Google reshapes itself to tackle the ChatGPT threat • The Register

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In short Apparently, Sundar Pichai is in trouble with OpenAI’s ChatGPT engine and is preparing Google to tackle the perceived threat.

According to an internal memo seen by the New York Times, Pichai has “reduced the work of various groups within the company to respond to the threat posed by ChatGPT” and is recruiting employees from other divisions to address the threat to OpenAI’s plans. It is supposedly considered a “Code Red” for the Chocolate Factory.

The question is whether Google’s flagship product, search, will be replaced by AI systems that can deliver more accurate search results, and that’s a big if, at least for the moment.

“No company is invincible; all are vulnerable,” said Margaret O’Mara, a professor at the University of Washington. “For companies that have become extraordinarily successful doing one thing that defines the market, it’s hard to have a second act with something totally different.”

The report suggests that Google will make a series of AI announcements in May to address growing threats to the search giant’s business model. We’ll see if these are working products or just Google trying to catch up.

Google has dominated the search market for 20 years, and anything that threatens that highly profitable business — which accounts for about 90% of Alphabet’s profits — is something Sundar may have reason to fear.

ArtStation cracks down on anti-AI art protests

The ongoing struggle between human artists and ArtStation, the Epic Games-owned site that displays the footage and is alleged to mine the data for AI purposes, has escalated to a notch.

Last week, many users of the site protested against the use of their uncredited images to train AI generation models for art. The fear is that ArtStation is allowing AI trainers to take over legitimate human work and not only create art, but also potentially drive artists out of business. In response, artists began posting “AI is theft” banners on their profile pages.

Now, ArtStation has supposedly dampened the boom and is banning these subversive creations. “For site usability, we are moderating posts that violate our Terms of Service,” he said. on twitter🇧🇷

“We understand concerns about AI and its impact on the industry. We will be sharing more about improvements to give users more control over what they see and how they use ArtStation in the near future.”

In other words, soak up your creative types. This is likely to continue for some time.

US senator closes the door to AI on his way out

Outgoing Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Facial Accountability, Clarity and Efficiency in Technology (FACE IT) Act to Congress, calling for much tighter controls on the US federal government using AI-powered facial recognition technology.

The statute would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to set minimum acceptable accuracy standards for facial recognition technology, allowing citizens to opt out of being identified only by those systems. He also wants to ensure that human authority gives authority for such systems to be used.

“Facial recognition technology can be used to help protect our communities, but I’m concerned about the potential for abuse,” said Portman, who leaves Congress in January.

“I am proud to introduce the FACE IT Act because, given the civil liberties implications of the federal government’s use of facial recognition technology, we must pass legislation to define rules for the use of this technology. We must ensure that federal and other law enforcement Agencies have the tools to do their jobs well, but it’s vital that we establish rules for those tools.”

He also introduced the Stopping Unlawful Negative Machine Impacts through National Evaluation Act, which would “clarify that existing civil rights laws apply to decisions made by AI systems as if those decisions were made by humans.”

The proposed laws, which apparently have little chance of making the statute books due to the turbulent state of Congress, seem more about publicity and a possible future lobbying career than an attempt to fix sound policies in place.