24 April 2023

Good morning, and happy Monday. This week I am tired after jet lag, and some illness, so very little chat from my end.

Just to flag, because I’ll be reading it properly later, UNESCO have released a paper on ethics and AI (which I think is the first from a UN organisation?).

There is a piece in the conversation about brining back oral exams due to chatGPT. Obviously something needs to be done with chatGPT and how we examine, but I’m super skeptical of oral exams, given how much they are likely to impact on students with anxiety, etc. I used to teach somewhere with a very geographically diverse student body, and the differences in results for the one month take home exams versus the three hour sit down in a hall exam were astounding.

And for the Monday that’s in it, today’s tune…

Thanks as every to Sarah Zarmsky, next week’s newsletter will be coming to you from sunny California hopefully! So, if you are in the Bay Area and fancy a chat, please do get in touch.


OpenAI’s hunger for data is coming back to bite it, MIT Technology Review

ChatGPT and Advanced AI Face New Regulatory Push in Europe, The Wall Street Journal 

Against AIdeology: A Marxist Analysis of Artificial Intelligence, Counter Punch

Turning AI to Crime, Communications of the ACM

UK police double down on ‘improved’ facial recognition, Computer Weekly

‘I didn’t give permission’: Do AI’s backers care about data law breaches?, The Guardian

How ChatGPT and similar AI will disrupt education, Science News

Artificial intelligence is infiltrating health care. We shouldn’t let it make all the decisions., MIT Technology Review

Generative AI risks concentrating Big Tech’s power. Here’s how to stop it., MIT Technology Review

From pope’s jacket to napalm recipes: how worrying is AI’s rapid growth?, The Guardian

Artificial Intelligence: examples of ethical dilemmas, UNESCO

Artificial intelligence – coming to a government near you soon?, The Guardian

Who Should Be Held Liable for AI’s Harms?, The Washington Post

Who Will You Be After ChatGPT Takes Your Job?, WIRED

Using A.I. in Everyday Life, The New York Times

How AI is Restoring Voices Damaged by ALS Using Voice Banking, The Washington Post

Fresh concerns raised over sources of training material for AI systems, The Guardian 

AI-generated spam may soon be flooding your inbox – and it will be personalized to be especially persuasive, The Conversation

ChatGPT: lessons learned from Italy’s temporary ban of the AI chatbot, The Conversation

In this era of AI photography, I no longer believe my eyes, The Guardian

News coverage of artificial intelligence reflects business and government hype — not critical voices, The Conversation

How ChatGPT—and Bots Like It—Can Spread Malware, WIRED

Google calls for relaxing of Australia’s copyright laws so AI can mine websites for information, The Guardian

Why universities should return to oral exams in the AI and ChatGPT era, The Conversation

AI has social consequences, but who pays the price? Tech companies’ problem with ‘ethical debt’, The Conversation

You asked: How will deepfakes and AI affect the 2024 election?, The Washington Post

Photographer admits prize-winning image was AI-generated, The Guardian

MPs condemn Frasers Group’s use of facial recognition cameras in stores, The Guardian

Investigative journalism and algorithmic fairness, Algorithm Watch

Civil society statement: we call on members of the EU Parliament to ensure the AI Act protects people and our rights,Algorithm Watch

Police cameras won Big Brother Awards in Czechia, EDRi

A ‘ChatGPT’ For Satellite Photos Already Exists, Defense One

Blog Posts

The Developing Law of AI Regulation: A Turn to Risk Regulation, Lawfare 

The AI Act Shall Say ‘Goodbye’ to “GDPR Jigsaw” on Automated Decision-Making, RAILS

ChatGPT Unbound, Lawfare

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

The Incompatibility of Artificial Intelligence and Citizens United, Michael R Siebecker, Ohio State Law Journal 

Predictive Privacy: Collective Data protection in the Context of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Rainer Mühlhoff, Big Data & Society 


Ethics in AI Lunchtime Research Seminars, University of Oxford (in person and online)

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