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Beware of Your AI Valentine

AI-generated images are being used to create fake dating profiles on platforms like Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble. Scammers are utilizing large language model tools to create realistic profiles to deceive unsuspecting users into sending them money. The scammers use AI-generated pictures to avoid skepticism and quickly move to messaging apps to cultivate a personal relationship and gain the victim’s trust. These romance scams have resulted in significant financial losses, with victims reporting $1.3 billion in losses in 2022. Authorities are making arrests, but the use of AI in romance scams is expected to increase, making them more realistic and difficult to detect.

iPhone 16 Set for Mega AI Upgrade

Apple is gearing up to introduce major hardware upgrades to the iPhone 16, supporting its ambitious plans for AI advancements in 2024. The company aims to enhance the AI computing power of its processors, including the M4 and A18 chips. These upgrades will not only impact the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro models but also iPads and MacBooks. With AI improvements expected in iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS 15, Apple is demonstrating its commitment to revolutionizing the AI capabilities of its devices. As Apple prepares to kick it up a notch, the iPhone 16 is highly anticipated for release in September.

AI Robocalls Taunt Lawmakers for Gun Control

Families of Parkland shooting victims are utilizing AI to mimic the voices of their deceased loved ones in a campaign aimed at pressuring lawmakers to enact stronger gun control measures. Through robocall messages, these voices directly challenge senators and House members who oppose stricter gun laws. The Olivers, parents of one of the victims, have partnered with advocacy groups like Change the Ref and March For Our Lives to drive the campaign.

Nation-States Harness AI For Cyber Warfare

Microsoft and OpenAI have confirmed that nation-state threat actors from Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are weaponizing generative AI tools, including large language models like ChatGPT, as part of their cyber operations. These threat actors are using AI primarily for reconnaissance purposes, such as gathering information about potential victims’ industries, locations, and relationships, and to support social engineering campaigns. The research highlights specific threat actors from each nation-state and their areas of focus when using AI. 

Florida To Require Disclaimers on AI Political Ads

Florida is considering a law requiring political ads that utilize AI to include a prominently displayed disclaimer. The measure, introduced by Miami-Dade Republican Rep. Alex Rizo, would require the disclaimer to state that the ad was created in whole or in part with the use of generative AI. If the disclaimer is omitted, a complaint could be filed with the Florida Election Commission, potentially resulting in criminal charges and civil penalties. Some Democrats expressed concern about the effectiveness of the commission in addressing complaints. Other states, including California, Michigan, and Washington, have passed disclosure-in-AI-ad legislation. The bill is now headed to the Florida Senate 

AI Models Break Through the Uncanny Valley

Amazon researchers have developed the largest ever text-to-speech AI model, BASE TTS, which naturally demonstrates “emergent” abilities in speaking complex sentences. By training the model on a large amount of public domain speech, the researchers observed a leap in the model’s capability to handle challenging tasks like compound nouns, emotions, foreign words, paralinguistics, punctuations, questions, and syntactic complexities. While BASE TTS is still an experimental model, its breakthrough brings text-to-speech technology closer to escaping the uncanny valley. With further research, the inflection point for emergent ability and efficient training and deployment methods can be determined.

AI Saves Middle Class

In a paper released by MIT economics professor David Autor, he argues against the notion that AI will lead to a future where humans have nothing to do. Instead, Autor believes that AI can improve the middle class by providing decision support and empowering workers to perform higher-stakes tasks. He points to examples such as Nurse Practitioners utilizing electronic medical records and the impact of AI on computer programming and writing tasks. Autor asserts that AI has the potential to improve job quality, reduce earning inequality, and lower the cost of healthcare, education, and legal advice.

Justice Department Cracks Down on AI Misuse

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco has directed federal prosecutors to seek stiffer penalties for criminals who utilize AI to commit offenses. The Justice Department aims to combat the negative impacts of artificial intelligence in various areas, including election security, anti-discrimination, price fixing, and identity theft. Monaco recognizes the potential of AI to assist law enforcement but emphasizes the necessity of addressing its risks. With the upcoming 2024 election, the focus is on formulating a response to AI’s misuse in influencing voters. Additionally, the Justice Department is evaluating how it implements AI internally to ensure it respects individuals’ rights and doesn’t pose safety risks.




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