6 March 2023

Happy Monday! And here’s the song that managed to lighten up a very gloomy morning in London when it came on unexpectedly. I think because it reminded me of the Chipmunks?

I read a really interesting New Yorker piece on the use of AI to treat mental illness this weekend. It is interesting of itself, but also for surfacing a lot of the issues arising from the use of tech generally. Worth a read I think. Also worth a shoutout to whoever came up with ‘Woebot’ to name their app. If you’re interested, there was also a decent piece on the collapse of the humanities (in favour of STEM) in universities. Given how woeful we are in terms of examining the societal impact of AI, this would probably be a bad thing.

On facial recognition, in addition to a story on the use of facial rec in military drones (although is this really new?!), I also read a good LA Times piece on the use of AI (linked to facial rec) to identify individuals’ contacts. I am sure this is the way that surveillance will go, if allowed – as shown by China – but the piece set out how the tech works quite well, I think.

Our friend(s) at WITNESS also shared this story, on ‘Building Human Rights Oriented Guidelines for Synthetic Media’.

There’s also a good WIRED piece on the museum of the future apocalypse, which is good – at least in part – because it evokes memories of Station 11. Apparently the John Oliver clip is also worth a watch, I haven’t gotten there yet, in part because last night was focused on finishing ‘Kleo‘, which is wonderfully ridiculous and brilliant 🙂

Hope ye all have a good week, and thanks as ever to Sarah Zarmsky

How generative AI could lower healthcare costs and speed up drug development, ZD Net

Do we need a National Algorithms Safety Board?, The Hill

AI Flew a Fighter Jet for 17 Hours, CNet

How to create, release, and share generative AI responsibly, MIT Technology Review

US Air Force is giving military drones the ability to recognise faces, New Scientist

OpenAI debuts Whisper API for speech-to-text transcription and translation, Tech Crunch

Addressing criticism, OpenAI will no longer use customer data to train its models by default, Tech Crunch

D-ID unveils new chat API to enable face-to-face conversations with an AI digital human, Tech Crunch

Welcome to Chula Vista, where police drones respond to 911 calls, MIT Technology Review

Meta says it is experimenting with AI-powered chat on WhatsApp and Messenger, Tech Crunch

Costa Rica will be the first country in Central America to have an Artificial Intelligence strategy, UNESCO

UNESCO and MICROSOFT commit to promoting UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Ethics of AI, UNESCO

On AI-Generated Works, Artists, and Intellectual Property, Lawfare Blog

Why Lawmakers Aren’t Rushing to Police AI, The New York Times

Welcome to the Museum of the Future AI Apocalypse, WIRED

A fake news frenzy: why ChatGPT could be disastrous for truth in journalism, The Guardian

As AI Booms, Lawmakers Struggle to Understand the Technology, The New York Times

AI could make more work for us, instead of simplifying our lives, The Conversation

Face Recognition Software Led to His Arrest. It Was Dead Wrong, WIRED

Three lessons on the regulation of autonomous weapons systems to ensure accountability for violations of IHL, Humanitarian Law & Policy

A dollar for your face: Meet the people behind Machine Learning models, Algorithm Watch

India can play a crucial role in bridging the global divide in artificial intelligence, The Strategist

Reports and Guides

Responsible Practices for Synthetic Media, Partnership on AI (PAI)

Journal Articles

*Disclaimer: The selected articles and chapters were not evaluated for their research methods and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AI & Human Rights Blog

An iterative regulatory process for robot governance, Hadassah Drukarch, Carlos Calleja and Eduard Fosch-Villaronga, Data & Policy

Promises and limits of law for a human-centric artificial intelligence, David Restrepo Amariles, and Pablo Marcello Baquero, Computer Law & Security Review


Governing Data and Artificial Intelligence For All, Privacy and Identity Lab, 9 March 2023 at 16:00, The Hague (free event) 


Artificial Intelligence, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Capabilities and Limitations of ChatGPT with Professor Chris Hoofnagle, Berkeley Technology Law Journal Podcast

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