AI and Suicide

Suicide Hotlines in The United States

Crisis Text LineText HOME to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255
Trans Lifeline1-877-565-8860 (for the transgender community)
TrevorLifeline1-866-488-7386 (for LGBTQ youth)
Veterans Crisis Line1-800-273-8255, Press 1

Count One: Belgian man’s suicide after talking to chatbot ELIZA prompts calls for better protection and awareness

Article: Belgian man dies by suicide following exchanges with chatbot

Count Two: An IQ test on ChatGPT, a language model that uses artificial intelligence, to see if it could answer questions commonly found on IQ tests.
Article: I Gave ChatGPT an IQ Test. Here’s What I Discovered

Forbes Creates Frauds

Count One: Under one week before Silicon Valley Bank went Forbes called it one of America’s Best Banks

Article: SVB touted by Forbes on 2023 America’s Best Banks list last month

Count Two: Forbes is the best in the business at monetizing frauds on the way up and later on the way down
Article: How Forbes Monetizes The Frauds They Create

Learned Language Models Plagiarize

Count One: Tom’s Hardware caught Google’s Bard AI blatantly plagiarizing without citing any sources.
Article: Google’s Bard Credibly Accused of Plagiarizing Without Credit

Count Two: Mason Pelt caught OpendAi’s Chat GPT plagiarizing and source laundering. Article: Apocalyptic Myths And The Horrible Reality Of AI

More coverage: Tom’s Hardware

Generative AI And Online Search

Count One: AI chat cannot recognize realizable information.
Article: Google and Microsoft’s chatbots are already citing one another in a misinformation shitshow

Count two: AI is going to give super powers to Blackhat SEO, breaking online search as we know it.
Article: AI Will Break Online Search

Want To Learn? Stop Being An Askhole

Askhole (n.): Someone who asks for advice and either 1) refuses to take it, or 2) does the complete opposite of what you suggest, and/or [perhaps now] 3) keeps asking questions to the point that they sound like a toddler unable to think for themselves.

For one example form Alisha Brown of Honi Soit,

“Let’s say you have a friend, Rachel. Rachel messages you with a conundrum. She just matched with someone really cute on Bumble who is keen to meet up but she has ‘literally, like, no free time’ between juggling two jobs, a full-time study load, a sick dog, and an online shopping problem. You suggest that it might be best to postpone the date until next week, when she has a little more space in her clusterfuck of a life. ‘Yeah, you’re probably right,’ she replies with the sulky-sad emoji. ‘Thanks babe xx.’ She sends you mirror selfies the next day from someone else’s bedroom.”

“it’s remarkably invalidating to be asked for expert advice and immediately have your expertise challenged. No one has to take every nugget of wisdom dispensed like Pez when I partially detach my head and rain my experience onto the world. But, explaining why your accountant’s son-in-law’s friend is perhaps wrong is scope creep from advice to a longer discussion. And if you aren’t going to take advice, don’t ask for it.” said Mason Pelt in an article about not being an askhole.

Another video by Louis Rossmann addresses when people simply do not bother to look anything up for themselves. Asking the person they are seeking help from to more of less do it for them.

If you want to learn. It’s time to stop being an askhole and become investable.

Video: San Francisco Police Department Pulling Over Self-driving Taxi

A viral video initially posted to Instagram showing San Francisco police officers pulling over a self-driving taxi, looks like something out of a sci-fi stoner comedy. The police officers are visibly confused as they circle the car. And onlookers can be heard laughing.

The car is made by GM subsidiary Cruise. Ond according to CNBC only started to offer nighttime driverless rides to the public earlier this year in San Francisco.

“Our AV yielded to the police vehicle, then pulled over to the nearest safe location, as intended. An officer contacted Cruise personnel and no citation was issued,” Cruise said on its corporate Twitter account.

H/t Futurism

Around the Web:
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NASA’s Record-Breaking Mars Rover Is Way Better At Self-Driving Than Earth Cars

Working With Climate Entrepreneur Sunil Paul

OpenAI Says Its Image-Generating AI Is Incapable of Making Porn

OpenAI has released its latest product, dubbed DALL-E2, an impressive piece of machine learning tech that can turn simple text descriptions into photorealistic images, say, of bandana-wearing pandas riding motorcycles or an astronaut riding a giant turtle in space.

But the company has wisely anticipated the potential misuse of its advanced AI as well, given there’s plenty of precedent for AI projects going awry.

OpenAI ensured that DALL-E2 has a limited ability “to generate violent, hate, or adult images,” according to its website. “By removing the most explicit content from the training data, we minimized DALL-E 2’s exposure to these concepts.”

Full Story Futurism

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Working With Climate Entrepreneur Sunil Paul

Originally published at on March 15, 2022 by Mason Pelt.

The full story about working with Sunil Paul is on Push ROI. But the highlights:

  • Spring Free EV approached my company Push ROI about providing marketing services.
  • Spring Free EV negotiated a contract, resulting in both written clarification of the terms and changes to the terms
  • Spring Free EV signed the contract, and I countersigned.
  • After signing Spring Free EV informed me they wouldn’t honor the contract until I signed an adhesion contract containing terms that altered our current agreement.
  • I said no.
  • Spring Free EV breached the contract.
  • Spring Free EV refused to pay the termination fees outlined in the contract.
  • Spring Free refused to negotiate a settlement.

Feel free to read the full story including screenshots and much more detail about the Spring Free EV contract breach.

Originally published at on March 15, 2022 by Mason Pelt.

Metaverse Is Just Internet

The Metaverse is starting to seem like it’s just the internet. In some cases, particularly innovative uses of the internet; in others, not so much. Some say the Metaverse is just a modern-day utopia, but honestly, it’s just the internet with a new graphical interface.

Grifts, scams, and schemes like the 500 million of worth(less) real estate was sold on the top four metaverse platforms in 2021. But video games, chat apps, and virtual group activities that share a physical space will be the internet as they always have been.

We no longer use the command line to access the web, thanks to Mosaic. And we use search engines and web directories, for the most part, these days. Maybe someday we will use a Minecraft-like interface to browse articles and watch videos in virtual theaters. Who can say?