Today’s selection of articles:
- “The corrupting of democracy” (The Economist, 2019-08-29). How many times have you heard those around you, even politicians, dismiss or call into question the entire political system, especially when it produces results they don’t like?
[T]oo much cynicism undermines legitimacy.
- “OpenAI has released the largest version yet of its fake-news-spewing AI“, by Karen Hao (MIT Technology Review, 2019-08-29). What shocked me most was what the “great example” of AI-generated fake news reveals about human-generated real politics: Perhaps the fake political speech is convincing, because most real political speeches are so devoid of meaningful content. Of course, this was well recognized by “The Simpsons” (Season 8, Episode 1, “Treehouse of Horror VII : Citizen Kang“) over two decades ago…
- “Release strategies and the social impacts of language models“, by Irene Solaiman et al. (arXiv, 2019-08-24). Report by the OpenAI researchers regarding their “staged-release” of their GPT-2 language model.
- “Google shocks Huawei: New Mate 30 will launch without Android software and services“, by Zak Doffman (Forbes, 2019-08-28). Another casualty of the trade war.