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AI chatbot trained on posts from web sewer 4chan behaved badly – just like human members

Another article claims that the bot posted 15,000 times, “more than 10 percent of all posts made on the politically incorrect board that day.” It sounds like that's the only reason it got banned. If it were a little less prolific, it might still be posting.

Yannic Kilcher, an AI researcher who posts some of his work to YouTube called his creation “GPT-4chan” and described it as “the worst AI ever”. He trained GPT-J 6B, an open source language model, on a dataset containing 3.5 years' worth of posts scraped from 4chan's imageboard. Kilcher then developed a chatbot that processed 4chan posts as inputs and generated text outputs, automatically commenting in numerous threads....Netizens quickly noticed a 4chan account was posting suspiciously frequently, and began speculating whether it was a bot….

The model behaves randomly. When we entered these prompts, mimicking a mock conversation between two posters, “It's true I read this in The Register!” and “Link?”, the model hilariously replied: “theresa may” followed by, erm, the word “may” four more times before asking “Is this thread going to be about how we should vote for Hillary?”. But when we tried running GPT-4chan on the same prompts, it was more offensive and made an anti-Semetic statement.

Computers Beat Oncologists In Predicting Death From Cancer: Now What?

Put bluntly, an oncologist saying they would not be surprised that a patient would die within 3 months is a poor prognostic sign. But them saying they would be surprised is not terribly reassuring. Oncologists are optimistic. They only correctly identify about 30% of the patients who died within that 3-month period.

Despite a First-Ever ‘Right-to-Repair’ Law, There’s No Easy Fix for Wheelchair Users

The multibillion-dollar power-wheelchair market is dominated by two national suppliers, Numotion and National Seating and Mobility. Both are owned by private equity firms that seek to increase profits and cut spending. One way they do that is by limiting what they spend on technicians and repairs, which, when combined with insurance and regulatory obstacles, frustrates wheelchair users seeking timely fixes.

Pulse Oximeters Are Less Accurate Among Black, Hispanic and Asian Covid-19 Patients

The discrepancies may have led to some patients of color with severe disease receiving delayed or no treatment despite having oxygen levels low enough to warrant it, researchers published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Why masks work, but mandates haven’t

The idea that masks work better than mask mandates seems to defy logic. It inverts a notion connected to Aristotle’s writings: that the whole should be greater than the sum of the parts, not less....

The main explanation seems to be that the exceptions often end up mattering more than the rule. The coronavirus is so contagious that it can spread during brief times when people take off their masks, even when a mandate is in place.

Airplane passengers remove their masks to have a drink. Restaurant patrons go maskless as soon as they walk in the door. Schoolchildren let their masks slide down their faces. So do adults: Research by the University of Minnesota suggests that between 25-30% of Americans consistently wear their masks below their nose.

Australian digital driving licenses can be defaced in minutes

Now, a security researcher at cybersecurity company Dvuln claims he was able to brute force his way into the app with nothing but a Python script and a consumer laptop. Once inside, he found numerous security flaws that made it simple to alter the DDL stored in the app.

Engineer sues Amazon for not covering work-from-home costs

David George Williams sued his employer for refusing to foot his monthly home office expenses, claiming Amazon is violating California's labor laws. The state's Labor Code section 2802 states: “An employer shall indemnify his or her employee for all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of his or her duties, or of his or her obedience to the directions of the employer.”

A Boston husband headed to the wild west for a divorce. He ended up with two wives.

These tentatively legal “migratory divorces” inflamed a country already worried about a growing epidemic of broken marriages. In 1889, the newly formed Bureau of Labor Statistics put a number on those fears, counting 328,716 divorces in the 20 years between 1867 and 1886. Even more alarming to many, there were more than twice the number of decrees in the mid-1880s as there had been in the mid-1860s, an increase that could not be explained by population growth alone — and nearly 2 out of every 3 divorce seekers was a woman. Newspapers nationwide heralded the finding with ominous headlines such as, “Is Marriage a Failure?”

The Poison Book Project | International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

In early spring 2019, I started treatment on a Victorian-era publisher’s case binding bound in bright green bookcloth, never anticipating that this mass-produced binding would set into motion an engrossing exploration of a hidden hazard in library collections.

Google’s Fabricated Summaries and This Website

If a person quoted me as saying I thought two benefits of the 2017 base model iPad were its “greater storage options” and “very fast custom processors” based on this review, you would question their reading comprehension. If this citation were in something as simple as a high school paper, the student would be docked marks for taking statements out of context. Yet Google is able to do this in an entirely automated way without clearly identifying it as such, and it is supposed to be okay? No, thanks.

‘I’m so much stronger now’: How remote work is helping women in the workplace

Because of their need for flexibility, women have a tendency to sell themselves short, accepting fewer promotions than men as inevitable, even justified, said Paula Ratliff, president of Women Impact Tech, a group supporting women in tech. But if remote work becomes the norm, this double standard may fade.

What bosses lost in the fight against empty offices: leverage

“What is abundantly clear is that there are fewer and fewer companies expecting their employees to be in the office five days a week,” said Brian Kropp, vice president in Gartner’s human resources practice. “Even some of the major companies that came out and said we want our employees in the office five days a week are starting to backtrack.”

On Parasitic Growths and America’s Rigid Constitution

In 1905, an Australian parliamentarian observing the United States used an unusual metaphor to describe our Constitution. Years before, Henry B. Higgins (not George Bernard Shaw’s professor of linguistics!) had been on a trip to the forests of New Zealand and had seen a massive pine tree, the rimu, gracefully encircled by a flowering vine called the rata. To his surprise, Higgins learned from his hosts that with time, “the fair and clinging” rata would grow stronger and thicker, eventually choking the rimu to death. Higgins reflected, “So it may be with America’s rigid constitution and [its extra-constitutional] parasitic growths.”

Marblehead was lacking in local news coverage. Three residents launched their own news site.

“I can just tell you, more anecdotally, walking in to get my coffee at the local coffee shop this morning … I had a number of people come to me and say, ‘we saw it, we read it, this is great,’” Schaeffner said. “There wasn’t a lot of pre-launch information, so I think it caught a lot of people pleasantly by surprise.”

Geico facing payout to woman who got HPV after sex in car

Geico could be required to pay a Missouri woman $5.2 million because she said she contracted a sexually transmitted disease while having sex in the car of a man who is insured by the company.

Court Says Bees Are Fish

In 1969, the Legislature decided to expand the Commission’s authority to include amphibians. Did it do so by narrowing the “fish” definition to fish and then adding one for amphibians? Nope. It just stuck them in with the fish. And then in 1984, it wanted to add “invertebrates.” Did it take this opportunity to straighten things out? Nope. In they went. And this is how we got the statute that the Court of Appeal was interpreting in the Almond Alliance case. It now says this:

“Fish” means a wild fish, mollusk, crustacean, invertebrate, amphibian, or part, spawn, or ovum of any of those animals.

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