Weekly recap: 2024-03-03

Posted by Q McCallum on 2024-03-03

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.

2024/02/26: New newsletter: “Complex Machinery”

Do you enjoy my posts here on LinkedIn? I’ve been writing longer-form material in my newsletter:

Complex Machinery sits at the intersection of AI and risk. It comes out two or three times a month.

The next issue goes out Wednesday. Why not subscribe, so it lands in your inbox right as it’s published?

Here’s the previous issue as a sample: “Nothing’s real but the fakery

2024/03/02: Just… why?

In today’s episode of “Every Business Model Devolves Into A Data Collection Ploy”:

Vending machine error reveals secret face image database of college students” (Ars Technica)

2024/03/03: This is a bad mix

In the last week or so, I’ve seen several articles about Google’s AI efforts. They fall into three themes:

1/ An Incident with a Google AI product. (In this case: Gemini’s image generation.)

2/ Google is under pressure, from inside (execs) and outside (shareholders), to push on AI products.

3/ This: “Google Trims Jobs in Trust and Safety While Others Work ‘Around the Clock’” (Bloomberg)

This feels like a bad mix. Theme #2, compounded by Theme #3, will increase exposure to AI-related risks. Which should lead to more cases of Theme #1.