In latest big tech antitrust push, Germany’s FCO eyes Google News Showcase fine print

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The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s very active competition authority, isn’t letting the grass grow under new powers it gained this year to tackle big tech: The Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has just announced a third proceeding against Google.

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European AI needs strategic leadership, not overregulation

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The EU Commission recently proposed a new set of stringent rules to regulate AI, citing an urgent need. With the global race to regulate AI officially on, the EU published a detailed proposal on how AI should be regulated, explicitly banning some uses and defining those it considers “high-risk,” planning to ban the use of AI that threatens people’s rights and safety.

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To ensure inclusivity, the Biden administration must double down on AI development initiatives

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The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) issued a report last month delivering an uncomfortable public message: America is not prepared to defend or compete in the AI era. It leads to two key questions that demand our immediate response: Will the U.S. continue to be a global superpower if it falls behind in AI development and deployment? And what can we do to change this trajectory?

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Europe lays out plan for risk-based AI rules to boost trust and uptake

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European Union lawmakers have presented their risk-based proposal for regulating high risk applications of artificial intelligence within the bloc’s single market. The plan includes prohibitions on a small number of use-cases that are considered too dangerous to people’s safety or EU citizens’ fundamental rights, such as a China-style social credit scoring system or certain types of AI-enabled mass surveillance.

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Google is changing its paper review process following internal revolt

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Google is making changes to how it reviews papers following an internal revolt over the company’s controversial practices. Leading AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru was fired from Google in December last year after sending an email to colleagues which criticised the company’s practices. Gebru claims Google blocks the publication of papers that may cause criticism […]

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A case for AI regulation

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Who will benefit from advances in artificial intelligence? And should we be worried? Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are likely to be of most benefit to three groups: the wealthy, those who have specialist skills in jobs that are not easily automated, and those who can work effectively with intelligent machines. These groups of people represent a minority that will have a marked advantage in the future over the rest of humanity. However, advances in AI could benefit everyone while still bolstering inequality.

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Google is leaking AI talent following ethicist’s controversial firing

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Some high-profile AI experts have departed Google after the controversial firing of leading ethicist Timnit Gebru. Gebru was fired from Google after criticising the company’s practices in an email following a dispute over a paper she was told not to publish which questioned whether language models can be too big and whether they can increase…

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From whistleblower laws to unions: How Google’s AI ethics meltdown could shape policy

It’s been two weeks since Google fired Timnit Gebru, a decision that still seems incomprehensible. Gebru is one of the most highly regarded AI ethics researchers in the world, a pioneer whose work has highlighted the ways tech fails marginalized communities when it comes to facial recognition and more recently large language models.

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EU human rights agency issues report on AI ethical considerations

The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has issued a report on AI which delves into the ethical considerations which must be made about the technology. FRA’s report is titled Getting The Future Right and opens with some of the ways AI is already making lives better—such as helping with cancer diagnosis, and even predicting…

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Access Now resigns from Partnership on AI due to lack of change among tech companies

International digital and human rights organization Access Now has resigned in protest from the Partnership on AI (PAI), citing a lack of meaningful change on the part of businesses associated with the group and their failure to incoporate positions held by civil society organizations.

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Tech execs urge Washington to accelerate AI adoption for national security

Tech execs urge Washington to accelerate AI adoption for national security

Today, the National Security Commission on AI released a set of 35 recommendations, ranging from the creation of an accredited university for training AI talent to speeding up Pentagon applications of AI in an age of algorithmic warfare.

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