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Alan Tudyk on His Favorite Sci-Fi to Watch Right Now

WIRED

Alan Tudyk is no stranger to the world of sci-fi. The actor made a name for himself in space-heavy projects like Firefly and Serenity before zooming into shows and movies like I, Robot and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. He's made a web series about fan conventions, and he's even the voice of a Star Wars droid: K-2SO. In other words, Tudyk has sci-fi bonafides. He loves the genre wholeheartedly and is committed to its success--and not just because his currently airing Syfy fish-out-of water-comedy, Resident Alien, just got picked up for a third season.


Ethical AI

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AI and automated decision making systems have become more prominent and ubiquitous in our lives and without the necessary governance, transparency or accountability structures. These systems are already used by government agencies and private companies for risk scoring on credit/loans, recruitment, housing, immigration, law enforcement, school admissions, health decisions, welfare / benefit eligibility - just to name a few. AIethicist.org is one of the first global repositories of reference & research material for anyone interested in the current research on AI ethics, responsible governance - and impact of AI on individuals and society. This site is updated on a regular basis with curated material.


How Patel's new airport 'contactless corridor' technology would work

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Home Secretary Priti Patel has claimed that'contactless corridors' at UK airports will let British citizens skip passport queues and breeze through border controls in just two years' time. It is thought the corridors will use concealed cameras to scan people's faces as they walk through, and compare them with a digital database of details that all visitors will have to submit before travelling – possibly via an app. If a match is found, they will be cleared for entry into the UK without having to stop or scan their passport, while those that don't match will be redirected back to customs. The UK government will be trialling the corridors at airports in 2024, prior to a full rollout planned for 2025. The new automated border screening system would replace having to go through an eGate or speaking to a Border Force officer.


An Uncertain Future for Documented Dreamers

The New Yorker

On a Thursday morning in early February, Kartik Sivakumar realized that he would have to leave America. He was sitting in his dorm room, at the University of Iowa, where he was a senior majoring in neuroscience. He was also a resident adviser, a leader of the university's hospital student-volunteer corps, and an organizer of the Indian Student Alliance's annual dance competition. Sivakumar had lived in Iowa for half his life. That morning, he received an e-mail from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.), saying that action had been taken on his change-of-status application for a student visa.


Biden's punishment promise for CBP agents 'despicable' failure to acknowledge reality: Nevada candidate

FOX News

Nevada GOP senatorial candidate Adam Laxalt sounds off on'Jesse Watters Primetime' as the Silver State gets overrun by illegal immigration repercussions. President Biden's Department of Homeland Security is preparing to discipline the Border Patrol agents involved in the purported "whipping" incident last year on the Rio Grande, which Nevada's newly-minted Republican Senate nominee called a "despicable" failure to "acknowledge reality." The agents were legally cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the incident, which critics said was a hoax – as the style of horsemanship utilizes split-reins, which are complementary to one-handed riding, to control the animals' movements. On Fox News, Jesse Watters reported the agents will face some level of administrative sanction, whether that be a proverbial slap on the wrist or loss of job. Mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents watch Haitian immigrants on the bank of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas on September 20, 2021, as seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico.


Border Patrol agents fume as DHS prepares to punish officers caught up in 'whip' controversy: 'Bull----'

FOX News

Fox News contributor Sean Duffy slams the Biden administration for not supporting individuals who uphold the rule of law, including border patrol. EXCLUSIVE: Border Patrol agents are furious after it has emerged that the Department of Homeland Security is expected to punish multiple agents who were caught up in since-debunked allegations that they whipped Haitian migrants in Del Rio last year – exacerbating already rock-bottom morale among agents who see a politicized investigation designed to deliver a result for the White House. "What we're seeing right now is the executive branch weaponizing the Office of Professional Responsibility to go after what President Biden perceives as political opponents," National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told Fox News Digital. He has never liked the mission of the Border Patrol. And now he is going after these agents because he panders to open border activists.


Do We Rage Against the AI Machine?

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The Industrial Revolution was a time of great change. With the steam engine, industries shifted away from skilled human labour towards mechanisation and machinery. As a result, many specialised workers lost their jobs and were forced to adapt to their new reality. The Luddites, a radical organisation of textile workers who were made redundant by textile machines, retaliated by destroying these machines and assassinated business owners. The Luddites gained public sympathy as many were afraid that they, like the retrenched textile workers, would lose their jobs to automated machinery.


ICE 'now operates as a domestic surveillance agency,' think tank says

Engadget

Although it's supposed to be restricted by surveillance rules at local, state and federal levels, Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE) has built up a mass surveillance system that includes details on almost all US residents, according to a report from a major think tank. Researchers from Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology said ICE "now operates as a domestic surveillance agency" and that it was able to bypass regulations in part by purchasing databases from private companies. "Since its founding in 2003, ICE has not only been building its own capacity to use surveillance to carry out deportations but has also played a key role in the federal government's larger push to amass as much information as possible about all of our lives," the report's authors state. "By reaching into the digital records of state and local governments and buying databases with billions of data points from private companies, ICE has created a surveillance infrastructure that enables it to pull detailed dossiers on nearly anyone, seemingly at any time." The researchers spent two years looking into ICE to put together the extensive report, which is called "American Dragnet: Data-Driven Deportation in the 21st Century."


Fabrice Leggeri's Resignation: The Final Days of the Frontex Chief

Der Spiegel International

A close parsing of Leggeri's comments in Delphi reveals the broader motifs with which he would seek to defend himself from his critics a short time later. Frontex, he said, is a law enforcement authority and not an immigration agency, not showing much empathy for the women and children that had been abandoned at sea in the Aegean. He wrote something similar in his email to Frontex staff following his resignation. Frontex, Leggeri contended, is to be transformed into a sort of fundamental rights body, with a narrative to that effect spreading "discretely, but efficiently." Such sentiments make it sound as though Leggeri believes in some kind of large-scale conspiracy.


The Week in Data: 'Nip nops' and 'unalive': gaming the AI filters

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This week, in a neatly self-referential story, an algorithm has been developed to help workers ascertain if their jobs are at risk of automation by… an algorithm. Researchers compared robotic and human abilities to identify the most at-risk jobs (meat packers and slaughterers are high risk; astronomers and neurologists are low risk) and also used the comparison to work out which lower-risk jobs people could safely and easily jump to. In other AI-defying news, people are using'algospeak' – language that will not be picked up by AI content moderation systems – to ensure their (sometimes dubious, sometimes legit) content remains live and uncensored. Examples include using'unalive' instead of'dead' and the corn emoji instead of'porn'. As well as screening out properly dodgy content, moderation algorithms have been found to censor already marginalised groups, demonetising and down-ranking posts that include words such as'gay', and'racist'.