Who’s responsible when ChatGPT goes off the rails?

The early days of Microsoft’s ChatGPT were something of a replay of internet history – beginning with excitement about these inventions and ending in trepidation about the harm they could do. ChatGPT and other “large-language models” – artificially intelligent systems trained on vast troves of text – can turn into liars, or racists, or terrorist … Read more

Holi 2023: The Festival of Colors

After two years of limited celebrations due to COVID-19 restrictions, many Holi festivals are back in full swing. This week, Hindus around the world are celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colors—a springtime celebration in which revelers throw brightly colored powders at friends and strangers alike. Celebrants welcome the arrival of spring, commemorate Krishna’s pranks, and … Read more

Lieu’s ChatGPT resolution seeks better understanding of AI

A few weeks into the 118th Congress, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., introduced a resolution asking Congress to ensure that artificial intelligence be developed and deployed in a way that is “safe, ethical” and respectful of American rights and privacy. That resolution, while introduced by Lieu, wasn’t written by him, nor by a member of his … Read more

ChatGPT Heralds an Intellectual Revolution

A new technology bids to transform the human cognitive process as it has not been shaken up since the invention of printing. The technology that printed the Gutenberg Bible in 1455 made abstract human thought communicable generally and rapidly. But new technology today reverses that process. Whereas the printing press caused a profusion of modern … Read more