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How Twitter is preventing an AI takeover

Happy thick-cut Thursday, AI peeps! Let’s dive into today’s stories. 🍟

Today’s Menu

Appetizer: AI-written books top the Amazon charts 📚

Entrée: Twitter’s limits reveal vulnerability to AI 👨‍💻

Dessert: Lawmakers demand human control of military decisions 💣


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AI bots are climbing the bestselling charts, but it might not be for the reason you think! 📙

What’s up? Only 19 titles in Amazon’s Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance top 100 chart last week were written by human authors. The rest of the books were AI-generated.

Why are AI-books so popular? These AI-generated books might not actually be as popular as they seem … Many of them are said to be “nonsensical” and of “low quality.” However, they get a lot of attention due to the sheer volume of them as well as their catchy titles and descriptions. Deeper though, there is speculation these AI-book producers are scamming the system by getting bots to read the AI-generated books. The current Amazon Kindle Unlimited system cannot tell the difference between artificial readers and human readers, so bots are pumping the popularity of their cohorts.

What is Amazon doing about it? After the AI books’ popularity was made public on social media, Amazon took down the suspiciously popular books. The current top 100 chart appears to now be compiled entirely by human authors. Amazon has not announced a specific plan to fix this issue, but they are aware of the issue and are working on a way to resolve artificial promotions of books while still allowing for the AI-generated books to be available on the platform.


Twitter limits have everyone in an outrage, but it might be for the good of humankind. 🐦

What happened? Over the past week, Twitter implemented new limitations:

  • Users without accounts cannot view tweets.

  • Verified accounts can only read 6,000 posts per day.

  • Unverified accounts can only read 600 posts per day.

  • New, unverified accounts can only read 300 posts per day.

  • Musk has stated that these limits will soon increase to 10,000-1,000-500 respectively.

Why the restrictions? One of the reasons for these restrictions is because companies which depend on public contributions, such as Twitter, are preparing to be swamped with AI-generated content. This will make the identification of human-generated content and profiles more difficult. Any image, video, or profile could be AI-generated, and there is currently no way to differentiate between human-generated content and artificial content. By restricting public access and implementing rate limits, it will hopefully limit the amount of AI-generated data on the platform. Additionally, companies like Twitter are trying to keep AI models from pulling data from their platforms. Until there is compensation for the use of this data from, Musk and other social platform leaders are committed to prevent “data pillaging” by implementing these rate limits and restricting easy, public access.


The only thing worse than a nuclear war or an AI war would be a nuclear AI war. 💣

What’s up? There is rising concern over AI’s ability to influence military decisions and even make tactical decisions on its own. This has prompted House lawmakers to propose legislation that would ensure America’s nuclear arsenal remains under human control.

How would it work? This proposed bipartisan amendment to the 2024 defense policy bill would require the Pentagon to put in place a system that ensures "meaningful human control is required to launch any nuclear weapon." Human control would mean that humans final say in selecting and engaging a target—including when, where and how they are hit with a nuclear weapon.

Is this anything new? Although many military leaders have expressed interest in implementing AI and have found success with its capabilities, these leaders say the proposed legislation is something they are already following. Legislating this framework, however, could be a useful step as AI continues to develop for military use. AI has the ability to more rapidly assess data and provide options for military leaders, but it seems humans will, at least for the foreseeable future, have all say in tactical military decisions. 👊


New AI tech continues to outpace government regulation. The Fry Meter ticks up slightly.

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