Issue #13 - If you create an AGI that destroys humanity, I'll be forced to revoke your license

May 21, 2023
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In This Issue

  • US Senators and OpenAI agree that the US government should be able to issue a license to train an artificial general intelligence and revoke it if it destroys humanity. A flawless plan.
  • BT announced plans to cut 40,000 and 55,000 jobs by 2030. They feel that bullish about generative AI.
  • SEC Chair warns that the next financial crisis might be caused by generative AI and not Robinhood disabling the buy button again.
  • The CNET overworked journalists don’t seem relieved at all that AI has started writing articles on their behalf.
  • Quiz: let’s say that your dart is an AI. How many figurines can you hit on a dartboard depicting 100 professions?
  • A psychiatrist starts using ChatGPT to describe patients’ mental health. Now she can make $300 / hour without even saying a word.
  • Philosopher Daniel Dennett suggests that our society might be on the verge of collapse if generative AI is allowed to pose as real people. Everybody else thought that human trust is overrated.
  • You can now rent a synthetic clone of a real woman and pretend she’s your girlfriend. But we are well-mannered people and we don’t use forbidden words to describe the practice.

P.s.: the new Splendid Edition of Synthetic Work is out: Hey, great news, you potentially are a problem gambler.

Inside it, we discover what KPMG, The US Air Force, Flutter Entertainment, Entain, New Balance, and The Wildlife Conservation Society are doing with AI.

In the Prompting section, we also discover how AI can help solve the You don’t know what you don’t know problem.

The Splendid Edition of Synthetic Work is a weekly report written by a former Fortune 1000 tech executive and Gartner analyst on:

  • how your peers are using AI in your industry (Education, Finance, Government, Health Care, Media & Entertainment, Tech, etc.)
  • what are life-changing AI tools that can enhance your productivity at work (tested or used by me personally)
  • why and when to use specific techniques (like prompting) to improve your interaction with the AI
  • how you can use AI to perform tasks that matter in your profession
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For the first time since I launched Synthetic Work, you are receiving this newsletter on a Sunday, rather than on a Friday. That’s because, after being busy for almost 5 months building this project and missing every holiday on the UK calendar (or US calendar, or Italian calendar, etc.), I was offered the possibility to see in person the world-famous The Japanese Footbridge captured in Claude Monet’s masterpiece.

As an art lover and collector, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to know how it feels to be on that bridge. And so I travelled from London to Paris to Giverny for part of this week.

And this is how it feels to be on that bridge:

I’m confident you care absolutely nothing about any of this, but I thought that, as a loyal reader, you deserve an explanation about why you didn’t get your newsletter the day you were promised.

But perhaps you like a late Sunday delivery? If so, let me know by replying to this email.

And now, let’s talk about the things that matter. This week was intense.

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