• An FDA For Algorithms?

    By now, you have likely seen that ChatGPT falsely accused Johanthon Turely of sexually harrasing his students. Now, Turely is a putz, but these accusations have no basis in reality. They quoted a made-up article about events on a trip that Turely never took. Turley, to be clear, has never been accused of sexually harassing…

  • Profiles in Confusion: Sanderson and the Writers who Write About Him

    Brandon Sanderson is all the rage these days, with two profiles being written about him recently. I am not a fan of Sanderson’s writing. I have tried a couple of times to read his work and bounced off it each time. Whatever he has that speaks to so many fans, I cannot hear. And that…

  • You Can’t Internet Harder to Solve this Problem: TikTok Ban Not About Open Internet

    This is a very odd argument The biggest reason TikTok can’t prove your data is secure is that we live with a web built around opaque walled gardens — one where we’re all putting huge amounts of trust in a few companies that probably don’t deserve it. There’s a world, by contrast, where services like…

  • No, Chat Bots Are Not Sentient

    I cannot tell if this is misguided or evil: AIs are no longer mere tools like smartphones and electric cars, and we cannot treat them in the same way as mindless technologies. A new dawn is breaking.  We need an AI rights movement | The Hill It might just be clueless because the author seems…

  • The Last of Us Ending Didn’t Earn the Controversy

    This is obviously going to spoil the show and to a lesser extent the game The Last of Us, so if you want to avoid being spoiled, you should stop reading now. Space for spoilers Almost there …. SPOLIERS! First, I want to make it absolutely clear that I liked the show a great deal.…

  • Let the Story Breath: A Review of Terraformers By Annalee Newitz

    I am not sure how much I like Terraformers by Annalee Newitz. Not a great lead for a review, I admit, but honest all the same. The book has a ton of strengths, as most of Newitz’s writing does. He characters work is strong — which is incredibly important given that this book takes place…

  • Internet of Garbage: Are Chat Bots About to Destroy Online Communications?

    OpenAI has introduced the newest version of its chat bot. It is supposed to be able to handle more text and produce better answers in certain specific domains, though it still “hallucinates”, the technical term chat bot developers have created for the propensity for chat bots to make shit up. Already companies are using this…

  • OpenAI is Building a Disinformation Machine

    These people have to be stopped: Ultimately, OpenAI believes it might be able to train AI models to represent different perspectives and worldviews. So instead of a one-size-fits-all ChatGPT, people might be able to use it to generate answers that align with their own politics. “That’s where we’re aspiring to go to, but it’s going…

  • Regulating AI, Or Things Don’t Have to Be This Way Just Because They Are This Way

    The Washing Post has an excellent profile of Chris Gilliard, a community college professor who has been pointing out the need to regulate and ban bad algorithmic and artificial intelligence technology: Far from academia’s elite institutions, Gilliard, 51, has emerged as an influential thinker on the relationship between trendy tech tools, privacy and race. From…

  • We Cannot Trust Companies to Regulate AI Themselves: Microsoft Fires AI Ethics Team

    We cannot leave it to companies to regulate AI by themselves: Microsoft laid off an entire team dedicated to guiding AI innovation that leads to ethical, responsible and sustainable outcomes. The cutting of the ethics and society team, as reported by Platformer, is part of a recent spate of layoffs that affected 10,000 employees across the company. The…