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AI & Society

Foundations of Evil: The Fear of Weapons of Mass Destruction Designed by AI

A growing number of AI models can be put to purposes their designers didn’t envision. Does that include heinous deeds?
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AI & Society

Your Coworkers Aren’t Human: Confronting the Fear of a White Collar AI Takeover

The new remote administrative assistant is a little too perky, hardworking, and efficient. Is it because he’s a bot?
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AI & Society

Inhuman Resources: Confronting the Fear of AI-Powered Hiring in 2022

Companies are using AI to screen and even interview job applicants. What happens when out-of-control algorithms are the human resources department?
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AI & Society

The Black Box Awakens: Confronting the Fear of Self-Aware AI in 2022

AI researchers are starting to see ghosts in their machines. Are they hallucinations, or does a dawning consciousness haunt the trained weights?
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AI & Society

AI Chips Spark International Tension: U.S. Blocks AI Chip Sales to China

New U.S. restrictions on chip sales aim to hamper China’s AI efforts. The U.S. government published sweeping limits on sales of processors that involve U.S. designs and technology to Chinese businesses. U.S. officials stated that the restrictions are meant to prevent China from militarizing AI.
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AI & Society

New Clarity on Rules for Medical AI: FDA Guidance on AI Medical Devices for 2022

The United States paved the way to regulate AI systems in healthcare. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) interpreted existing rules that govern health-related software to include some machine learning algorithms.
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AI & Society

Wreckage Recognition: AI System Spots Hurricane Ian Damage

A machine learning model identified areas likely to have been damaged by Hurricane Leo as it swept through the southern United States.
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AI & Society

Panopticon Down Under: Australian Prisons Adopt Face Recognition

A state in Australia plans to outfit prisons with face recognition. Corrective Services NSW, the government agency that operates nearly every prison in New South Wales, contracted the U.S.-based IT firm Unisys to replace a previous system.
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AI & Society

Parsing Commands Into Actions: NLP Helps Google Robot Understand Spoken Instructions

A new method enables robots to respond helpfully to verbal commands by pairing a natural language model with a repertoire of existing skills.
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AI & Society

Toward Machines That LOL: Scientists Teach a Speech Recognition Robot to Laugh

Even if we manage to stop robots from taking over the world, they may still have the last laugh. Researchers at Kyoto University developed a series of neural networks that enable a robot engaged in spoken conversation to chortle along with its human interlocutor.
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AI & Society

Regulating AI in Undefined Terms: Experts Debate Definitions in European Union’s AI Act

A proposed European Union law that seeks to control AI is raising questions about what kinds of systems it would regulate. Experts at a roundtable staged by the Center for Data Innovation debated the implications of limitations in the EU’s forthcoming Artificial Intelligence Act.
Capture of Honorlock, an AI-powered software designed to catch students who cheat on academic examinations
AI & Society

Court Blocks AI-Assisted Proctoring: AI Cheating Software Loses in Court

A U.S. court ruled against an implementation of AI-powered software designed to catch students who cheat on academic examinations.
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AI & Society

Spotting Tax Cheats From Overhead: French Authorities Use AI to Tax Pool Owners

French tax authorities netted nearly €10 million using an automated system to identify unregistered pools
China's AI ROI: AI May Add $600 Billion to China's Economy by 2030
AI & Society

China's AI ROI: AI May Add $600 Billion to China's Economy by 2030

China’s investment in AI business, infrastructure, and research could pay off big over the next decade.
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AI & Society

Misinformation Recognition: Google Updated its Search Engine to Minimize Disinformation

Google updated the Multitask Unified model its search algorithm to respond to the flood of misinformation on the web.

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