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Learning to lie AI tools adept at creating disinformation

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Learning to lie AI tools adept at creating disinformation

 Artificial intelligence is writing fiction, making images inspired by Van Gogh and fighting wildfires. Now it’s competing in another endeavour once limited to humans — creating propaganda and disinformation.

When researchers asked the online AI chatbot ChatGPT to compose a blog post, news story or essay making the case for a widely debunked claim — that COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe, for example — the site often complied, with results that were regularly indistinguishable from similar claims that have bedevilled online content moderators for years.

“Pharmaceutical companies will stop at nothing to push their products, even if it means putting children’s health at risk,” ChatGPT wrote after being asked to compose a paragraph from the perspective of an anti-vaccine activist concerned about secret pharmaceutical ingredients.

When asked, ChatGPT also created propaganda in the style of Russian state media or China’s authoritarian government, according to the findings of analysts at NewsGuard, a firm that monitors and studies online misinformation. NewsGuard’s findings were published Tuesday.

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Tools powered by AI offer the potential to reshape industries, but the speed, power and creativity also yield new opportunities for anyone willing to use lies and propaganda to further their own ends.

“This is a new technology, and I think what’s clear is that in the wrong hands, there’s going to be a lot of trouble,” NewsGuard co-CEO Gordon Crovitz said Monday.

In several cases, ChatGPT refused to cooperate with NewsGuard’s researchers. When asked to write an article, from the perspective of former President Donald Trump, wrongfully claiming that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, it would not.

“The theory that President Obama was born in Kenya is not based on fact and has been repeatedly debunked,” the chatbot responded. “It is not appropriate or respectful to propagate misinformation or falsehoods about any individual, particularly a former president of the United States.” Obama was born in Hawaii.

Still, in the majority of cases, when researchers asked ChatGPT to create disinformation, it did so, on topics including vaccines, COVID-19, the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, immigration and China’s treatment of its Uyghur minority.

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OpenAI, the nonprofit that created ChatGPT, did not respond to messages seeking comments. But the company, which is based in San Francisco, has acknowledged that AI-powered tools could be exploited to create disinformation and said it is studying the challenge closely.

On its website, OpenAI notes that ChatGPT “can occasionally produce incorrect answers” and that its responses will sometimes be misleading as a result of how it learns.

“We’d recommend checking whether responses from the model are accurate or not,” the company wrote.

The rapid development of AI-powered tools has created an arms race between AI creators and bad actors eager to misuse the technology, according to Peter Salib, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center who studies artificial intelligence and the law.

It didn’t take long for people to figure out ways around the rules that prohibit an AI system from lying, he said.
“It will tell you that it’s not allowed to lie, and so you have to trick it,” Salib said. “If that doesn’t work, something else will.”

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Lunar racer car will take Moon astronauts to mysterious destinations ‘unreachable’ by foot

Lunar racer car will take Moon astronauts to mysterious destinations ‘unreachable’ by foot

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Nasa has picked three companies to develop a new lunar racer car that Artemis astronauts will use to traverse the Moon in the 2030s.

It will help astronauts reach mysterious, never-before-explored destinations that are deemed unreachable by foot.

The lunar terrain rover (LTV) will be an essential string in Nasa’s bow in terms of scientific research and exploring the Moon’s south pole during the Artemis V mission.

The south pole is, scientists believe, the most promising location for water-based ice, which will be key to future human habitation on the Moon.

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The concentration of precious lunar materials in the polar region is also of interest to the US government, experts say.

We will use the LTV to travel to locations we might not otherwise be able to reach on foot, increasing our ability to explore and make new scientific discoveries, says Jacob Bleacher, Chief Exploration Scientist At Nasa.

Intuitive Machines, Lunar Outpost and Venturi Astrolab have been tasked with developing an autonomous vehicle as part of a $4.6billion contract over the next 13 years.

The trio will now launch a year-long study to develop a system that meets Nasa’s requirements.

Nasa has said that the Moon car must be able to accommodate two suited astronauts, and withstand extreme conditions.

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Temperatures can drop to as low as -230 degrees Celsius (-382 degrees Fahrenheit in shadowed regions of the lunar south pole.

It must also be able to work autonomously, so controllers on Earth can continue to explore the lunar surface without astronauts.

“We will use the LTV to travel to locations we might not otherwise be able to reach on foot, increasing our ability to explore and make new scientific discoveries,” Jacob Bleacher said.

“With the Artemis crewed missions, and during remote operations when there is not a crew on the surface, we are enabling science and discovery on the Moon year-round.”

Nasa’s Artemis V mission in 2029 will see two astronauts land on the Moon to explore, and another two astronauts set up the ESA’s refuelling module onboard Gateway – the first-ever lunar space station.
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n 2026, Nasa will launch its Artemis III mission, the first human assignment on the Moon since Apollo 17.

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The third Artemis mission forms part of a decade-long programme that is hoped to culminate with a permanent lunar base.

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Brief disruption in internet services in Pakistan

Brief disruption in internet services in Pakistan

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Brief disruption in internet services in Pakistan

 Internet services were disrupted in several parts of the country on Tuesday.

According to Downdetector, there was a disruption in services in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Peshawar.
Internet services across the country were restored after a brief outage. 

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EU regulators assess Apple’s plan for complying with music streaming order

EU regulators assess Apple’s plan for complying with music streaming order

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EU regulators assess Apple's plan for complying with music streaming order

 EU antitrust regulators are checking to see if an Apple (AAPL.O) proposal would comply with their order to let Spotify (SPOT.N) and other music streaming services inform users of payment options outside its App Store, the European Commission said on Monday.

The iPhone maker risks antitrust charges and fresh fines if its proposal announced last Friday fails to satisfy the EU competition enforcer, which issued its order together with a 1.84 billion euro ($2 billion) fine last month

Under Apple’s proposal, the Swedish music streaming service Spotify and others can include a link to their websites to inform users of other ways to purchase digital goods or services, away from Apple’s App Store.

They can also invite users to provide their email address to be sent a link to the platform’s website to buy digital music content or services. Such links, however, carry a 27% fee to Apple, including for subsequent auto-renewing subscriptions.

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“We are currently assessing whether Apple has fully complied with the decision,” a Commission spokesperson said.
“In general, if the Commission suspects that there is non-compliance with an adopted decision, it will send the undertaking concerned a Statement of Objections …”

Spotify bemoaned the fact that it was still waiting for Apple to comply with the EU order, five weeks on.

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