• Grokking Grok

    Nataliya Ilyushina     |      November 19, 2023

    In a typically cavalier move, Elon Musk released an AI tool that disregards all the premises of safety engraved in the Bletchley declaration a few days after warning against the dangers of AI at that conference.

  • Arms control and AI

    David Heslop     |      November 16, 2023

    US and Chinese leaders are attending the APEC summit in San Francisco in an age of deteriorating international relationships and rapid innovation in defence, driven by new technology and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • Doctoring the facts

    Open Forum     |      November 14, 2023

    Government and industry guardrails are urgently needed for Generative AI to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities, say Flinders University medical researchers who put the technology to the test.

  • Balancing the risks and rewards of AI

    Albert Zhang     |      November 11, 2023

    The tricky balance between innovation and safety in the realm of artificial intelligence means policymakers, intelligence agencies, industry, civil society and researchers must work together to shape the future.

  • It’s not alive – yet

    Colin Klein     |      November 6, 2023

    Are the large language models which power AI chatbots “stochastic parrots”, which chatter convincingly without understanding a thing, or the harbinger of artificial life on Earth?

  • Regulating AI

    Julie Inman Grant     |      November 3, 2023

    We have seen extraordinary developments in generative AI over the past 12 months that underline the challenges we face in protecting these rights and principles.

  • So long SEO

    Ravi Sen     |      October 25, 2023

    The AI chatbots deployed by the big tech industry threaten to transform many aspects of the economy, including the US$68 billion search engine optimization industry that companies like Google helped to create.

  • AI can strengthen democracy

    Audrey Tang     |      October 25, 2023

    AI, like every transformative technology, threatens the status quo for both good and ill, but political as well as economic benefits can outweigh the costs if people come together and use these new techniques constructively for the common good.

  • Putting Turing to the test

    Open Forum     |      October 18, 2023

    Given the rapid progress achieved in the design of natural language processing systems, we may see AI pass Turing’s original test within the next few years but is imitating humans really an effective test for intelligence? If not, what are some alternative benchmarks we might use to measure AI’s capabilities?

  • Wising up or dumbing down?

    Einat Grimberg     |      October 14, 2023

    Proponents of generative AI claim it will offer personalised content for schools, expedite writing and information analysis, and push the frontiers of scientific discovery, but if machines start thinking for us, will we have more time to think more deeply or have no need to think at all?

  • Machines and men

    David Wroe     |      October 11, 2023

    Narrow AI can enhance us by freeing us from routine tasks, enabling us to concentrate on higher level strategic goals and improving our productivity, but as artificial intelligence expands in capabilities, we have to make sure it serves the interests of humanity, not the other way around.

  • Will AI kill creative jobs?

    Cameron Shackell     |      October 10, 2023

    Firms will always replace humans with cheaper, tireless machines if that generates greater profits, and AI is offering the chance to churn out generic faux-creative material which was once the purview of real artists.