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🧠 Denials from OpenAI VP regarding ChatGPT performance
🚀 Elon Musk says xAI will work with Twitter and Tesla
🎮 FTC loses appeals court bid to block Microsoft-Activision deal
💬 Biden administration can talk to social media sites again

🧠 Denials from OpenAI VP regarding ChatGPT performanceLINK

  • OpenAI is facing both a Federal Trade Commission investigation for potential consumer protection law violations and a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Sarah Silverman regarding her 2010 memoir.
  • There are complaints from the community about a perceived degradation in the quality of OpenAI's GPT-4 model, with speculations on changes in learning algorithms, training data, or infrastructure.
  • OpenAI's VP of product, Peter Welinder, responded to the criticisms, stating that no intentional dumbing down was done to GPT-4, and each new version is smarter, suggesting that heavier usage may reveal previously unnoticed issues.
  • 🚀 Elon Musk says xAI will work with Twitter and TeslaLINK

  • Elon Musk has revealed his vision for his new artificial intelligence company, xAI, stating its purpose will be to "understand the universe" and build a "good AGI" (artificial general intelligence) as an alternative to Microsoft, Google and OpenAI.
  • xAI plans to work closely with Musk's other companies, Twitter and Tesla, using public tweets for training AI models and potentially collaborating with Tesla on AI software to accelerate its self-driving capabilities.
  • Musk has accused other AI companies of illegally using Twitter data for model training and continues to advocate for AI regulation, actively seeking meetings with officials in the White House and China.
  • 🎮 FTC loses appeals court bid to block Microsoft-Activision dealLINK

  • The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) appeal to block Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard has been denied by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, allowing Microsoft to potentially close the deal.
  • Despite this win for Microsoft in the US, the deal is still being blocked in the UK by the Competition and Markets Authority due to concerns over competition in the cloud gaming market.
  • Microsoft is reportedly considering selling UK cloud-gaming rights to a telecommunications, gaming, or internet company to enable the Activision deal to proceed in the UK.
  • 💬 Biden administration can talk to social media sites againLINK

  • The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily lifted a ban that prevented the Biden administration from contacting tech companies about posts protected by the First Amendment.
  • The original ban, imposed by a federal judge in Missouri, was based on the accusation that the administration was suppressing "millions of protected free speech postings by American citizens".
  • The ban had affected several agencies including the CDC, HHS, Census Bureau, FBI, DOJ, CISA, DHS, State Department and others, with exceptions for threats to national security, election security, cybersecurity, and public safety.
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