The Download: how to test AI, and the hidden victims of pig-butchering scams


In the previous couple of years, several scientists declare to have actually revealed that big language designs can pass cognitive tests developed for people, from overcoming issues action by action, to thinking what other individuals are believing.

These type of outcomes are feeding a buzz maker forecasting that these devices will quickly come for white-collar tasks; that they might change instructors, physicians, reporters, and legal representatives. Geoffrey Hinton has actually called out GPT-4’s obvious capability to string together ideas as one factor he is now terrified of the innovation he assisted develop.

But there’s an issue. There’s little arrangement on what those outcomes actually imply. Some individuals are impressed by what they view as twinkles of human-like intelligence, while others aren’t persuaded one bit. And the desire to anthropomorphize such designs is complicated individuals about what they can and can refrain from doing. Read the complete story

— William Douglas Heaven

The uncontrolled bad guys behind pig-butchering frauds

Pig-butchering rip-offs are all over. The rip-offs, the term for which describes the prolonged, trust-building procedure of raising a pig for massacre, have actually obtained victims out of millions, if not billions, of dollars.

But in current weeks, growing attention has actually been approved to the fraudsters behind these criminal activities, who are typically victims themselves. A brand-new book in English, a motion picture in Chinese, and a multitude of media reports are shining a light on the remarkable (and scary) elements of a frightening pattern in human trafficking, where victims leave their houses in the hope of acquiring steady work, however wind up cooped and not able to leave. Read the complete story

— Zeyi Yang

Zeyi’s story initially appeared in China Report, his weekly newsletter providing you the within track on all things tech in China. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Tuesday.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to discover you today’s most fun/important/scary/ remarkable stories about innovation.

1 The FBI has actually taken apart a gigantic malware botnet
It had actually contaminated more than 700,000 computer systems throughout the world. ( The Verge)
+ It’s the most advanced botnet the authorities have actually ever come across. ( The Register)
+ Russian cybercrime online forums are providing huge prize money for fraud tutorials. ( Wired $)

2 Big Tech is propping up deepfake pornography
Its hosting facilities spreads non-consensual product to large audiences. ( Bloomberg $)
+ A terrible AI app swaps females into pornography videos with a click. ( MIT Technology Review)

3 Google has actually revealed a suite of brand-new business AI tools
The objective is to put its AI-powered workplace software application in the hands of as numerous clients as possible. ( WSJ $)

4 Amazon is dealing with legal action over the sales of unapproved drugs
It’s been alerted numerous times in the previous year to stop offering unverified medications. ( FEET $)

5 A brand-new nuclear arms race is beckoning
Relations in between the United States, Russia, and significantly China, are growing progressively laden. ( Economist $)

6 Arizona’s chip factory is having a hard time to get online
America’s home-built chip aspirations are off to a rocky start. ( The Guardian)
+ The $100 billion bet that a postindustrial United States city can transform itself as a state-of-the-art center. ( MIT Technology Review)

7 Alternative meats are hot today
Governments have actually sunk $1 billion into no-kill meat. Will we consume it? ( Vox)
+ Will lab-grown meat reach our plates? ( MIT Technology Review)

8 How to speak to whales– utilizing AI
Scientists are analyzing the mammals’ speech patterns, and producing their own along the method. ( Wired $)
+ Under-represented languages present a significant challenge for AI designs. ( Rest of World)

9 These products are being utilized to develop the cities of the future
Greener wood, cement, and glass is on the horizon. ( Bloomberg $)
+ How green steel might tidy up an unclean market. ( MIT Technology Review)

10 Robotaxis are strange now
Just ask individuals who reside in the cities they’re blocking. ( The Atlantic $)
+ Robotaxis are here. It’s time to choose what to do about them. ( MIT Technology Review)

Despite years of cautions and significantly terrible catastrophes, we’ve made little development in slowing environment modification.

Given the absence of momentum, how do we make quicker, more considerable development? We asked 10 specialists a single concern: “If you could create, buy, or carry out something that you think would do the most to minimize the threats of environment modification, what would it be and why?” Read the complete story

— James Temple

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