“Applications of Gall’s Law”

I like how Google decided to take an already controversial tech and use it to go all in on exactly the thing they’re being sued for all around the world, has caused countries to table Google-specific legislation, and has already launched dozens of antitrust investigations.

“We come to bury ChatGPT, not to praise it.”

“For these players, the seductive vision isn’t real AI (whatever that is) but technologies that are good enough to replace human workers”

“Stable Attribution”

This is an interesting experiment in trying to find the original images that ‘inspired’ the AI output. (Wonder if GitHub’s experiments in finding attributions for verbatim code works similarly?)

“The Market for Lemons - Infrequently Noted”

Always post links that reference Akerlof.

“OpenAI’s Whisper is another case study in Colonisation”

“Getty Images v. Stability AI – Complaint - Copyright Lately”

This is in the US, in addition to Getty Images’ suit in the UK that was filed earlier.

“4chan users embrace AI voice clone tool to generate celebrity hatespeech”

AFAICT, this is exactly the sort of thing that the EU’s proposed AI regulations would stomp on, hard. With GDPR-style fines

“ChatGPT writes performance feedback”


“You wise up. – Hi, I’m Heather Burns”

“Much chatter amongst the chatterati, then, with yesterday’s addition to the saga that is the Online Safety Bill.”

“Introducing the Slickest Con Artist of All Time”

“SOLVED! The Case of the Bing Ban Theory - daverupert.com”

Bing was marking a bunch of normal blogs as spam. Because of course it was.

“Bradley Robb - WTF is ChatGPT - a No BS Breakdown”

“Five Things: February 2, 2023 — As in guillotine…”

“Against risk-based authentication (or, why I wouldn’t trust Google Cloud)”

Add to that the risk of having auth linked to social media behaviour (youtube). Get banned from youtube; get locked out of Google Cloud.

“How AI is stealing your art”

Even if you think generative AI is the bee’s knees, this is exactly the sort of tech co overreach that leads to heavy-handed regulation and lawsuits that set broad, sweeping precedents

“A patchwork dodo is not a dodo”

“Netlify Acquires Gatsby, Its Struggling Jamstack Competitor - The New Stack”

The only thing I’ll say about this is that we’re going to see more of these kinds of acquisitions.

“Gaslighting and reality in AI - by Gary Marcus”

“Modern Health, frameworks, performance, and harm – Eric Bailey”

“Geeking with Greg: Layoffs and tech layoffs”

From 14 years ago and still true.

‘“Everyone Used to Be a Designer”’

“An AI app walks into a writers room - Charlie’s Diary”

“Revised Issues Paper on Intellectual Property Policy and Artificial Intelligence”

This paper from the World Intellectual Property Organisation raises a lot of really good questions that don’t have answers yet.

“Copyright and Artificial Creation: Does EU Copyright Law Protect AI-Assisted Output?”

Another paper on the same subject. This time based on a study made for the European Commission. The answer is again “it depends”