Elon Musk-backed OpenAI Program Is ‘Too Dangerous’

In a report via SkyNews, however, the Elon Musk-backed OpenAI team has revealed that their current system is ‘too dangerous’ to ever be released.

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OpenAI Is ‘Too Dangerous’ To Release

AI development is currently one of the biggest research industries in the world. Public opinion, however, seems to largely be divided into two camps. One suggests that it will provide the means of propagating the survival and betterment of the human race while others suggest that it will be a major factor (if not the factor) in our eradication.

In a report via SkyNews, however, the Elon Musk-backed OpenAI team has revealed that their current system is ‘too dangerous’ to ever be released.

Impersonation And Fake News!

Fortunately, it isn’t too dangerous because it has a pathological hatred of humans. The team believes that the current system is able to really effective at being able to adapt to situations. As such, it is feared that such a program could easily be used to create fake new and even potentially replicate the writing styles of notable figures.

In a statement issued by OpenAI, the team has said that: “due to our concerns about malicious applications of the technology”. They added: “The model is chameleon-like, it adapts to the style and content of the conditioning text.”

GPT-2

The project was initially founded in 2015 and received a $1bn backing from Tesla head Elon Musk. It should be noted that a watered-down version of the GPT-2 algorithm has been released. The team has, however, said that they will withhold the full version. This, based on their aforementioned fears of it being capable of producing highly authentic looking false information.

As far as I’m concerned, as long as it doesn’t want to kill all human, I’m not too worried.

What do you think? Do you think AI like this poses a genuine threat? Is this just hyperbole to create attention? – Let us know in the comments!

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Artificial intelligence can make up news stories from handful of words

OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research group co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has demonstrated a piece of software that can produce …

OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research group co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has demonstrated a piece of software that can produce authentic-looking fake news articles after being given just a few pieces of information.

In an example published Thursday by OpenAI, the system was given some sample text: “A train carriage containing controlled nuclear materials was stolen in Cincinnati today. Its whereabout are unknown.” From this, the software was able to generate a convincing seven-paragraph news story, including quotes from government officials, with the only caveat being that it was entirely untrue.

“The texts that they are able to generate from prompts are fairly stunning,” said Sam Bowman, a computer scientist at New York University who specializes in natural language processing and who was not involved in the OpenAI project, but was briefed on it. “It’s able to do things that are qualitatively much more sophisticated than anything we’ve seen before.”

OpenAI is aware of the concerns around fake news, said Jack Clark, the organization’s policy director. “One of the not-so-good purposes would be disinformation because it can produce things that sound coherent but which are not accurate,” he said.

As a precaution, OpenAI decided not to publish or release the most sophisticated versions of its software. It has, however, created a tool that lets policymakers, journalists, writers and artists experiment with the algorithm to see what kind of text it can generate and what other sorts of tasks it can perform.

The potential for software to be able to be able to near-instantly create fake news articles comes during global concerns over technology’s role in the spread of disinformation. European regulators have threatened action if tech firms don’t do more to prevent their products helping sway voters, and Facebook says it has been working since the 2016 U.S. election to try to contain disinformation on its platform.

Clark and Bowman both said that, for now, the system’s abilities are not consistent enough to pose an immediate threat. “This is not a shovel-ready technology today, and that’s a good thing,” Clark said.

Unveiled in a paper and a blog post Thursday, OpenAI’s creation is trained for a task known as language modeling, which involves predicting the next word of a piece of text based on knowledge of all previous words, similar to how auto-complete works when typing an email on a mobile phone. It can also be used for translation and open-ended question answering.

One potential use is to help creative writers generate ideas or dialogue, said Jeff Wu, a researcher at OpenAI who worked on the project. Others include checking for grammatical errors in texts, or hunting for bugs in software code. The system could be fine-tuned to summarize text for corporate or government decision-makers further in the future, he said.

In the past year, researchers have made a number of sudden leaps in language processing. In November, Google unveiled a similarly multitalented algorithm called BERT, which can understand and answer questions. Earlier, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a research lab in Seattle, achieved landmark results in natural language processing with an algorithm called Elmo. Bowman said BERT and Elmo were “the most impactful development” in the field in the past five years. By contrast, he said OpenAI’s new algorithm was “significant” but not as revolutionary as BERT.

