Dec 11, 2019

7 Posts

Amazon's Surveillance Network, AI That Gets the Facts Right, Deepfakes Get Regulated, Predicting Volcanic Eruptions
Dec 11, 2019

Amazon's Surveillance Network, AI That Gets the Facts Right, Deepfakes Get Regulated, Predicting Volcanic Eruptions

I’ve been thinking about AI and ethics. With the techlash and an erosion of trust in technology as a positive force, it’s more important than ever that we make sure the AI community acts ethically.
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Excerpt from Ring commercial
Dec 11, 2019

Neighborhood Watchers

Smart doorbell maker Ring has built its business by turning neighborhoods into surveillance networks. Now the company is drawing fire for using private data without informing customers and sharing data with police.
2 min read
Automatically generated text summary
Dec 11, 2019

Keeping the Facts Straight

Automatically generated text summaries are becoming common in search engines and news websites. But existing summarizers often mix up facts. For instance, a victim’s name might get switched for the perpetrator’s.
2 min read
Volcano erupting
Dec 11, 2019

Predicting the Next Eruption

AI is providing an early warning system for volcanoes on the verge of blowing their top. Researchers at the University of Leeds developed a neural net that scans satellite data for indications that the ground near a volcano is swelling—a sign it may be close to erupting.
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Face-swap
Dec 11, 2019

Fighting Fakes

China announced a ban on fake news, targeting deepfakes in particular. The Cyberspace Administration of China issued new rules restricting online audio and video, especially content created using AI.
2 min read
Observational dropout
Dec 11, 2019

Seeing the World Blindfolded

In reinforcement learning, if researchers want an agent to have an internal representation of its environment, they’ll build and train a world model that it can refer to. New research shows that world models can emerge from standard training, rather than needing to be built separately.
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Eric Schmidt on C-Span2
Dec 11, 2019

Transparency for Military AI

A U.S. federal judge ruled that the public must be able to see records from a government-chartered AI advisory group. The court decided that the National Security Commission on AI, which guides defense research into AI-powered warfighting technology, must respond to freedom-of-information requests.
1 min read

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