If you’re behind on what’s happening with the robot uprising, have no fear. Here’s a quick look at some of the weirdest and wildest artificial intelligence news from the past week. Also, don’t forget to check out our weekly AI write-up, which will go into more detail on this same topic.
Zoom: Okay, Okay We Will Not Use Your Data to Train AI, Please Stop Yelling At Us
After stumbling into a giant controversy over a change to its Terms of Service, Zoom has backtracked. This week, someone noticed that the videoconferencing giant had updated its terms back to give it the ability to use user data to train its AI platforms. A furor of privacy-related outrage followed. Now, Zoom has updated its terms again, this time to make it explicitly clear that it will not be doing that.
Newsflash: Large Language Models Can Be Easily Weaponized
New cybersecurity research from IBM suggests that large language models can be easily weaponized to aid in cybercriminal schemes. Researchers hypothesize ways in which bad actors could access a business’s LLM and exploit it to leak sensitive proprietary information or weaponize the algorithm to cause further havoc within the organization.
The Pentagon is Trying to Automate Bug Hunting
A new DARPA competition launched this week seeks to incentivize the development of new automated cybersecurity technologies to protect critical infrastructure.
Disney’s New AI Task Force
Disney has launched an internal task force to spread AI throughout its many corporate fiefdoms. It’s unclear exactly what the automation is going to be used for yet but “in-park” experiences are apparently a focus of consideration.
Fake E-Books: Brought to You by AI
An author stumbled upon books attributed to her on Amazon that she didn’t actually write. The culprit? AI, of course.
Google’s Opt-Out Model
Spotify Expands Access to its AI “DJ”
A “Mealbot” Delivers a Deadly Recipe to Users
An AI “mealbot” from New Zealand that was designed to deliver helpful cooking recipes to users instead spit out some decidedly less appetizing concoctions this week, including one that involved chlorine gas. Yum!