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PayPal is building an ad network based on your Venmo data

The Verge: “PayPal is launching an advertising platform built on a trove of customer transaction data. The company’s new advertising business will encompass purchase information and customer spending habits from PayPal and its sister app Venmo, according to The Wall Street Journal. PayPal has brought on Mark Grether, the former vice president and general manager of Uber Advertising, to lead its advertising business. “If you’re someone who’s buying products on the web, we know who is buying the products where, and we can leverage the data,” Grether said in a statement to the WSJ. He also said that PayPal will receive shopping data from customers using its credit card in stores. A PayPal spokesperson tells the WSJ that the company will collect data from customers by default while also offering the ability to opt out. When asked about the kinds of data PayPal will collect, spokesperson Taylor Watson told The Verge that the advertising platform is still in “early stages” and that the company doesn’t have “definitive answers” yet. “Alongside the advertising business, PayPal will build transparent, easy-to-use privacy controls,” Watson says…”

Google Researchers Say AI Now Leading Disinformation Vector

404 Media – and Are Severely Undercounting the Problem – “As an endless stream of entirely wrong and sometimes dangerous AI-generated answers from Google are going viral on social media, new research from Google researchers and several fact checking organizations have found that most image-based disinformation is now AI-generated, but the way researchers collected their… Continue Reading

RAG and Hallucination-Free Legal Research Tools

Github Blog: “What is retrieval-augmented generation, and what does it do for generative AI? Here’s how retrieval-augmented generation, or RAG, uses a variety of data sources to keep AI models fresh with up-to-date information and organizational knowledge.” Via LinkedIn – An Honest conversation about RAG and Hallucination-Free Legal Research Tools – “…We are smack-dab in… Continue Reading

Google scrambles to manually remove weird AI answers in search

The Verge: “…Google continues to say that its AI Overview product largely outputs “high quality information” to users. “Many of the examples we’ve seen have been uncommon queries, and we’ve also seen examples that were doctored or that we couldn’t reproduce,” Google spokesperson Meghann Farnsworth said in an email to The Verge. Farnsworth also confirmed… Continue Reading

How to Detect and Guard Against Deceptive AI-Generated Election Information

Brennan Center – “Time-tested fact-checking practices will help limit the effectiveness and spread of misleading election information. Generative artificial intelligence is already being deployed to mislead and deceive voters in the 2024 election, making it imperative that voters take steps to identify inauthentic images, audio, video, and other content designed to deceptively influence their political… Continue Reading

Best Practices for Using AI When Writing Scientific Manuscripts

ACS Nano 2023, 17, 5, 4091–4093 Best Practices for Using AI When Writing Scientific Manuscripts Caution, Care, and Consideration: Creative Science Depends on It. February 27, 2023 https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.3c01544 – “Science is communicated through language. The media of language in science is multimodal, ranging from lecturing in classrooms, to informal daily discussions among scientists, to prepared… Continue Reading

Here are the companies OpenAI has made deals with to train ChatGPT

Fast company: “OpenAI’s chatbots scored a big new data source following the company’s deal with News Corp. on Wednesday. With the stroke of a pen, ChatGPT and the company’s other services added the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, MarketWatch, Barron’s, and other publications to its database. The deal, which did not include Fox News… Continue Reading

What are location services and how do they work?

Proton: “Location services refer to a combination of technologies used in devices like smartphones and computers that use data from your device’s GPS, WiFi, mobile (cellular networks), and sometimes even Bluetooth connections to determine and track your geographic location. This information can be accessed by your operating system (OS) and the apps installed on your… Continue Reading

AI on Trial: Legal Models Hallucinate in 1 out of 6 Queries

Stanford University Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence – A new study reveals the need for benchmarking and public evaluations of AI tools in law. “Artificial intelligence (AI) tools are rapidly transforming the practice of law. Nearly three quarters of lawyers plan on using generative AI for their work, from sifting through mountains of case law to drafting contracts… Continue Reading