Autonomous aircraft taking off and landing
AI & Society

Autonomous Weapons Gain Support

A panel of AI experts appointed by the U.S. government came out against a ban on autonomous weapons. A draft report from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence recommends against a proposed international global prohibition of AI-enabled autonomous weapon systems.
Art pieces with subjective commentary regarding their emotional impact
AI & Society

How Art Makes AI Feel

An automated art critic spells out the emotional impact of images. Led by Panos Achlioptas, researchers at Ecole Polytechnique, King Abdullah University, and Stanford University trained a deep learning system to generate subjective interpretations of art.
Netradyne Driveri system used to monitore Amazon's delivery drivers working
AI & Society

Eyes On Drivers

Amazon is monitoring its delivery drivers with in-vehicle cameras that alert supervisors to dangerous behavior. The online retail giant rolled out a ceiling-mounted surveillance system that flags drivers who, say, read texts, fail to use seatbelts, exceed the speed limit, or ignore a stop sign.
Scale of justice symbol over a map of India
AI & Society

Fairness East and West

Western governments and institutions struggling to formulate principles of algorithmic fairness tend to focus on issues like race and gender. A new study of AI in India found a different set of key issues.
AI & Society

Pain Points in Black and White

A model designed to assess medical patients’ pain levels matched the patients’ own reports better than doctors’ estimates did — when the patients were Black.
GPT-Neo related animation
AI & Society

Language Models Want to Be Free: EleutherAI is Making an Open Source Version of GPT-3

A grassroots research collective aims to make a GPT-3 clone that’s available to everyone. EleutherAI, a loose-knit group of independent researchers, is developing GPT-Neo, an open source, free-to-use version of OpenAI’s gargantuan language model.
Facebook service describing a photo on Instagram
AI & Society

Every Picture Tells a Story

Facebook expanded a system of vision, language, and speech models designed to open the social network to users who are visually impaired. A Facebook service that describes photos in a synthesized voice now recognizes 1,200 visual concepts — 10 times more than the previous version.
Drone flying over a massive field
AI & Society

Drones Unleashed

U.S. regulators for the first time allowed commercial operators of autonomous aerial vehicles to fly out of operators’ sight. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration authorized drone maker American Robotics to fly without requirement.
Series of images related to water lines replacement and poisoned water
AI & Society

AI Versus Lead Poisoning

An algorithm is helping cities locate pipes that could release highly toxic lead into drinking water. BlueConduit, a startup that focuses on water safety, is working with dozens of North American municipal governments to locate lead water lines so they can be replaced.
Face detection being used on a person during assault on the U.S. Capitol
AI & Society

AI Truths, AI Falsehoods

Face recognition is being used to identify people involved in last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol. It’s also being misused to support their cause.
Covid Fast Fax operating
AI & Society

The Fax About Tracking Covid

A pair of neural networks is helping to prioritize Covid-19 cases for contact tracing. The public health department of California’s Contra Costa County is using deep learning to sort Covid-19 cases reported via the pre-internet technology known as fax.
AI-generated images with the model DALL-E
AI & Society

Tell Me a Picture

Two new models show a surprisingly sharp sense of the relationship between words and images. OpenAI, the for-profit research lab, announced a pair of models that have produced impressive results in multimodal learning: DALL·E.
Animation alternating sad and happy emojis
AI & Society

Online Clues to Mental Illness: NLP Model Analyzes Social Media for Signs of Mental Illness

Can social media posts reveal early signs of mental illness? A new machine learning model shows promising results. Researchers developed a model that analyzes messages and images posted by Facebook users for indicators of psychological problems.
United States Capitol
AI & Society

U.S. New Year’s Resolutions for AI

U.S. lawmakers authorized a slew of national programs that promote artificial intelligence research, development, and deployment, and support efforts to make sure the results are ethical and trustworthy.
Ilya Sutskever
AI & Society

Ilya Sutskever: Fusion of Language and Vision

The past year was the first in which general-purpose models became economically useful. GPT-3, in particular, demonstrated that large language models have surprising linguistic competence and the ability to perform a wide variety of useful tasks.

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