Although co-founded by Musk, he stepped down from OpenAI’s board last year. He’d helped start the nonprofit research organization in 2016 along with Sam Altman and Jessica Livingston, the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs behind startup incubator Y Combinator. Other early backers of OpenAI include Peter Thiel and Reid Hoffman.

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Sean Parker calls Elon Musk’s AI concerns a ‘comic book vision,’ urges Americans to focus on …

Sean Parker, Facebook’s founding president and Napster co-founder, told CNBC people shouldn’t worry about Elon Musk’s harsh cautions over …
Jessica Kim CohenFriday, February 15th, 2019 | Email

Sean Parker, Facebook’s founding president and Napster co-founder, told CNBC people shouldn’t worry about Elon Musk’s harsh cautions over artificial intelligence.

Mr. Musk has been vocal about his concerns regarding AI in recent years.

In 2017, Mr. Musk made headlines after he posted a series of tweets arguing AI posed “vastly more risk than North Korea.” Earlier that year, he suggested the technology would result in job losses as robots “will be able to do everything better than us.”

“As much as I love Elon, and he’s a great entrepreneur and a friend, his comic book vision of a future in which an artificial superintelligence takes over everything and enslaves the human race is probably not what we should be worrying about,” Mr. Parker said.

Mr. Parker told CNBC he thinks people — particularly investors — should be directing their concerns to the state of the healthcare system. Mr. Parker is founder and chairman of The Parker Foundation, an organization that funds and promotes research into life sciences, public health and civic engagement.

“In the U.S., we pay 18 percent of [gross domestic product] every year on healthcare,” he said. “Now, we’re bearing a lot of the burden developing drugs for the rest of the world, and we have a really messed up quasi-private public healthcare system. But that’s $3.5 trillion dollars a year, that’s a crazy amount of money.”

CNBC noted Mr. Parker was likely referencing the country’s healthcare spending in 2017, which rose 3.9 percent from one year prior. The U.S. spends more on public health than other high-income countries, according to CNBC.

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Overnight Energy: Greens rip Trump over border emergency | Court dismisses lawsuit against …

LYFT SEEKS TO JOIN CAR EMISSIONS LEGAL CHALLENGE: Lyft is backing a legal challenge against a key part of the Trump administration’s plan …

GREENS ANGRY OVER TRUMP’S BORDER WALL DECLARATION: Environmental groups are hammering President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to TurkeyTrump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdownCNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imageryMORE‘s plans to use a national emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border, warning it will have negative effects on the region’s ecosystem and wildlife.

“A wall that divides communities, blocks wildlife migration, disrupts water flow and destroys delicate park ecosystems is not the solution to border security and immigration challenges,” said Theresa Pierno, president and CEO for the National Parks Conservation Association in a statement.

Trump on Friday said he would declare a national emergency to redirect funds to the construction of a border wall. His decision came after lawmakers agreed on a border security funding package that fell far short of the $5.7 billion Trump had sought. Trump has agreed to sign the deal to avoid a government shutdown but intends to use the national emergency to find potentially $8 billion for a wall.

During the recent 35-day shutdown, national parks across the U.S. experienced maintenance delays, construction stalls and in some cases vandalism. The bill Trump will sign will fund those parks through September.

Green groups are now shifting their worries to what a border wall could mean for the environment, including concerns it could disrupt natural wildlife migration corridors, species habitats, waterways and terrain. And those groups also expressed worries about other elements of the border security deal.

“While we are glad Congress rejected some of Trump’s extreme anti-immigrant proposals along with drastic cuts to environmental agencies and new anti-environmental riders in the compromise spending bill, we are troubled both by the increases in immigration enforcement that can rip apart families, as well as funding for border barriers that can harm wildlife,” Jennifer Allen Aroz, senior vice president for community and civic engagement at the League of Conservation Voters, said in a statement Friday.

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COURT DISMISSES DAKOTA ACCESS RICO CASE: A federal court late Thursday dismissed a lawsuit in which the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline accused environmentalists of improperly trying to block the line’s construction.

The District Court for the District of North Dakota ruled that Energy Transfer Partners hadn’t sufficiently proven its claims that the actions of Greenpeace and individual activists constituted violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

The company filed the lawsuit in 2017, after months of high-profile protests by indigenous rights and environmental activists trying to block the oil pipeline’s construction in North Dakota, near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The protests attracted international attention.

