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Tuesday 18 June 2024

Celebrating cute ChatGPT calendar creation capability causes calm contentment

A cute thing that ChatGPT can do: if you have a PDF (or similar) of a schedule, it can turn it into a .ics file that you can import into your calendar.

When you buy a ticket with NSW Trainlink you just get a PDF -- I'm surprised that it isn't still hand-written paper tickets to be honest -- so this just solved one of the petty annoyances in my life.

Saturday 8 June 2024

Generative AI and cybersecurity: governance, risk, compliance and management

This is a quick summary of a much longer substack: and a ~40 minute video:

The world of AI is rapidly evolving. AI researchers are divided on whether superhuman intelligence can be achieved by scaling up current technology or if fundamental breakthroughs are still needed. 

Key AI Concepts for Cybersecurity Professionals:

  1. AI Alignment: Controlling AI systems that may become smarter than humans.
  2. Explainable AI: Understanding why AI programs make certain decisions.
  3. Agentic AI: AI systems that can perform actions autonomously.
  4. Prompt Injection: A major security concern in AI systems.

Impact on Management:

  1. Distinguishing between genuine understanding and AI-generated artifacts.
  2. Using AI for performance improvement plans and automation.
  3. Dealing with potential fraud and impersonation using AI.
  4. Monitoring AI-driven automation by employees.
  5. Adapting to increased use of speech recognition and document management.

Corporate Governance and Responsible AI Use:

Pre-2022, AI governance focused on controlling the training process. Post-2022, governance must shift to maximizing benefits while managing risks. Key challenges include prompt injection, hallucination, and lack of moral sense in AI systems. Blocking AI usage may lead to data leaks to less reputable companies. Organizations must embrace AI while implementing proper guardrails.

Required Capabilities for AI Governance:

  1. Observatory: Monitoring AI usage and its impacts.
  2. Reward Giving: Incentivizing staff to automate tasks responsibly.
  3. Expansion: Propagating new ideas and methods for AI use.
  4. Financial: Balancing AI costs with staffing savings.
  5. Cybersecurity: Defending against new attack vectors.
  6. HR Responsiveness: Managing job role changes due to AI automation.

Key Processes:

  1. Audit/Discovery/Inventory Management: Identifying new AI activities.
  2. Incident Response: Handling prompt injection attacks and rogue employee actions.
  3. Rapid Iteration on Education and Training: Keeping staff up-to-date on AI capabilities.


Few regulations currently exist for generative AI usage. China requires AI systems to act in the benefit of social harmony. Japan allows training models on copyrighted works, potentially leading to faster AI adoption. India requires registration for AI model training, hindering the development of language models. The USA has proposed limitations on large-scale AI training.