Weekly recap: 2023-05-07

Posted by Q McCallum on 2023-05-07

What you see here is the last week’s worth of links and quips I have shared on LinkedIn, from Monday through Sunday.

For now I’ll post the notes as they appeared on LinkedIn, including hashtags and sentence fragments. Over time I might expand on these thoughts as they land here on my blog.

2023/05/01: “Too stupid to be true”

We’ve all seen some … fairly brazen uses of generative AI over the last few months. But this takes the cake:

German Magazine Editor Is Fired Over A.I. Michael Schumacher Interview” (NYT)

Mr. Schumacher, 54, retreated from public life after he suffered a brain injury in a skiing accident nearly a decade ago, and his family has guarded his privacy fiercely since then. The front cover of the April 15 issue of the celebrity magazine Die Aktuelle promoted the interview with Mr. Schumacher, who is German, as his first since the accident: “das erste interview.”

The front cover included the words “It sounds deceptively real,” hinting that the interview might not be what it seemed.

Inside the magazine, quotations from Mr. Schumacher about his family and health appeared alongside photos of him smiling and photos of his children. The article explained that all the quotations attributed to Mr. Schumacher had been generated by artificial intelligence.

Now … this is when someone might defend Die Aktuelle because they noted that this was all AI-driven. Let’s keep in mind, though, that the magazine cover was a photo of Shumacher. Below that, in large print, was the phrase “The first interview!” Only below that, in much smaller print, did we see the phrase “it sounds surprisingly real.”

I’ll just point to the title of an Ubermedien piece: “Zu dumm, um wahr zu sein”

“Too stupid to be true.”

2023/05/02: CFOs exploring generative AI

CFOs Carefully Consider How to Bring Generative AI Into the Finance Function” (WSJ)

2023/05/03: Asking the key questions about ChatGPT

Businesses experimenting with ChatGPT applications must navigate privacy and security questions from regulators in the U.S. and Europe” (WSJ)

2023/05/05: When the D-O-double-G talks AI

I was going to share some thoughts on #AIRisk today but Snoop Dogg said it better than I ever could:

Snoop Dogg on AI risk: “Sh–, what the f—?”” (Ars Technica)