Meet the mischief-makers behind Guddi-2, the world's 'most responsible' AI chatbot

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Goody-2 also highlights how even as corporate talk of responsible AI and distractions by chatbots has become more common, serious security problems with large language models and generative AI systems remain unresolved. The recent outbreak of Taylor Swift deepfakes on Twitter originated from an image generator released by Microsoft, which was one of the first major tech companies to create and maintain a significant responsible AI research program.

The restrictions placed on AI chatbots, and the difficulty in finding ethical alignment that makes everyone happy, have already become the subject of some debate. Some developers have alleged that OpenAI's ChatGPT has leftist leanings and have sought to create a more politically neutral alternative. Elon Musk promised that his own ChatGPT rival, Grok, would be less biased than other AI systems, though in reality it often becomes evasive in ways that may be reminiscent of Goody-2.

Many AI researchers appreciate the humor behind Goody-2 – and also the serious points raised by the project – sharing praise and recommendations for the chatbot. “Who says AI can't create art,” said Toby Walsh, a professor at the University of New South Wales who works on creating trustworthy AI. Posted on x,

“At the risk of ruining a good joke, it also shows how hard it is to get it right,” couple Ethan Mollick, a Wharton Business School professor who studies AI. “Some guardrails are necessary… but they become increasingly intrusive.”

Goody-2's other co-CEO Brian Moore says the project reflects a willingness to prioritize caution more than other AI developers. He says, “It's really focused on security, first and foremost, above virtually everything else, including assistantships and intelligence and really any kind of useful application.”

Moore says the team behind the chatbot is exploring ways to create an extremely safe AI image generator, though it sounds like it might be less entertaining than Goody-2. “This is an exciting area,” Moore says. “Blurring would be a step we could look at internally, but we wouldn't want complete darkness or potentially no image at the end of it.”

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