UK’S TECH SECRETARY ANNOUNCES £8.5 MILLION FUNDING TO ENSURE AI SAFETY

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UK’S TECH SECRETARY ANNOUNCES £8.5 MILLION FUNDING TO ENSURE AI SAFETY – Researchers to receive grants to study how to protect society from AI risks 

Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan announced that the UK government will offer grants to researchers to study how to protect society from AI risks such as deep fakes and cyberattacks.

The programme will be led within the UK government’s pioneering AI Safety Institute and the new grants programme is designed to broaden the Institute’s remit to include the emerging field of ‘systemic AI safety’, which aims to understand how to mitigate the impacts of AI at a societal level. 

One of such dangerous impacts is how actress Scarlett Johansson’s voice was allegedly recreated by OpenAI without her consent for their new ChatGPT system. 

The CEO of open AI approached Ms Johansson to voice the current ChatGPT 4.0 system last September but Johansson declined for personal reasons, she said in a statement. Even though she declined the offer, nine months later, Johansson’s attention was drawn to how much OpenAI’s Sky voice sounded like her.

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