AI Ethics Weekly – Feb 9: Dystopian AI Redux

AI Ethics Weekly – Feb 9: Dystopian AI Redux
February 8, 2021 LH3_Admin

As the questionable uses of AI continue to grow exponentially, ethicists and law makers are scrambling to keep up.


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Orwellian’ AI lie detector project challenged in EU court
CharlotteNaN.EU @TweetinChar
“A legal challenge was heard today in Europe’s Court of Justice in relation to a controversial EU-funded research project using artificial intelligence for facial “lie detection” with the aim of speeding up immigration checks.”

Two Google engineers resign over firing of AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru
Jeffrey Dastin @JLDastin
An engineering director and a software developer have quit Alphabet Inc’s Google over the dismissal of AI researcher Timnit Gebru, a sign of the ongoing conflicts at the search giant over diversity and ethics.

Is big tech now just too big to stomach?
The Guardian @guardian
“The coronavirus pandemic has wrought economic disruption on a global scale, but one sector has marched on throughout the chaos: big tech.Further evidence of the industry’s relentless progress has come in recent weeks with the news that Apple and Amazon both raked in sales of $100bn (£72bn) over the past three months.”

TikTok Told Moderators: Suppress Posts by the “Ugly” and Poor users
Adore Me @AdoreMe
“Today, The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil are publishing two internal TikTok moderation documents. One lays out bans for ideologically undesirable content in livestreams, and another describes algorithmic punishments for unattractive and impoverished users.”

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