18 October 2023

Greetings all, and welcome to the weekly AI & Human Rights newsletter.

We are still having issues with the mail out function (we were hacked, and customer support is a little slow) so while I hope this is reaching your inbox, there is every chance that it is not. I hope to have functionality restored soon. Unfortunately, I am not holding my breath. In the meantime, we will still post online, but I get that this is inconvenient.

One of the most interesting AI-related stories for me this week was the piece by ‘Rest of World’ on how AI reduces us to stereotypes. Its not anew argument – it came up on these pages quite a few months ago in the context of Amnesty’s generative AI advocacy controversy – but this piece does set out the issues quite well.

There is also quite a lot of regulation chat, which I will leave you to peruse.

The WIRED piece on how AI is creeping into our devices is worth a read thought. This seems to be quite an inexorable march, and that the days when we control our devices are disappearing fast. Remember when we bought software, and controlled it? Retro. I was on a flight recently and Word hadn’t updated, and because I wasn’t connected to the internet I couldn’t edit documents for the duration. Minor problems I know, but reflective of how we are moving from – literally – making and programming our own devices back in the day, to handing over total control.

Thanks as ever to Sarah Zarmsky, and I hope you all have a peaceful week.

I’ll leave you with ‘Forever Young‘ by Alphaville

Rest of World, Generative AI like Midjourney creates images full of stereotypes

The New York Times, ‘A.I. Obama’ and Fake Newscasters: How A.I. Audio Is Swarming TikTok 

The Keyword by Google, HLTH 2023: Bringing AI to health responsibly 

MIT Technology Review, Are we ready to trust AI with our bodies?

European Commission, Commission gathers views on G7 Guiding Principles on generative Artificial Intelligence  

UNESCO, Supporting Rwanda’s bold steps towards responsible and ethical AI 

DLA Piper, Spain – EU’s first AI regulator 

WIRED, A ‘Green’ Search Engine Sees Danger—and Opportunity—in the Generative AI Revolution

The Washington Post, How AI could help — or hurt — internet freedom

The New York Times, Can You Hide a Child’s Face From A.I.?   

The Washington Post, AI voice clones mimic politicians and celebrities, reshaping reality 

The Register, UK government embarks on bargain bin hunt for AI policy wonk 

WIRED, Artificial Intelligence Is Seeping Into All of Your Gadgets

The Guardian, Algorithms are hiring and firing us now – but tougher EU laws could protect workers

The Guardian, Researchers use AI to read word on ancient scroll burned by Vesuvius   

The Register, AI safety guardrails easily thwarted, security study finds 

The New York Times, New A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table 

The Register, AI processing could consume ‘as much electricity as Ireland’ 

The New York Times, Autonomous Vehicles Are Driving Blind 

WIRED, A Doctored Biden Video Is a Test Case for Facebook’s Deepfake Policies 

The Register, Japanese PM: intl AI regs will be here by year’s end 

The Guardian, Downing Street trying to agree statement about AI risks with world leaders 

Financial Times, Saudi-China collaboration raises concerns about access to AI chips 

WIRED, An Alleged Deepfake of UK Opposition Leader Keir Starmer Shows the Dangers of Fake Audio 

The Register, UK data watchdog warns Snap over My AI chatbot privacy issues

Business Insider, The world’s first real AI rules are coming soon. Here’s what they will look like.

The Guardian, Under cover of a shoplifting panic, the Tories are pushing through a shocking expansion of facial recognition   

Blog Posts

Opinio Juris, The Use of AI at the ICC: Should We Have Concerns? Part I

Opinio Juris, The Use of AI at the ICC: Should We Have Concerns? Part II 

The Conversation, NZ police are using AI to catch criminals – but the law urgently needs to catch up too

The Conversation, Dumbing down or wising up: how will generative AI change the way we think?  

The Conversation, AI: we may not need a new human right to protect us from decisions by algorithms – the laws already exist 


Access Now, Bodily Harms: Mapping the Risks of Emerging Biometric Tech

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 

Onur Bakiner, The promises and challenges of addressing artificial intelligence with human rightsVaishnav Kameswaran et al., AI for Accessibility: An Agenda for the Global South

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