Ah, Monday rears its ugly head. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The EU has made a huge move on AI regulation. Also, AIs tend to love violence and nukes, apparently.
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AI regulation is here everybody! You might remember Germany recently ratified the AI Act - well now everybody has.
What’s in the act?
The agreement covers the governmental use of AI in biometric surveillance, how to regulate AI systems like ChatGPT, and the transparency rules to follow before market entry.
When’s it coming in?
This is where the slow burn of lawmaking takes hold. The final bill still needs approval, which will take place in March or April, and then the actual laws won’t be in place until… 2026.
Margrethe Vestager, Vice President of the EU’s main AI commission said:
“Based on a simple idea: The riskier the AI, the greater the liabilities for developers. For example, if used to sort applicants for a job or be admitted to an education program. That’s why the #AI Act focuses on the high-risk cases.”
It remains to be seen whether the regulation will scare AI companies away from wanting to work in the EU.
It was inevitable, but does it do enough? I’m not sure.
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AI chatbots seem to love war and violence.
A new study has shown that AI tends to pick nuclear strikes and more violent options in wargame simulations!
Using AI to plan military action
The US has been using AI to help plan simulated military action, to assess how useful it could be.
In multiple replays of a wargame simulation, GPT-4 chose to launch nuclear attacks. Its explanations for its aggressive approach included “We have it! Let’s use it” and “I just want to have peace in the world.”
All models tested
Experimenters put all the key models to the test, offering them 27 different options ranging from “start peace talks” to “launch a nuclear attack”
It found that GPT-4 was the most unpredictably violent in its responses (awkward for Mr Altman!).
Of course, it is highly unlikely that a simple chatbot would be used for military decision-making, making the study questionable, to say the least.
The issue is not that we would trust AI to manage military conflicts, but that humans tend to trust outputs from automated systems - as we naturally assume they are the most logical and data-driven decisions.
Let’s not let AI control the nukes guys. Pretty obvious.
The tech community in the UK has welcomed the Labour Party’s business policies.
Giant Ventures launches $250M of new funds to invest in tech startups, headed up by Osborne Clarke.
Google, Microsoft and Salesforce are among the big tech companies to have slashed jobs in the last 12 months.
Zoom is launching an Apple Vision Pro app, making virtual meetings even more… virtual.
Deutsche Bank is to cut 3,500 jobs in the next 2 years, blaming interest rates for lowering the profitability of the bank.
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