Data Fallout

Casey Newton over at the excellent Platformer has written an interesting piece on dealing with AI generated content.

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The article discusses the increasing use of AI-generated text in mainstream publications and websites, such as CNET and the Associated Press.

Newton notes that while the use of AI in this way is currently benign, answering reader questions and providing information, there is potential for it to be used for more nefarious purposes, such as spreading propaganda.

The piece references a new paper written by Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology and Stanford Internet Observatory that details the potential dangers of AI-generated text and potential solutions to mitigate them.

The paper argues that AI has the potential to make these attacks much more effective, in part by making them invisible.

And yes, a lot of this post was initially drafted with AI assistance.

The End of Sanity

Australian music retailer, Sanity has announced the closure of its remaining stores.

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Sanity was a major retail brand at the turn of the century, but modern music listening practices severely disrupted its business model.

That business model has been around for a while now so add this bureau to the list of those surprised that Sanity made it this long. It means the loss of many jobs so it’s sad, but their song has long been sung.

Get In

While a primary method of getting home property prices under control is to increase supply and to help encourage commercial premises growth, Sydney’s Inner West Council has proposed taxing empty commercial property owners.

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Empty stores are a sad sight, and anything to revitalise local shopping districts should be encouraged.