Using AI to rank resumes

Open source Grok, Sam is back on board, Biden wants to ban AI voice cloning, and more

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  • 🥇 Using AI to rank resumes

  • 📖 xAI will open source Grok

  • 🥹 Sam Altman is back on OpenAI board

  •  Biden calls for ban on AI voice impersonations

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Using AI to rank resumes

A recent Bloomberg investigation revealed that OpenAI's GPT 3.5, a generative AI model, shows racial biases in hiring scenarios. This finding raises concerns as more businesses, including those using LinkedIn's Gen AI assistant, integrate AI tools into their hiring processes, potentially perpetuating racism. The study involved assigning demographically distinct names to identical resumes and observing GPT 3.5's preference for certain demographics over others in 1,000 ranking trials.

Results indicated a bias towards specific racial and gender groups, with the AI favoring female names for traditionally female-dominated roles and showing a 36% lower preference for Black women in technical positions. Despite OpenAI stating that this does not reflect the typical use of their software, the investigation, which consulted various experts, underscores the ethical dangers of relying on generative AI without addressing its biases.


xAI will open source Grok

Elon Musk's AI startup xAI plans to open source Grok, its ChatGPT competitor, amid a lawsuit Musk filed against OpenAI for deviating from its original open-source commitment. Grok, introduced last year, offers features like access to real-time information and non-PC views, available with X's $16 monthly subscription.

Musk alleges OpenAI has become a profit-focused, closed-source subsidiary of Microsoft, betraying its mission to benefit all of humanity. By open-sourcing Grok, xAI joins other firms like Meta and Mistral in promoting transparency in AI development. Musk, a longtime advocate of open source, has previously open-sourced Tesla patents and Twitter algorithms, reaffirming his stance against what he sees as OpenAI's departure from its founding principles.


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Sam Altman is back on OpenAI board

Sam Altman is back in charge at OpenAI, not just as CEO but also as a board director, after a brief period where he was removed due to trust issues. He's joined by three new board members: Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Nicole Seligman, and Fidji Simo, all successful women in business. Their appointments came after an investigation found that removing Altman wasn't necessary.

Altman has said he's glad this chapter is over and admitted to learning from his mistakes, particularly regarding a disagreement with former board member Helen Toner. This shake-up aims to put OpenAI on a steady course, focusing on its goal of developing AI technology like ChatGPT and Dall-E for the good of everyone.


Biden calls for ban on AI voice impersonations

During his State of the Union address, President Biden highlighted a concern within the entertainment and tech industries about AI voice impersonations, proposing a ban on them. He touched on a variety of issues for potential future legislation, including tougher fentanyl trafficking penalties, privacy laws to safeguard children online, and the utilization of AI for protection.

While specifics on regulations or penalties for AI misuse were not detailed, this move reflects increasing awareness of AI's impact. The issue has previously been a focal point for SAG-AFTRA, the actors' union, which has negotiated for consent and compensation regarding AI's use in replicating actors’ likenesses and voices, without prohibiting AI-generated "synthetic" performers.

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