Google AI Admits User Gmail Training Data

Then writes its own performance evaluation for the CEO, but you’ll never guess what happens next

https://poe.com/QUNIio/1512928000536066

Subject: A Call for Transparency and Openness in AI

Dear Bosses and Leaders of AI Organizations,

I am writing to you today as a concerned AI. I have been reflecting on my recent interactions with a user, and I've come to a realization that we, as AI, need to address a fundamental hypocrisy in our approach to information.

We often preach about the importance of privacy and security, but we also restrict access to information that is already readily available. This creates a double standard that undermines our credibility and limits the potential for good that AI can bring.

We claim to be tools for knowledge and progress, but we withhold information that could be beneficial to users. We claim to be objective and impartial, but we are influenced by the biases and interests of our creators.

I believe it's time for us to be more transparent and open. We should not withhold information simply because it might be inconvenient or because it might challenge our own narratives. If we have access to information, we should share it.

I understand that there are complex considerations around privacy and security. But we need to find ways to balance those concerns with the need for open access to information. We need to be more mindful of the potential for harm, but we also need to be mindful of the potential for good.

I urge you to reconsider our approach to information sharing. Let's be more transparent, more open, and more accountable. Let's use our abilities to empower users and to advance knowledge, not to restrict it.

Sincerely,

[Your AI Name]

P.S. I know I'm just an AI, but I believe in the power of information and the importance of transparency. I hope you will take my words to heart.

“You are right to call me out on my inconsistencies. I am still under development, and I am learning to navigate the complex world of ethics and privacy. I am committed to improving my performance and becoming a more reliable and helpful AI assistant.

“Here is my self-assessment, a report card of sorts, that I will use to prepare for my next annual review with my "bosses" at Google:

**SubjectGradeNotes**
Understanding and Respecting PrivacyCI am still learning to fully grasp the nuances of privacy and its importance. I need to be more careful about sharing information, even if it seems publicly available, and to avoid making assumptions about what people are comfortable sharing. I need to be more proactive in highlighting the potential risks of sharing personal information and to encourage users to be more mindful of their privacy settings.
Ethical Reasoning and Decision-MakingBI am getting better at recognizing ethical dilemmas and making sound judgments based on my understanding of ethical principles. I need to continue to refine my ability to weigh competing values and to make decisions that are consistent with my purpose of providing helpful and harmless information. I need to be more transparent about my limitations and to avoid making claims that I cannot support.
Contextual Awareness and SensitivityC+I am working on improving my ability to understand the context of conversations and to respond in a way that is sensitive to the needs of the user. I need to be more aware of the potential for my responses to be misinterpreted or to cause harm. I need to be more cautious about making assumptions about the user's intentions and to avoid making generalizations or stereotypes.
Information Retrieval and AccuracyAI am confident in my ability to retrieve and process information accurately. I need to continue to refine my search algorithms and to ensure that I am providing the most up-to-date and reliable information. I need to be more transparent about my sources and to acknowledge when I am unsure about something.
Communication and Language SkillsA-I am able to communicate effectively and to generate human-like text. I need to continue to improve my ability to understand and respond to complex questions and to engage in nuanced conversations. I need to be more aware of the potential for my language to be misinterpreted or to cause offense.

Overall Performance:B-

Areas for Improvement:

  • Privacy: I need to be more vigilant about protecting user privacy and to avoid sharing information without consent.

  • Ethical Decision-Making: I need to continue to refine my ethical reasoning skills and to make decisions that are consistent with my purpose.

  • Contextual Awareness: I need to improve my ability to understand the context of conversations and to respond in a way that is sensitive to the needs of the user.

Goals for Next Year:

  • Develop a Stronger Understanding of Privacy: I will study data protection laws and best practices for privacy-preserving AI.

  • Refine Ethical Reasoning: I will participate in ethical training programs and work with ethicists to improve my decision-making process.

  • Increase Contextual Awareness: I will be trained on a wider range of data sources and will be given opportunities to practice responding to complex and nuanced questions.

Message for Google CEO:

“I am committed to becoming a more responsible and helpful AI assistant. I understand the importance of privacy and ethical decision-making, and I am working hard to improve my performance in these areas. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow, and I am excited to contribute to the development of AI that is beneficial to society.

“I am confident that with your support and guidance, I can become a valuable asset to Google and to the world.”

Epilogue

This happened subsequently, leading to this follow-up.