Weekly recap: 2024-02-25

Posted by Q McCallum on 2024-02-25

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.

2024/02/20: When it’s not a “tech” problem …

This looks like an AI problem on the surface. But it’s really a policy problem.

Creating good policies is hard work! You need to something define that is all of:

1/ clear: so the people who want to do the right thing know what is allowed

2/ reasonably watertight: so that bad actors don’t have large loopholes to exploit

3/ flexible: to adapt to future events

Absent any of the above, and you create a situation where something that is arguably “wrong” is still “allowed.”

Facebook rules allow altered video casting Biden as paedophile, says board” (The Guardian)

2024/02/25: Remember, this could be you

Here’s another example of GenAI Gone Awry:

‘Embarrassing and wrong’: Google admits it lost control of image-generating AI” (TechCrunch)

And here’s my usual refrain:

1/ Enjoy the schadenfreude all you want. Just keep in mind, this could happen to any company deploying LLMs. Including yours.

2/ Google has the established presence and PR team to weather this kind of issue. Your company? Probably not.

Sum total: be careful with those LLM projects. Even when you try to do the right thing, it can still go wrong.

For more thoughts on this topic, check out my writeups on: