Unsupervised Learning Newsletter NO. 374

AI Response Shaping, SpaceX Blueprints, GPT-4 Innovation Explosion…

STANDARD EDITION (UPGRADE) | NO. 374 | MAR 20 2023 | Subscribe | Online | Audio

ERRATA: In last week's show I said SVB made unsafe investments which got crushed by the housing crisis. This was not correct. The problem was their investments were too safe, with most of their money in 10-year investments yielding only 1.5%. So it's true they made investment mistakes that caused/exacerbated the problem, but not in the way I described. Apologies for the error.

Unsupervised Learning is a Security, AI, and Meaning-focused podcast that looks at how best to thrive as humans in a post-AI world. It combines original ideas, analysis, and mental models to bring not just the news, but why it matters and how to respond.

🌸 Welcome to Spring, and Happy Monday!

I think last week was the most exciting week in tech I've ever seen. We got GPT-4. We have Midjourney 5. And we saw an unprecedented speed of innovation emerging on Twitter. I am doubling down on my prediction from a few months ago that AI—by itself—is going to pull us out of this recession.

I'm so happy to be on the planet with you in this extraordinary moment.


Response Shaping: How to Move from AI “Prompts” to AI Whispering — How to get consistently high-quality results from the AIs you interact with. MORE

Calling out the Security Community on AI — We can't curmudgeon ourselves into safer AI. People are going to use it regardless of what we say. MORE

Yes, GPTs Actually Understand — A 60-second argument and example showing that GPTs and LLMs are capable of true understanding. MORE


Chinese Zero-days
Mandiant says China used the most zero-days of any country, using 7 different attacks during 2022. MORE

Google Samsung Vulns
Google just found 18 severe vulnerabilities in Samsung's Exynos chips. The chips are in multiple Android smartphones by Samsung, Google, Vivo, as well as a bunch of wearables. MORE

SpaceX Blueprints Stolen?
Lockbit says they've compromised Maximum Industries, which makes components for SpaceX. They said they'll leak the documents if they don't pay by March 20th. MORE


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Chinese Plane Jamming?
Quantas says China is jamming satellite navigation and altimeter systems in the western Pacific and South China Sea. MORE

Trump Arrest This Week?
There are multiple indicators that Trump will be arrested this week, possibly on Tuesday. Trump himself has indicated Tuesday as well. One of the charges he's facing has to do with inciting on January 6th. His response to possibly being arrested was to ask people to, "Protest, take our nation back!". MORE

Xi Meets Putin
Xi flew to Moscow to meet directly with Putin. My read is that they both know they're being isolated by the West, and although they frequently hack each other and consider each other long-term enemies, they're going to try to partner up to slow their decline. MORE


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It's not just about collecting your data. You have to be able to ask it complex and real-world questions.


Twitter Identity Verification
Techcrunch says Twitter looks to be testing government ID verification. I think this whole space of validated users is about to pick up massively. When you have both anonymous humans and AIs creating content, you're going to want a badge to verify real people. MORE

T-Mobile Starlink 
T-Mobile and Starlink are building a satellite-to-cell service. MORE

Zipline Drones
A drone that seems to be able to deliver small packages with "dinner plate" accuracy. Please make this happen, someone. MORE 

IKEA Stock Drones
IKEA has stock-counting drones in 16 of its European locations. And of course Amazon is working on similar tech. Think of how many jobs this will remove once they get it right. MORE


More Amazon Cuts
Amazon is cutting 9,000 more jobs. This is on top of the previous 18,000, bringing the total so far to 27K. MORE


Privacy is About To Take a Hit
I think we're about to see an unparalleled disregard for privacy. Why? Because GPTs like data. In other words, the business value of having well-trained custom GPTs is about to completely trounce the competing concerns of data privacy. Business value trumps everything. And it especially trumps security and privacy.

Hacking SPQA
I am predicting that SPQA will replace existing software, but what I haven't talked about is how this will affect security within a company. It's going to be massive. On the one hand it'll make it a lot easier to secure yourself, so that's good. But can you imagine what will happen if an attacker gets access to your SPQA interface? It'll be able to do all the work for you. Forget having to read all of Slack and all the documentation. You'll be able to have it do it for you. Of course there will be controls eventually, but not initially. It's going to be an attacker's dream.


My best bud Jason Haddix is giving his live training again this year! It's remote, and there aren't many slots left! Go sign up now! MORE

I've never been this happy or excited in my entire career. The UL community is popping. Work is going so well (and I haven't even advertised services yet!), and the creative possibilities from AI have absolutely exploded. I'm like terrified and exhilarated at the same time.

Remember that as worried as we are about all this tech, your non-tech loved ones are even worse. We've got to walk into the minefields in front of them.

My buddy Tyler has a newsletter called The Cyber Why. Check it out here! MORE


⚒️ gpt-repository-loader — Convert a git repo into text you can send to a GPT. Let's you do code review, create documentation, etc. TOOL | by MICHAEL POON

⚒️ offfensive-ai-compilation — A curated list of useful resources that cover Offensive AI. TOOL | by JOSÉ IGNACIO ESCRIBANO

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🔥This guy gave GPT-4 a budget of $100 and told it to make as much money as possible. Incredible thread! Currently at 20 million views! MORE

This Guy Red-Teamed GPT-4 MORE

⌘ ~ cycles through the open windows of the same app (Mac). MORE

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✍🏼 Stack Exchange is to GPT-4 as ________ is to ___________. MORE

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Henry Miller

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