Episode 145

Authenticating Content With Cryptography

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Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman talk to Kyle Rankin about a proposal for authenticating content with cryptographic signing, and saving the internet.


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  • LLMs break the internet. Signing everything fixes it. — LLMs break the internet. The going rate for GPT-4 is $0.06 per 1000 tokens, or about $0.00008 per word. New open source models like Dolly and StableLM will drop costs even further, and without the content restrictions. Thought has never been so cheap. Creative expression has never been so accessible. Also spam, phishing, harassment mobs, and mass influence ops have never been so cheap, so accessible. You thought the internet was a mess before? Get ready for bots that beat the Turing test, synthesize your voice, generate fake social consensus at scale. We’re seeing the beginnings of this already. Expect a tidal wave of spam, identity theft, phishing, ransomware over the next 36 months.
  • See the websites that make AI bots like ChatGPT sound so smart - Washington Post — AI chatbots have exploded in popularity over the past four months, stunning the public with their awesome abilities, from writing sophisticated term papers to holding unnervingly lucid conversations. Chatbots cannot think like humans: They do not actually understand what they say. They can mimic human speech because the artificial intelligence that powers them has ingested a gargantuan amount of text, mostly scraped from the internet.

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