The internet pioneer says the web is infested with misinformation

One of the fathers of the internet has admitted that making the web free for all has backfired and polluted the internet with misinformation.

Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, was one of the pioneers of the Web who, with Bob Kahn, introduced the Internet Protocol (IP) and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) in the 1970s, which allowed communication between software and operations. was doing systems.

This week, Cerf gave the keynote address at the Science in the Interests of Justice conference at the Royal Society in London, where he warned that there is now too much poor-quality information online to have a damaging effect.

“When we started working on the Internet, connectivity was everything,” he said. The whole idea was that everything should be able to reach everything else.

Also, the idea was that we would democratize access to your ability to share what you know and to access information that others are willing to share.

The fallout from the cost of publishing has had some side effects, one of which is that there is so much content being published that we can all agree is polluting.

And it will certainly contaminate our use of large language models that ingest all this content and then reproduce it in one form or another.

Critical Thinking

He added: We should think about the content we come across in online environments and if we are not suspicious, we should at least think critically about what we see and hear.

where did it come from Does it have integrity? Can I identify the source and associate the source with quality?

Cerf, 80, said he asked a chatbot to write his obituary and found it had invented family members and given him credit for things he didn’t do.

He said he was baffled by the inaccuracies and argued that people should question poor quality information online that causes errors in large language models.

“I decided to test a chatbot and ask you to write me an obituary,” he told the delegates.

And indeed, it produced a beautiful 700-word obituary. I’m sorry to tell you that Vint Cerf passed away and the exact date struck me as very sad.

And then he talks about my career and then he talks about the family members that are left behind.

But unfortunately, it mixed up what other people were doing and gave me credit where I didn’t deserve it and gave other people credit for what I did. And then it got to the family members section and made the family members that I don’t have, at least as far as I know.

Sucking bad data

Cerf warned that chatbots like ChatGPT, which scour the Internet for information, often absorb bad data by looking at text out of context.

ChatGPT, created by Elon Musks OpenAI, is notorious for fabricating information, with the company itself admitting that the app sometimes writes reasonable-sounding but incorrect or nonsensical answers.

Sarf added: There are efforts to identify that the robot has gone to an imaginary land.

But until we have a better ability to equip large language models with contextual information, so that we can separate these things, we’re going to end up with these kinds of problems.

Cerf called on delegates to act more like former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and insist on robust and broad information on issues.

He added: I had lunch with Henry Kissinger a few decades ago, and while we were having lunch at his club in New York, he looked at me and said: I hate the Internet. And I thought, well, that’s the end of lunch.

I said, why is this Dr. Kissinger? And he said, well, people on the Internet are happy with a two-paragraph answer, and I write 700-page books.

So we must learn to be dissatisfied with too little information or too little quality information.

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