Week to 10 October 2022


A few of my highlights in today’s newsletter are the WIRED piece on developments in self-supervised learning, the resurfacing of the regulation v. innovation debate in the Guardian, and some comments on AI regulation in the US and EU (including lessons learned from the Dutch government’s disastrous experiments) in Politico, The Washington Post and Wired.

There is also some focus on ‘AI for Good’, particularly The Register story on retina scanning for health-care, and how – rather than replacing doctors – AI may actually free them up to take on more patient facing roles (The New York Times).

Hidden away in The Register is also the result of an EFF FOI request indicating plans to actively integrate police and AI assistance, including the use of facial recognition. This is, I think, probably on the cards in most places, but really could really mark a dramatic step change in police surveillance capabilities (Xinjiang) bringing us right back to the start and the regulation debate.


‘Dutch scandal serves as a warning for Europe over risks of using algorithms’, Politico

‘White House unveils Artificial Intelligence ‘Bill of Rights’’, The Washington Post

‘Biden’s AI Bill of Rights Is Toothless Against Big Tech’, WIRED

‘Google’s new AI can hear a snippet of a song—and then keep on playing’, MIT Technology Review

‘Boston Dynamics, Agility and others pen letter condemning weaponized ‘general purpose’ robots’, TechCrunch

‘Top robot companies pledge not to add weapons to their tech to avoid harm risk’, The Guardian

‘Israel uses Palestine as a lab to test surveillance tech’, Coda Story 

‘New AI might stop eagles from getting stuck in German wind turbines’, I Am Expat Germany 

‘Strengthening Cooperation in Artificial Intelligence in Southern Africa’, UNESCO

‘Google’s AI Videos Point to a Machine-Generated Future’, The Washington Post

‘Tech firms say laws to protect us from bad AI will limit ‘innovation’. Well, good’, The Guardian

‘In the Battle With Robots, Human Workers are Winning’, New York Times

‘AI’s sudden big leap forward into usefulness’, Financial Times

‘AI eye-scanner can tell whether you’ll croak it from a heart attack’, The Register

‘Someone’s at last helping AI models understand those with speech disabilities’, The Register

‘Self-Taught AI May Have a Lot in Common with the Human Brain’, WIRED

‘Lab explores dystopian future of AI helping cops catch criminals’, The Register

‘UK Government Failing on AI Regulation’, Open Rights Group

‘Leveling Up: AI Co-Pilots Are the Future of Flying’, National Interest

‘Will the Army Turn Artificial Intelligence Against Its Enemies?’, National Interest

Journal Articles 

‘Literature review of the reciprocal value of artificial and human intelligence in early childhood education’, Lucrezia Crescenzi-Lanna, Journal of Research on Technology in Education

‘A new regulatory framework for algorithm-powered recommendation services in China’, Fei Yang and Yu Yao, Nature Machine Intelligence

‘From ‘Human Control’ in International Law to ‘Human Oversight’ in the New EU Act on Artificial Intelligence’, Juliane Beck and Thomas Burri, Research Handbook on Meaningful Human Control of Artificial Intelligence Systems (Elgar, forthcoming) 

‘Reimagining the role of technology in sport officiating: how artificial intelligence (AI) supports the design and delivery of ecologically dynamic development processes’, Katherine A O’Brien and Michael O’Keeffe, Managing Sport and Leisure 

Intellectual Property Law and Artificial Intelligence’, Alina Trapova, Encyclopedia of International Economic Law(Elgar, forthcoming) 

‘We, the Robots? Regulating Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of the Law (Introduction)’, Simon Chesterman, We, the Robots? Regulating Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of the Law (Cambridge University Press)

‘The unbearable (technical) unreliability of automated facial emotion recognition’, Federico Cabitza, Andrea Campagner, and Martina Mattioli, Big Data & Society 

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