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May 18, 2024, 9:50 AM

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Kelsey Piper / Vox:
OpenAI has an unusual, extremely restrictive off-boarding agreement with a lifelong nondisparagement commitment; those who don't sign it lose all vested equity  —  Why is OpenAI's superalignment team imploding?  —  Editor's note, May 17, 2024, 11:20 pm ET: This story has been updated …
Will Knight / Wired:
OpenAI's entire Superalignment team, which was focused on the existential dangers of AI, has either resigned or been absorbed into other research groups  —  The entire OpenAI team focused on the existential dangers of AI has either resigned or been absorbed into other research groups, WIRED has confirmed.
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Reed Albergotti / Semafor:
Google DeepMind releases its Frontier Safety Framework, a set of protocols for analyzing and mitigating future risks posed by advanced AI models  —  The Scoop  —  Preparing for a time when artificial intelligence is so powerful that it can pose a serious, immediate threat to people …
Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:
Epic v. Apple: Phil Schiller told a US judge that Apple's new 27% fee on purchases made outside its App Store are a good-faith attempt to comply with the law  —  - Top Apple executive took stand Friday to defend new fee  — Epic Games has challenged Apple proposed antitrust remedy
Caroline Haskins / The Guardian:
The Palantir-sponsored AI Expo for National Competitiveness featured VR headsets for soldiers, a map tool that can “nominate targets of interest”, and more  —  America's military industrial complex took center stage at AI Expo for National Competitiveness, where a fire-breathing panel set the tone
Kate Irwin / PCMag:
Slack confirms it is training some of its AI-powered features, but not its generative AI tool, on user content and uploads, with all users opted-in by default  —  Slack feeds user content, messages, and uploads to its machine learning models.  All users are opted-in by default.
The Information:
Sources: Apple is working on a significantly slimmer iPhone that could be released concurrently with the iPhone 17, a major redesign, similar to the iPhone X  —  Apple is developing a significantly thinner version of the iPhone that could be released as early as 2025, according to three people with direct knowledge of the project.
Brendan O'Boyle / Reuters:
The US DOJ charges two arrested Chinese nationals for allegedly orchestrating a crypto pig butchering scam that laundered at least $73M from defrauded victims  —  U.S. authorities charged two Chinese nationals in a cryptocurrency scam that laundered at least $73 million from defrauded victims, the Justice Department said on Friday.
Astha Rajvanshi / TIME:
Access Now: 2023 was the worst year for internet shutdowns since monitoring began in 2016, with 283 shutdowns across 39 countries, led by India at 116  —  Last year, an internet shutdown in the state of Manipur, India, lasted a staggering 212 days when the state government issued 44 consecutive orders …
Lisa Feldman Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Training AI on stereotypical facial expressions is bound to mislead because scientific evidence indicates that there are no universal expressions of emotion  —  Training algorithms on stereotypical facial expressions is bound to mislead.  —  Imagine that you are interviewing for a job.

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