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Google 2023: Political Adverts Must Disclose Use Of AI

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Google will soon require political advertisements on its platforms to disclose when pictures and audio were made using artificial intelligence (AI).

The regulations were developed in response to the “growing prevalence of tools that generate synthetic content,” according to a Google spokeswoman.

The move is set to take effect in November, roughly a year before the next US presidential election.

There are concerns that AI will amp up disinformation surrounding the campaigns.

Google’s current ad standards prohibit exploiting digital media to confuse or mislead consumers about politics, social issues, or public concerns.

However, this change will compel election-related advertisements to “prominently disclose” if they incorporate “synthetic content” depicting real or realistic-looking people or events.

Labels such as “this image does not depict real events” or “this video content was synthetically generated” are proposed by Google as flags.

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Google will soon require political advertisements on its platforms to disclose when pictures and audio were made using artificial intelligence (AI).

According to Google’s ad policy, demonstrably misleading assertions that could damage trust in the election process are likewise prohibited.

Google compels political advertisements to reveal who paid for them and keeps information about the messages in an online ads library.

Disclosures of digitally manipulated content in election advertisements must be “clear and conspicuous” and placed where they are likely to be observed.

Synthetic visuals or audio depicting a person saying or doing something they did not say or do or depicting an event that did not occur are examples of what would justify a label.

In March, a bogus photo of former US President Donald Trump was circulated on social media, purporting to show him being jailed. AI tools were used to make the image.

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Google will soon require political advertisements on its platforms to disclose when pictures and audio were made using artificial intelligence (AI).

In March, a deepfake video showing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussing surrendering to Russia spread.

In June, a Ron DeSantis campaign film criticizing former President Trump included photos with AI-created markings.

The video, shared in a tweet, appears to have been edited to depict Mr Trump kissing on the cheek Anthony Fauci, a major member of the US coronavirus task group.

According to AI experts, while falsified imagery is nothing new, the speed of growth in the generative AI sector and the potential for misuse are cause for alarm.

Google stated that it will continue investing in technology to detect and delete such content.

SOURCE – (BBC)

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Jason Aldean Will Honor Toby Keith With A Performance At The 2024 ACM Awards

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The time has arrived to lift the red Solo cup. Jason Aldean will honor the late Toby Keith at the 2024 Academy of Country Music Awards.

The 59th ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will be held Thursday at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, just north of Dallas.

Keith has won 14 ACM Awards in his career, including the title of Entertainer of the Year twice. He died in February at the age of 62 after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.

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Jason Aldean Will Honor Toby Keith With A Performance At The 2024 ACM Awards

“I’ve been a fan of his since the beginning, and his songs are some of the first songs I played back in clubs early in my career, including the one I’ll be performing on the show,” Aldean stated. “I was fortunate to share the stage with Toby in Oklahoma last year, and it means a lot to commemorate him and properly appreciate his great career and legacy. He was one of a kind.

ACM CEO Damon Whiteside said it made sense for Aldean, the most recent artist of the decade, to honor Keith.

“The popularity, influence, and love for Toby Keith has been infinite since his passing earlier this year,” Whiteside said, adding that the academy was looking forward to meeting Keith’s family.Luke Combs leads the 2024 nominees with eight nods. For the fifth year in a row, he is nominated for both Male Artist and Entertainer of the Year.

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Jason Aldean Will Honor Toby Keith With A Performance At The 2024 ACM Awards

Megan Moroney and Morgan Wallen are next with six each, followed by Cody Johnson, Chris Stapleton, and Lainey Wilson, who all have five.

Kane Brown, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Post Malone, Parker McCollum, McEntire, Wilson, and Stapleton will all perform during the telecast. Fans can also expect unusual collaborations, such as Kelsea Ballerini and Noah Kahan, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, and Nate Smith and Avril Lavigne.

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Jason Aldean Will Honor Toby Keith With A Performance At The 2024 ACM Awards

Among the presenters are Alabama, BRELAND, Carin León, Little Big Town, and Randy Travis.

At 8 p.m. Eastern, the awards will be broadcast on Twitch Live via Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel. The red carpet feed starts at 7 p.m.

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Cisco Systems Joins Microsoft, IBM In Vatican Pledge To Ensure Ethical Use And Development Of AI

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ROME  — Cisco Systems, a prominent technology company, has recently joined Microsoft and IBM in endorsing a pledge initiated by the Vatican. This pledge aims to guarantee the ethical development and utilization of artificial intelligence for the betterment of society.

The Vatican said that Chuck Robbins, the CEO of Cisco Systems, had signed the Rome Call document and privately met with Pope Francis.

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The promise delineates fundamental principles for the ethical and conscientious utilization of AI. The statement underscores the importance of designing, utilizing, and overseeing AI systems in a manner that prioritizes and safeguards the dignity of all individuals without any form of discrimination and their surroundings. The document emphasizes the importance of transparency, inclusivity, responsibility, impartiality, and security in guiding all AI advancements.

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The document was revealed and officially endorsed during a Vatican meeting on February 28, 2020, shortly before Italy implemented strict measures due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The document’s signatories were Brad Smith from Microsoft and John Kelly III from IBM. Universities, United Nations agencies, private enterprises, and nongovernmental organizations have also agreed to participate.

Francis has advocated for an international agreement to guarantee AI’s ethical development and utilization, dedicating his yearly peace message to this subject.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, who is spearheading the AI program, approved of Cisco’s involvement. He mentioned the IT company’s proficiency in “infrastructure, security, and safeguarding of AI data and systems.”

