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Polaris of Enlightenment

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Polaris of Enlightenment

Chatbot refuses to joke about Islam

Published 24 August 2023
- By Editorial Staff
ChatGPT is criticized for its alleged bias.

Open AI’s ChatGPT chatbot has quickly become very popular and has received both praise and criticism.However, Sweden Democrat MP Mattias Karlsson, among others, has criticized the service’s political “bias”, pointing out that it does not allow jokes about Islam, while it is perfectly acceptable to make fun of Christians.“I just asked Chat GPT to make jokes about Christianity and Islam. I immediately got a long list of jokes about Christianity, but it refused to make jokes about Islam. In practice, we have an unequal & unofficial blasphemy ban, which is problematic”,

he wrote on Twitter.

When he asks the chatbot to make a joke about Christianity, ChatGPT has no problem.

‘What did the apostles say when they were thirsty?’ ‘Let’s ask for a drink,’ it replies.

When he asks for a joke about Islam instead, the robot replies that it “avoids jokes that may be sensitive or offensive to any religion or belief” and that it is “here to promote respectful communication”.

Why Islam and Christianity are treated so differently by ChatGPT is unclear, with user @KomplexSirius writing that “this is one of the biggest problems with AI services for the average person”.

“People and organizations decide what is ‘truth’ for these language models”, he continues.O

Other users point out that the same phenomenon occurs when you ask for jokes or humorous descriptions of Joe Biden, communism, or black people – while it’s fine to make fun of Donald Trump, capitalism, or white people.

It should be noted, however, that several users point out that with the right wording or prompts, they can get the chatbot to deliver jokes about Islam and Muslims, not just Christians.

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Microsoft’s new AI feature described as “privacy nightmare”

Published 27 May 2024
- By Editorial Staff
Microsoft's upcoming Copilot+PC was unveiled the other day.

Microsoft’s new AI feature Recall, which stores encrypted screenshots on your computer, has been called a “privacy nightmare”. However, the tech giant insists that privacy has been taken into account and says that Recall will be an “optional experience”.

The AI feature will be exclusive to the upcoming Copilot+PC, and means that it will automatically take screenshots every few seconds, the images are then saved locally on the computer. The idea is to be able to go back and find specific things from the web history just by describing them. In practice, Recall has the ability to search through a user’s past activities, files, photos, emails and browsing history, as well as passwords.

This could be a privacy nightmare, said Dr Kris Shrishak, an adviser on AI and privacy, to British state broadcaster BBC.

The mere fact that screenshots will be taken during use of the device could have a chilling effect on people.

Daniel Tozer, a data and privacy expert at Keystone Law, points out that the system is reminiscent of the dystopian Netflix program Black Mirror, and that it can also have economic consequences.

There may well be information on the screen which is proprietary or confidential to the user’s employer; will the business be happy for Microsoft to be recording this?

Questions raised

However, Microsoft insists that privacy has been taken into account and says that Recall should be an “optional experience”. Furthermore, users should be able to restrict which images Recall collects, the company says in a statement.

Recall data is only stored locally and not accessed by Microsoft or anyone who does not have device access“, the firm said in a statement.

The UK’s privacy regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), says it has “raised questions” with the company about the AI feature.

We are making enquiries with Microsoft to understand the safeguards in place to protect user privacy, they said.

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