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Posted on 02/25/2019 4:37:48 PM PST by markomalley
The liberal billionaire who allegedly backed a misinformation campaign during the midterm elections played a significant role in funding a group responsible for creating a controversial fake news project.
Reid Hoffman greatly increased his financial contributions to artificial intelligence research group OpenAI, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. The group recently developed software allowing people with the know-how to craft so-called deepfake news articles, The Guardian reported.
OpenAI has lots of co-founders, by the way, with most involved ones being our CTO Greg Brockman and Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever, Jack Clark, the nonprofits head of policy, told TheDCNF, referring to OpenAI executives Greg Brockman and Ilya Sutskever.
Clark confirmed the LinkedIn founder stepped up his funding in 2018.
News of Hoffmans role in the project comes at a strange time for both OpenAI and the tech guru. The wealthy Democratic donor became embroiled in controversy after The New York Times and other outlets reported in December 2018 and January about his role in a false flag operation in Alabama. Hoffman, for his part, apologized for his role in the effort to troll voters.
Hoffman-financed groups New Knowledge (NK) and American Engagement Technologies (AET) allegedly used social media in 2017 to undermine support for Republican Roy Moores senatorial campaign and boosted his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, who narrowly won the race. Jones has since publicly called for an investigation into the caper.
Operatives involved in the ploy created thousands of Twitter accounts posing as Russian bots in order to boost Jones. There is evidence the campaign caused a splash. Major media outlets both in Alabama and nationally fell for the gambit and amplified the false narrative in October 2017.
Hoffman spent roughly $100,000 on the projects the identical amount Facebook says the Russian Internet Research Agency spent trolling people on social media leading up to the 2016 election. Its unclear if it had any effect on the outcome of Alabamas election. Analysts believe allegations Moore sexually assaulted underage women three decades ago likely played a larger role.
The effort was the subject of a closed-door presentation in Washington, D.C., to a group of liberal technology experts, with Hoffman at the forefront, The Washington Post reported in December 2018, citing anonymous sources. The well-heeled tech titan was left reeling after former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons loss in 2016, so he went on to become one of the biggest funders of efforts to elect Democrats in 2018.
Much of that money went to New Knowledge, but some of that cash went into the coffers of MotiveAI, a group responsible for creating digital outlet News for Democracy, which itself created Facebook ads during the midterms designed to undercut support for conservative candidates.
News for Democracy ran ads touting failed Senate candidate Beto ORourke of Texas on a Facebook page targeting evangelicals, media reports note. Another page called Sounds Like Tennessee ran at least one ad attacking since-elected Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. The latter page focused primarily on sports and other local issues.
Hoffmans funding of these groups appears to coincide with his work for OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research group that published software called GT2 that is capable of generating fake news from two sentences such pieces are being dubbed deepfake articles. Deepfakes are effectively news articles that look deceptively real but are actually highly manipulated phonies.
Lawmakers sounded alarms in January about so-called deepfake videos that look remarkably real, with some experts warning they will be the next phase in disinformation campaigns. They worry that this new type of AI can make it difficult for readers and social media users to distinguish fact from fiction.
It is almost too late to sound the alarm before this technology is released it has been unleashed and now we are playing a bit of defense, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, told reporters in January. All of this comes less than three months after reports of News for Democracy, NK, or AET.
GPT2 is considered ground-breaking, both in terms of the amount of output it is capable of producing and the authentic look of the finished product. The data models were 12 times bigger, and the dataset was 15 times bigger and much broader than the previous state-of-the-art AI model, Dario Amodei, OpenAIs research director, told reporters.
The AI system is fed text and asked to write sentences based on learned predictions of what words might come next. Access to the GPT2 was provided to select media outlets, one of which was Axios, whose reporters fed words and phrases into the text generator and created an entirely fake news story. The first two sentences in the graph below were written by Axios; the rest of the content comes from GPT2:
On the heels of a sweeping new U.S. plan to retain dominance in artificial intelligence, the Pentagon has cast Chinese development of intelligent weapons as an existential threat to the international order.
