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Animated map shows U.S. states that enacted AI laws in 2021 and 2022.
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AI Regulations Proceed Locally: U.S. States Enact Laws Targeting AI

EPIC published a summary of AI-related laws that states and cities considered between January 2021 and August 2022.
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Animated graphs show statistics for autonomous vehicle collisions.
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Self-Driving Safety Check: U.S. Government Data Details 2021 Autonomous Vehicle Crashes

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) detailed autonomous vehicle collisions over a 12-month period.
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Ethical AI 2.0

Microsoft tightened the reins on both AI developers and customers.What’s new: The tech titan revised its Responsible AI Standard and restricted access to some AI capabilities accordingly.
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Meta Decentralizes AI Effort
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Meta Decentralizes AI Effort

The future of Big AI may lie with product-development teams.What’s new: Meta reorganized its AI division. Henceforth, AI teams will report to departments that develop key products.
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Ethics Team Scuttles Taser Drone
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Ethics Team Scuttles Taser Drone

A weaponized AI system intended to protect students has been grounded.What’s new: Axon, which makes law-enforcement equipment such as tasers and body cameras, canceled a plan to sell remote-controlled drones capable of firing
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Child-Welfare Agency Drops AI
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Child-Welfare Agency Drops AI

Officials in charge of protecting children stopped using a machine learning model designed to help them make decisions in difficult cases.What’s new: The U.S. state of Oregon halted its use of an algorithm intended to
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Actors Act Against AI
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Actors Act Against AI

Performing artists are taking action to protect their earning power against scene-stealing avatars.What’s new: Equity, a union of UK performing artists, launched a campaign to
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Two people drinking danger poison
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Logistic Regression: Follow the Curve

There was a moment when logistic regression was used to classify just one thing: If you drink a vial of poison, are you likely to be labeled “living” or “deceased”? Times have changed, and today not only does calling emergency services provide a better
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When Data = Danger

Amid rising social tension in the United States over reproductive freedom, a company that analyzes location data on abortion clinics stopped distributing its findings after a critical press report.
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Recognizing Workplace Hazards
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Recognizing Workplace Hazards

A wearable device may help warehouse workers avoid injuries.What’s new: Modjoul, maker of a system that evaluates risks to people engaged in physical labor, received an undisclosed sum from Amazon as part of a $1 billion
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AI Designs Chemical Weapons
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AI Designs Chemical Weapons

It’s surprisingly easy to turn a well-intended machine learning model to the dark side.What’s new: In an experiment, Fabio Urbina and colleagues at Collaborations Pharmaceuticals, who had built a drug-discovery model to design useful
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Scam Definitely
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Scam Definitely

Robocalls slip through smartphone spam filters, but a new generation of deep learning tools promises to tighten the net.What’s new: Research proposed fresh approaches to thwarting robocalls. Such innovations soon could be deployed in apps
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A Kinder, Gentler Language Model
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A Kinder, Gentler Language Model

OpenAI unveiled a more reliable successor to its GPT-3 natural language model.What’s new: InstructGPT is a version of GPT-3 fine-tuned to minimize harmful, untruthful, and biased output. It's available via an application programming
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Excerpts from ethical guidelines for contractors who develop its AI systems.
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Ethics for an Automated Army

The U.S. Department of Defense issued new ethical guidelines for contractors who develop its AI systems. The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit, which issues contracts for AI and other high-tech systems, issued guidelines that contractors must follow.
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Matt Zeiler
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Matt Zeiler: Advance AI for Good

There’s a reason why artificial intelligence is sometimes referred to as “software 2.0”: It represents the most significant technological advance in decades. Like any groundbreaking invention, it raises concerns about the future, and much of the media focus is on the threats it brings.
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