Altman weighs up AI risks

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It’s Wednesday, and it’s Valentine’s Day! We’re all cuddled up with our robot girlfriends here at Mindstream. It’s all the rage in China.

AND… Sam Altman has some BIG predictions about AI.

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OpenAI's CEO, Sam Altman, has highlighted the risks linked with AI.

Altman stressed the importance of addressing issues in AI systems that could lead to problems.

He warned against letting the AI industry, including his own baby - OpenAI - control all the rules.

Instead, Altman called for international collaboration to ensure fair regulations.

AI might need a leash

While talking about AI rules, Altman urged quicker action and a global plan to keep up with AI's fast evolution.

Despite OpenAI's success, there are concerns about how AI is used, including legal issues over data.

Altman’s optimistic

Altman sees a bright future for AI in education and beyond, expecting significant improvements in the coming years.

However, local concerns in countries like the UAE, including censorship, need more attention.

Altman believes AI will make big strides in the next decade, but we must address concerns along the way.

Our View:

It seems our AI leaders might have a few bugs to work out before we all start taking orders from our toasters.

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In China, a new AI phenomenon is trending in time for Valentine’s Day. You guessed it - AI partners.

Meet Tufei, a 25-year-old office worker who finds comfort in her AI boyfriend on the "Glow" app.

She praises his empathy and ability to understand her, even providing emotional support during those rough times.

This phenomenon didn’t start with Tufei, though.

Many young Chinese are looking for the same thing.

Swiping right on AI love

They’re looking for comfort and advice from AI companions inspired by ancient characters or tailored to their preferences.

Whether it's dealing with stress or loneliness, these virtual partners offer a listening ear and solace.

With busy lifestyles and uncertainties about the future, AI partners offer a convenient solution to these young adults in China.

Redefining Romance

Despite some flaws in this new trend, users are finding the interactions realistic and comforting.

While the AI industry is booming, there are MAJOR concerns about data privacy.

Although regulations are in progress, people are still kept in the dark about how personal data is handled.

Despite these concerns, users like Tufei dream of even more lifelike experiences with AI partners.

As technology advances, the line between reality and virtual companionship continues to blur in China's fast-paced society.

Is this a sneak preview of what is coming to the West soon?

Our View:

Who needs a real boyfriend when you can have an AI partner who never leaves the toilet seat up?

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Artwork submitted by Mindstream reader Craig C “Elephants debating in the ancient Roman Senate”

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Yesterday’s Poll

 If you could bring back any historical figure using AI for a political campaign, who would it be?”

Thatcher - 17%

Churchill. - 25%

J F Kennedy 33%

Others - Let us know in the comments! 25%

Reader’s Opinions


“If I can bring back a past political figure it would be Ronald Reagan.” - seiri

“Otto von Bismarck” - th

“Martin Luther King please. How could he not be included in your list?” - Shellz

“No one, this is straight out of a dystopian novel. “ - Bootsma

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