Plus OpenAI guards against superintelligent AI.
With major elections on the horizon, concerns are growing about the potential misuse of generative AI technology, particularly in spreading false information. A recent study conducted by Algorithm Watch and AI Forensics examined Microsoft’s chatbot, Bing AI (powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4), and found that it provided incorrect answers to one-third of questions related to elections in Germany and Switzerland. The errors ranged from wrong election dates to made-up stories about candidates. Even more concerning was that the chatbot attributed false information to reputable sources.
In a recent podcast interview, Jeff Bezos discusses AI and its potential. He emphasizes that large language models, like ChatGPT, are powerful technologies that should not be underestimated. Bezos likens them to discoveries rather than inventions, explaining that their capabilities continue to surprise even the engineers who created them. Despite acknowledging the risks, Bezos remains optimistic about AI’s potential and its ability to assist humanity. He believes that those who solely focus on the potential dangers may overlook the benefits of AI in preventing self-destruction.
OpenAI’s Superalignment research group has made progress in developing methods to control super-intelligent AI models. As AI capabilities continue to advance, OpenAI recognizes the need to ensure that superhuman AI behaves safely and reliably. The research group experimented with a weaker AI model training a stronger one, using algorithms to guide the stronger model’s behavior without diminishing its performance. The researchers acknowledge that there is still more work to be done, but this initial step provides hope for future developments in controlling advanced AI systems. OpenAI is also offering grants and planning a conference to encourage further advancements in AI control.
American physicians are expressing mixed feelings about the integration of AI into mainstream medical practice, according to a survey conducted by the American Medical Association. Among the almost 1,100 doctors surveyed, 41% stated they were simultaneously excited and concerned about AI’s presence in their workplace. While physicians are optimistic about the potential benefits of AI in patient care, such as reducing administrative burdens and improving workflow efficiency, some concerns remain. Doctors worry that AI may harm patient-doctor interactions and compromise patient privacy. The survey also revealed that over a third of physicians are already using AI in their medical practices, primarily for administrative tasks like paperwork and translation services.
The ease of creating AI-based mental health apps using tools like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard and Gemini has led to a flood of poorly designed and untested apps in the market. The need for standardized guidelines and evaluation methods makes it challenging to differentiate between credible and ineffective apps.
AI technology is gaining popularity among older generations such as Boomers and Generation X. AI products are fulfilling the needs of older adults by addressing health issues and combatting loneliness. The user-friendly nature of AI, with features like generative AI and natural language capabilities, has made it an easy and natural choice for older people. As AI gains trust and comfort among the older population, companies like Meeno, AARP, and Lisa Health are actively leveraging AI to fight loneliness, provide personalized relationship guidance, and address menopause symptoms.
Over the centuries, philosophers have grappled with questions about human intelligence, consciousness, and reasoning, which have influenced the development of AI. Aristotle’s laws of rationality and logical syllogisms laid the foundation for computational reasoning, while Leonardo da Vinci, Blaise Pascal, and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’s mechanical inventions sparked the idea that machines could think like humans. René Descartes explored the mind-body problem and the power of logical thinking. Francis Bacon and John Locke’s empiricism emphasized the role of experience in acquiring knowledge. George Boole’s development of Boolean algebra and logic gates formed the basis for modern computing and AI technologies.
As the use of AI in marketing continues to rise, content creators face the challenge of maintaining a human touch while leveraging the benefits of AI-generated content. AI can assist in various aspects of content creation, from developing a strategy to generating topic ideas and analyzing performance. However, there are pitfalls to be cautious of, such as derivative creativity, lack of emotional connection, context confusion, and ethical concerns. Content creators must strike a balance between utilizing AI’s capabilities and ensuring the human touch that builds trust with audiences. By closely monitoring AI-generated content and infusing it with authenticity, genuine emotions, and personalized engagement, marketers can maintain the highest standards of quality and authenticity in their marketing efforts.
H&R Block has launched a new AI chatbot called AI Tax Assist, powered by Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI, to help customers with their tax-related queries. The chatbot, included with any paid version of H&R Block tax software, can assist with various topics such as tax deductions, tax theory, tax code, new laws, refunds, and more. Users can have conversational interactions with the chatbot and refer back to previous conversations. In case customers prefer personalized help from a live person, H&R Block also offers assistance at no extra charge. The chatbot aims to educate customers about how their taxes work and prevent them from turning to Google for answers.