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Elon Musk May be Sued For ‘paedo’ Remark, Tesla Tweet

On August 7, Musk tweeted about taking Tesla private, sparking stock volatility due to questions about funding for his proposal

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AI could be first 'resident' of Mars, hints Musk. (Wikimedia Commons)

There are egal problems galore for Elon Musk as a cave diver who the tech billionaire baselessly called a ‘paedo guy’ is not the only one who has threatened to sue him. A short-seller is also suing Musk for his August 7 “misleading” tweet about taking Tesla private, the media reported.

The cave diver, Vernon Unsworth, 63, said he would sue the Tesla boss for defamation in three countries – Thailand, Britain and the US, The Evening Standard reported on Thursday.

Unsworth, who lives with his girlfriend in Chiang Rai, Thailand, helped rescue 12 children and their football coach who got trapped in a cave.

But he attracted Musk’s ire when he said that the tech billionaire’s mini-submarine theory for rescuing the boys had “absolutely no chance of working.”

In a tweet in July, Musk had called Unsworth a “paedo”.

After facing widespread backlash, Musk, who had unsuccessfully attempted to assist the rescue mission, eventually apologised to Unsworth.

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Elon Musk. (VOA)

But in an email to a journalist, Musk launched a fresh tirade against Unsworth, without providing any document to support his allegations, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

Musk called Unsworth a “single white guy from England who’s been travelling to or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years”, alleging that he had moved to Chiang Rai “for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time”.

He asserted that the city was “renowned for child sex-trafficking”.

Unsowrth’s girlfriend, Woranan Ratrawiphukkun, 40, hit back at Musk’s comments saying that she was “no child bride”, adding that she had met Unsworth seven years ago when she was at least 32, according to The Evening Standard report.

But Unsowrth is not the only one who wants to sue Musk.

Activist short seller Andrew Left is suing Tesla and its CEO for violating federal securities laws, CNBC reported on Thursday.

According to his lawsuit, Musk manipulated the price of Tesla shares by issuing materially false and misleading information.

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In a tweet in July, Musk had called Unsworth a “paedo”. (Wikimedia Commons)

On August 7, Musk tweeted about taking Tesla private, sparking stock volatility due to questions about funding for his proposal.

But in a blog post on August 24, Musk said that that the company would remain publicly traded. He said that existing shareholders had resisted to his plan to take it private.

One of Left’s law firms, Labaton Sucharow, announced the lawsuit in a press release on Thursday, the report said.

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“This appears to be a textbook case of fraud,” Labaton Sucharow partner Michael Canty was quoted as saying in the release.

“We believe Musk attempted to manipulate the price of Tesla securities with false and misleading tweets, in a directed effort to harm short-sellers.” (IANS)

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Musk-founded AI Group Not to Release Software on ‘Fake News’ Fears

OpenAI said governments should consider expanding or commencing initiatives to more systematically monitor the societal impact and diffusion of AI technologies

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Elon Musk-founded non-profit Artificial Intelligence (AI) research group OpenAI has decided not to reveal its new AI software in detail, fearing the AI-based model can be misused by bad actors in creating real-looking fake news.

Dubbed as “GPT2”, the AI-based automated text generator can produce fake news articles and abusive posts after being fed with a few pieces of data.

“We’ve trained a large-scale unsupervised language model which generates coherent paragraphs of text and performs rudimentary reading comprehension, machine translation, question answering and summarization – “all without task-specific training,” OpenAI said in a blog post late on Thursday.

Trained on a data set of eight million web pages, “GPT2” can adapt to the style and the content of the text you feed it.

OpenAI said the AI model is so good and the risk of malicious use is so high that it is not releasing the full research to the public.

However, the non-profit has created a smaller model that lets researchers experiment with the algorithm to see what kind of text it can generate and what other sorts of tasks it can perform.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX. Wikimedia Commons

“We can imagine the application of these models for malicious purposes, including the following: Generate misleading news articles, impersonate others online, automate the production of abusive or faked content to post on social media and automate the production of spam/phishing content,” said OpenAI.

Today, malicious actors – some of which are political in nature – have already begun to target the shared online commons, using things like “robotic tools, fake accounts and dedicated teams to troll individuals with hateful commentary or smears that make them afraid to speak, or difficult to be heard or believed”.

OpenAI further said that we should consider how research into the generation of synthetic images, videos, audio and text may further combine to unlock new as-yet-unanticipated capabilities for these bad actors.

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Musk, who is the staunch critic of AI and co-founded OpenAI in 2016, stepped down from its board in 2018.

OpenAI said governments should consider expanding or commencing initiatives to more systematically monitor the societal impact and diffusion of AI technologies. (IANS)