Awesome, not awesome.
“…the right kind of AI can improve the way humans relate to one another… For instance, the political scientist Kevin Munger directed specific kinds of bots to intervene after people sent racist invective to other people online. He showed that, under certain circumstances, a bot that simply reminded the perpetrators that their target was a human being, one whose feelings might get hurt, could cause that person’s use of racist speech to decline for more than a month.” — Nicholas A. Christakis, physician and sociologist Learn More from The Atlantic >
“The single most important way to instill trust in A.I.s is to align their business models with the ecology of stakeholders, and by ensuring that they operate through internalizing possible risks and harms into their decision-making. Techno-utopians frequently make the mistake of imagining benevolent A.I.s that mysteriously pop out of labs to solve our problems, while ignoring how the business models of the companies that created them are constrained by bad incentives. If Facebook’s negative impacts over the last year have taught us anything, it’s that we should never underestimate the damage created by misaligned business models.” — Tristan Harris, Co-founder. Learn More from The New York Times >
What we’re reading.
1/ Prosecutors in Arizona don’t plan to file charges against Uber for the fatal accident caused by one of its cars driving in autonomous mode — a sign that there’s still no general consensus as to criminal liability in the case of self-driving collisions. Learn More from The New York Times >
2/ Congress plans artificial intelligence regulation that would enable audits on algorithms when the FTC audits receives complaints of demonstrated systematic bias. Learn More from The Intercept >
3/ Artificial intelligence will pave the way for automated game design that can be “constantly redesigning itself and refreshing itself” — making each experience of playing a game feel like the first time. Learn More from The Verge >
4/ A recent study done by an investment firm shows that 40% of European startups claiming to use artificial intelligence are not. Learn More from MIT Technology Review >
5/ Tech workers speaking out against unethical AI practices seem to be working more effective in curbing companies’ actions than regulation to this point. Learn More from The New York Times >
6/ AI “artists” are turning the world of art on its head, much like the renowned artist Banksy has. Learn More from The Atlantic >
7/ Attendees at the New York Times’ New Work Summit lay out 10 ground rules in an attempt to shape the future of ethical AI design. Learn More from The New York Times >
What we’re building.
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