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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to technologies that perceive, learn and reason in ways that simulate human cognitive abilities. TAP scholars consider AI’s effects on labor, business, policing, law, medicine, war, free speech, privacy and democracy, and discuss potential solutions to mitigate harms.

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Tech Is Splitting the U.S. Work Force in Two

"The view that we should not worry about any of these things and follow technology to wherever it will go is insane. In the standard economic canon, the proposition that you can increase productivity and harm labor is bunkum." — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Daron Acemoglu
Source: The New York Times
February 4, 2019

Is that tweet from a human? N.J. lawmaker wants bots to identify themselves, but experts have concerns.

"So while on its face it doesn’t require someone to say who they are, as enforced it has that potential, and it creates a tool to unmask people just by calling them bots." — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington


M. Ryan Calo
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
December 28, 2018

China Is Achieving AI Dominance by Relying on Young Blue-Collar Workers

The article explains how China is embracing a new type of work in order to be a world leader in artificial intelligence: the country relies on young “data labelers” who work eight hours a day processing massive amounts of data to feed algorithms and train automated systems. James Bessen, Boston University School of Law, is quoted.
James Bessen
Source: Motherboard
December 21, 2018

Facial Recognition Has to Be Regulated to Protect the Public, Says AI Report

"It’s time to regulate facial recognition and affect recognition. Claiming to ‘see’ into people’s interior states is neither scientific nor ethical." — Kate Crawford, Distinguished Research Professor, New York University


Kate Crawford
Source: MIT’s Technology Review
December 6, 2018

Facebook Increasingly Reliant on A.I. To Predict Suicide Risk

"The way it would happen would be we would take something that everybody agrees is terrible — something like suicide, which is epidemic, something like child pornography, something like terrorism — so these early things, and then if they show promise in these sectors, we broaden them to more and more things. And that's a concern." — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington


M. Ryan Calo
Source: NPR’s All Things Considered
November 17, 2018

The Race Is On After Feds Pave Way for Driverless Trucks

"They understand that things may happen with autonomous vehicles that wouldn't happen with human drivers. They're saying there may be fewer accidents, but there will also be different accidents, and we need to plan for that." — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington


M. Ryan Calo
Source: U.S. News & World Report
October 15, 2018

IBM Has Invented Coffee Drones – and They Predict When You Need a Cup

"It's a combination of technology that is ready for prime time and technology that clearly is not ready for prime time. It's a drone that flies coffee around. It's going to be hard, cross referencing all these (factors) ... Why not use a land-based cart?" — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington


M. Ryan Calo
Source: CNBC
August 22, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Will Replace Tasks, Not Jobs

"Tasks within jobs typically show considerable variability in 'suitability for machine learning' while few -- if any -- jobs can be fully automated using machine learning. Machine learning technology can transform many jobs in the economy, but full automation will be less significant than the re-engineering of processes and the reorganization of tasks." — Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor of Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management


Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: Forbes
August 14, 2018

The Future of Work: Will Robots Take My Job?

"Automation is almost always about automating a task, not the entire job." — James Bessen, Economist, Boston University


James Bessen
Source: Knowable Magazine
July 28, 2018

Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves!

"Political commentary comes in different forms. Imagine a concerned citizen sets up a bot to criticize a particular official for failing to act on climate change. Now say that official runs for re-election. Is the concerned citizen now in violation of California law?" — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington


M. Ryan Calo
Source: The New York Times
July 16, 2018
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Facial Recognition-Related Provisions of the EU’s Draft AI Regulation, part 2

In this second part of Professor Théodore Christakis and Mathias Becuywe’s article delving into the EU’s draft proposal for artificial intelligence regulation, the authors focus on the rules proposed to regulate the use of remote biometric identification (RBI) in publicly accessible spaces for the purpose of law enforcement.

Théodore Christakis and Mathias Becuywe

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to technologies that perform learning and reasoning in ways that simulate human cognitive abilities.

Featured Article

Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

Successful new firms like Facebook reflect the changing balance between human minds and machines, between traditional products and platforms, and between experts and crowds. People skills will become more important.

By: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee