Weekly Buzz: OpenAI Faces Defamation Lawsuit Drama

Welcome back to another jam-packed edition of the Weekly Buzz! Here’s what’s in store today:

Everything unveiled at Apple WWDC 2023, Twitter’s new CEO takes the helm, OpenAI faces a defamation lawsuit, LinkedIn’s new AI-based features, Friday fun, and more.

Ready? Let’s dive in!

Everything you need to know from Apple WWDC 2023

This week marked Apple WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) 2023, and as per usual, the event came and went with no shortage of updates, upgrades, new features, and new products. 

In case you missed it, here’s a full WWDC breakdown.

We’re particularly interested in hearing more about Vision Pro, Apple’s VR/AR headset with quite the hefty price tag, and new physical and mental health features that will be dropping on devices later this year.

Linda Yaccarino takes the helm as Twitter’s new CEO

After some speculation, Linda Yaccarino stepped into her new role as Twitter CEO this past Monday, according to a new tweet from Yaccarino herself:

Twitter owner Elon Musk confirmed back in May that he had chosen someone to fulfill the role. Yaccarino comes to the company after nearly 12 years at NBCUniversal, where she had been the chairman of its advertising and partnerships group.

How will things play out at Twitter with new leadership in charge after a tumultuous few months? We’ll be following along closely.

OpenAI sued for defamation after ChatGPT ‘hallucination’ fakes embezzlement claims

Have you been relying on AI bots for general information or research? You might want to rethink that strategy.

According to Bloomberg, OpenAI is facing a defamation lawsuit filed by a Georgia-based radio host after the company’s popular AI chatbot, ChatGPT, reportedly generated a false legal complaint accusing him of embezzling money. 

Here’s a summary of the suit provided by Mashable:

“According to the complaint, Fred Riehl, the editor-in-chief of the gun outlet AmmoLand, was doing research for an article on a Washington federal court case, Second Amendment Foundation v. Ferguson. 

When Riehl asked ChatGPT for a summary of the case, ChatGPT responded with information about Walters, who the AI chatbot said was the Second Amendment Foundation’s treasurer and chief financial officer. According to Walters’ suit, ChatGPT told Riehl that Walters engaged in ‘defrauding and embezzling funds’ from the organization it said he worked for.”

Basically, everything generated by ChatGPT about the case and Walters was entirely fabricated. And in fact, Walters does not – nor has he ever – worked for the organization in question. 

This particular case marks the first of its kind, and it will be interesting to see if it sparks similar legal complaints against AI hallucinations in the future.

Canadian wildfire smoke captured on social media

So much of this week’s news was about the rapidly-spreading wildfires triggering public health alerts in Canada and the U.S. – and for good reason.

Check out this unsettling timelapse of the Manhattan skyline that’s been making the rounds on social:

And another shot of the eerie scene at Yankee Stadium:

LinkedIn harnesses the power of AI for digital advertising

Joining the ranks of Meta and Google, a new feature introduced by LinkedIn this week is harnessing the power of generative AI to help advertisers draft advertising campaign copy. With the click of a button, LinkedIn will suggest different ad copy that marketers can test. 

The feature is currently in a test phase and available to some customers in North America with new functionalities, geographies and languages coming soon.

You can learn more about the new feature here.

Friday Fun

We hope this purrr-fect weekend forecast includes watermelon.

@wmtouchi Summer is here, who doesn't love eating watermelons? Originally, cats are also going to spend summer!#pets #cat #funny #fyp ♬ original sound – wmtouchi
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