In Brief: AI Watch: Add zombies to the list!

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast are worried AI “ghostbots” could start rising from the dead without UK privacy laws to stop them. These digital specters can happen when AI is used to create digital reincarnations (chatbots, deepfakes, or holographs) of people who have died. Problem is this might terrify actual live people (assuming robots haven’t gotten rid of us before this happens).

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Adobe Offers Limited Protection Against AI-Based Copyright Infringement

June 12, 2023

We haven’t written much about Adobe’s entry in the generative AI footrace because their main focus has been Firefly, a tool for creative departments.  But they made a splash last week with an announcement that they’ll indemnify Firefly users against claims of copyright infringement, which is a big concern.  The news was probably over-hyped; Adobe’s actual announcement is carefully circumscribed: “enterprises also have the opportunity to obtain an IP indemnity from Adobe for content generated by certain Firefly-powered workflows.”

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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