28 August 2023

Good morning, and welcome to the AI & Human Rights newsletter ‘I can’t believe it’s essentially September’ edition. Ouch.

If you’re in or around London, you might be interested in this screening organised by (the great) EHRAC for the international day of the victims of enforced disappearances. It’s on 30 August in Curzon Bloomsbury.

There is also a handy style guide on AI by the AP, which is linked below as my hyperlinks don’t seem to be working … in what must be a reminder that I’m on holidays.

thanks to Sarah Zarmsky, and hope ye all have a great week.

Associated Press Blog, AI guidance, terms added to AP Stylebook 

The New York Times, A.I. Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat 

New Scientist, Driverless cars may struggle to spot children and dark-skinned people 

MIT Technology Review, How ubiquitous keyboard software puts hundreds of millions of Chinese users at risk 

The New York Times, A Fun Film About a Topic That Scares Me a Lot 

Daily Beast, An AI Scans Eyes to Spot Parkinson’s Years Before Diagnosis

MIT Technology Review, Brain implants helped create a digital avatar of a stroke survivor’s face 

MIT Technology Review, Why we should all be rooting for boring AI 

Towards Data Science, When AI Goes Astray: High-Profile Machine Learning Mishaps in the Real World  

UNESCO, UNESCO and NIELIT establish a collaborative approach for the development of AI with ethical principles 

The Guardian, Can AI-generated art be copyrighted? A US judge says not, but it’s just a matter of time  

The Register, Hope for nerds! ChatGPT’s still a below-average math student

WIRED, AI Can’t Read Books. It’s Reviewing Them Anyway 

The Guardian, The professor’s great fear about AI? That it becomes the boss from hell  

Financial Times, What can a virtual village made up of AI chatbots tell us about human interaction?  

The Guardian, New York Times, CNN and Australia’s ABC block OpenAI’s GPTBot web crawler from accessing content  

WIRED, The Myth of ‘Open Source’ AI  

The New York TImes, Despite Cheating Fears, Schools Repeal ChatGPT Bans 

The Conversation, For minorities, biased AI algorithms can damage almost every part of life 

The New York Times, Can A.I. Detect Wildfires Faster Than Humans? California Is Trying to Find Out

The Register, Hollywood studios agree AI-generated content should not reduce humans’ pay or credit 

The Conversation, Navigating the intersection between AI, automation and religion – 3 essential reads 

The Register, Generative AI will change your job, not take it away – UN  

The Guardian, Can’t decide which books to ban? Leave it to ChatGPT!  

The Guardian, AI is not a one-time bomb, but a slow burn of devastation that is consuming jobs and culture  

Financial Times, British media and creative industries quizzed over AI risks to copyright  

The Guardian, The world has a big appetite for AI – but we really need to know the ingredients  

WIRED, Using Generative AI to Resurrect the Dead Will Create a Burden for the Living  

The Guardian, ‘Very wonderful, very toxic’: how AI became the culture war’s new frontier

BBC News, Thames Valley Police: ‘Super-recognisers’ used to patrol for sex offenders  

The New York Times, Facial Recognition Saw Through Man Who Stole Dead Brother’s Identity 

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Japan: New guidelines to encourage businesses to consider human rights when developing generative AI 

The Strategist, Malicious AI arrives on the dark web  


Stanford FSI, Generative Language Models and Automated Influence Operations: Emerging Threats and Potential Mitigations 

Academic Literature

*Disclaimer: The following articles, chapters, and books have not been evaluated for their methodology and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AI & Human Right Blog 

Alessandra Spadaro, A Weapon is No Subordinate: Autonomous Weapon Systems and the Scope of Superior Responsibility

Dustin A Lewis, War Crimes Involving Autonomous Weapons: Responsibility, Liability and Accountability 

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