OpenAI’s new AI safety plans

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December 19, 2023   |   Read Online

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Welcome, AI enthusiasts.

OpenAI just released a new framework for AI safety — including enhanced vetting and granting the new board power for models it deems too risky.

Are these proactive moves for the future, or a guardrail for a potentially imminent AGI? Let’s get into it…

 

In today’s AI rundown:

OpenAI empowers board to block risky AI

AI trained on life histories predicts early death risk

9 new AI tools to try

How to transform your video style with DomoAI

Deloitte using AI to PREVENT layoffs

Imran Khan’s AI voice clone rallies from jail

Study: Bots now beating humans at CAPTCHAs

Read time: 4 minutes

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

OPENAI

🤖 OpenAI empowers board to block risky AI

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The Rundown: OpenAI just published a new safety preparedness framework for managing AI, including granting the (newly reconstructed) board power to reverse executive decisions on releasing concerning models.

The details:

A dedicated “Preparedness” team will continually probe capabilities and risks then issue reports to advise leadership and directors.

The board can now override judged-safe rollouts if still uncomfortable following OpenAI’s tumultuous leadership crisis.

The framework formalizes existing processes, bringing heightened accountability and increased rigorous vetting across security, weapons, and persuasion threats.

An OpenAI employee quote-tweeted the announcement saying (perhaps jokingly), “brace yourselves, agi is coming”.

Our thoughts: While the OpenAI board drama turned out to be less about safety and more about power, the issue is still at the forefront of AI researchers’ minds. This emphasis on safety is a positive step towards transparently steering AI ethically — especially with AGI on the horizon.

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AI RESEARCH

🔮 AI trained on life histories predicts early death risk

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The Rundown: An AI model trained on the life events of 6 million Danish citizens proved highly accurate at predicting mortality — outperforming tools traditionally used by insurers in assessing risk.

The details:

By ingesting health, work, and finance records, the system can estimate individual outcomes — including personality and chance of dying by a certain age.

It bested other models (including ones typically used by insurance companies) by 11% in predicting life expectancy over four years.

Researchers believe doctors could use it to flag health issues sooner for intervention or by governments to help reduce inequality.

The lead scientist warns the tech could empower profit-seeking predictions by big business, though basic versions already drive insurance decisions.

Why it matters: Research like this is both exciting and terrifying — with prediction models getting scary accurate when fed massive amounts of data. The dystopian scenario of reducing lives down to statistics is one that is becoming all too real.

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AI TRAINING

🎥 Transform your video style with DomoAI

Want to take an existing video and transform it into a completely different style, all with the click of a button? A new platform called DomoAI recently launched a video-to-video feature, with some pretty amazing results.

Try it yourself by following the steps below:

Join the Discord: Like Midjourney and other AI generators, Domo is based in Discord. Join here to access the video-to-video tool.

Start generating: Navigate to the ‘generate-video’ channel, and type /video. Drop in the video file you’d like to stylize, then type a prompt that describes your video.

Pick your style: Once you hit enter, a message from the DomoAI bot will pop up, where you can select different styles and additional settings for the video output. Choose your desired selections and hit start.

Your video should be generated in a few minutes within the channel! Re-generate and alter the prompts/settings as needed to get the perfect output!

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QUICK HITS

💼 Deloitte using AI to PREVENT layoffs

While the common fear is AI taking jobs, consulting giant Deloitte is leveraging the tech to prevent layoffs — utilizing the tools to assess skills and move workers into more in-demand roles. Part of a wider AI push, Deloitte hopes predictive analytics can help moderate hiring swings and prevent cuts.

🗣️ Imran Khan’s AI voice clone rallies from jail

Jailed opposition leader Imran Khan just tapped AI to virtually campaign for Pakistan’s election, with his party using text-to-speech to mimic Khan’s voice. The 4-minute message was part of a “virtual rally” hosted on social media, utilizing ElevenLabs’ AI voice tech for the clone.

🤖 Study: Bots now beating humans at CAPTCHAs

We might need a new form of bot detection. A new study found that automated bots can now outperform humans at all tested types of CAPCHAS in both solving time and accuracy. The harder problems didn’t trick the bots — but did lead to many frustrated users abandoning the task.

💼 New jobs in the world of AI

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THAT’S A WRAP

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