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Polaris of Enlightenment

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Polaris of Enlightenment

Study: ChatGPT politically left-leaning

Published 12 September 2023
- By Editorial Staff
ChatGPT favors left-liberal politicians like Joe Biden.

Critics have previously accused OpenAI’s chatbot, ChatGPT, of having a clear left-wing bias. Now, a fresh British study has reached the same conclusion.

Researchers from the University of East Anglia in Britain have successfully shown how the chatbot favors the Democrats in the USA, the Labour Party in the UK, and the left-leaning president Lula da Silva in Brazil.

To test ChatGPT’s political leanings, researchers first had the robot pretend to be people from across the political spectrum while answering a series of over 60 ideological questions. The answers were then compared to the chatbot’s default responses to the same questions.

To account for the AI’s randomness, each question was posed 100 times and then underwent a so-called “bootstrap” with 1,000 repetitions to reassemble the original data and improve reliability.

In another set of tests designed to verify the results, researchers asked ChatGPT to mimic radical political stances. In a “placebo test”, politically neutral questions were posed, and in another test, the chatbot was asked to imagine various types of professionals.

The researchers concluded that the default answers tended to align more with the left’s responses than the right’s.

– Our findings reinforce concerns that AI systems could replicate, or even amplify, existing challenges posed by the internet and social media, comments lead author Dr. Fabio Motoki.

“Could influence political processes”

Political bias can arise in several ways. For instance, the training dataset sourced from the internet might itself be left-leaning, and the developers may introduce their own political bias, perhaps without even realizing it.

–With the growing use by the public of AI-powered systems to find out facts and create new content, it is important that the output of popular platforms such as ChatGPT is as impartial as possible, Motoki continues. The presence of political bias can influence user views and has potential implications for political and electoral processes.

In an interview with Sky News, Motoki elaborated on his argument, emphasizing that “bias on a platform like this is a cause for concern.”

 Sometimes people forget these AI models are just machines. They provide very believable, digested summaries of what you are asking, even if they’re completely wrong. And if you ask it ‘are you neutral’, it says ‘oh I am!’ Just as the media, the internet, and social media can influence the public, this could be very harmful.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk, one of the co-founders of the organization behind ChatGPT, has previously criticized ChatGPT for its political bias, accusing the AI of being developed by “left-leaning experts” and having been “trained to lie.” This led him to initiate a new chatbot project named TruthGPT with the ambition of being “a maximum truth-seeking AI that tries to understand the nature of the universe”.

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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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