The White House Wants Hackers

PLUS: Microsoft offers free access to ChatGPT-enhanced Bing search

Good morning! In today’s news we are covering The White House’s announcement of its support for a mass hacking exercise at this summer's DEFCON security conference, Microsoft’s announcement of the removal of its waitlist for its ChatGPT-powered search engine, and the EU’s new rules for big tech.

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Top News & Why It Matters

| Joe Biden Wants Hackers’ Help To Keep AI Chatbots In Check

The White House announced its support for a mass hacking exercise at this summer's DEFCON security conference, where experts will probe generative AI systems from companies like Google. This announcement came alongside the news that $140 million will be funnelled towards launching seven new National AI Research Institutes for ethical AI development.

In an effort to address the hype and investment surrounding AI technologies like ChatGPT, regulators worldwide are focusing on AI policies, with the US and the European Union working on various AI Acts and task forces. The Defcon hacking exercise will test and expose potential weaknesses in generative AI systems, examining their alignment with AI regulatory frameworks. wired

Why does this matter?

As appetite for AI regulation grows, we may expect further global coordination and collaboration in developing enforceable policies for the technology. For businesses relying on AI, it's vital to actively engage with these regulatory discussions and be prepared to adapt.

| Microsoft Opens Bing's ChatGPT-Enhanced Search To The Public Without A Waitlist

Microsoft has removed the waitlist for its ChatGPT-powered search engine, granting free access to its AI-enhanced Edge web browser. This makes Microsoft the first company with a major, freely accessible AI search engine, potentially transforming the future of the web. Bing's new capabilities include an AI chat history and a Bing chat tool integrated into the Edge sidebar. '

The company has also expanded Bing Image Generator, which is now compatible with over 100 languages, and plans to let outside developers build features on top of Bing. This move makes chatbots more easily accessible. gizmodo

Why does this matter?

Microsoft's move suddenly positions it as a significant player in the AI landscape, and while it aims to compete primarily with Google, some experts criticize the accuracy and transparency of AI chatbots like Microsoft's offering.

| ‘Break Them Open’ – New EU Rules Coming For Big Tech

EU legislation is becoming more focused on regulating Big Tech, and the European bloc now leads in various fields such as green taxonomy and the much-debated AI Act. One of the starkest examples of this is the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which intends to open up digital app marketplaces for smaller competitors. The DMA sets out criteria for identifying "gatekeeper" companies and requires that they follow a list of regulations.

This will eventually force big firms like Google, Apple, and Meta to allow users to link rival apps to their platforms. As a result, for example, Apple will have to loosen its grip on App Store control and app commissioning. thenextweb

Why does this matter?

This shift in focus by European lawmakers will help stimulate innovation, diminish market monopolies, and set a regulatory framework to ensure a more competitive digital space.

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🗞️ Vice President Harris tells tech CEOs they have a moral responsibility to safeguard AI. (source)

🗞️ The White House Starts to Address AI Risks with New Initiatives. (source)

🗞️ Microsoft barrels ahead with AI plans, opens up Bing Chat preview to everyone. (source)

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🗞️ AI investigated in UK over fears of domination. (source)

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| Research Review

A Computational Framework Of Human Values For Ethical Ai (Full Paper)

Nardine Osman, Mark d'Inverno

∑ Summary: A formal conceptual framework is developed for the systematic investigation of human values in ethical AI design.

!? Practical implications: The research could potentially lead to more ethically-aligned AI systems that can better understand and abide by human principles, consequently reducing the risks associated with AI decision-making and fostering more responsible AI adoption across various industries and society.

Cultivated Wildness: Technodiversity And Wildness In Machines (Full Paper)

Zihao Zhang, Bradley Cantrell

∑ Summary: This paper explores the concept of cultivated wildness by integrating landscape design and artificial intelligence to construct wild places with intelligent machines as active agents.

!? Practical implications: The research on cultivated wildness at the intersection of landscape design and artificial intelligence may lead to non-obvious second-order effects on industry and society, such as the promotion of "technodiversity" alongside biodiversity, potentially driving new approaches to environmental conservation and management that integrate intelligent machines as active agents in constructing and maintaining wild places in novel ways.

Written by Isaac R. Ward, Casey Clifton, and Alex Brogan.

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