Generative AI's real-world vulnerabilities
Unstable Diffusion, Cheating with ChatGPT and Open v Closed AI Systems
I hope you’ve had time to recharge over Christmas!
Henry and I are back as 2022 — the ‘coronation year’ for Generative AI — draws to a close. In our conversation, we encounter some of the philosophical questions about GenAI. I am grateful to be able to discuss them in good faith with a thoughtful friend.
I hope you find these discussions useful.
This week we cover:
1. Professor catches student using ChatGPT to cheat
University student caught using ChatGPT — will coursework ever be the same?
How will we test for plagiarized content?
What’s the line between using AI as a tool vs cheating?
2. AI-Generated code
A new study finds that AI-generated code leads to security vulnerabilities.
Will AI-generating code systems augment or automate developers?
What does AI-generated code mean for copyright and licensing?
3. Unstable Diffusion kicked off Kickstarter
Can AI-generated porn ever be ethical?
Is AI-generated porn ripping off adult entertainers/illustrators?
Community-sourced training data for initiatives like Unstable Diffusion.
4. Google vs Open AI: Release strategies
Google claims it has not released Chat GPT-like tools as it’s concerned about safety.
Does Google have similar capabilities to Open AI under wraps?
Open v closed AI systems — how should we consider safety and accessibility?
5. Fake Zuck
What is the line between AI-generated satire and harmful content?
How do platforms moderate AI-generated content?
Content-moderation vs censorship.
Breakthrough or Bullshit?
We both agreed that AI-generated text and code are breakthroughs — although some of the hype around them is bullshit.
It’s worth remembering that models like GPT-3 and Codex — Open AI models that generate text and code, respectively — are still in early iteration. Their outputs are incredible, though far from perfect. But they will improve quickly.
I bet we will be shocked at how rudimental they seem from what is possible even 12 months from now.
I can’t wait to see how it all evolves.
But, for now, enjoy the rest of the holidays!
Namaste and goodnight,