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AI & Society

Your Voice, Your Choice: AI-Powered Tool Modifies Voices in Real Time

A startup enables people who participate in voice chat to use realistic artificial voices in real time. What’s new: Massachusetts-based Modulate offers a voice-masking tool to forestall harassment of people, particularly women and trans individuals,
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AI & Society

White House Supports Limits on AI: U.S. Rules Protect Citizens from AI-Powered Surveillance and Discrimination

As governments worldwide mull their AI strategies and policies, the Biden administration called for a “bill of rights” to mitigate adverse consequences.What’s new: Top advisors to the U.S. president announced a plan to issue rules
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AI & Society

Search Goes Multimodal: Google Upgrades its Search Algorithm with Multimodal AI

Google will upgrade its search engine with a new model that tracks the relationships between words, images, and, in time, videos — the first fruit of its latest research into multimodal machine learning and multilingual language modeling.
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AI & Society

Roll Over, Beethoven: AI Completes Beethoven's 10th Symphony

Ludwig van Beethoven died before he completed what would have been his tenth and final symphony. A team of computer scientists and music scholars approximated the music that might have been.
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AI & Society

The Social Nightmare: Facebook Whistleblower Exposes How Company Harms Users

Scrutiny of Facebook intensified after a whistleblower leaked internal research showing the company has known that its ongoing drive to engage users has harmed individuals and society at large.
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AI & Society

Who Needs a Covid Test? AI Decides: Greek Border Patrol Used AI to Screen for Covid

Greece’s border agents last year had enough Covid tests to swab only 17 percent of people who sought to enter the country. They managed the shortage by using an AI system to flag high-risk visitors.
Graphs with results of a new study regarding NeurIPS 2014 and its impact on machine learning
AI & Society

Conference Paper Choices Under Fire: NeurIPS Failed to Identify High Impact Research

A prestigious machine learning conference failed to highlight the highest-impact research, according to a new study.What’s new: In a retrospective analysis, researchers found that papers accepted to NeurIPS 2014 showed little correlation
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AI & Society

Too Fabulous for Face Recognition: Makeup May Fool Some Face Recognition Systems

Drop off your adversarial hats, eyeglasses, and tee shirts to the second-hand store. The latest fashion statement is adversarial makeup. What’s new: Researchers at Ben-Gurion University and NEC developed a system
Nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's funeral
AI & Society

Distance Killing: Israeli Agents Assasinated Iranian Scientist With AI-Sniper Rifle

A remote sniper used an automated system to take out a human target located thousands of miles away.What happened: The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad used an AI-assisted rifle in the November killing of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist,
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AI & Society

UN Calls Out AI: UN Report Highlights AI-Related Risks for Privacy, Bias

Human rights officials called for limits on some uses of AI.What’s new: Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to the organization’s member states to suspend certain
Video showing diagnostic system VirtuSense Balance working
AI & Society

Risk Reduction for Elders: AI System Helps Elderly Stay on Their Feet

Deep learning is helping to protect elderly people from potentially catastrophic tumbles.What’s happening: More than 2,000 senior living facilities across the U.S. use a diagnostic system called VirtuSense Balance
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AI & Society

Rules for Recommenders: China Bans Harmful Recommendation Algorithms

China moved toward a clamp down on recommendation algorithms.What’s new: China’s internet regulatory agency proposed rules that include banning algorithms that spread disinformation and threaten national security.
Results of survey about how AI Engineers vs US public feel about ethical issues
AI & Society

AI Engineers Weigh In on AI Ethics: Survey Shows How AI Engineers Feel About Ethical Issues

Machine learning researchers tend to trust international organizations, distrust military forces, and disagree on how much disclosure is necessary when describing new models, a new study found.
A new framework that helps models “unlearn” information selectively and incrementally
AI & Society

Deep Unlearning: AI Researchers Teach Models to Unlearn Data

Privacy advocates want deep learning systems to forget what they’ve learned. What’s new: Researchers are seeking ways to remove the influence of particular training examples, such as an individual’s personal information, from a trained model without affecting its performance, Wired reported.
Animation showing NarxCare, a system that analyzes databases that track drug prescriptions in the US
AI & Society

Fighting Addiction or Denying Care?: NarxCare Medical AI Denies Painkillers to Patients in Need

An epidemic of opioid abuse in the U.S. killed 93,000 people in 2020 alone. An algorithm intended to help doctors prescribe the drugs responsibly may be barring worthy patients from pain relief.

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