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Facebook orders creepy AI firm to stop scraping your Instagram photos

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"Scraping people's information violates our policies, which is why we've demanded that Clearview stop accessing or using information from Facebook or Instagram," a Facebook spokesperson said in an email to Fast Company. The previously little-known company drew national attention last month after an article by New York Times reporter Kashmir Hill revealed that the company claimed to have scraped billions of photos from services including Facebook, YouTube, and Venmo to match against people of interest to law enforcement. Twitter, YouTube parent Google, and Venmo have also reportedly told the startup to stop accessing data from their sites, saying it violates their policies. Whether they can legally enforce those rules may be uncertain: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that a company scraping LinkedIn in violation of the social site's policies likely didn't violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a key federal anti-hacking law. Clearview didn't immediately respond to an inquiry from Fast Company.



Met police chief: facial recognition technology critics are ill-informed

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The Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, has attacked critics of facial recognition technology for using arguments she has claimed are highly inaccurate and ill-informed. The Met began operational use of the technology earlier this month despite concerns raised about its accuracy and privacy implications by civil liberties groups, including Amnesty International UK, Liberty and Big Brother Watch (BBW). On Monday, speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) in central London, which has just launched its own report expressing reservations about the rollout of new technology in policing, Dick launched an impassioned defence of its use. "I and others have been making the case for the proportionate use of tech in policing, but right now the loudest voices in the debate seem to be the critics, sometimes highly incorrect and/or highly ill-informed," she said. "And I would say it is for the critics to justify to victims of crimes why police shouldn't use tech lawfully and proportionately to catch criminals."


AI Regulation: Has the Time Arrived? - InformationWeek

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Is artificial intelligence getting too smart (and intrusive) for its own good? A growing number of nations have concluded that it's time to take a close look at AI's impact on an array of critical issues, including privacy, security, human rights, crime, and finance. A proposal for an international oversight panel, the Global Partnership on AI, already has the support of six members of The Group of Seven (G7), an international organization comprised of nations with the largest and most advanced economies. The G7's dominant member, the United States, remains the only holdout, claiming that regulation could hamper the development of AI technologies and hurt US businesses. The Global Partnership on AI and OECD's G20 AI principles represent a good first step toward building a worldwide AI regulatory structure, noted Robert L. Foehl, an executive-in-residence for business law and ethics at Ohio University.


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This is just an image representation. Let's talk about this topic in detail... The immense capabilities artificial intelligence is bringing to the world would have been inconceivable to past generations. But even as we marvel at the incredible power these new technologies afford, we're faced with complex and urgent questions about the balance of benefit and harm. When most people ponder whether AI is good or evil, what they're essentially trying to grasp is whether AI is a tool or a weapon.


What Artificial Intelligence Is Not - BLARB

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Artificial intelligence is not one thing. Artificial intelligence is not an algorithm. An algorithm is a set method for completing a task. Typically, we talk about algorithms that are implemented by a computer and written in computer code. But algorithms can also be written in math, like the quadratic formula or the equation to calculate area of a circle; or they can be written in natural language, like a chocolate chip cookie recipe or instructions for assembling a desk.


EUR-Lex - 52020DC0065 - EN - EUR-Lex

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AI can perform many functions that previously could only be done by humans. As a result, citizens and legal entities will increasingly be subject to actions and decisions taken by or with the assistance of AI systems, which may sometimes be difficult to understand and to effectively challenge where necessary. Moreover, AI increases the possibilities to track and analyse the daily habits of people. For example, there is a potential risk that AI may be used, in breach of EU data protection and other rules, by state authorities or other entities for mass surveillance and by employers to observe how their employees behave. By analysing large amounts of data and identifying links among them, AI may also be used to retrace and de-anonymise data about persons, creating new personal data protection risks even in respect to datasets that per se do not include personal data.


High-risk Artificial Intelligence to be 'certified, tested and controlled,' Commission says

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Artificial Intelligence technologies carrying a high-risk of abuse that could potentially lead to an erosion of fundamental rights will be subjected to a series of new requirements, the European Commission announced on Wednesday (19 February). As part of the executive's White paper on AI, a series of'high-risk' technologies have been earmarked for future oversight, including those in'critical sectors' and those deemed to be of'critical use.' Those under the critical sectors remit include healthcare, transport, police, recruitment, and the legal system, while technologies of critical use include such technologies with a risk of death, damage or injury, or with legal ramifications. Artificial Intelligence technologies coming under those two categories will be obliged to abide by strict rules, which could include compliance tests and controls, the Commission said on Wednesday. Sanctions could be imposed should certain technologies fail to meet such requirements.


Top AI Ted Talks to Watch for Acquiring Better Technology Outlook

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In a fast paced world where people desire more in less, Ted Talks are evolving the landscape of learning and spreading education and awareness among people who need it. This platform of education is transforming lectures into interesting interactions consuming less time as several professionals are unable to attend day-long conferences to educate and update themselves. Moreover, in terms of technology or particularly artificial intelligence (AI), the introduction of TED Talks is also beneficial with regard to money owing to its free availability online. Presenters, who are passionate technology experts, take on the stage and speak with such energy and momentum where their enthusiasm contagiously boosts up youngsters. Therefore, here we have brought you the top AI Ted Talks that will elevate your reasoning and education about the technology.


Rules urgently needed to oversee police use of data and AI – report

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National guidance is urgently needed to oversee the police's use of data-driven technology amid concerns it could lead to discrimination, a report has said. The study, published by the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) on Sunday, said guidelines were required to ensure the use of data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and computer algorithms developed "legally and ethically". Forces' expanding use of digital technology to tackle crime was in part driven by funding cuts, the report said. Officers are battling against "information overload" as the volume of data around their work grows, while there is also a perceived need to take a "preventative" rather than "reactive" stance to policing. Such pressures have led forces to develop tools to forecast demand in control centres, "triage" investigations according to their "solvability" and to assess the risks posed by known offenders.