I was asked to have a look at the generative AI site of PI.AI and right away noticed something didn’t flow right.
The most prominent thing on that page to my eye is this rather agressive phrase:
It’s like meeting a new person on the street who wears a big yellow cowboy hat that says if you speak with them you automatically have agreed to their terms.
Friendly? Nope. Kind? Definitely NOT.
How’s your day going? If you reply you have agreed to my terms and policies.
Insert New Yorker cartoon above, if you know what I mean.
Who is PI.AI? Why do they seem so agro? There’s really nothing representing them, showing any meaningful presence on the site at all. Surely they are making a purposeful omission.
Why trust such opacity? Have you ever walked into a market and noticed one seller looks like they simultaneously don’t care yet also desperate to steal your wallet, your keys and your family?
I clicked through the links being pushed at me by the strangely hued PI to see what they are automatically taking away from me. It felt about as exciting as dipping a meat-stick into a pool of alligators who were trained at Stanford to inhabit digital moats and chew up GDPR advocates.
Things quickly went from bad to worse.
- Privacy Rights and Choices: Delete your account. You may request that we delete your account by contacting us as provided in the “How to Contact Us” section below.
- To make a request, please email us or write to us as provided in the “How to Contact Us” section below.
- If you are not satisfied with how we address your request, you may submit a complaint by contacting us as provided in the “How to Contact Us” section below.
Of course I searched below for that very specific and repetitive “How to Contact Us” section but nothing was found. NOTHING. NADA.
Not good. There’s no mistaking that the language, the code if you will, is repeatedly saying that “How to Contact Us” is being provided, while it’s definitely NOT being provided.
Oh well, I’m sure it’s just lawyers making some silly errors. But it brings to mind how the AI running PI probably should be expected to be broken, unsafe and full of errors and omissions or worse.
It stands to reason that if the PI policy very clearly and specifically calls out a rather important section title over and over again (perhaps one of the most important sections of all, relative to rights and protections), then accuracy would be helpful to those concerned about safety including privacy protections. Or a link could be a really good thing here, as they clearly use anchors elsewhere; this is a webpage we’re talking about.
Journalists provide some more insight into why PI.AI coding/scripting might be so strangely sparse, sloppy and seemingly unsafe.
Before Suleyman was at Graylock, he led DeepMind’s efforts to build Streams, a mobile app designed to be an “assistant for nurses and doctors everywhere,” alerting them if someone was at risk of developing kidney disease. But the project was controversial as it effectively obtained 1.6 million UK patient records without those folks’ explicit consent, drawing criticism from a privacy watchdog. Streams was later taken over by Google Health, which shut down the app and deleted the data.
A controversial founder seems to be known primarily for having taken unethical actions without consent. Interesting and unfortunately predictable twist that someone can jump from criticism by privacy watchdogs into even more unregulated territory.
Less than two months after the launch of their first chatbot Pi, artificial intelligence startup Inflection AI and CEO Mustafa Suleyman have raised $1.3 billion in new funding. […] “It’s totally nuts,” he admitted. Facing a potentially historic growth opportunity, Suleyman added, Inflection’s best bet is to “blitz-scale” and raise funding voraciously to grow as fast as possible, risks be damned.
Ok, ok, hold on a minute, we have a problem Houston. Terminology used is supposed to alert us to a blitz where risks be damned? Amassing funds to grow uncontrollably for a BLITZ!?
That talk sounds truly awful, eh? Is someone out there saying, you know what we need is to throw giant robots together as fast as possible, risks be damned, for a Blitz?
Call me a historian but it’s so 1940s hot-headed General Rommel right before he unwisely stretched forces into being outclassed and outmaneuvered by counter-intelligence in Bertram.
I can’t even.
The Inflection color scheme or page hue of tropical gastrointestinal discomfort, for lack of a better “taupe” description, is quite unmistakable. Searching more broadly by poking around in that unattractive heypi.com page, wading through every detail, finally solved the case of obscure or omitted section for contact details.
Here’s the section without running scripts:
See what I mean by the color? And here it is when you run the scripts:
All that, just for them to say their only contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org? Ridiculous.