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May 16, 2023

Good morning, everyone!

This week’s critical vulnerabilities:

Patch All the Things!

What does artificial intelligence mean to you?

Thanks to ChatGPT, artificial intelligence (AI) is the talk of the town. I know people who say that AI will change our lives the way mobile devices did. Personally, I think we are barreling down this highway much too quickly, without considering the consequences (I'm not ready for SkyNet, how about you?) Let's take a look at what's in the news on this topic lately. Staying informed is the first step!

'Godfather of AI' warns nation of trouble ahead

One of the world’s foremost architects of artificial intelligence warned Wednesday that unexpectedly rapid advances in AI – including its ability to learn simple reasoning – suggest it could someday take over the world and push humanity toward extinction.

Geoffrey Hinton, the renowned researcher and "Godfather of AI," quit his high-profile job at Google recently so he could speak freely about the serious risks that he now believes may accompany the artificial intelligence technology he helped usher in, including user-friendly applications like ChatGPT.

Samsung Bans Staff’s AI Use After Spotting ChatGPT Data Leak

Samsung Electronics Co. is banning employee use of popular generative AI tools like ChatGPT after discovering staff uploaded sensitive code to the platform, dealing a setback to the spread of such technology in the workplace.

The Suwon, South Korea-based company notified staff at one of its biggest divisions on Monday about the new policy via a memo reviewed by Bloomberg News. The company is concerned that data transmitted to such artificial intelligence platforms including Google Bard and Bing is stored on external servers, making it difficult to retrieve and delete, and could end up being disclosed to other users, according to the document.

ChatGPT-4 Phishing Websites and Other Threats

The advanced chatbot, ChatGPT-4, has been one of the big news stories of the year so far, understandably as its ingenious uses continue to impress. Unfortunately however, it’s not all positives: the chatbot can also be used for various malicious purposes. Researchers have warned that cybercriminals can use ChatGPT to compose the text for phishing emails — meaning more phishing emails and more cyberthreats. Then there’s the problem of fake ChatGPT apps, websites, and associated malware, which we’ve previously reported on.

European Union updates proposed AI rule

[European Parliament Members] included obligations for providers of foundation models - a new and fast evolving development in the field of AI - who would have to guarantee robust protection of fundamental rights, health and safety and the environment, democracy and rule of law. They would need to assess and mitigate risks, comply with design, information and environmental requirements and register in the EU database.

Generative foundation models, like GPT, would have to comply with additional transparency requirements, like disclosing that the content was generated by AI, designing the model to prevent it from generating illegal content and publishing summaries of copyrighted data used for training.

Biden, Harris Meet With CEOs About AI Risks

Vice President Kamala Harris met on Thursday with the heads of Google, Microsoft and two other companies developing artificial intelligence as the Biden administration rolls out initiatives meant to ensure the rapidly evolving technology improves lives without putting people’s rights and safety at risk.

Food for thought this week!

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Have a great week!

Glenda R. Snodgrass

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