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January 17th, 2024

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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OpenAI doesn’t want to generate election misinformation

The Future. Following in the footsteps of rivals like Google and Meta, OpenAI announced several new guidelines for how its tools can be used in the run-up to this year’s global elections. But with the changes still in process, it’s possible that AI-generated misinformation could go viral before a red flag is ever raised.

Deepfake delegates
OpenAI is getting serious about how its tools could negatively impact upcoming elections in the US, Mexico, India, Indonesia, and South Africa.

  • Users are no longer allowed to create deepfakes of “real people” (i.e., candidates or elected officials) or “institutions” (i.e., local governments or state agencies).

  • The firm’s tools can’t be used for campaigns or lobbying, including chatbots or other apps — meaning no one can pull deepfake stunts like South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol’s to win the presidency.

  • And making apps that aim to disrupt the democratic process or even discourage voting is now a big no-no.

  • OpenAI is also embedding AI-generated images with digital credentials developed by the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA), which makes it easier for people to check if an image was manipulated.

And to avoid the potential for ChatGPT hallucinations, OpenAI will re-route voting questions in the US to CanIVote.org (which is run by the National Association of Secretaries of State) and attribute other election-adjacent information to new outlets or provide a menu of links to visit.

It’s clear that OpenAI really doesn’t want to be in the hot seat post-election like Facebook was after the last election.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Group huddle // Illustration by Kait Cunniff with Midjourney

The group chat has blown up

The Future. Group chats are changing the conversation in the age of social media, giving people connection in a way that’s inherently more authentic, private, and casual. But as group texts become the go-to places for… well… social media, app developers might build messaging platforms filled with too many bells and whistles in an effort to give access to advertisers.

Circle of trust
The unique nature of conversation in a group chat is redefining what it means to be constantly online, argues Sophie Haigney for NYT.

  • Group chats are like having multiple specific and curated conversations that serve different purposes — like gossip, check-ins, or just sending memes.

  • Their privacy means who’s not included is just as important as who is, creating spaces where speech is allowed to be unfiltered and unpolished.

  • They’re also streams that can go on without your input, making them a casual place to dip in and out of whenever it works for your schedule.

  • Talking in them has their own shorthand based on group dynamics, with GIFs, emojis, and reactions being perfectly acceptable.

Put together, group chats are microcosms for all the little communities that we make for ourselves — consistent but multi-faceted extensions of ourselves and our interests. Just without the pressure of performing on social media.

The hardest part is just figuring out what to name the group chat.

So, now we want to hear from you…

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“I lived alone for 20 years and had a really good time getting to know myself. I now live happily with my partner, and I feel blessed that we have found each other. We were whole before we met and being together is pretty spectacular.”

“I live alone, and it’s heaven! I didn’t realize I could be creating content about it, though!”

“I miss living alone (married with a three-year-old).”

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FASHION

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Ministry of Supply weaves a heat-shaping 4D dress

The Future. American fashion label Ministry of Supply has partnered with MIT’s Self-Assembly Line on a dress that’s essentially a blank canvas for whatever the customer wants at that very moment. You just have to apply some heat. Once it’s ready for a full roll-out, the new marker of sustainability will be owning just a handful of pieces that can be continually customized for any occasion.

Size to fit
Ministry of Supply is stocking up on a dress that’s made to order.

  • The gray, sleeveless dress — the newest addition to the label’s 4D knit line — looks like “a baggy, loose-fitting shift dress that can be worn as-is,” per Fast Company.

  • But, when blasted by a heat gun, the dress can be reshaped into whatever style the customer wants and resized to fit.

  • The dress is made with a combination of “active yarn and viscose yarn (made from wood pulp), so it’s both functional and comfortable (it reportedly feels like cotton cashmere).

Currently, the dress is being “piloted” by 20 Ministry of Supply customers. Once it’s ready to be commercialized, company co-founder and CEO Gihan Amarasiriwardena believes that it’ll cost somewhere between $200 and $300, and it’ll bring down costs for the brand since they’ll be able to hold stock that’s, technically, all the same size.

And for those wondering, yes, it’s dryer safe.

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Highlights

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Creator Economy

  • Artifact, the news app created by Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, is shuttering after just one year in operation. Read More → theinformation

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Today’s email was written by David Vendrell.
Edited by Boye Akolade. Copy edited by Kait Cunniff.
Published by Darline Salazar.

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