Comment on media coverage of my latest research

In general, I appreciate the media coverage of my research on deception abilities in LLMs. Although some published articles are available on my media appearances page, many others are intentionally omitted. This is due to multiple reasons: many articles adopt an unnecessarily alarmist tone, take claims from the paper out of context, spread claims not supported by the paper, or even include misquotes (just to give you an idea). Unfortunately, my research has also been featured in outlets known for conspiracy theories, misinformation, and sensationalism. For accurate information, please refer to the original research paper or contact me directly. Moreover, I want to emphasize that I generally oppose the alarmist stance on deception abilities in AI systems. While even peer-reviewed research papers make surreal claims √† la “deceptive AI systems could be used to persuade potential terrorists to join a terrorist organization and commit acts of terror” (source), I believe a more down-to-earth approach is necessary. Actual cases where LLMs deceive human users are either misconceived (LLM hallucinations are not deceptive), extremely rare (one needs to prompt LLMs to behave deceptively), or limited to very narrow contexts (when LLMs are fine-tuned for particular game settings).