News@Northeastern: Northeastern Launches AI Ethics Advisory Board To Help Chart A Responsible Future In Artificial Intelligence

News@Northeastern: Northeastern Launches AI Ethics Advisory Board To Help Chart A Responsible Future In Artificial Intelligence. “With the AI Ethics Advisory Board, [Cansu] Canca, co-chair of the board and AI ethics lead of the Institute for Experiential AI at Northeastern, and a group of more than 40 experts hope to chart a responsible future for AI.”

University of Texas at Austin: New Partnership Will Scale Up Investment in Ethical AI Research and Innovation

University of Texas at Austin: New Partnership Will Scale Up Investment in Ethical AI Research and Innovation. “AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin and the MITRE Corporation, a nonprofit dedicated to solving problems for a safer world, have formed a partnership that includes accelerating innovative ethical artificial intelligence (AI) research currently underway by interdisciplinary teams of researchers who are part of UT Austin’s Good Systems research grand challenge.”

BBC: Firms ‘going to war’ against rivals on social media

BBC: Firms ‘going to war’ against rivals on social media. “A growing number of unscrupulous companies are using bots or fake accounts to run smear campaigns against their competitors on social media, it is claimed. That’s the warning from Lyric Jain, the chief executive of Logically, a high-tech monitoring firm that uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to trawl the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to find so called ‘fake news’ – disinformation and misinformation.”

Wall Street Journal: Tech Giants Pour Billions Into AI, but Hype Doesn’t Always Match Reality

Wall Street Journal: Tech Giants Pour Billions Into AI, but Hype Doesn’t Always Match Reality. “After years of companies emphasizing the potential of artificial intelligence, researchers say it is now time to reset expectations. With recent leaps in the technology, companies have developed more systems that can produce seemingly humanlike conversation, poetry and images. Yet AI ethicists and researchers warn that some businesses are exaggerating the capabilities—hype that they say is brewing widespread misunderstanding and distorting policy makers’ views of the power and fallibility of such technology.”

WIRED: Charity TikTok Videos Put an Uncomfortable Spin on Morality

WIRED: Charity TikTok Videos Put an Uncomfortable Spin on Morality. “The hashtag #honestytest has 51.5 million views on the platform—among other tests, creators drop bundles of cash in front of people as a ‘social experiment,’ filming them to see if they’ll pocket the money (some of these people are experiencing homelessness; many of these videos are clearly staged). Ultimately, ‘dishonest’ people are embarrassed in front of millions of viewers, while ‘honest’ people are rewarded financially.”

CNET: Microsoft Restricts Its Facial Recognition Tools, Citing the Need for ‘Responsible AI’

CNET: Microsoft Restricts Its Facial Recognition Tools, Citing the Need for ‘Responsible AI’. “Microsoft is restricting access to its facial recognition tools, citing risks to society that the artificial intelligence systems could pose. The tech company released a 27-page ‘Responsible AI Standard’ on Tuesday that details the company’s goals toward equitable and trustworthy AI.”

Bing Blogs: New updates to the Ethical Shopping hub on Microsoft Bing

Bing Blogs: New updates to the Ethical Shopping hub on Microsoft Bing. “We first released this experience last year in the UK, and today are excited to announce we’ve expanded to more places – the US and Canada in English. As a reminder, the hub provides fashion customers with categories like eco-friendly, upcycled, or fair-trade fashion, as well as providing all-up ratings for how ethical a given brand is, where possible.”

Financial Times: The Franciscan monk helping the Vatican take on — and tame — AI

Financial Times: The Franciscan monk helping the Vatican take on — and tame — AI. “Over the past three years, [Paolo] Benanti has become the AI whisperer to the highest echelon of the Holy See. The monk, who completed part of his PhD in the ethics of human enhancement technologies at Georgetown University in the US, briefs the 85-year-old Pope and senior counsellors on the potential applications of AI, which he describes as a general-purpose technology ‘like steel or electrical power’, and how it will change the way in which we all live. He also plays the role of matchmaker between what Stephen Jay Gould famously described as the non-overlapping magisteria, leaders of faith on the one hand and technology on the other.”

Bloomberg: Google Paper Cites Research at Center of Its Staff Firestorm

Bloomberg: Google Paper Cites Research at Center of Its Staff Firestorm. “Google in 2020 and 2021 dismissed the two co-heads of its artificial intelligence ethics team in a dispute over research that was critical of the company’s work. Now, Google Research has published another paper on the same topic that cites the original work that led to the removal of the two leaders, Timnit Gebru and Margaret Mitchell.”

HathiTrust: Introducing HathiTrust Digital Collection Principles

HathiTrust: Introducing HathiTrust Digital Collection Principles. “The Collection Principles will lead us beyond our origins in mass digitization towards deliberate collection building and management essential for our 200+ members and the public that uses HathiTrust…. The principles recognize, and newly articulate, needs and opportunities in how we conduct our stewardship now and into the future. Based on these principles, we will orient our collections work toward justice, equity, and wide representation, and toward resilience in response to the changing economic, social, and environmental conditions in which we all work.”

Stanford Medicine Scope: Bringing principles of ethics to AI and drug design

Stanford Medicine Scope: Bringing principles of ethics to AI and drug design. “Over the years, researchers have used AI to analyze troves of biological data, scouring for differences between diseased and healthy cells and using the information to identify potential treatments…. But with AI’s potential in drug development comes a slew of ethical pitfalls — including biases in computer algorithms and the philosophical question of using AI without human mediation. This is where the field of biomedical ethics — a branch of ethics focused on the philosophical, social and legal issues in the context of medicine and life sciences — comes in.”

The Conversation: ‘Virtual influencers’ are here, but should Meta really be setting the ethical ground rules?

The Conversation: ‘Virtual influencers’ are here, but should Meta really be setting the ethical ground rules? . “Interest in virtual influencers has rapidly expanded over the past five years, attracting huge audiences on social media and partnerships with major brands, including Audi, Bose, Calvin Klein, Samsung, and Chinese e-commerce platform TMall. A competitive industry specialising in the production, management and promotion of virtual influencers has already sprung up, although it remains largely unregulated…. There is an urgent need for ethical guidelines, both to help producers and their brand partners navigate this new terrain, and more importantly to help users understand the content they’re engaging with.”

The Verge: Two members of Google’s Ethical AI group leave to join Timnit Gebru’s nonprofit

The Verge: Two members of Google’s Ethical AI group leave to join Timnit Gebru’s nonprofit. “Two members of Google’s Ethical AI group have announced their departures from the company, according to a report from Bloomberg. Senior researcher Alex Hanna, and software engineer Dylan Baker, will join Timnit Gebru’s nonprofit research institute, Distributed AI Research (DAIR).”