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😺 AI Katy Perry tricks the world

PLUS: OpenAI claims its detection tool is 98% accurate!

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Here’s what you need to know about AI today:

  • An AI deepfake of Katy Perry fooled millions.

  • OpenAI is building an AI image detection tool that’s 98% accurate (so far).

  • OpenAI might postpone its big product event to next Monday.

  • Wayve, a startup building self-driving cars, raised $1B+.

On Tuesday’s podcast: OpenAI’s New Competitor?, MAI-1 and Synthetic Data, Mustafa Suleyman (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube).

AI deepfake strikes again.

Ready for some AI drama that’s absolutely fireworks?!

Yesterday, Katy Perry posted AI-generated images on Insta pretending she was at the Met Gala. This fooled A LOT of people, including her own Mom, who texted, “Didn’t know you went to the Met”.

We don’t know what’s more ridiculous: the fact Katy’s Mom was duped by a photo of her own daughter OR millions believing that Katy’s dress, which was so absurd you’d think it was designed by the fauns of Narnia, was legit:

Even more ridiculous is the fact that this isn’t the first time millions have been duped by an AI photo—remember that photo of The Pope sporting a Balenciaga puffer that was created with Midjourney?

Well, that happened over 1 year ago (!), and social media platforms still haven’t figured out how to tackle deepfakes. 

Sure, they’ve promised to tag all content that uses their AI tools, require creators to disclose when content uses AI, and even started labeling images from other companies’ AI.

Yet, it falls short time and time again…

A Reddit screenshot reveals one AI Katy Perry image hit at least 9M views on Twitter before a community note clarified, “This is not a genuine photo of Katy Perry at the 2024 Met Gala.” #TooLittleTooLate.

Another potential option: OpenAI just announced a new tool that can detect images created by its AI, DALL·E 3.

The tool correctly spots 98% of DALL·E 3 images and 99.5% of real images.

Impressive, but not perfect. The tool's accuracy dips when DALL·E 3 images are modified with things like Gaussian noise.

And with 98% accuracy, that means 2% of AI photos might slip through, potentially letting billions of fake photos flood our feeds undetected.

  • It’s like those AI detection tools that claim to detect 99% of AI writing.

  • With 1% false positives, millions could be wrongfully accused of using AI (& many have been). It’s just not reliable enough…

For now, the rule is, “If you see something that looks off, say something.”


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Around the Horn.

  • New developments from OpenAI (it’s their world, we’re just living in it):

    • OpenAI might postpone its big product event to Monday, where there’s speculation it could announce an AI search engine.

    • OpenAI is partnering with big publisher Dotdash Meredith to integrate content from its 40+ brands into ChatGPT.

    • OpenAI COO Brad Lightcap said that today’s AI will look “laughably bad” within a year, and future models will shift toward verbal interfaces (think: speaking to ChatGPT).

    • OpenAI and Microsoft launched a $2M fund to fight AI election deepfakes.

    • OpenAI is developing a tool called Media Manager that will enable content creators to opt out of having their content used to train AI models.

Wednesday Wirings.

  1. Wayve, a builder of self-driving cars, raised $1.05B.

  2. DocuSign acquired AI-powered agreement management software Lexio for $165M.

  3. Lamini, which helps enterprises build AI models on their proprietary data, raised $25M.

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  5. Daloopa, an AI platform that extracts and organizes data from financial reports, secured $18M.

  6. Espresso AI, which helps companies reduce Snowflake cloud costs with AI, raised $11M.

  7. Sagetap, which uses AI to match buyers and sellers of enterprise software, snagged $6.8M.

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