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Research: bias creeps into new AI generated art

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As the internet excites over AI-generated art, concerns grow over how the technology reflects biased data

A seagull attacking a man with spaghetti, a skateboarding dinosaur, and a cup of coffee that contains the universe.

These are just some of the odd prompts that people have given to new AI systems, for an often unusual, yet incredibly detailed image in return.

Whilst majority of the AI art you are likely seeing on social media comes from Open-A-I’s, DALL E mini, other notable artists are Open-A-I’s DALL-E 2, and Google Research’s Imagen

Google research shows the technology appears to involve “several social biases and stereotypes”.

But experts fear these systems are also capable of producing disinformation based off the gender and cultural biases from the data they feed off.

An OpenAI online document titled ‘Risks and Limitations’, which shows these biases with an example of how a text description of a CEO, for instance, only shows images of predominantly white men.

DALL-E mini text prompt for “CEO”

Technology has “an overall bias towards generating images of people with lighter skin tones and a tendency for images portraying different professions to align with Western gender stereotypes.”

GOOGLE research, Brain team

AI bias has become an increasing concern with multiple industries relying on the technology, including the Ukrainian government who are using AI for facial recognition.

Researchers are still learning how to measure bias in their technology and expect to make changes to systems as it learns more.

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Meta faces a probe into triggering poor mental health

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Meta is facing a string of lawsuits that relate to the mental health of young people

The legal disputes blame Instagram for eating disorders, depression and even suicides among children and teens.

It comes after whistle-blower Frances Haugen exposed internal documents about how Instagram impacts body image and mental health.

The leaks allegedly show Meta is aware that its products hurt children but the company chose to put its growth and profits ahead of user’s safety.

Meta has not responded to these latest legal blows.

Of course, if you or someone you know needs help, please contact your local helpline.

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Musk creating hybrid of Uber and Airbnb

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Musk is predicting the company’s robotaxi will be like a combined version of Uber and Airbnb

Unlike Uber though, Musk says the system is not being designed with a launch city in mind, the way competitors have approached the concept.

Are we better off without Uber and taxi drivers?

Musk said Tesla owners will have the choice of using it themselves or adding their cars to the robotaxi fleet to earn money when they do not need them.

The tech billionaire mentioned that regulatory hurdles will limit where it can be deployed.

He estimates that a typical vehicle added to the system will see its usage jump from 12 hours a week to 60 hours a week and become a revenue generator for the owner of the Tesla.

The idea is that when your car is parked, it then joins the fleet and takes off on its own with no driver.

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Elon Musk’s ruins ended up in Australia

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Scientists have confirmed space debris found in the state of New South Wales is in fact from Elon Musk’s SpaceX company

Farmers Mick Miners and Jock Wallace got the shock of their life when they stumbled across the wreckage on their properties.

Australia’s Space Agency was alerted to the find, and sent an expert to determine its origins.

Scientists have now confirmed the location and timing of space junk coincides with a SpaceX craft which re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere at 7am on July 9.

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