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Algorithm Investigators: All about the EU's new Centre for Algorithmic Transparency
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Algorithm Investigators: All about the EU's new Centre for Algorithmic Transparency

A new regulatory body created by the European Union promises to peer inside the black boxes that drive social media recommendations. The European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency (ECAT) will study the algorithms that identify, categorize...
Everybody Must Get Cloned: The voice cloning tools used to make AI-generated songs
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Everybody Must Get Cloned: The voice cloning tools used to make AI-generated songs

Tech-savvy music fans who are hungry for new recordings aren鈥檛 waiting for their favorite artists to make them. Social media networks exploded last week with AI-driven facsimiles of chart-topping musicians.
Data Does Not Want to Be Free: Reddit and Stack Overflow ask AI devs to pay for data.
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Data Does Not Want to Be Free: Reddit and Stack Overflow ask AI devs to pay for data.

Developers of language models will have to pay for access to troves of text data that they previously got for free. The discussion platform Reddit and question-and-answer site Stack Overflow announced plans to protect their data from being used to train large language models.
Cellphone showing the Artifact app
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All the News That鈥檚 Fit to Learn: All about Artifact, the new app from Instagram's founders.

What does an entrepreneur do after co-founding one of the world鈥檚 top social networks? Apply the lessons learned to distributing hard news. Kevin Systerom and Mike Krieger, who co-founded Instagram, launched Artifact, an app that uses reinforcement learning to recommend news articles...
Romania's flags as a neural network
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Deep (Learning) State: How Romania is using NLP as a political advisor.

Meet the Romanian government鈥檚 automated political adviser. The Prime Minister of Romania launched ION, a system that summarizes and organizes public comments for cabinet ministers, Politico.eu reported.
Photoshopped picture of George Bush, Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Barack Obama playing UNO
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Voice Clones Go Viral: AI cloned voices take over YouTube, Twitch, and Spotify.

Tired of rap battles composed by ChatGPT? Get ready for the next wave of AI-generated fun and profit. Cloned voices are taking center stage in productions by upstart creators and monied corporations alike.
Bing logo talking to a therapist during a therapy session
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Bing Unbound: A roundup of wacky behavior from the new AI-powered Bing

Microsoft aimed to reinvent web search. Instead, it showed that even the most advanced text generators remain alarmingly unpredictable. In the two weeks since Microsoft integrated an OpenAI chatbot with its Bing search engine, users have reported...
Screen capture of KokoBot having a conversation with a patient
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Bot Therapy and Informed Consent: Discord's Kokobot triggers an ethics controversy.

An experiment in using chatbots to dispense mental-health counseling raised questions about ethics.
Illustration of an elf workshop creating a red toy car from a description (channeling AI generated images)
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Synthetic Images Everywhere: 2022 was the year text-to-image AI went mainstream.

Pictures produced by AI went viral, stirred controversies, and drove investments. A new generation of text-to-image generators inspired a flood of experimentation, transforming text descriptions into mesmerizing artworks and photorealistic fantasies.
Sequence of cellphones showing a photograph turned into art on Lensa AI app
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Avatars Gone Wild: What's going on with Lensa, the AI-powered selfie app?

A blockbuster app produces sexualized avatar images, even when the original portraits were safe for work.
List of ChatGPT's examples, capabilities and limitations
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More Plausible Text, Familiar Failings: ChatGPT hasn鈥檛 overcome the weaknesses of other large language models

Members of the AI community tested the limits of the ChatGPT chatbot, unleashing an avalanche of tweets that made for sometimes-great, sometimes-troubling entertainment.
Screen capture of question in DeviantArt about consent of the use of artwork by AI datasets
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Creatives Fight Back: Generative AI from DeviantArt Creates Controversy

Artists are rebelling against AI-driven imitation. DeviantArt, an online community where artists display and sell their work and marketplace for digital art, launched DreamUp, a text-to-image generator that aims to help artists thwart attempts to imitate their styles or works.
A series of screen captures from the Social Sentinel platform
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When Safety Becomes Surveillance: Colleges Track Students Using AI Designed to Monitor Mental Health

United States colleges tracked activists using a natural language processing system intended to monitor their mental health.
Explanation of different models related to divisive issues in the US
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Pushing Voters' Buttons: How AI is Used to Create Persuasive Political Ads

As the United States (along with several other countries) gears up for general elections, AI is helping campaigns attract voters with increasing sophistication.
Different images generated by DALL路E
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Text-to-Image Goes Viral: Inside Craiyon, Formerly Known as DALL-E Mini

A homebrew re-creation of OpenAI鈥檚 DALL路E model is the latest internet sensation. Craiyon has been generating around 50,000 user-prompted images daily, thanks to its ability to produce visual mashups like Darth Vader ice fishing and photorealistic Pokemon characters.

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