Just two things I noticed/read this week. Some of the most advanced humanoid robots and get a lot of attention are modelled as women (e.g. Sophia or Jia Jia). Tech shows such as CES where technology such as robots are showcased such as CES show a history of being linked with the sex industry and a lack of women in the industry.

Scary TedEd talk on fake videos of real people, but the last part of the title seems to be missing from the talk. “And how to spot them” = install the browser extension?

Not every robot needs an AI, they can also be used for inclusive reasons. Check out this article: “Pop-Up Café In Tokyo Will Allow Severely Disabled to Work Using Robotic Avatars".

A look at voice-activated speakers powered by “intelligent assistants” and news consumption(/coercion?). Read more in the industry report from Reuters.

TIL : there is an Alexa microwave, and it can reorder your popcorn when you run low. What? 😩

Via @kottke: “How AI Agents Cheat” - There’s some funny ones. 🤡

Wired article on a new tool so see “bots drive conversation during news events".

Amazing work on showing what labour, resources, etc. really go into artificial intelligence!: “An AI system as an anatomical map of human labor, data and planetary resource” Check it out!

This made me laugh, sooo true 😆 The Real Scandal of AI: Awful Stock Photos.

Mariarosaria Taddeo and Luciano Floridi on the influence of AI on our daily lives: “As it matures and disseminates, AI blends into our lives, experiences, and environments and becomes an invisible facilitator that mediates our interactions in a convenient, barely noticeable way. While creating new opportunities, this invisible integration of AI into our environments poses further ethical issues. Some are domain-dependent. For example, trust and transparency are crucial when embedding AI solutions in homes, schools, or hospitals, whereas equality, fairness, and the protection of creativity and rights of employees are essential in the integration of AI in the workplace. But the integration of AI also poses another fundamental risk: the erosion of human self-determination due to the invisibility and influencing power of AI.".

Doctoral student Corrine Cath on influence of companies on AI regulation: “A related concern is how much influence these companies have over AI regulation. In some instances, they are invited to act as co-regulators. For example, after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before a joint-hearing of the US Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committee about his company’s role in the massive data breach. During the hearing, he was explicitly asked by multiple Senators to provide examples of what regulation for his company should look like.” Read more here.

Facebook content moderators

The following short documentary shows how “automated checks” are used for verifying if content you post online follows the guidelines. Importantly it shows the humans behind these content moderations, and gives us a glimpse of how they are trained and work. This is very relevant now in Europe as well due to a new law, NetzDG, which came into effect since the start of this year in Germany to make internet companies accountable for posting ‘illegal content’ and which caused Facebook for example to set up more “deletion centers” in Germany.

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