The Obtain: watermarking AI textual content, and freezing eggs

That is as we speak’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a every day dose of what’s happening on the planet of know-how.

A watermark for chatbots can spot textual content written by an AI

What’s occurred: A brand new methodology may assist us to identify AI-generated texts. Watermarking buries hidden patterns within the textual content which might be invisible to the human eye, however lets computer systems detect that the textual content in all probability comes from an AI system or a human.

Why it issues: ChatGPT is one in every of a brand new breed of enormous language fashions that generate fluent textual content that reads like a human may have written it. These AI fashions regurgitate information confidently, however are infamous for spewing falsehoods, which makes it worrying that they’re already being adopted for every part from essays to exercise plans. To the untrained eye, it’s virtually inconceivable to detect whether or not a passage is written by an AI mannequin or human. 

And it really works? In research, these watermarks have already proven that they’ll determine AI-generated textual content with close to certainty. In the event that they’re embedded in giant language fashions, they might assist forestall among the issues that these fashions have already brought about. Learn the total story.

—Melissa Heikkilä

How do I do know if egg freezing is for me?

The choice to freeze your eggs is extremely private, and never all the time straightforward. Whereas egg freezing is commonly offered as a fertility insurance coverage coverage, we’re nonetheless not solely positive how profitable the process is more likely to be for any particular person particular person, or how success charges range by age.

We do know that it’s costly—we’re speaking doubtlessly tens of hundreds of {dollars} for hormonal therapies, egg assortment procedures, and years of cryopreservation. And we all know that it’s not with out dangers. 

That’s why the crew behind a brand new decision-making software hope it’ll assist to clear up among the misconceptions across the process—and provides would-be dad and mom a much-needed perception into its actual prices, advantages, and potential pitfalls. Learn the total story.

—Jessica Hamzelou

This story is from The Checkup, MIT Know-how Evaluate’s weekly e-newsletter providing you with the within monitor on all issues well being and biotech. Signal as much as obtain it in your inbox each Thursday.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you as we speak’s most enjoyable/essential/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 Elon Musk held a shock assembly with US political leaders 
Allegedly within the curiosity of making certain Twitter is “honest to each events.” (Insider $)
+ Kanye West’s presidential marketing campaign advisors have been booted off Twitter. (Rolling Stone $)
+ Twitter’s belief and security head is Musk’s largest champion. (Bloomberg $) 

2 We’re treating covid like flu now
Annual covid pictures are the subsequent logical step. (The Atlantic $)

three The worst factor about Sam Bankman-Fried’s spell in jail? 
Being minimize off from the web. (Forbes $)
+ Most crypto criminals use simply 5 exchanges. (Wired $)
+ Collapsed crypto firmFTX has objected to a brand new investigation request. (Reuters)

four Israel’s tech sector is rising up towards its authorities
Tech staff concern its hardline insurance policies will hurt startups. (FT $)

5 It’s potential to energy the world solely utilizing renewable power
At the least, in response to Stanford tutorial Mark Jacobson. (The Guardian)
+ Tech bros love the surroundings as of late. (Slate $)
+ How new variations of photo voltaic, wind, and batteries may assist the grid. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

6 Generative AI is wildly costly to run 
And that’s why promising startups like OpenAI must hitch their wagons to the likes of Microsoft. (Bloomberg $)
+ How Microsoft advantages from the ChatGPT hype. (Vox)
+ BuzzFeed is planning to make quizzes supercharged by OpenAI. (WSJ $) 
+ Generative AI is altering every part. However what’s left when the hype is gone? (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

7 It’s onerous to not blame self-driving vehicles for accidents
Even when it’s not technically their fault. (WSJ $)

eight What it’s prefer to swap Google for TikTok
It’s nice for meals ideas and hacks, however hopeless for something work-related. (Wired $)
+ The platform actually desires to remain operational within the US. (Vox)
+ TikTok is mired in an eyelash controversy. (Rolling Stone $)

9 CRISPR gene modifying kits are available for purchase on-line
However there’s no assure these experiments will truly work. (Motherboard)
+ Subsequent up for CRISPR: Gene modifying for the lots? (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

10 Tech staff are livestreaming their layoffs
It’s a candid window into how these notoriously secretive corporations deal with their workers. (The Info $)

Quote of the day

“Primarily based in your profile you’re very engaging. I’m unsure if that’s an excellent factor or a really dangerous factor.”

—A suggestion from Keys AI, a startup that gives pre-written messages for customers to ship to potential love pursuits, experiences the Wall Avenue Journal.

The massive story

How Worldcoin recruited its first half one million take a look at customers

April 2022

In December 2021, residents of the village of Gunungguruh, Indonesia, had been curious when know-how firm Worldcoin turned up at an area college. The corporate described Worldcoin as an Ethereum-based “new, collectively owned international forex that can be distributed pretty to as many individuals as potential,” in trade for an iris scan and different private knowledge.

Gunungguruh was not alone in receiving a go to from Worldcoin. MIT Know-how Evaluate has interviewed over 35 people in six nations—Indonesia, Kenya, Sudan, Ghana, Chile, and Norway—who both labored for or on behalf of Worldcoin, had been scanned, or had been unsuccessfully recruited to take part.

Our investigation reveals large gaps between Worldcoin’s public messaging, which targeted on defending privateness, and what customers skilled. We discovered that the corporate’s representatives used misleading advertising practices, and did not receive significant knowledgeable consent. Learn the total investigation. 

—Eileen Guo and Adi Renaldi

We will nonetheless have good issues

A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre occasions. (Received any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

+ Tremendous Nintendo World appears like one big headache ready to occur.
+ This one goes out to anybody who’s ever thought-about making an attempt to make their pet pay lease (thanks Melissa!)
+ The precise science of writing the proper breakup music? It’s all within the hook.
+ The egg worth disaster is not any joke, however no less than memes can reduce the ache. 🍳
+ In the event you beloved Emily in Paris, these real-life accounts of People dwelling within the French capital could make for painful studying.

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