AI and society

Generative AI tools gain popularity among Canadian employees, survey reveals

A recent survey shows that nearly 7 in 10 Canadian employees have used ChatGPT at work, despite the fact that only 4% of Canadian businesses use AI. The study, conducted by GetApp among 600 full- and part-time employees, shows that more than 80% of respondents believe generative AI tools have increased their productivity. Text editing, …

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OpenAI opens Dublin office to better understand the EU

Summary To better coordinate with European stakeholders, OpenAI is joining many other major technology companies in opening its first EU office in Dublin. The company announced in a press release that the Irish office will be established later this year. This will be the company’s second office outside the U.S., following the announcement of a …

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ChatGPT accurately diagnoses child’s chronic pain after 17 doctors fail

Summary A mother struggled for three years to get a diagnosis for her son’s chronic pain. ChatGPT then reportedly provided the correct diagnosis. According to the mother, she visited 17 specialists over the course of three years, all of whom looked for a possible cause for the boy’s ailments in their areas of expertise. But …

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Artists using generative AI are fighting for their place in the creative world

Creative Commons supports an open letter from a group of artists who use generative AI tools in their work, calling for an inclusive and informed discussion on the topic. These artists emphasize that AI tools enable accessibility and innovation in artistic fields that have traditionally been limited to those with financial means, able bodies, and …

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OpinionGPT demonstrates the impact of training data on AI bias

Summary Researchers publish OpinionGPT, a language model and web demo that demonstrates the significant impact of training data on AI language models. For the experiment, the Humboldt University of Berlin research team trained Meta’s 7 billion parameter LLaMa V1 model with selected Reddit data on specific social dimensions such as politics, geography, gender, and age. …

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Google sets new transparency rule for AI content in election ads

Summary With a new disclosure requirement, Google is preparing for AI-generated content in election ads. According to Google, starting in mid-November, political advertisers will have to “prominently disclose” whether and how they are using “synthetic content that inauthentically depicts real or realistic-looking people or events.” The disclosure must appear in a place where it is …

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Over 70 large language models already available in the Chinese market

Over 70 large language models with more than a billion parameters have been released in China, according to Baidu CEO Robin Li. Baidu joins other Chinese companies, including SenseTime and AI startups Baichuan Intelligent Technology, Zhipu AI, and MiniMax, that have launched AI chatbots after receiving regulatory approval. The latest version of Baidu’s AI chatbot, …

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Reuters tests blockchain technology to authenticate photos in Ukraine war

Summary Reuters is turning to a special camera from Canon and blockchain to ensure the credibility and traceability of media content in the age of AI. Reuters, Canon, and Starling Lab are testing a new system that uses digital signatures, blockchain, and distributed storage to authenticate photos from capture to publication. The system adds a …

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Jais is an open ChatGPT alternative for Arabic

Summary Jais is a large language model focused on Arabic and is currently the best open model of its kind. Researchers from the United Arab Emirates, in collaboration with Cerebras, introduce two new open language models: Jais and Jais-chat. The models were trained on Arabic and English language and code, and significantly outperform existing open-source …

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Deepmind founder Mustafa Suleyman sees great potential in AI for mental health

Summary When people talk about AI, it’s usually about productivity and efficiency. Deepmind founder Mustafa Suleyman describes potential emotional benefits in his new book, The Coming Wave. According to Suleyman, AI can help with mental health. Regardless of background, wealth, or gender, he says, family is a critical factor in a person’s development and well-being. …

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