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
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?
DLA Piper, Spain – EU’s first AI regulator
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 New York Times, New A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table
The New York Times, Autonomous Vehicles Are Driving Blind
The Register, Japanese PM: intl AI regs will be here by year’s end
Financial Times, Saudi-China collaboration raises concerns about access to AI chips
*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