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The Dark Side of AI #2: Copyright Chaos, Musk's Counter-Terminator Move, and Estonia's Autonomous Battlefield

Gaétan Lajeune
Jul 23, 2023

The Dark Side of AI #2: Copyright Chaos, Musk's Counter-Terminator Move, and Estonia's Autonomous Battlefield

2 min read

Following last week's intriguing insights into an assassination attempt, voice actor's impersonation, and OpenAI's apprehensions about AI, HUMAN Protocol is here again with another edition of "The Dark Side of AI". This time, we're plunging into the murky waters of copyright infringement, Elon Musk's counteraction to a potential Skynet scenario, and the groundbreaking transformation of warfare. Ready?

Sarah Silverman Exposes The Ghost in the Machine: AI Accused of Literary Theft

It's no secret that ChatGPT is very greedy when it comes to data assimilation, but sometimes it's a little too greedy…

Sarah Silverman, known for her work as the voice of Vanellope von Schweetz in "Wreck-It Ralph", among other things, recently took legal action against OpenAI and Meta, Mark Zuckerberg's company, for copyright infringement. Joining her in this action are Christopher Golden, best-selling author of horror novels, and Richard Kadrey. These authors accuse the two technology giants of using their works to train their artificial intelligence models without first obtaining their permission.

According to the plaintiffs, the AI models of ChatGPT and LLaMA, a series of models developed by Meta, are capable of producing texts that bear a striking resemblance to their own. Although they are at the forefront of this complaint, Silverman, Golden, and Kadrey actually represent a multitude of other authors and artists who are also victims of this alleged copyright infringement. Thousands of books could potentially be affected.

As part of the legal action against OpenAI, the trio of authors presented evidence showing that when ChatGPT is requested, it is able to summarize their books, which constitutes an infringement of their copyright. Among the evidence presented, Silverman's "Bedwetter" is the first book ChatGPT has summarized, Golden's "Ararat" and Kadrey's "Sandman Slim" are also cited as examples. The complaint points out that the chatbot did not reproduce the copyright management information that the plaintiffs included in their published works.

Musk's Answer to Skynet: Launching X.AI to Counter the Terminator Threat

For many of us, when quizzed about our primary apprehensions surrounding AI, the dystopian vision of Skynet and its army of Terminators is likely at the top of the list. It's apparent that Elon Musk shares these concerns. His recent announcement about the launch of X.AI, a cutting-edge startup, attests to this fact. The mission of X.AI? To pioneer an artificial intelligence that not only respects and upholds human values but also safeguards humanity from a nightmarish, Terminator-style future. Musk firmly believes that we need to exercise caution in our actions today to stave off any potential doomsday scenario tomorrow.

With a clear focus on crafting "pro-human" AI systems, X.AI is committed to ensuring that every AI entity developed under its guidance is designed with a singular purpose - to contribute positively to society and resonate with human values. As it stands, X.AI boasts a stellar line-up of some of the industry's foremost AI experts, including a number of former members from OpenAI. This is a company Musk himself co-founded back in 2015, before stepping away in 2018.

Redefining Warfare: Estonia's Historic Full Autonomy Trial with International Innovators

While we may not be on the verge of seeing T-800s or T-1000s marching on our streets, there's no denying that military robots have already seamlessly integrated into our everyday lives. The Military Academy in Estonia, a pioneer in this field, recently hit a significant breakthrough. They successfully conducted a groundbreaking trial featuring fully autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) – a landmark moment that's drawn the world's attention. This groundbreaking, two-day event was a testament to global technological innovation, featuring 11 top-tier developers hailing from nine diverse nations.

During this trailblazing trial, the robots were put to the ultimate test, facing a gauntlet of escalating challenges ranging from navigating paved roads to tackling rough, off-road terrains and even maneuvering through densely wooded forests. They were expected to exhibit their autonomous navigational skills, their abilities to strategize and execute routes, to perform precise point-to-point maneuvers, and to adeptly avoid potential obstacles. Moreover, they had to demonstrate their capabilities to synergize and cooperate with human teams.

This is, without doubt, a groundbreaking milestone. However, it also serves as a sobering reminder that warfare continues to be a global reality. As we push the boundaries of technology and its potential applications on the battlefield, it's crucial to remember the human element behind these advancements.

AI continues to progress day by day, even if it means infringing copyright to increase its knowledge. Are we heading for doomsday, as Elon Musk fears, or as the Estonian Army's tests would have us believe? Regardless of these daunting prospects, it's crucial to stay informed and remain optimistic. Suggestion: In the meantime, to stay positive, don't hesitate dive into The Bright Side of AI #2, the newest edition of our other series. And, to keep tabs on the ever-evolving AI landscape, don't forget to follow us on Twitter and to join us on Discord.

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