Big tech tries to derail EU AI policy with ‘warnings’ from US think tank

Vampire tech

EU policymakers recently proposed a sweeping set of regulations called the Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA). If made law, the AIA would offer European citizens the strictest, most comprehensive protections against predatory AI systems on the planet. And big tech is terrified.

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Lying, corrupt, anti-American cops are running amok with AI

Police

Hundreds of thousands of law enforcement agents in the US have the authority to use blackbox AI to conduct unethical surveillance, generate evidence, and circumvent our Fourth Amendment protections. And there’s little reason to believe anyone’s going to do anything about it. The problem is that blackbox AI systems are a goldmine for startups, big tech, and politicians. And, since the general public is ignorant about what they do or how they’re being used, law enforcement agencies have carte blanche do whatever they want.

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Why don’t we see AI In Politics?

I'm not a robot

While AI is the star of the show in other fields like medicine and security, in politics, it is nothing more than a backstage tech worker adjusting the lights and opening the curtains. This difference in the role of AI reflects the inherently social nature of politics—there are opinions, bias, debates, and reputations at stake when AI is incorporated into a social science like politics, making its involvement a risky strategy for political campaigners.

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Turning Point: A Book Review and Strategic Reading List

Their penchant for utilizing a new term, hyperwar, notwithstanding, Brookings Scholars Darrell West and John Allen successfully articulate several issues surrounding Artificial Intelligence in their 2020 book, Turning Point: Policy Making in the Era of Artificial Intelligence. My full review can be found on Amazon, but this blog post will focus primarily on their sixth chapter: Defense.

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The future of US AI policy may hinge on a pretend war against a fictional China

Shall we play a game

War is coming. Later this year the US military will fight its most advanced war campaign ever as it faces off against a fictionalized version of China. The battles will be fake, but the results should provide the government with everything it needs to justify the mass development of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). The era of government-controlled killer robots is upon us.

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How Mark Kelly used conversational AI to help win a Senate seat

Conversational artificial intelligence has rapidly smartened and scaled since chatbots first entered mainstream social media in 2016. The first few iterations of chatbots on Facebook Messenger were simple, enabling restaurant reservations, flower deliveries, and other structured calls to action. Now, roughly one U.S. presidential term later, conversational experiences are increasingly intuitive.

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How innovation is AI’s nuclear button

Ask any historian and they will tell you that technology and innovation is the pinnacle and trademark symbol of mankind. Civilisation as we know arrived due to impressive irrigation, “urban development, social stratification, a form of government, and symbolic systems of communication.” All invented through the name of smart human thinking, in order words innovations and inventions.

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Constructive ways to take power back from Big Tech

Facebook launched an independent oversight board and recommitted to privacy reforms this week, but after years of promises made and broken, nobody seems convinced that real change is afoot. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to decide shortly whether to sue Facebook, sources told the New York Times, following a $5 billion fine levied last year.

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Detecting COVID-19 outbreaks through wastewater monitoring

Testing individual members of the population at scale is expensive and logistically difficult: limited laboratory equipment and medical facilities make it almost impossible to test an entire country’s population. A cheaper and logistically simpler strategy is to analyze sewage. Because COVID-19 and other viruses can be detected in human excrement, wastewater treatment plants offer aggregated information.

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Analyzing the chaotic Presidential Debate 2020 with text mining techniques

Thanks to the internet, now the world knew about the Presidential Debate 2020 that went out of control. All of the major news stations were reporting about how the participants were interrupting and sniping at one another.
I decided to put together an article that focuses on analyzing the words used in the event and see if there are any hidden insights.

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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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