Greetings! And Happy Wednesday dear readers.
So, I know we kicked off with facial recognition last week, but I’m afraid (a) I’m finishing co-authoring a book on facial recognition, and (b) the UK Government are at it again… There is now a proposal to extend the facial recognition database from custody images (already problematic, see last week’s chat) to include all passport photos, and other pictures of asylum seeker’s etc. This would represent a really dramatic increase in the State’s surveillance capability – significantly affecting individuals ability to live and act anonymously. This, of course, has implications for important things like, the ability to freely develop their personality/identity or to engage in democratic processes. Watch this space I guess. Interestingly, this coincides with Human Rights Watch’s decision to call for a ban on facial recognition in public spaces and in migration contexts, adding their voice to Amnesty’s ‘ban the scan’ campaign.
In a spirit of openness and magnanimity (I did not spell that correctly the first time) I would also like to highlight AWO’s Algorithmic Governance Roundup. It’s worth a read if algorithmic governance is your thing, and since you’re reading this, it just might be.
Brianna Rosen has a really interesting piece in JustSecurity on AI and the future of warfare, which is definitely worth your time. At which point, I guess it’s worth flagging this piece on the UN efforts to ban lethal autonomous weapons. Which is important, but where it is likely that an overly narrow focus on very specific lethal autonomous weapons may risk missing the (much) bigger AI and warfare picture.
In predictive policing news, a new study has found that some hotspot policing algorithms, may not be that effective (dramatically ineffective in this instance), prompting certain forces to discontinue their use. I would imagine that similar considerations are probably in play in the UK, particularly given the cost of these tools. But! What about an autonomous drone that can track people in the dark…
Thanks to Sarah Zarmsky.
Today’s tune is Padam Padam, because well, Its Wednesday and the weekend is just over the horizon… Padam Padam!
Wall Street Journal, Forget a Dating Profile, This App Says It Just Needs Your Face
NY State Education Department, State Education Department Issues Determination on Biometric Identifying Technology in Schools
Amnesty International, EU: AI Act must ban dangerous, AI-powered technologies in historic law
Human Rights Watch, Time to Ban Facial Recognition from Public Spaces and Borders
ACM News, Fighting Impersonation by AI
Open AI, ChatGPT can now see, hear, and speak
The Register, OpenAI warns users over GPT-4 Vision’s limits and flaws
Financial Times, Workers could be the ones to regulate AI
The Washington Post, Can the U.N. really regulate the power — and danger — of AI?
The New York Times, European Central Bank Is Studying A.I. as a New Tool
Big Brother Watch, i News – Psychiatric wards using 24-hour video surveillance
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