: An influencer sets up in front of a popular local landmark, sometimes even using props (coffee, beer, pets) or changing outfits, as a photographer or self-timed camera snaps away. Others are milling around, sometimes watching. But often, unbeknownst to everyone involved, another… Continue Reading

This site tells you if photos of you were used to train the AI

Tech Crunch: “Deepfakes, AI-generated porn and a thousand more innocent uses — there’s been a lot of news about neural network-generated images. It makes sense that people started getting curious; were my photos used to train the robots? Are photos of me in the image-generating training sets? A brand new site tries to give you… Continue Reading

Tracked: How colleges use AI to monitor student protests

The Dallas Morning News, Arijit (Ari) D. Sen [subscription or online database access. Note – they are also making public nearly 3,000 documents, covering more than 56,000 pages from these schools]: “The pitch was attractive and simple. For a few thousand dollars a year, Social Sentinel offered schools across the country sophisticated technology to scan… Continue Reading

Mar-a-Lago: the lax security of Trump’s alternative ‘White House’ – visualized

The Guardian: “The ex-president’s Florida estate has a history of security breaches, from US military plans viewed in front of paying guests to a makeshift ‘situation room.’ Long before FBI agents found highly classified documents close to public areas of Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort that Donald Trump calls home, a number of other eyebrow-raising incidents… Continue Reading

Law Informs Code: A Legal Informatics Approach to Aligning Artificial Intelligence with Humans

Nay, John, Law Informs Code: A Legal Informatics Approach to Aligning Artificial Intelligence with Humans (September 13, 2022). Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, Volume 20, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4218031 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4218031 Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities are rapidly advancing, and highly capable AI could cause radically different futures depending on how it is… Continue Reading

A Human Being Wrote This Law Review Article: GPT-3 and the Practice of Law

Cyphert, Amy, A Human Being Wrote This Law Review Article: GPT-3 and the Practice of Law (November 1, 2021). UC Davis Law Review, Volume 55, Issue 1, WVU College of Law Research Paper No. 2022-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3973961 “Artificial intelligence tools can now “write” in such a sophisticated manner that they fool people into… Continue Reading

State of Data Science Report 2022

Anaconda: “This year, we conducted our State of Data Science survey to gather demographic information about our community, ascertain how that community works, and collect insights into big questions and trends that are top of mind within the community. 3,493 individuals from 133 countries and regions took part in the online survey conducted from April… Continue Reading

Google Deepmind Researcher Co-Authors Paper Saying AI Will Eliminate Humanity

Vice: “After years of development, AI is now driving cars on public roads, making life-changing assessments for people in correctional settings, and generating award-winning art. A longstanding question in the field is whether a superintelligent AI could break bad and take out humanity, and researchers from the University of Oxford and affiliated with Google DeepMind… Continue Reading

Google Patent Phrase Similarity Dataset

Kaggle: “This is a human rated contextual phrase to phrase matching dataset focused on technical terms from patents. In addition to similarity scores that are typically included in other benchmark datasets we include granular rating classes similar to WordNet, such as synonym, antonym, hypernym, hyponym, holonym, meronym, domain related. The dataset was used in the… Continue Reading