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Daily Archives: August 13, 2023

AI Causes Real Harm. Let’s Focus on That over the End-of-Humanity Hype

Scientific American Opinion: Effective regulation of AI needs grounded science that investigates real harms, not glorified press releases about existential risk. Wrongful arrests, an expanding surveillance dragnet, defamation and deep-fake pornography are all actually existing dangers of so-called “artificial intelligence” tools currently on the market. That, and not the imagined potential to wipe out humanity, is the real threat from artificial intelligence. Beneath the hype from many AI firms, their technology already enables routine discrimination in housing, criminal justice and health care, as well as the spread of hate speech and misinformation in non-English languages. Already, algorithmic management programs subject workers to run-of-the-mill wage theft, and these programs are becoming more prevalent…AI-related policy must be science-driven and built on relevant research, but too many AI publications come from corporate labs or from academic groups that receive disproportionate industry funding. Much is junk science—it is nonreproducible, hides behind trade secrecy, is full of hype and uses evaluation methods that lack construct validity (the property that a test measures what it purports to measure).”

The world’s infrastructure was built for a climate that no longer exists

Foreign Policy: On the Highway to Climate Hell – “Countries have spent decades building critical infrastructure that is now buckling under extreme heat, wildfires, and floods, laying bare just how unprepared the world’s energy and transportation systems are to withstand the volatility of climate change. These vulnerabilities have been on full display in recent weeks… Continue Reading

How Generative AI Is Shaping the Future of Human Crowdsourcing

Boussioux, Leonard and N. Lane, Jacqueline and Zhang, Miaomiao and Jacimovic, Vladimir and Lakhani, Karim R., The Crowdless Future? How Generative AI Is Shaping the Future of Human Crowdsourcing (August 7, 2023). Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Working Paper No. 24-005, Available at SSRN: or “This study investigates the capability… Continue Reading

Freedom of Speech and AI Output

Lemley, Mark A. and Henderson, Peter and Volokh, Eugene, Freedom of Speech and AI Output (August 3, 2023). Available at SSRN: Is the output of generative AI entitled to First Amendment protection? We’re inclined to say yes. Even though current AI programs are of course not people and do not themselves have constitutional rights,… Continue Reading

Advancing global NWP through international collaboration

“ECMWF is the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. We are both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing global numerical weather predictions and other data for our Member and Co-operating States and the broader community. The Centre has one of the largest supercomputer facilities and meteorological data archives in the world. Other… Continue Reading

How Georgia Trump indictment would differ from the federal Jan. 6 case

The Hill: “A sprawling, multi-defendant indictment. An ex-president’s trial televised for the world to watch. Potential charges typically used for organized crime.   Before charges have even been announced, the possible indictment of former President Trump in Georgia — hinging on his efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results to remain in power — already… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 12, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 12, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on… Continue Reading

How to Quickly Get to the Important Truth Inside Any Privacy Policy

The MarkUp: “Privacy policies are horrible. They are too long, impenetrable, and full of legalese that amounts to a take it or leave it offer. But the privacy policy is one of the only places where tech companies have to tell us the truth—the truth about what personal data they are collecting, how they share… Continue Reading

Record Labels Hit Internet Archive With New $400m+ Copyright Lawsuit

Torrent Freak – “Record labels including UMG, Capitol and Sony have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the United States targeting Internet Archive and founder Brewster Kale, among others. Filed in Manhattan federal court late Friday, the complaint alleges infringement of 2,749 works, recorded by deceased artists, including Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and… Continue Reading