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Tesla reportedly fired an employee after he uploaded videos to YouTube critiquing the automaker's autonomous driving software. John Bernal, an ex-Tesla operator working on the Autopilot platform, runs a YouTube channel under the username AI Addict. He has filmed and shared several videos demonstrating the capabilities of Tesla …

  1. Anonymous Coward


    After the article's part about Tesla's driving AI problems, we have a part about GPT-3's new coding AI.

    How long will it be before we see an article about GPT-3's AI problems?

    At least the middle part of the article, about the FTC ordering the deletion of AI training data is a small but extremely narrow ray of hope.

    1. An_Old_Dog Silver badge

      Deleting all the data and AI models as ordered

      "Uh, yes, we deleted all the data and AI models you told us to, Mr. FTC commissioner. Can you prove that we didn't?". - -J.M. Brown, ex-CEO of disbanded company Evil, Inc., now CEO of new company, EvilPhoenix, Inc.

    2. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: Coincidence?

      How long will it be before we see an article about GPT-3's AI problems?

      Haven't we already? I guess I can't remember for sure but I'd be willing to bet the Reg had an article about when GPT-3 was testing responses to people regarding mental health issues, and advised some to commit suicide!

    3. Aleph0

      Re: Coincidence?

      Destroy your AI models, and delete the data

      Good. Now some authority with a spine should do the same to Clearview for its facial recognition model trained with dodgily-obtained data (photos scraped from social media). Though since they're pimping that service to law enforcement bodies around the world I won't hold my breath for it actually happening...

    4. TRT Silver badge

      Re: Coincidence?

      Hi, yeah... I have a problem... it just crashed fatally. Which product? Oh yeah, sorry GPT-3.

  2. Cederic Silver badge

    be silly, get sacked

    Publicly posting about flaws in your employer's product is frankly stupid.

    If it's causing a public health risk, use whistleblower mechanisms. If it's not, stay quiet. Or get sacked.

    No sympathy here.

    1. lglethal Silver badge

      Re: be silly, get sacked

      Yeah I have to agree. Running a Youtube channel about your company's products without your company's permission is always going to end one way. Especially when you're showing up the company's failures!


    2. My-Handle

      Re: be silly, get sacked

      From a purely legal standpoint, most employment contracts usually have terms in them about not acting against company interests (inside or outside of work hours). Examples can include moonlighting for a competitor or, just off the top of my head you understand, using a public platform to bag out the company that employs you.

    3. Josh 14

      Re: be silly, get sacked

      This is exactly what I've been thinking of this idiocy, the whole time I've been seeing news reports about this popping up this past week.

      Idiot posts videos of what he's being paid to do. Most employers I've worked for would have canned him just for posting video taken on company time, much less ones that are defamatory or actually derogatory to the employer.

      Working for a tech industry company, I can't imagine that they didn't have some sort of intellectual property statement in the employment contract...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: be silly, get sacked

        my, my - such good capitalists you are. There is the small detail here that human life could be at risk here, but hey, there's an employment contract so don't say a word.....

        Perhaps you might feel different if, say, the errant Telsa ran over a member of your immediate family?

        in any case the fellow does not seem overly bitter about being dismissed and has probably calculated that the exposure he is getting for example, here, could pay his way in the future without such employment contracts to watch out for....

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Starts with a C and ends with a T


    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: Starts with a C and ends with a T


  4. Mayday


    I, or those like me, would get disciplined/sacked/sued if I posted online about things which my company may have ballsed up.

    Particularly if it were on YouTube and directly related to a term which would be commonly searched for and subsequently exposing the business.

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