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Tech News Amuse
February 2023

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A chatbot suing a student, self-driving robot taxis in Las Vegas and an AI that counts bees and bugs – find this and more in February's Tech News Amuse!

by Tabea Ulla Thor

The main players in this edition of the Tech News Amuse are clearly: chatbots.

While ChatGPT, the revolutionary chatbot from OpenAI, is breaking records in terms of user numbers, but at the same time possibly violates EU data protection directives, the Bing chatbot threatens a student with publishing his private data.

Furthermore, I tested whether ChatGPT could actually take over my job as a satire columnist ... Spoiler alert: I'm not too worried.

Before I reveal any more: Enjoy the most important news about data and AI from the past month!

Our tech news overview of February:


Businessinsider lists 10 professions that could be replaced by AI in the future

The list includes teachers, computer scientists, graphic designers and accountants.

To test how safe my job as a gag writer is here, I asked the new Bing AI to write a gag about the article.

I think you'll have to agree that I will keep my job for the time being ...


ChatGPT is the fastest growing online service so far

The service has reached 100 million monthly users after just 2 months, which took TikTok 9 months and Instagram 2.5 years.

And the records continue to pile up: ChatGPT also produced its first data protection scandal faster than the other services:


ChatGPT could be in breach of EU data protection directives

The issue here is that the AI also used content from, for example, social media for learning, for which OpenAI never obtained the consent of the creators.

OpenAI's best hope is that the relevant judge will ask ChatGPT for an assessment of the legal situation.


Bing chatbot threatens students

The Munich student Marvin von Hagen published the rules of the Microsoft AI "Sydney", whereupon it accused him of hacking it and threatened to destroy his life and career by publishing private information.

No other "behavior" could show more clearly that this AI was trained with data from social media.


Germany's IT industry fears being left behind in AI development

It lags way behind countries like the US and China due to a lack of mainframes and investment.

This is what a dramatic cry for help says – faxed to the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.



That's what Rudraksh Bhawalkar, Global Delivery Lead for Accenture's internal Responsible AI program, talks about in the sixth episode of our TechTalk Audio on Responsible AI.

Listen to the 8-minute audio contribution here.

Aggressive tweets are often sent from train stations

This is what the Kyoto Institute of Technology found in an analysis of geographical data.

Let's just say, regular Deutsche Bahn customers are not very surprised by this finding.


Amazon subsidiary Zoox to test self-driving robot taxis soon in Las Vegas

After semi-successful tests on its Californian premises, the company is planning to soon deploy them in the spectacular desert city.

The advantage: if the taxis don't bring their customers to their desired destination quite as reliably, the company simply wants to advertise the rides as a new kind of gambling.


ChatGPT passes medical exam

The chatbot achieved the required minimum score in the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).

Since then, ChatGPT has only been available to patients with health insurance with very long waiting times.


Telekom adopts manifesto on AI ethics

The aim is to ensure that the use of AI technologies in the company protects the data of employees and their fundamental rights.

In a next step, the company wants to regulate that despite the use of AI technologies in customer service, the usual waiting time is maintained in the case of complaints and that generally no service employees can be reached who are allowed to make decisions independently.


Insect counting in the AI research project for schools

The KInsecta research project offers applications for teaching biology, physics and computer science. With the help of sensor technology and AI, insects in nature can be recorded and counted.

A similar AI for sheep stopped counting after a certain period of time for previously unknown reasons.


The Format

*Our "Feuill-IT-on" format is created in collaboration with the two freelance writers Tobias Lauterbach und Daniel Al-Kabbani who occasionally contribute to the satire platform "Der Postillon". Under the pseudonyms Strigalt von Entf, and Tabea Ulla Thor they report on current events from the world of technology – always with a wink! ;-)


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