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AI has social consequences, but who pays the price? Tech companies’ problem with ‘ethical debt’

Via LLRXAI has social consequences, but who pays the price? Tech companies’ problem with ‘ethical debt’ – As a technology ethics educator and researcher, Carey Fiesler has thought about AI systems amplifying harmful biases and stereotypes, students using AI deceptively, privacy concerns, people being fooled by misinformation, and labor exploitation. Fiesler characterizes this not at technical debt but as accruing ethical debt. Just as technical debt can result from limited testing during the development process, ethical debt results from not considering possible negative consequences or societal harms. And with ethical debt in particular, the people who incur it are rarely the people who pay for it in the end.

Google Search starts rolling out ChatGPT-style generative AI results If you opt-in to generative AI

Google Blog, May 25, 2023 – “3 new ways generative AI can help you search. We’re starting to open up access to new generative AI capabilities in Search. Here are three ways to try it out. Today, we’re starting to open up access to Search Labs, a new program to access early experiments from Google.… Continue Reading

LegalHTML: a Representation Language for Legal Acts

LegalHTML: A Representation Language for Legal Acts. May 2023. DOI:10.1007/978-3-031-33455-9_31 In book: The Semantic Web (pp.520-537) Armando Stellato, Manuel Fiorelli. “The Publications Office (OP) of European Union (EU) expressed the need to simplify the Official Journal production workflow, which required different formats and, consequently, document instances at different stages of the process. We met this… Continue Reading

See why AI like ChatGPT has gotten so good, so fast

Washington Post- free link]: “Artificial intelligence has become shockingly capable in the past year. The latest chatbots can conduct fluid conversations, craft poems, even write lines of computer code while the latest image-makers can create fake “photos” that are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. It wasn’t always this way. As recently as two years… Continue Reading

We’ve Got Google. So why can’t we find the research that we need?

YouTube video of May 23, 2023 presentation and alternate link: “Content democratization has led to an explosion in research content: hundreds of thousands of high-quality reports, working papers, briefs, and data sets vital to the global research community. But – yes, there is a “but” – this research is tedious and time-consuming to find, buried… Continue Reading

How to be on the lookout for misinformation when using generative AI

Fast Company: “Until very recently, if you wanted to know more about a controversial scientific topic—stem cell research, the safety of nuclear energy, climate change—you probably did a Google search. Presented with multiple sources, you chose what to read, selecting which sites or authorities to trust. Now you have another option: You can pose your… Continue Reading

Driver’s Licenses, Addresses, Photos: Inside How TikTok Shares User Data

The New York Times [alternate free link]: “Employees of the Chinese-owned video app have regularly posted user information on a messaging and collaboration tool called Lark, according to internal documents… In August 2021, TikTok received a complaint from a British user, who flagged that a man had been “exposing himself and playing with himself” on… Continue Reading

Wikipedia and open access

Wikipedia and open access. Puyu Yang, Ahad Shoaib, Robert West, Giovanni Colavizza. arXiv:2305.13945. 23 May 2023 “Wikipedia is a well-known platform for disseminating knowledge, and scientific sources, such as journal articles, play a critical role in supporting its mission. The open access movement aims to make scientific knowledge openly available, and we might intuitively expect… Continue Reading

The Prediction Society: Algorithms and the Problems of Forecasting the Future

MATSUMI, Hideyuki and Solove, Daniel J., The Prediction Society: Algorithms and the Problems of Forecasting the Future (May 19, 2023). Available at SSRN: “Predictions about the future have been made since the earliest days of humankind, but today, we are living in a brave new world of prediction. Today’s predictions are produced by machine… Continue Reading

Thomson Reuters brings forward vision to redefine the future of professionals with content-driven AI technology

“Thomson Reuters plugin with Microsoft 365 Copilot helps unlock the value of generative AI for legal professionals  a global content and technology company, today brings forward its vision to redefine the future of professionals through generative artificial intelligence (AI). At a time of rapid global innovation, Thomson Reuters is at the forefront, helping its customers… Continue Reading

Evolving Law in AI’s Hands? – Preliminary Experiments, Thoughts, Observations on the Basis of Chat GPT

Barth, Fabian, Evolving Law in AI’s Hands? – Preliminary Experiments, Thoughts and Observations on the Basis of Chat GPT (April 27, 2023). Available at SSRN: or “Everyone operating in the field of law contributes to its evolution. That applies not only to judges, but also to advisors and academics who, collectively, form and… Continue Reading