Greetings, and I hope all is well with ye all.
So, wow. First story this week is potentially really interesting, but there are frustratingly few actual details! It concerns a pilot programme run by the NHS to track people’s eating and drinking habits to reduce ‘avoidable’ hospital admissions. There are clearly huge privacy and stigmatisation issues at play, and a real question about how access to kettle and fridge use is monitored. I presume this doesn’t involve ‘smart’ fridges, etc. The reporting seems a little muddy as it may be that care workers monitor individuals habits, and then report this for further intervention, but this is then linked with a (separate?) story regarding the use of AI tool to flag those at risk. Really interesting anyways. AI has always held a lot of promise in terms of preventative health care, but the way this is framed does seem concerning. Data Justice Lab did work previously on AI and social welfare if you’re interested in this topic.
So, I watched ‘The Creator‘ last night, which I really enjoyed. And today am reading this story on NYPD’s deployment of autonomous police robots. The story (well, specifically Albert Fox Cahn) highlights that even if live facial recognition is not used, the use of retrospective facial rec on the images recorded can have massive implications. And not just for privacy, this is where the chilling effect really comes into play. WIRED also have a story on the dramatic expansion of all forms of facial rec here in the UK. If its any consolation, I thought the Creator ended really quite happily (overall). So there is that.
That said, this also happened.
So, music wise, I’ve just been looking for positivity in a time of what seems like endless horror. So this week, it’s Enola Gay. An anti-war song with bounce.
Thanks as always to Sarah Zarmsky. Be well.
The New Yorker, Does A.I. Lead Police to Ignore Contradictory Evidence?
Towards Data Science, Can AI Overcome Human’s Confirmation Bias?
The Harvard Gazette, How facial-recognition app poses threat to privacy, civil liberties
The Washington Post, A.I. and nuclear decisions shouldn’t mix, U.S. says ahead of Biden-Xi summit
The New York Times, Personalized A.I. Agents Are Here. Is the World Ready for Them?
Financial Times, Cruise’s driverless car accident underlines the risks of AI
The Washington Post, Schumer previews plan to tackle AI in elections, privacy
Financial Times, In AI, focus on technocrats not terminators
The Register, Robot mistakes man for box of peppers, kills him
The Washington Post, Meta will require campaigns to disclose use of AI in political ads
Privacy International, Revealed: UK MPs “asleep at the wheel” as government ramps up facial recognition technology
The Washington Post (Video), Topol on using AI in ‘changing the fate of cancer’
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