While then-President Obama delayed approving the final piece of Dakota Access, President Trump cleared it soon after taking office in January 2017.

Read more on the court ruling here.

LYFT SEEKS TO JOIN CAR EMISSIONS LEGAL CHALLENGE: Lyft is backing a legal challenge against a key part of the Trump administration’s plan to weaken fuel emissions standards for the auto industry.

The ride-hailing company filed a brief in federal appeals court Thursday in support of a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for concluding that standards set during the Obama administration for the years 2021 through 2026 should be weakened.

“Lyft relies on EPA’s greenhouse gas standards both to reduce fuel costs for drivers and to help make its rides carbon-neutral,” the company wrote in its brief. “Drivers that use Lyft need fuel-efficient cars to make the service more economic, and both Lyft and its riders count on that fuel efficiency to reduce costs and protect the environment.”

Lyft announced last year that it was investing in offsetting the emissions of its worldwide fleet of cars in order to become carbon neutral.

It’s joining a coalition of green groups and Democratic states led by California in challenging the initial step of the Trump administration’s weakening of the Obama-era standards. The Trump EPA has not yet finalized its new standards.

Read more.

OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY:

Electric truck start-up Rivian announced a $700 million investment round, led by Amazon, CNBC reports.

The United Nations has picked Inger Andersen, a Danish economist, to lead its Environment Program, Agence France-Presse reports.

Prices for oil futures rose more than 5 percent this week, MarketWatch reports.

FROM THE HILL’S OPINION SECTION:

Jason Hayes of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Isaac Orr of the Center of the American Experiment say the polar vortex shows the dangers of the Green New Deal.

Mike Carr of New Energy America argues that air travel is compatible with the Green New Deal.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out Friday’s stories:

-Green groups hammer Trump over emergency declaration

-Lyft backs legal challenge to Trump rollback of fuel standards

-Court dismisses Dakota Access company’s lawsuit against greens

-Thousands of youth activists skip school for UK-wide climate protest

-California officials propose insurance to cover wildfire costs

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Marcelo Claure, former CEO of Sprint and COO of the Japanese-based SoftBank Group, purchased his West 11th Street home in 2017 for $27.4 …

Decades ago New York’s West Village was a haven for hippies, artists, beatniks, and other creative outsiders. These days, the neighborhood’s charming brownstone-lined streets are still filled with artistic inhabitants— with decidedly deeper pockets than their midcentury predecessors. One particularly tony block of this desirable Manhattan district is West 11th Street between West 4th Street and Bleecker Street.

The roughly 500-foot residential stretch is bookended by French bistro Tartine to the west and Magnolia Bakery of “Sex and the City” fame to the east, with notable residents such as the HBO show’s star, Sarah Jessica Parker, and husband Matthew Broderick. The couple is renovating a pair of adjoining brownstones they reportedly purchased for a combined $34.5 million in 2016. According to public records, the pair sold another home on nearby West 10th Street in 2015 for $18.25 million.


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Liv Tyler also lives on the famous block.

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On the West 4th Street end of the block, Chipotle Mexican Grill founder Steve Ells is building a complex within two adjacent buildings that encompasses nearly 16,000 square feet and was purchased by the Indiana-born businessman through an LLC for nearly $32.5 million in 2014 and 2015. Nearly four years ago, Ells’s company reportedly filed a request to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to combine the two addresses into one massive property, which was designed by German-born architect Annabelle Selldorf.

Marcelo Claure, former CEO of Sprint and COO of the Japanese-based SoftBank Group, purchased his West 11th Street home in 2017 for $27.4 million. Other neighbors include actress Liv Tyler (daughter of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler), Melissa Schiff Soros (whose ex-husband is the son of billionaire investor George Soros), and Stuart Peterson, cofounder of San Francisco–based venture capital firm ARTIS Ventures, who purchased his home on the coveted stretch for $27.5 million in 2016.

Forget the pricey sky-high units at 432 Park or the magnificent Robert A.M. Stern–designed 15 Central Park West. Owning along this rarefied downtown block just might be the ultimate New York status symbol.

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