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The global spotlight has been directed towards artificial intelligence due to the remarkable progress made by state-of-the-art systems such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT. These systems have impressed users with their capacity to generate text, photographs, and melodies that closely resemble human creations. However, the advancement of technology has also sparked concerns regarding the potential hazards it presents to employment, privacy, copyright infringement, and even human existence.

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Gmail Revolutionized Email 20 Years Ago. People Thought It Was Google’s April Fool’s Day Joke

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SAN FRANCISCO — Gmail Revolutionized Email 20 Years Ago. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google, enjoyed conducting pranks so much that they began releasing absurd ideas every April Fool’s Day shortly after founding the company more than a quarter century ago. One year ago, Google advertised a job posting for a Copernicus research center on the moon. Another year, the corporation stated it intended to launch a “scratch and sniff” capability on its search engine.

The jokes were so persistently ridiculous that people learned to dismiss them as yet another example of Google’s mischief. That’s why, on April Fool’s Day, Page and Brin decided to reveal something no one could have predicted 20 years ago.

It was Gmail, a free service with 1 gigabyte of storage per account, which seems insignificant in an era of one-terabyte iPhones. However, it sounded like an absurd amount of email capacity back then, enough to hold approximately 13,500 emails before running out of space, compared to only 30 to 60 emails in the then-leading webmail services run by Yahoo and Microsoft. This translated to 250 to 500 times greater email storage space.

Aside from the quantum leap in storage, Gmail included Google’s search capability, allowing users to easily recover a nugget from an old email, photo, or other personal information saved on the site. It also automatically tied together a series of conversations about the same topic, making everything flow like a single discussion.

“The original pitch we put together was all about the three ‘S’s” — storage, search, and speed,” said former Google executive Marissa Mayer, who worked on Gmail and other firm products before becoming Yahoo’s CEO.

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Gmail Revolutionized Email 20 Years Ago. People Thought It Was Google’s April Fool’s Day Joke

It was such a bizarre concept that, immediately after The Associated Press published a report about Gmail late on April Fool’s Day 2004, users began calling and writing the news agency to notify them that Google’s pranksters had deceived them.

“That was part of the appeal: creating a product that people won’t think is real. It transformed people’s conceptions of the types of applications that could be built within a web browser,” former Google engineer Paul Buchheit said in a recent AP interview about his work on Gmail.

It took three years to complete as part of the “Caribou” project, named after a running gag in the Dilbert comic strip. “There was something sort of absurd about the name Caribou, it just made me laugh,” said Buchheit, the company’s 23rd employee. Caribou presently employs over 180,000 people.

The Associated Press knew Google wasn’t joking about Gmail when an AP reporter was summoned from San Francisco to the company’s Mountain View, California, headquarters to witness something worth the trip.

After arriving at a still-developing corporate facility that would eventually become known as the “Googleplex,” the AP reporter was shown into a modest office where Page sat in front of his laptop computer, wearing a mischievous grin.

Page, who was only 31 years old then, went on to show off Gmail’s sleekly designed inbox and how rapidly it ran in Microsoft’s now-retired Explorer web browser. He pointed out that there was no delete button in the main control panel because it was unnecessary given Gmail’s large storage capacity and ease of search. “I think people will really enjoy this,” Page said.

As with so many other things, Page was correct. Gmail currently boasts an estimated 1.8 billion active accounts, each offering 15 gigabytes of free storage, Google Photos, and Google Drive. Even while that’s 15 times more storage than Gmail first provided, more is needed for many users, who rarely see the need to erase their accounts, as Google anticipated.

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Gmail Revolutionized Email 20 Years Ago. People Thought It Was Google’s April Fool’s Day Joke

Google, Apple, and other corporations now profit from selling additional storage capacity in their data centers as a result of the digital hoarding of email, images, and other stuff. (Google charges between $30 and $250 per year for 200 gigabytes of storage and 5 terabytes). The existence of Gmail also explains why other free email services and internal email accounts used by people at work provide significantly more storage than was anticipated 20 years ago.

“We were trying to shift the way people had been thinking because people were working in this model of storage scarcity for so long that deleting became a default action,” Buchheit told me.

Gmail was a major changer in various ways, including serving as the first building stone in the growth of Google’s online empire outside its still-dominant search engine.

Following Gmail came Google Maps and Google Docs, which included word processing and spreadsheet apps. Then came the acquisition of video site YouTube, followed by the release of the Chrome browser and the Android operating system, which powers the majority of the world’s smartphones. With Gmail’s open objective to scan email content to better understand users’ interests, Google also made it clear that digital spying to sell more advertising would be part of its expanding ambitions.

Despite its instant popularity, Gmail began with a limited scope since Google only had adequate computational resources to accommodate a small number of users.

“When we launched, we only had 300 machines, and they were really old machines that no one else wanted,” Buchheit recalled, laughing. “We only had enough capacity for 10,000 users, which is a little absurd.”

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Gmail Revolutionized Email 20 Years Ago. People Thought It Was Google’s April Fool’s Day Joke

However, the scarcity generated an air of exclusivity around Gmail, resulting in the intense desire for elusive invitations to sign up. Invitations to open a Gmail account used to sell for $250 each on eBay. “It became a bit like a social currency, where people would go, ‘Hey, I got a Gmail invite, you want one?'” Buchheit told me.

Although signing up for Gmail became easier as more of Google’s huge data centers went online, the business started accepting all new users when it opened the floodgates as a Valentine’s Day gift to the world in 2007.

A few weeks later, on April Fool’s Day 2007, Google announced a new tool called “Gmail Paper” that allows customers to have Google print off their email archive on “94% post-consumer organic soybean sputum” and then have it delivered to them via the Postal Service. Google was genuinely joking at the time.

 

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