Tweet of the Day, Who Gets Sued? edition.

Because if this post is true, somebody’s getting sued.

Via @wastelandJD. If money is changing hands, then there is an established value for the product. IANAL, but I’m pretty sure that whoever generated that audio file did not acquire the rights for the songs that were scraped to make it*. Whoever sold it to Warner should be sue-able. Again, IANAL.

What a fascinating time to be alive.

Moe Lane

*Assuming that the song was made via AI, that is. If that’s a real person, then this isn’t an “AI pop singer” at all.

Tweet of the Day, This Is Expected And Good edition.

It, as the article noted, going to be a problem for Hollywood. I know, I know: you’re all just crying over that…

Via @Strangeland_Elf.

The click-baiters will continue to seek AI content.

Behold! The future, for some.

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Chaosium reveals ELDER, The Call of Cthulhu AI Chatbot.

Elder is trained exclusively on Call of Cthulhu, huh? …Gee, I can’t think how that could possibly go tentacle-shaped.

I kid, I kid! This is a smart concept. It’s perfectly ethical, too: the developers are officially working with Chaosium to create something that can be used to deal with rules questions and whatnot. They’re only using Chaosium’s own stuff, too, so there’s no worries there (they also explicitly promise that they’re not using AI-generated art in any way). Frankly, I wouldn’t mind something like this for GURPS.

So, this AI spam submission thing is only going to get worse.

(H/T: @RobinDLaws) I don’t know if The Verge has worked its way through the implications of the AI submissions problem yet. Right now, editors can detect AI-generated works of fiction, and they’re rejecting them out of hand*. Their problem? Well, let me put it another way: they’re teaching the AI how to successfully fool the editors. It will likely take some time, but the ultimate goal here is not to write the Great American Science Fiction story: it’s to come up with something that can get past the gatekeepers. That is a much more achievable goal.

It will happen. It probably hasn’t happened yet, but we’re still in the middle of the process. Worse of everyone concerned, it’s a process that will probably end up destroying the entire concept of the speculative fiction magazine — because once AI-generated text gets sophisticated enough to mimic C+ work reliably, why not just buy your own copy of the program, and have it churn out cookie-cutter content that’s specialized for you?

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A Pool of Digital Slush?

Given that I’ve thrown the odd story at Clarkesworld, only to have them invariably throw it back, I want to be careful not to sound too snidely amused at their problem with AI submissions. “On Monday, the editor of the renowned sci-fi publication Clarkesworld Magazine¬†announced¬†that he had¬†temporarily¬†closed story submissions due to a massive increase in machine-generated stories sent to the publication.” I will, however, note that Clarkesworld’s closing of all story submissions sounds very much like they themselves can’t tell AI-generated stories from real ones. Based on what I’ve seen of the recent AI-generated texts, this is not a complement to AI. It’s a trenchant commentary on what Clarkesworld usually publishes.

…Oh, damn. I guess I failed, huh?

UPDATE: I will admit that Karl raises a good point here:

Great moments in AI research: they broke the troll barrier!

No, really. Microsoft getting their new chat AI ‘Tay’ to spectacularly blow up so quickly¬†took some skill:

What happens when you introduce an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter? Well, it’s kind of predictable – you get an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, ‘Bush did 9/11’-proclaiming robot.

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