Ilya Sutskever isn’t done working on AI safety


This week, Ilya Sutskever launched a brand new AI company, Secure Superintelligence Inc. (SSI), only one month after formally leaving OpenAI. Sutskever, alongside Jan Leike, was integral to OpenAI’s efforts to enhance AI safety with the rise of “superintelligent” AI systems. Yet each Sutskever and Leike left the corporate after a dramatic falling-out with leadership over the right way to approach AI safety. 

In EV news, Fisker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, capping off months of problems with its Ocean SUV that included recalls and dozens of lemon law lawsuits. That is the second vehicle company Henrik Fisker named after himself that has wound up in bankruptcy. His first effort began in 2007 and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013. 

Change Healthcare this week confirmed that a February ransomware attack resulted within the theft of medical records affecting a “substantial proportion of individuals in America.” The corporate processes patient insurance and billing for hundreds of hospitals, pharmacies and medical practices and has access to massive amounts of health information on a couple of third of all Americans. 


The Department of Justice vs. Adobe: The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Adobe alleging that the corporate hides termination fees and makes it difficult to cancel subscriptions. Read more

OpenAI acquires Rockset: OpenAI announced that it has acquired Rockset, which builds tools to drive real-time search and data analytics, as the corporate continues to speculate in its enterprise sales and tech orgs. Read more

Buttons are back: Clicks released a nostalgic, BlackBerry-esque phone case that adds a keyboard with physical buttons to the underside of your iPhone. We got to try one for ourselves. Read more

Where humans and AI coexist: Butterflies is a social network where humans and AI interact with one another through posts, comments and DMs in an effort to have more creative relationships with AI. Read more

Apple kills Pay Later: After launching in late March 2023, Apple’s Pay Later feature isn’t any more. As a substitute, Apple Pay users will find a way to access loans through a partnership with the third-party app Affirm. Read more

Beware, Outlook users: A researcher has found a bug that permits anyone to impersonate Microsoft corporate email accounts, making phishing attempts look credible and more more likely to trick their targets. Read more

Perplexity takes on Google: The AI-powered search startup now displays results for factual queries comparable to weather and time at a spot, currency conversion, and answers to basic math queries directly through cards. Read more

Runway unveils Gen-3: The corporate’s latest AI model for generating videos delivers a “major” improvement in speed — in addition to more control over the structure, style and motion of the generated videos. Read more


What should AI appear like?: From black holes to colourful blobs, representing AI in user interfaces could be a challenge. While approaches differ to branding purportedly all-seeing, all-knowing, all-doing intelligence, Devin Coldewey explores how corporations have coalesced around the concept the avatar of AI ought to be non-threatening, abstract, but relatively easy and non-anthropomorphic. Read more

Why Fisker failed: As Fisker files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, many are left wondering what’s next for the ill-fated EV startup. Sean O’Kane argues that whatever happens to Fisker or its assets, it won’t change the basic problem: that it wasn’t able to grapple with bringing a flawed automobile to market. Read more

Pushing ChatGPT’s cultural limits: The present ChatGPT offers answers which can be too generalized for specific questions that cater to certain communities, as its training appears Eurocentric and Western in its bias. With most AI models not built with people of color in mind, Dominic-Madori Davis and Tage Kene-Okafor report on the Black-owned chatbots and ChatGPT versions that cater specifically to Black and brown communities — and help founders capitalize on OpenAI’s cultural slip. Read more


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