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Artificial Intelligence: What's Human Rights Got To Do With It?


This is the second blogpost in a series on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights, co-authored by: Christiaan van Veen (Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law) & Corinne Cath (Oxford Internet Institute and Alan Turing Institute). Why are human rights relevant to the debate on Artificial Intelligence (AI)? That question was at the heart of a workshop at Data & Society on April 26 and 27 about'AI and Human Rights,' organized by Dr. Mark Latonero. The timely workshop brought together participants from key tech companies, civil society organizations, academia, government, and international organizations at a time when human rights have been peripheral in discussions on the societal impacts of AI systems. Many of those who are active in the field of AI may have doubts about the'added value' of the human rights framework to their work or are uncertain how addressing the human rights implications of AI is any different from work already being done on'AI and ethics'.

11 gifts for fancy dogs with weirdly human names


There are dogs, and then there are fancy dogs. This gift guide is for the fancy dogs. We're talking about the Roberts, the Katherines, the occasional Linda: The dogs who have somehow transcended the trappings of caninehood and acquired human names. Like fancy humans, these dogs have expensive taste and are probably snooty, but you still want to impress them. In fact, you might want to impress them desperately.

Three Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Drive Human Innovation


I believe the three ways in which AI can enhance human innovation -- namely, creating space for innovation, generating novel patterns and democratizing creativity -- have the potential for real impact on the business world. However, a few qualifying words are due before we end the discussion. True human creativity and innovation are only possible when there is a solid basis to build on. Moreover, the more robust the substrate on which you build, the more ingenious the innovation will be. The more educated and trained a person is, the more they can create.

As AI gains human traits, will it lose human trust?


While design and behavior have always been linked, the connection is gaining a new significance thanks to the next-generation of technologies. Consequently, this next-generation of technologies will be unlike any we have seen so far. They will enable a new era of human augmentation, in which technologies look like us and act like us, often without our input. Human augmentation technologies will be game-changing for companies and their customers. They could open up new ways of engaging consumers -- from conversational interfaces that replace keyboards to digital assistants that autonomously make purchasing decisions -- and create a new generation of empowered "super consumers."

'The X-Files' Sneak Peeks: Mulder And Scully Investigate Human Organ Theft

International Business Times

Mulder and Scully look into a case of human organ theft in this week's episode of "The X-Files." In a sneak peek from Season 11, episode 9 of the Fox series, two doctors crank open a corpse's chest and harvest his heart and lungs. When one of the doctors notices that the corpse's pancreas might be infected, his partner tells him to just leave it inside. But despite his colleague's advice, the doctor still takes the pancreas out of the body and licks it, much to the shock of his fellow doctor. Curiously, a mysterious woman secretly watches the doctors from above as they harvest organs from the corpse.