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January 9, 2024

‘Impossible’ to create AI tools like ChatGPT without copyrighted material, OpenAI says 

  • OpenAI has said it would be impossible to create tools like ChatGPT without access to copyrighted material.
  • It comes after growing pressure on AI firms regarding the content used to train their products.
  • Last month, the New York Times sued OpenAI and Microsoft, which is a leading investor in OpenAI and uses its tools in its products, accusing them of “unlawful use” of its work to create their products.
  • In a submission to the House of Lords communications and digital select committee, OpenAI said it could not train large language models without access to copyrighted material.
  • OpenAI also reported that limiting training materials to out-of-copyright books and drawings would produce inadequate AI systems.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

Apple pays out over claims it deliberately slowed down iPhones 

  • Apple is now making payments in a prolonged US class action lawsuit related to deliberate iPhone slowdowns, dating back to December 2017 when the company confirmed this practice.
  • Apple claimed that as batteries aged, their performance decreased, and so the “slowdown” lengthened the phones’ lifespan.
  • However, it was accused of decreasing performance of iPhones without informing the customers, leading to legal action at the time.
  • Apple has previously called the lawsuit “baseless” and said “we have never – and would never – do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”
  • The US legal action ensued, and during the settlement, initial estimates suggested individuals might receive as little as $25 each; however, the actual payout seems to be nearly four times that amount.
  • In the UK, Apple lost a bid to block a similar mass action lawsuit last November.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

List of alleged drug dealers linked to crime gang ‘The Firm’ posted online following suicide of young person

  • The suicide of a vulnerable young person has sparked an online campaign against approximately 20 alleged drug dealers.
  • A detailed list, including names, phone numbers, and car registrations, accuses Co Armagh residents of drug dealing and criminal activities.
  • The list is one of many circulating in the last year.
  • However, this latest list, specifically names individuals it alleges are linked to The Firm, a cross-community drug gang operating in the Lurgan and Portadown area.
  • Last year’s suicide of a young man has sparked outrage, as his family revealed he faced intense pressure due to a drug debt to a member of The Firm, leading to threats of violence.
  • The gang has been accused of supplying the area with high potency and highly addictive prescription medication as well as involvement in the trade in cocaine and heroin.
  • The list also includes offences, such as the sexual exploitation of underage girls who do not have the money to pay for the drugs upfront.
  • Former police officer turned online safety expert Jim Gamble said those creating the lists could find themselves also being investigated: “No one supports anyone involved in drug dealing and criminality, but there is no way of verifying the credibility of the information, the allegations or indeed of the intent of those people creating these lists.”
  • He continued: “I would say those creating these online posts are lowering themselves to the level of those they think they are exposing and at worst committing a criminal offence themselves.”
  • Mr Gamble stated: “Anyone with genuine concerns and information should do the right thing and pass it to police.”
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.