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China Makes First Public Arrest for Misusing ChatGPT: Man Detained for Generating Fake News

China’s first public arrest related to the misuse of ChatGPT has occurred, five months after the AI chatbot gained popularity for its human-like text generation capabilities. The arrestee, identified only by the surname Hong, stands accused of utilizing the chatbot to fabricate news about a fatal train crash in Gansu province, resulting in the deaths of nine individuals. The Kongtong district police made this announcement on their official WeChat account on Sunday, along with a series of photos documenting the arrest.

Hong’s detainment represents the first instance following the implementation of China’s new regulations on deepfake technology in January. These regulations are aimed at curbing the misuse of technologies capable of manipulating face and voice data. Although ChatGPT is blocked in China, individuals have found ways to circumvent these restrictions, such as by using virtual private networks (VPNs).

The local cybersecurity police unit became aware of an article regarding the train crash, which was published on April 25. Prompted by this discovery, an investigation was launched into the matter. Authorities uncovered that 21 blog-style accounts on Baidu, China’s equivalent of Google, had simultaneously published similar fake articles featuring various locations. These posts had collectively garnered over 15,000 views at the time, as reported by the Gansu police.

The cybersecurity police in Gansu successfully traced the origin of the fabricated posts to an independent company operated by Hong, registered in the tech hub of Shenzhen. Hong confessed to using ChatGPT to generate the false news about the train crashes before disseminating them online, according to the Gansu police.

Hong currently faces charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” a crime that carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. The investigation is still ongoing, as stated.

China to Launch Chinese Super Masons Robot to Build Lunar Bases with Moon Soil

With Artemis II set to launch on November 24, it is no surprise that science journals are buzzing with research on lunar regolith, building bases on the moon, and working with moon soil to grow plants… you get the drift.

A recent study in the journal Communications Biology described an experiment in which the moon soil samples collected during the Apollo missions were used to grow plants. And for the first time, an Earth plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, commonly called thale cress, grew and thrived in the lunar soil samples during the experiment.   

Another recent research, funded by NASA, and published in the journal New Space, analyzed the challenges of construction in situations where lunar dust would swirl around during launches or landings.

That’s a lot of theory and lab experiments. But, who will initiate action and build a lunar base with moon soil first?

Turns out, China will.

And they even have an estimated time of action.

Work to build the lunar base with moon soul will begin in five years

Chinese media reported that China plans to start building a lunar base using soil from the moon in five years, with the work set to kick off in five years.

A recent conference, the Extraterrestrial Construction Conference held at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, saw more than 100 Chinese scientists, researchers, and space contractors getting together to discuss ways to build infrastructure on the moon.

According to Changjiang Daily, Ding Lieyun, an expert from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said a team is designing a robot named “Chinese Super Masons” to make bricks out of lunar soil.

“Building a habitat on the moon is needed for long-term lunar explorations, and will certainly be realized in the future,” Ding said. He also understood the difficulty of achieving the mission in the short term, the report stated.