• Brainstorm On Modernizing Copyright Law for AI and the Internet of Things

    This is a very interesting reform but it isn’t going anywhere. https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/693.nsf/eng/00316.html AI can’t author anything. It may create random stuff like fractals or replicate things it sees or learns, like text, or social media comments generated by bot farms, but when it comes to independent AI “art” you just know that something is missing, like a robot playing classical composers on the piano, no matter how perfect, it is super boring, unless it is an exact replica of a human virtuoso’s performance. It is called reproducing a sound recording as a robot. I won’t even get into (the mild horror of) musical compositions by robots. The most incompetent human…

  • Addiction Prevention Algorithm, Ethical Issues

    Wired Magazine, in what’s hands down the most compelling article of this month, exposes a concerning facet of medical sexism where a woman suffering advanced endometriosis is denied pain medication due to algorithmic prescreening for addiction risk. The Pain Was Unbearable, So Why Did the Doctors Turn Her Away? The NarxCare algorithm screens pain patients according to their health data and prescription history, in order to determine who is entitled to pain management and who is supposed to tough it out (for their own good). In this case, the patient had a long history of legally prescribed percocet that prompted the algorithm to flag her as being at risk to…

  • Copyrighting Copywrongs Caused By Notice+Notice – DMCA Bots

    Maybe it is time to fix the AI that is throwing random infringement notices at every IP out there for content that is readily available on Netflix and Amazon (to name a few). Users are being told to take down things they have zero control over (i.e. streaming services). In spite of the 2019 reform in the notice and notice regime, notices keep giving away an extortionary feel, hinting at possible settlements for stuff that everyone is already paying for. Moreover, these notices give zero possibility to users to respond and provide an immediate good-faith defense. The most honest of users are treated like infringers, are told to inform everyone…

  • Back To Square One

    Any pattern that repeats and replicates itself consistently for 400 years is an automated process, in that it is easy to predict, and correspondingly lends itself to algorithmic de-automation. In other words, the more rigid the stereotypes, the more replaceable the human. I wouldn’t waste my time re-educating anyone.

  • Cassie: One Giant Leap For Robotkind

    (sorry, I just had to steal the allegory… ) Cassie the robot completed its first 5K run In 53min on a single battery charge. Watch it here. It could qualify as cringy. https://robbreport.com/gear/electronics/robot-runs-5k-in-53-minutes-1234627129/ I am looking forward to Robot Olympics 2028, dramatic gymnastics category.

  • Privacy Sandbox By Google: Updated Timeline

    Google has updated the schedule for its introduction of Privacy Sandbox browser technology and the phasing out of third-party cookies, but the dates are not set in stone. The Privacy Sandbox will lay new foundations for a safer, more sustainable, and more private web. The goals of the Privacy Sandbox are to: prevent tracking during web-browsing develop privacy-centric alternatives for key online business needs preserve the vitality of an open web. https://www.privacysandbox.com/timeline/ https://www.theregister.com/2021/07/26/google_privacy_sandbox_roadmap/

  • EU: Prohibited Artificial Intelligence Practices

    As per Article 5 of the EU Artificial Intelligence Act are prohibited the following practices consisting of placing on the market, putting into service or use of AI systems that consist of : 1.a) Subliminal techniques beyond a person’s consciousness designed to materially distort a person’s behaviour in a manner that causes or is likely to cause that person or another person physical or psychological harm b) (algorithmic bias) Exploiting any of the vulnerabilities of a specific group of persons due to their age, physical or mental disability, in order to materially distort the behaviour of a person pertaining to that group in a manner that causes or is likely…

  • UK Law Society, Future Worlds 2050

    The main regulator of the legal profession has issued its predictive report on where the practice of law is headed by 2030. Not surprisingly, the future of the legal profession will be dominated by Data, AI, Tech, and Climate Change. https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/en/topics/research/future-worlds-2050-images-of-the-future-worlds-facing-the-legal-profession-2020-2030 These areas of expertise are almost entirely outside the scope of law societies’ exclusivity and practice of the law is already escaping their monopoly according to the report. The trend is visible right now as firms are scrambling to find lawyers with engineering degrees for example. Lawyers have not been providing the services that clients want to buy” “The best way to prepare themselves is probably to stop thinking…

  • EU Artificial Intelligence Act

    The European Union lays out the first ever legal framework on AI in a global policy context. Canada is also working on AI policy through a rights-based approach, but we’re behind schedule. https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/library/proposal-regulation-laying-down-harmonised-rules-artificial-intelligence-artificial-intelligence.