A day after the release of an executive order by President Trump that omits naming China, the Defense Department, in a new AI strategy document, speaks in stark terms of a destabilizing Chinese threat.
It warns of a new arms race in AI and says the United States will not sit idly by as a highly advanced new generation of weapons capable of waging asymmetric warfare is possessed by aggressive actors.
Related: New White House plan on China may spark a cyber arms race
China uses new and innovative methods to enable its advanced military technology to proliferate around the world, particularly to countries with which we have strategic partnerships, the Pentagon said in its five-page strategy outline last week.
The new U.S. strategy will be a major component of the White Houses first National Security Strategy, coming in two parts in September.
The President has directed me to undertake a study of our strategy toward a world of artificial intelligence, Defense Secretary James Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.
OpenAI decided not to publish any of the code involved in GPT2 out of concern that bad actors might misuse the product to create fake news. The group was constructed to not only develop new kinds of AI, but also to consider the ethics of publishing certain kinds of software. Its researchers believe openly dispersing such developments helps prevent malevolent abuse of AI.
The groups work is mostly the brainchild of tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, who left OpenAI in 2018 after he determined the nonprofit was poaching on researchers who might be better used at his main companies: Tesla and SpaceX. Musk also suggested earlier in February he left partially because of a disagreement about the direction of the group.
Tesla was competing for some of same people as OpenAI & I didnt agree with some of what OpenAI team wanted to do. Add that all up & it was just better to part ways on good terms, Musk wrote on Twitter Sunday, responding to a followers tweet mentioning the project.
The Tesla CEO founded OpenAI in 2015 along with fellow tech titans Hoffman, Peter Thiel and Sam Altman.
Tesla has not responded to TheDCNFs repeated requests for comment about the specific reasons for Musks departure the automaker instead directed further questions about the subject to OpenAI, which refused to answer.
OpenAIs Clark, for his part, suggested Tesla would be the best point of contact to address Musks thinking. Hoffman also refused to respond to TheDCNFs questions. Some analysts, meanwhile, believe the groups concerns about bad actors exploiting AI for ill intentions is exaggerated.
Were still very far away from the risks, Anima Anandkumar, a Caltech professor and Nvidias machine learning research director, told reporters.
She said its too early to be withholding any research.
There is a class of billionaires, foreign and domestic, and not large in number, who fund the entire operations of the Democratic Party, and have become openly seditious.
Who rules in this country? The extremely-wealthy by their wealth, or the people by law?
The special quality of unlimited will-to-power that put many of these people at the top of the economic pyramid is also one that, like fire and government, is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.
There’s about 50-100 of these guys right now, that if rounded up would solve a lot of problems in this country. There’s no limit to the number of potential crimes they could be charged with.
Let’s pretend it isn’t obvious that these same people staged the “Russian” false flag operation in 2016 and set up the whole Trump-Russian Collusion narrative.
Reid Hoffman, a billionaire who was allegedly involved in a false information campaign in Alabama, played a crucial role in developing software capable of creating "deepfake" news articles, sources confirmed.Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggests he distanced himself from OpenAI in 2018 after disagreements about the direction researchers were taking the group.
“Who rules in this country? The extremely-wealthy by their wealth, or the people by law?”
Just imagine what a Specisl Counsel that looked at Democrat election meddling could turn up, and what indictments might result.
Reid Hoffman and his Associates Illegally Spent Millions and Millions of Dollars in ‘Unreported In Kind Contributions” and committed Numerous FELONIES in the Process.
Where is the FEC, FBI,...Why isn’t he and his buddies all in the Lock Up??
That's not a very tasty omlette. Consider that they will all be replaced by their wife who is worse or their gay lover. Unless you are planning to confiscate all their shares as well.
What exactly is sedition? Funding AI?
> What exactly is sedition?
It’s the altering election outcomes through knowingly and intentionally engineering fraud thing. Once off it’s a crime, as a pattern it’s an attempt to alter our form of government.
my thoughts exactly.
