Unbound: No 167
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Unbound: No 167

Inside OpenAI, a rift between billionaires and altruistic researchers unravelled over the future of artificial intelligence By Lucy Sweeney and Emily Clark | ABC News In the past week, a chaotic battle has played out at one of Silicon Valley's foremost tech companies over the future of artificial intelligence.

Inside OpenAI, a rift between billionaires and altruistic researchers unravelled over the future of artificial intelligence

By Lucy Sweeney and Emily Clark | ABC News

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

In the past week, a chaotic battle has played out at one of Silicon Valley's foremost tech companies over the future of artificial intelligence.

On one side were the men who hold the keys to some of the most advanced generative AI in the world, backed by multi-billion-dollar investors.

On the other were a handful of entrepreneurs who fear these systems could bring an end to humanity if the industry is allowed to speed into the future with no regulatory handbrakes.

The tech world watched as the board of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, abruptly sacked its CEO only to bring him back and dump half the board six days later.

At the heart of the saga appears to have been a cultural schism between the profitable side of the business, led by CEO Sam Altman, and the company's non-profit board.

Altman, a billionaire Stanford drop-out who founded his first tech company at the age of 19, had overseen the expansion of OpenAI including the runaway success of ChatGPT.

But according to numerous accounts from company insiders, the safety-conscious board of directors had concerns that the CEO was on a dangerous path.

The drama that unfolded has exposed an inevitable friction between business and public interests in Silicon Valley, and raises questions about corporate governance and ethical regulation in the AI race.

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How the Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence Addresses Cybersecurity Risk
by Veracode | Industry Insider

Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash

Overview of Key Points in the Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence

Before diving more deeply into a few cyber-specific aspects of the Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence, let’s look at some of the key points and goals included in this far-reaching order.

From requiring “developers of the most powerful AI systems share their safety test results and other critical information with the U.S. government” to “[protecting] against the risks of using AI to engineer dangerous biological materials,” the Executive Order covers a host of potential AI risks.

The section on protecting the privacy of American’s privacy is filled with direct actions and followed by a section on the advancement of equity and civil rights. It concludes with “the responsible government deployment of AI” followed a pledge to “modernize federal AI infrastructure” and work with “allies and partners abroad on a strong international framework to govern the development and use of AI.”

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Rolling out in Singapore, world’s first multilingual brain game for fending off dementia
by Innovation of the Day | Trendwatching

Developed by Associate Professor Yow Wei Quin and her team at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Ami is an app aiming to boost cognitive function in seniors, focusing on those with early-to-moderate signs of dementia.

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🌙 NASA - Best Photo from Last Week
Seeing Sagittarius C in a New Light

The NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera) instrument on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s reveals a portion of the Milky Way’s dense core in a new light. An estimated 500,000 stars shine in this image of the Sagittarius C (Sgr C) region, along with some as-yet unidentified features. A large region of ionized hydrogen, shown in cyan, contains intriguing needle-like structures that lack any uniform orientation. NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, and S. Crowe (University of Virginia)

A star-forming region, named Sagittarius C (Sgr C), is seen in exceptional detail in this image from Nov. 20, 2023, thanks to the Near-Infrared Camera instrument on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. An estimated 500,000 stars shine in this image of the Sgr C region, along with some never-before-seen features astronomers have yet to explain.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, and S. Crowe (University of Virginia)


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