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Dove owner Unilever to ban excessive photo editing from its adverts | Business | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "Unilever said it would eliminate "all digital alterations to body shape, size, proportion and skin colour" from its advertising. The Photoshop ban will cover Unilever adverts as well as influencers paid by the company to promote products."
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Sci-fi surveillance: Europe's secretive push into biometric technology | World news | T... - 0 views

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    ""Often the problem is that the topic itself is unethical," said Gemma Galdon Clavell, an independent tech ethicist who has evaluated many Horizon 2020 security research projects and worked as a partner on more than a dozen. "Some topics encourage partners to develop biometric tech that can work from afar, and so consent is not possible - this is what concerns me." One project aiming to develop such technology refers to it as "unobtrusive person identification" that can be used on people as they cross borders. ¨If we're talking about developing technology that people don't know is being used," said Galdon Clavell, "how can you make that ethical?" "
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How empathy and creativity can re-humanise videoconferencing | Aeon Essays - 0 views

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    "Looking back on my experience of videoconferencing, I still get an odd emotional pain. The feeling is a kind of shame. Not so much for my own wooden performance and the failure of the technology. But rather a feeling that we have all lost a bit of our humanity through it. My interest in these technologies is ethically motivated. I am not at all happy with the banal dehumanisation that results from bad videoconferencing experiences. If, for example, students and teachers can't express their humanity in education, through its technologies, then we're just not doing it right."
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Tesla driver found asleep at wheel of self-driving car doing 150km/h | Canada | The Gua... - 0 views

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    ""Although manufacturers of new vehicles have built-in safeguards to prevent drivers from taking advantage of the new safety systems in vehicles, those systems are just that - supplemental safety systems," RCMP superintendent Gary Graham said in the statement. "They are not self-driving systems. They still come with the responsibility of driving.""
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Who really drives innovation, public demand or private investors? | World Economic Forum - 0 views

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    "As a society, we should care not just about how much innovation takes place, but also about the types of new technologies that are developed. We ought to ensure we are investing in technologies that are safe, environmentally sound, empower rather than simply replace human labor, and are consistent with democratic values and human rights."
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Police built an AI to predict violent crime. It was seriously flawed | WIRED UK - 1 views

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    "A flagship artificial intelligence system designed to predict gun and knife violence before it happens had serious flaws that made it unusable, police have admitted. The error led to large drops in accuracy and the system was ultimately rejected by all of the experts reviewing it for ethical problems."
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Is online manipulation always hidden? | 3 Quarks Daily - 0 views

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    "Why care? Because understanding manipulation is crucial in the current critical debate about digital technologies in moral philosophy and related disciplines."
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The Unnatural Ethics of AI Could Be Its Undoing - 0 views

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    "But maybe I'm wrong. Because, if we believe tech gurus at least, the Trolley Problem is about to become of huge real-world importance. Human beings might not find themselves in all that many Trolley Problem-style scenarios over the course of their lives, but soon we're going to start seeing self-driving cars on our streets, and they're going to have to make these judgments all the time."
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Whose job is it to stop the livestreaming of mass murder? | Media | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The latest incident has revived questions about who should be responsible for removing harmful content from the internet: the networks that host the content, the companies that protect those networks, or governments of the countries where the content is viewed."
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The Debate Around Data Privacy is Missing The Point - 0 views

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    "As we move towards this collective humanity mindset, the idea of withholding data to make ourselves feel safer becomes a moral conundrum. If our value is most derived from the data we create for AI to process and discover insights, to withhold that means we are detracting value from the whole, that we are committing something morally wrong. We're exchanging data privacy for a different kind of privacy and astonishing growth, which seems to me a pretty fair trade."
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Is Alexa Always Listening? How Amazon, Google, Apple Hear, Record - Bloomberg - 0 views

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    "Yet so-called smart devices inarguably depend on thousands of low-paid humans who annotate sound snippets so tech companies can upgrade their electronic ears; our faintest whispers have become one of their most valuable datasets."
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Silicon Valley's Secret Philosophers Should Share Their Work | WIRED - 0 views

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    "Marx had a point. Especially when it comes to ethics, philosophy is often better at finding complications and problems than proposing changes. Silicon Valley has been better at changing the world (even if through breaking things) than taking pause to think through the conse­quences."
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Climate change models have been accurate since the 1970s - 0 views

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    "Half a century ago, before the first Apple computer was even sold, climate scientists started making computer-generated forecasts of how Earth would warm as carbon emissions saturated the atmosphere (the atmosphere is now brimming with carbon). It turns out these decades-old climate models - which used math equations to predict how much greenhouse gases would heat the planet - were pretty darn accurate. Climate scientists gauged how well early models predicted Earth's relentless warming trend and published their research Wednesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters."
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Sorry, but I've lost my faith in tech evangelism | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "That tacit acceptance is actually buying into the tech-deterministic narrative, though. The question we should be asking - as the legal scholar Frank Pasquale says - is whether some of these technologies should be outlawed, or at least licensed for socially productive uses, like, say, radioactive isotopes are for medical purposes."
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Toolkit | Electronic Frontier Foundation - 0 views

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    "Fighting the creep of government use of face surveillance and the related risks can seem overwhelming. Police agencies, and the spy tech vendors that profit from the growth of a surveillance state, have much to gain by deploying this invasive spying technology. "
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This 'robot lawyer' can take the mystery out of license agreements - The Verge - 0 views

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    "These ranged from the mundane (Facebook may change its terms of service at any time) to a reminder that Facebook may store and process your data anywhere in the world, meaning it might be subject to different data protection laws. When scanning license agreements from Google, Do Not Sign told me the company reserves the right to stop providing its services at any time and that its services are used at the users' sole risk."
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How cities can serve as a model for social media platforms to build better community sp... - 0 views

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    "It's a useful and insightful perspective, particularly for a time when Facebook is cowering under the pressure of conservative conspiracy theorists, while Twitter took the approach and ended up empowering oil companies by throttling climate activists."
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We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases | 3 Quarks Daily - 0 views

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    "But BERT, which is now being deployed in services like Google's internet search engine, has a problem: It could be picking up on biases in the way a child mimics the bad behavior of his parents. BERT is one of a number of A.I. systems that learn from lots and lots of digitized information, as varied as old books, Wikipedia entries and news articles."
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New York Times writer is shocked to see how much a social trust scoring system knows ab... - 0 views

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    "As of this summer, though, Sift does have a file on you, which it can produce upon request. I got mine, and I found it shocking: More than 400 pages long, it contained all the messages I'd ever sent to hosts on Airbnb; years of Yelp delivery orders; a log of every time I'd opened the Coinbase app on my iPhone. Many entries included detailed information about the device I used to do these things, including my IP address at the time."
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AI is making literary leaps - now we need the rules to catch up | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "If true, this would be a big deal. But, said OpenAI, "due to our concerns about malicious applications of the technology, we are not releasing the trained model. As an experiment in responsible disclosure, we are instead releasing a much smaller model for researchers to experiment with, as well as a technical paper.""
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