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Effective Altruism Is Pushing a Dangerous Brand of 'AI Safety'

Effective Altruism Is Pushing a Dangerous Brand of ‘AI Safety’

Since then, the quest to proliferate larger and larger language models has accelerated, and many of the dangers we warned about, such as outputting hateful text and mass disinformation, continue to unfold. Just a few days ago, Meta released its “Galactica” LLM, which is purported to “summarize academic papers, solve math problems, generate Wiki articles, …

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Truth Social Is Rising as the Anti-Mastodon

Truth Social Is Rising as the Anti-Mastodon

Then there’s Mastodon’s code. As Truth Social was under development in 2021, the Software Freedom Conservancy accused it of violating a free and open source software licensing agreement for taking Mastodon’s code. Anyone can use Mastodon’s code, but they must make the source code public. Truth Social called its code “proprietary,” which violated the licensing …

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The Twitter Bubble Let Democrats Defy Political Gravity

The Twitter Bubble Let Democrats Defy Political Gravity

There is a wholly self-contained ecosystem of far-right influencers and followers on Twitter and Facebook. We know that it spreads disinformation and prejudice, but less thought is given to the ways in which such an ecosystem creates phantom movements—where a few motivated obsessives can make a cause appear far more popular than it really is. …

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