8 May 2023


Following up on last week’s AI meets AI shenanigans, here’s a Gizmodo story outlining the issues, and this VICE piece which has the Amnesty response in more detail.

In somewhat related news, heres a thread on how someone used an AI voice generator to fake Alex Jones, at least well enough to fool Tucker Carlson (I’m not sure how proximate this is to the Turing test). The ability to use quite convincing voice generation tools does maybe underscore how this is likely to be the biggest challenge/threat posed by AI in the short term.

Amnesty also have a big report into Israel’s use of facial recognition in occupied Palestine, which is covered here by the New York Times, with the report also linked below. Am looking forward to reading properly. This maybe one of the few examples outside China where facial recognition and profiling are used to explicitly repress populations, or at least where this has been documented in detail? If you know of others, please do get in touch.

There are also a few stories on the Metropolitan police’s use of facial recognition technology around the coronation, which was made (even more) controversial by the very heavy handed approach to protest and protestors.

Hope you enjoy the newsletter, with thank’s as always to Sarah Zarmsky,

Today’s song could well be by the Sex Pistols, but it seems a bit too obvious, so I’m going with the new single from Four Tet instead 🙂

Facial Recognition Powers ‘Automated Apartheid’ in Israel, Report Says, The New York Times

AI makes non-invasive mind-reading possible by turning thoughts into text, The Guardian

The Next Fear on A.I.: Hollywood’s Killer Robots Become the Military’s Tools, The New York Times

The Thorny Art of Deepfake Labeling, WIRED

Police accused over use of facial recognition at King Charles’s coronation, The Guardian 

On Advancing Global AI Governance, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Approaches to Regulating Government Use of Facial Recognition Technology, Jolt Digest

Embracing AI In Education, I Programmer

My Weekend With an Emotional Support A.I. Companion, The New York Times

You Can’t Regulate What You Don’t Understand, O’Reilly

U.S. officials say AI will be a big cyberthreat. How it’ll materialize is less clear., The Washington Post

AI ‘godfather’ warns of dangers and quits Google, AI News

AI and Politics: How Will We Know What—and Who—Is Real?, The Walrus

We need to bring consent to AI, MIT Technology Review

Artificial Intelligence: UNESCO launches Women4Ethical AI expert platform to advance gender equality, UNESCO

You can trust these 5 AI chatbots. Be wary of everything else., The Washington Post

He wrote a book on a rare subject. Then a ChatGPT replica appeared on Amazon., The Washington Post

AI, the WGA Strike, and What Luddites Got Right, WIRED

AI exemplifies the ‘free rider’ problem – here’s why that points to regulation, The Conversation

Bill would require disclosure of AI-generated content in political ads, The Washington Post

Slack adding generative AI to interact with colleagues, so you don’t have to, The Register

Why legal innovators want to chat about AI, Financial Times

How to tell an AI bot wrote that scammy-looking tax email: No spelling mistakes, The Register

American, British monopoly watchdogs probe AI to make sure we don’t get screwed, The Register

White House Pushes Tech C.E.O.s to Limit Risks of A.I., The New York Times

Joe Biden Wants Hackers’ Help to Keep AI Chatbots in Check, WIRED

AI has potential to revolutionise health care – but we must first confront the risk of algorithmic bias, The Conversation

How AI is changing political media, The Washington Post

Chatbot ‘journalists’ found running almost 50 AI-generated content farms, The Guardian

First man wrongfully arrested because of facial recognition testifies as California weighs new bills, The Guardian

Big Brother Watch Responds to the Installation of Hikvision Cameras Along the Coronation Parade Route, Big Brother Watch

ICRC President calls for new, binding international constraints on the use of artificial intelligence-driven autonomous weapons, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Where artificial intelligence and climate action meet, EDRi

Driverless cars evoke mixed reactions in the Bay Area, The Washington Post

Pandora’s Box: Generative AI Companies, ChatGPT, and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch

EU: Amnesty International calls on Parliament to protect human rights in upcoming AI Act vote, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

DHS Is Trying to Predict How AI Will Be Used for Harm, Defense One

How Do We Ensure an A.I. Future That Allows for Human Thriving?, The New York Times


Automated Apartheid: How facial recognition fragments, segregates and controls Palestinians in the OPT, Amnesty International 

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

Artificial Intelligence in the Courtroom: The Delivery of Justice in the Age of Machine Learning, Ray Worthy Campbell, Colorado Technology Law Journal

Ten propositions on Codependence of AI and AI ethical framework adoption: view from industry and academia, Gaurav Bansal and Donald Heath, Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research

The virtuous smart city: Bridging the gap between ethical principles and practices of data-driven innovation, Viivi Lähteenoja and Kimmo Karhu, Data & Policy

Finding AI Faces in the Moon and Armies in the Clouds: Anthropomorphising Artificial Intelligence in Military Human-Machine Interactions, James Johnson, Global Society


Webinar: Chat GPT: Considerations for education in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO, 11 May 2023 12pm Chile time (-4 GMT) 

Webinar: The Admissibility Challenge: AI-Generated Evidence in the Courtroom, UNESCO, 15 June 2023 3pm CET