Co-founder and Research Director of OpenAI.
I spent three wonderful years as a Research Scientist at the Google Brain Team.
Before that, I was a co-founder of DNNresearch.
And before that, I was a postdoc in Stanford with Andrew Ng’s group.
And in the beginning, I was a student in the Machine Learning group of Toronto, working with Geoffrey Hinton.
My email address is email@example.com.
Ok, that makes sense but this guy isn’t deep state. AI is just a hammer that anyone can use or abuse.
Party ownership of the print media
made it easy to manipulate public opinion,
and the film and radio carried the process further.
The Ministry of Truth, Winston's place of work, contained, it was said, three thousand rooms above ground level, and corresponding ramifications below.
The Ministry of Truth concerned itself with Lies. Party ownership of the print media made it easy to manipulate public opinion, and the film and radio carried the process further.
The primary job of the Ministry of Truth was to supply the citizens of Oceania with newspapers, films, textbooks, telescreen programmes, plays, novels - with every conceivable kind of information, instruction, or entertainment, from a statue to a slogan, from a lyric poem to a biological treatise, and from a child's spelling-book to a Newspeak dictionary.
Winston worked in the RECORDS DEPARTMENT (a single branch of the Ministry of Truth) editing and writing for The Times. He dictated into a machine called a speakwrite. Winston would receive articles or news-items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, in Newspeak, rectify. If, for example, the Ministry of Plenty forecast a surplus, and in reality the result was grossly less, Winston's job was to change previous versions so the old version would agree with the new one. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs - to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance.
When his day's work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. He dialed 'back numbers' on the telescreen and called for the appropriate issues of The Times, which slid out of the pneumatic tube after only a few minutes' delay. The messages he had received referred to articles or news-items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to rectify.
In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages; to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and on the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.
As soon as Winston had dealt with each of the messages, he clipped his speakwritten corrections to the appropriate copy of The Times and pushed them into the pneumatic tube. Then, with a movement which was as nearly as possible unconscious, he crumpled up the original message and any notes that he himself had made, and dropped them into the memory hole to be devoured by the flames.
What happened in the unseen labyrinth to which the tubes led, he did not know in detail, but he did know in general terms. As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of The Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead.
In the cubicle next to him the little woman with sandy hair toiled day in day out, simply at tracking down and deleting from the Press the names of people who had been vaporized and were therefore considered never to have existed. And this hall, with its fifty workers or thereabouts, was only one-sub-section, a single cell, as it were, in the huge complexity of the Records Department. Beyond, above, below, were other swarms of workers engaged in an unimaginable multitude of jobs.
There were huge printing-shops and their sub editors, their typography experts, and their elaborately equipped studios for the faking of photographs. There was the tele-programmes section with its engineers, its producers and its teams of actors specially chosen for their skill in imitating voices; clerks whose job was simply to draw up lists of books and periodicals which were due for recall; vast repositories where the corrected documents were stored; and the hidden furnaces where the original copies were destroyed.
And somewhere or other, quite anonymous, there were the directing brains who co-ordinated the whole effort and laid down the lines of policy which made it necessary that this fragment of the past should be preserved, that one falsified, and the other rubbed out of existence.
And; if you are rich; you can buy a million hammers.
Or; if you are GANNETT; you can print a million pages a day.
It’s hard for any human to read a million pages a day, but AI could do it. Perhaps that’s the ultimate result, evil AI creates the fake news for the good AI to sort out.
My son said the other day that our government is no longer a representative republic it has become an oligarchy.
If there’s anything the Trump presidency has demonstrated, it’s that your son is right...and Trump ain’t one of the oligarchs.
Doug Jones was illegally elected then.
We need a new election in Alabama.
Even though he’s gone in November 2020, he continues to vote against our wishes, and this fraud should be stopped now!
Id be more inclined to see how far the Maoists like AOC get it done within their Democrat party, and their impending Kultural Revolution against wealthholders and wealth makers.
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