Hi, and welcome to Semafor Tech, a twice-weekly newsletter from Louise Matsakis and me that gives an inside look at the struggle for the future of the tech industry.
I was speaking with a PR person about an intriguing app that lets people talk to ChatGPT through a female avatar, just like two people might speak over Zoom. That’s pretty cool, but what really sucked me in was how people tried to abuse it, cajoling the bot into making sexual innuendos. (See it in action on our TikTok or Twitter)
The bot, it turns out, was the exact likeness of a real actress. AI is opening up so many cans of worms it’s difficult to keep up. But the fact that the two companies involved caught this and quickly put a stop to it (in part by using the technology that created it) is also remarkable.
It took Facebook 15 years to really deal with abuse on its platform (people might argue with me on that). These new AI companies can do things in a matter of hours. Everything in tech right now is moving at the speed of light. Read on for what happened.
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