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This startup is setting a DALL-E 2-like AI free, consequences be damned | TechCrunch

But Stable Diffusion’s lack of safeguards compared to systems like DALL-E 2 poses tricky ethical questions for the AI community. Even if the results aren’t perfectly convincing yet, making fake images of public figures opens a large can of worms. And making the raw components of the system freely available leaves the door open to bad actors who could train them on subjectively inappropriate content, like pornography and graphic violence. Source: This startup is setting […]

It’s Not Too Late to Replace Toxic Tech With Humane Technology

Each of the paradigms of thinking in the tech industry that got us where we are should be overhauled by a human-centered focus. Rather than shrugging off the harms of technology by asserting that there are always costs and benefits, we should focus on minimizing harmful externalities. Rather than giving users what they want, we must respect human weaknesses and vulnerabilities (for example, the way social media platforms exploit the brain’s dopamine response). Rather than […]

Heads-Up Limit Hold’em Poker Is Solved | November 2017 | Communications of the ACM

In this paper, we announced that heads-up limit Texas hold’em poker is essentially weakly solved. This is the first nontrivial imperfect information game played competitively by humans to be solved. Even still, the reader may ask what is the ultimate significance of solving poker? The breakthroughs behind this result are general algorithmic advances that make game-theoretic reasoning in large-scale models of any sort more tractable. Source: Heads-Up Limit Hold’em Poker Is Solved | November 2017 […]

Facebook Grew Marketplace to 1 Billion Users. Now Scammers Are Using It to Target People Around the World. — ProPublica

Facebook says it protects users through a mix of automated systems and human reviews. But a ProPublica investigation based on internal corporate documents, interviews and law enforcement records reveals how those safeguards fail to protect buyers and sellers from scam listings, fake accounts and violent crime. Source: Facebook Grew Marketplace to 1 Billion Users. Now Scammers Are Using It to Target People Around the World. — ProPublica

Troll farms reached 140 million Americans a month on Facebook before 2020 election

The report, written in October 2019 and obtained by MIT Technology Review from a former Facebook employee not involved in researching it, found that after the 2016 election, Facebook failed to prioritize fundamental changes to how its platform promotes and distributes information. Source: Troll farms reached 140 million Americans a month on Facebook before 2020 election

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