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  • Robot judge

    OpenAI’s Technology Tests Legal Limits

    Among the many factors driving the future direction of OpenAI’s generative AI, legal limits may be the most important. A number of lawsuits alleging copyright infringement and plagiarism are challenging the technology’s limits. How will the AI and laws reach a future accommodation?

  • Robot writing

    Human News Must Be Written By Humans: It Is Our Story To Tell

    News stories are increasingly AI-written, and a chilling example of what can go wrong was displayed in a recent report on the murder of a young woman. While the economic pressures on journalism reduce its quality and quantity, special caution is required in the use of artificial intelligence to write and broadcast news of human events.

  • Cybercriminals Target Telescopes, Hospitals, and Libraries: Is This The Way It Has To Be?

    The August cyberattack against an important telescope facility brought its operation and the scientific research dependent on it to a halt for two months. It’s part of an increasing number of attacks on critical infrastructure that calls for a higher priority on eliminating criminal threats to our technology. Are we sitting ducks? Surely the brain power of 7.8 billion humans can be applied to the essential task of defending ourselves.

  • Wikipedia outage notice

    Wikipedia: Let’s Value and Protect a Wealth of Human Knowledge

    When so much of human data is indexed by powerful AIs, it’s crucial that we preserve the ability to curate our own history and accomplishments. Imagine if Wikipedia, the free repository of human knowledge, were to go dark from lack of contributions? Let’s value and preserve the benefits it provides.

  • Information is Lost When Technology Standardises Language

    As technology standardises spelling and our use of language, historical information on the origin and meaning of words embedded in their symbols is lost. Without important data on human meaning and intentions at specific times, we need to be careful in judging our ancestors for their expressions, using today’s standards.

  • The Guardian headline of Geoffrey Hinton resignation

    Knowledge is Power: Two Changes to Data Privacy to Protect the Value of Human Data

    Neural network pioneer Geoffrey Hinton’s resignation from Google so that he can speak his mind freely about AI risks gives reason to reconsider the path of machine learning that we’re now on. How much are the machines learning about us, and what are their programmers doing with that knowledge? We propose two changes for privacy policies that protect the value of human data.

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