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#69. 🎯 OpenAI sued for defamation | ⚡️ electricity wheeling in South Africa | 🔌 GM joins Ford to adopt Tesla charger

PLUS: ChatGPT-written Black Mirror episode | ChatGPT's bias against non-English languages | Japanese battery storage project | basic energy access | ZEEKR X SUV | 62 miles (100 km) range in 3 minutes


  • Georgia man Mark Walters sues OpenAI for defamation, claiming ChatGPT generated a false legal complaint accusing him of fraud and embezzlement.

  • The alleged false report was provided to a journalist seeking details about a real lawsuit, in which Walters has no involvement.

  • The incident is related to an AI problem known as "hallucination", where the AI generates completely false information.

  • OpenAI and other AI companies have acknowledged the issue of AI hallucinations, which could exacerbate online disinformation.

  • Last month, a lawyer used ChatGPT to generate a legal brief, which cited several nonexistent cases, stirring controversy.

  • OpenAI has announced they are working on a new method of AI training to address the issue of hallucinations.

AI: The Undiscovered Country
A (very!) brief overview of AI law &
how to integrate ChatGPT in your workflow
By Marc Hoag

Presented by the Beverly Hills Bar Association

June 13, 2023, 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT

1.0 hour CLE credit

  • Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker experimented with using ChatGPT to generate an episode script, but was unimpressed with the results.

  • Brooker criticizes the AI-written script as lacking original thought, stating it seemed to mash together synopses of past episodes.

  • The creator plans to break previous patterns in the upcoming season of Black Mirror, challenging his own rules for the anthology show.

  • ChatGPT, a language model AI, and other similar systems, reportedly show bias towards English language, amplifying existing disparities in global commerce and innovation.

  • While these AI chatbots can efficiently translate other languages into English, they struggle to translate English into non-Latin scripted languages, and fail to fluently mix languages in the same utterance.

  • This could exacerbate the professional pressure to learn English for non-English speakers, potentially enhancing the influence and imposition of English that began with the British Empire.

  • AI researchers are sounding the alarm about these biases, highlighting the need to improve multilingual support and provide more comprehensive data sets for non-English languages.

  • Despite improvements in newer models, like Google's PaLM 2, these systems still primarily support English or a limited number of languages, with others expected to be added over time.

  • Researchers suggest that collecting more diverse language data and introducing more stringent controls on content inclusion for each language could help enhance the quality of non-English outputs.



  • The City of Cape Town has approved a pilot program to permit electricity wheeling, allowing the transportation of electricity from a generator to a remote end-user through existing transmission systems.

  • 15 commercial electricity suppliers have been given authorization to start selling electricity through Cape Town's grid, with full-scale implementation expected by the end of the year.

  • Electricity wheeling can help unlock potential in the solar sector, particularly where high-energy consumers, such as data centers or factories, don't have sufficient space for solar panels but can arrange agreements with remote generators.

  • Wheeling enables the sale of electricity between market participants rather than a regulated environment, as energy prices are set between the parties and not by the City, Eskom, or the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).

  • Wheeling is also seen as a solution for space-constrained sites or sensitive heritage locations that may not want to visually disrupt their current environment with solar panels, but can benefit from solar generation through a wheeling partnership.

  • Japan's Itochu Corp, Osaka Gas Co, and Tokyo Century Corp have jointly established a power storage company.

  • The joint venture will begin construction of large-scale lithium-ion storage batteries in Osaka prefecture in the first half of the current fiscal year, with a launch planned in 2025.

  • Batteries play a crucial role in Japan's goal to become carbon neutral by 2050 by helping store renewable energy and smooth out output fluctuations.

  • The project will have a capacity of 23 megawatt hours and an output of 11 megawatt. Itochu will provide storage batteries and construction, Osaka Gas will manage power trading, and Tokyo Century will handle business management.

  • Japan aims to attract over $24 billion in investments from both public and private sectors to develop domestic battery production capacity of 150 gigawatt hours by 2030, and achieve global production by Japanese companies of 600 GWh.

  • A report by international agencies reveals that the world is not on track to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, pertaining to universal energy access, by 2030.

  • Current efforts, including the increased use of renewables in the power sector, are insufficient. Global energy access gaps persist with 675 million people lacking electricity and 2.3 billion reliant on harmful cooking fuels.

  • The report warns that mounting debt and rising energy prices are worsening the outlook for universal clean energy access, with projections showing 1.9 billion people without clean cooking and 660 million without electricity access by 2030 if current efforts continue.

  • There has been a decrease in international public financial flows supporting clean energy in low and middle-income countries, and reforms are needed to unlock investments.

  • The percentage of the world’s population with electricity access rose from 84% in 2010 to 91% in 2021. However, access growth has slowed since 2019, with a significant gap persisting in urban areas.

  • The global use of renewable electricity increased from 26.3% in 2019 to 28.2% in 2020, marking the largest single-year increase since tracking began for the SDGs.


  • General Motors (GM) announces that it will adopt Tesla's North American Charging Standard (NACS) for its future electric vehicles.

  • This follows Ford's decision to integrate NACS into its EVs, further solidifying NACS as the new charging standard for electric cars in North America.

  • The first GM vehicles with the NACS plug are expected in 2025 and GM EV owners will have access to Tesla’s Supercharger network starting in 2024 with a CCS to NACS adapter.

  • GM CEO Mary Barra cited the efficient design of Tesla's connector and the robustness of Tesla's Supercharger network as key reasons for the adoption.

  • With Ford and GM on board, all other automakers and charging station operators producing for the North American market will likely adopt NACS.

  • Emerging EV automaker ZEEKR has begun production of its new "X" SUV, positioning it as a competitor to Tesla and other premium automakers.

  • ZEEKR, launched by parent company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd in 2021, has produced 100,000 EVs across two models, with the X SUV being the third.

  • The company has an ambitious 2023 plan that includes a fourth model, a potential IPO, and expansion into Europe.

  • The X SUV, priced under $30,000, is set to compete with other EV manufacturers, with initial deliveries expected to start by mid-June in China, followed by Europe.

  • ZEEKR plans to deliver at least 40,000 units of the X SUV this year, with premium features such as 5G AI, facial recognition, and an optional in-vehicle refrigerator.

  • EVBox, based in Amsterdam, has launched the first standalone 400 kW EV charging station, the EVBox Troniq High Power.

  • This charger can add up to 62 miles (100 km) of range to an electric vehicle in just three minutes, if the vehicle can support this level of power.

  • The charger can dynamically share its power between two EVs, potentially providing each vehicle with 200 kW.

  • Over five months of testing, the charger logged more than 4,000 successful charging sessions and over 1,700 hours of active charging, delivering over 91 MWh of energy to electric vehicles.

  • EVBox plans to produce up to 2,000 units of this charger in 2023 at its Bordeaux factory, with orders expected to be fulfilled from September 2023 in Europe.


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