Parmy Olson
For Parmy Olson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
If OpenAI’s mostly male engineers are trying to build the perfect girlfriend, they are on the right track. If they are trying to build a more reliable AI model, there is still more work to do.
May 15, 2024
OpenAI's new ChatGPT can flirt. What could go wrong?
What are the social and psychological consequences of regularly speaking to a flirty, fun and ultimately agreeable artificial voice?
AI-powered disinformation campaigns particularly during elections can create varied and nuanced content, making detection more challenging.
May 7, 2024
If AI wrecks democracy, we may never know
AI-powered disinformation campaigns can create varied and nuanced content, making detection more challenging.
Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, which allowed customers to grab grocery items from a shelf and walk out of the store, is reportedly being phased out of its grocery stores.
May 2, 2024
Amazon's AI stores seemed too magical. And they were.
There are plenty more examples of companies that have failed to mention humans pulling the levers behind supposedly cutting-edge AI technology.
When SoftBank Group founder Masayoshi Son bought Arm in 2016 for $32 billion, he had grand plans for the company to dominate the nascent market for connected devices, also known as the Internet of Things.
Feb 21, 2024
Softbank’s Arm is not the AI play most people think it is
Today, GPUs are the gold standard for AI development and thus the equivalent of toilet paper during the pandemic.
OpenAI has announced that it will add a memory feature to its AI-powered chatbot, ChatGPT.
Feb 15, 2024
The perils of giving ChatGPT more memory
ChatGPT developer OpenAI is rolling out a memory feature that, it says, will improve the bot. But not if it ends up replicating the biases of social media.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose company launched a pair of smart glasses, on stage at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, in September.
Dec 22, 2023
Do you want Meta snooping in your closet with AI wearables?
AI wearable devices represent yet another intrusion into our privacy, allowing tech companies to learn even more about who we are — and what we might buy.
Microsoft's artificial intelligence prospects just got a boost from Sam Altman's return to his CEO role at OpenAI.
Nov 23, 2023
Altman’s comeback is a strategic triumph for Microsoft
Sam Altman's termination and swift rehiring will shift the dynamics at OpenAI.
Members of the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild take part in a picket line outside Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, on Thursday.
Jul 21, 2023
AI shines a spotlight on Hollywood hypocrisy
Studios haven’t informed or paid background actors properly for being digitally scanned, yet they want the same courtesy from AI companies.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2023
Meet the $4 billion AI superstars that Google lost
Eight alumni made one of the biggest discoveries in AI, then left to build their own startups. Why did Google miss the boat?
Japan Times
Jun 7, 2023
AI alarmists are dragging us all down a rabbit hole
An AI apocalypse, which was once relegated to the realm of fringe theory, is now getting much more attention than it should.
Japan Times
Jun 2, 2023
Your first robot butler will need human eyes
Automatons that clean your house are getting closer to reality, but they’ll still need people to steer them for several years
Japan Times
Apr 11, 2023
Whatever happened to the metaverse?
Following a great deal of hype last year, companies now seem to be reining back their investments in the metaverse.
Japan Times
Apr 3, 2023
Elon Musk wants to pause AI? It’s too late for that
A petition on OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology calling for a pause on further development ignores the risk already unleashed.
Japan Times
Mar 31, 2023
There's no such thing as artificial intelligence
The term artificial intelligence breeds misunderstanding and helps its creators avoid culpability for mistakes.
Japan Times
Dec 9, 2022
ChatGPT could soon be the better way to Google
Answers from the AI-powered chatbot are often more useful than those from the world's biggest search engine. Alphabet should be worried.
Japan Times
Dec 9, 2022
Our future artificial intelligence overlords need a resistance movement
Improving transparency about how algorithms reach their decisions is essential to keeping humans safe from artificial intelligence.
Japan Times
Nov 9, 2022
Big Tech layoffs deflate Musk and Zuckerberg
Twitter and Facebook can't afford their billionaire bosses' obsessions in a new age of austerity.
Japan Times
Oct 2, 2022
Facebook, beware: The metaverse is flat
Most people are visiting virtual worlds through plain old screens, not VR headsets. Mark Zuckerberg needs to plan accordingly.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2022
AI’s hold over humans is starting to get stronger
Artificial intelligence isn't on the cusp of sentience. But its growing sway over us should still be a cause for concern.
Japan Times
Jul 4, 2022
Mass surveillance in schools won’t prevent mass shootings
Growing use of weapons scanners and cameras might ease parents' worries, but they risk creating dystopian institutions for kids.


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